Emmy Noether Programm: CROSS
The Emmy Noether research group CROSS investigates continuum robots for surgical applications. In particular, CROSS research is devoted to a sub category of continuum robots so called Concentric Tube Continuum Robots (CTCR). The manipulators are composed of multiple concentric, pre-bend, and flexible tubes.The state of the art in continuum and medical robotics research will be advanced by CROSS with the following objectives: Explore the diverse design space for patient specific design of the manipulator tubes; Path and deployment planning; Assistive functions and a dedicated human machine interface for the surgeon. In addition CROSS will integrate these objectives into a surgical system.
Neurobionics Foundation: RoboNIT
In collaboration with the International Neuroscience Institute Hannover (INI), this project, which is funded by the International Neurobionics Foundation, aims in evaluating the feasibility of robot-assisted neurosurgical interstitial tumor thermal therapy (RoboNIT). Our vision is an MRI-compatible RoboNIT system, which delivers a laser applicator to the tumor and allows to control ablation guidance tubes within the tumor for full volumetric ablation of irregular geometries.
METABot is a tendon-driven continuum robot with extensible sections. Each individually controllable section is equipped with spacer disks with permanent magnet to allow for constant bending behavior at any length. This novel robot design inherently allows for deployment along tortuous paths in a follow-the-leader fashion.