Dr Hongbin Liu is a Reader in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London (KCL) where he is directing the Haptic Mechatronics and Medical Robotics (HaMMeR) Laboratory.

Dr. Liu obtained his BEng in 2005 from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, MSc and PhD in 2006 and 2010 respectively, both from the Division of Engineering, KCL. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications at top international robotic journals and conferences and is inventor for 6 patents. His research has been funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, NHS Trust and EU Commissions. His current research focuses on developing soft robotic systems for assistive minimally invasive surgical interventions, with strong collaborations from IBM and Ericsson.


MorphGI: A Self-Propelling Robotic-assistive Endoscope to perform colonoscopy


Colonoscopy is a significant healthcare burden, but saves lives by early detection, preventing bowel cancer deaths. It is costly, can be uncomfortable and potentially risky with a chance of missing abnormalities even in the hands of experts trained over several years. Our lab aim to solve these challenges with an self-propelling soft robotic endoscope-MorphGI which can crawl inside colon by changing its morphology. We proved that MorphGI can complete a colonoscopy as fast as conventional methods but with 80% reduction of impact force to the colon wall. We demonstrated that by incorporating AI, the MorphGI can guide itself through the colon autonomously  in a safe, effective manner.

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Soft, smart, multifunctional, agile and aware surgical robots: Progress and technologies: Day 1

Talk: MorphGI: A Self-Propelling Robotic-assistive Endoscope to perform colonoscopy
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9th June 2021, 14.00

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