Continuum and Soft Robots for medical interventions


In recent decades, the development of MIS (Minimal Invasive Surgeries) and NOTES (Natural Orifices Transluminal Endoscopic Surgeries) has been accompanied by a proliferation of innovative medical robot designs, especially based on incorporating continuum and soft design elements. However, researchers have not yet reached consensus on do not have broadly agreed methods of  design, modeling, and simulation of soft and continuum robot structures. In addition, the challenges of sensing, actuation, and control in soft and continuum bodied robots are still being overcome.


The objective of this workshop is for participants to review and discuss the most recent advances in terms of novel design and mechanism paradigms. Modeling approaches, stability, and control the stability issue, and the control strategy, which are intimately linked, will be covered, as well as open challenges like follow-the-leader deployment, variable stiffness mechanism, variable stiffness control, reconfigurable structure, data driven approach for robot control, and advance in the development of materials.


Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, Associate Professor, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Matteo Cianchetti, Assistant Professor, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna 

Caleb Rucker, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

Kanty Rabenorosoa, Associate Professor, University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté

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