The research interest of the UCL Soft Haptics and Robotics Lab focuses on the hardware design and application of soft material robotic systems that have the ability to change their shape and stiffness on demand bridging the gap between traditional rigid and entirely soft robots.
We create and embed innovative stiffness-controllable mechanisms as well as combine advanced Artificial Intelligence with control strategies in robotic prototypes emerging from the lab.
Our research is application-driven and informed by close collaboration with clinicians and experts from the medical device industry. In the area of minimally invasive interventions, we explore novel flexible tools for colo-rectal and abdominal surgery, haptic feedback actuators to support margin control in robotic surgery and data from valvuloplasty balloons to overcome current shortcomings in transcatheter aortic valve implantation.
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