Sheila Russo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University. She completed her Ph.D. degree at the BioRobotics Institute, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. She is the founder and director of the Material Robotics Laboratory at BU. Her research interests include medical and surgical robotics, soft robotics, origami-inspired mechanisms, sensing and actuation, and meso- and micro-scale manufacturing techniques.
Title
Soft robots for advanced interventional endoscopy

Abstract
Traditional medical robots are mainly based on the idea of transitioning rigid surgical instruments into the domain of robotic systems and teleoperated devices. However, the current trend in medicine is pushing towards building smaller and safer platforms to navigate in hard-to-reach surgical areas. Soft robots represent a promising technology in this field because they are constructed from compliant materials, thus can safely interact with delicate anatomical structures, preserving their physiological function. Our research is focused on the design, mechanics, and manufacturing of novel multi-scale and multi-material biomedical robotic systems. This talk will illustrate our work towards achieving safe navigation, distal articulation, integrated sensing, and effective force transmission in minimally invasive surgery by highlighting two classes of soft surgical robots: soft-foldable robots and soft reactive skins.

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Talk: Soft robots for advanced interventional endoscopy
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10th June 2021, 14.00