PROST Project Final Results

PROST Project Final Results

PROST Project final results are online in this article:

Toward autonomous robotic prostate biopsy: a pilot study. 

With Bogdan Maris, Chiara Tenga, Rudy Vicario, Luigi Palladino, Noè Murr, Michela De Piccoli, Andrea Calanca, Stefano Puliatti, Salvatore Micali, Alessandro Tafuri and Paolo Fiorini.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer, after breast cancer, and is one of the leading causes of death in men.

PROST is our first #prototype of a prostate biopsy robot that includes a level of autonomy in target identification, image fusion and needle guidance

The robot aims at reducing human error in #biopsy planning and execution, it can also guarantee that high-accuracy prostate biopsies are accessible, thanks to a low-cost solution that works independently of the clinician’s experience. 

Our pre-clinical ex-vivo #tests were performed in collaboration with a cohort of 10 urologists from the Università degli Studi di Verona #AOUI Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona and Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia.

PROST is funded by the European Research Council under the Proof of Concept grant.

About Prost
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer, after breast cancer, and is one of the leading causes of death in men.

PROST is our first #prototype of a prostate biopsy robot that includes a level of autonomy in target identification, image fusion and needle guidance

The robot aims at reducing human error in #biopsy planning and execution, it can also guarantee that high-accuracy prostate biopsies are accessible, thanks to a low-cost solution that works independently of the clinician’s experience. 

Our pre-clinical ex-vivo #tests were performed in collaboration with a cohort of 10 urologists from the Università degli Studi di Verona #AOUI Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona and Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia.

PROST is funded by the European Research Council under the Proof of Concept grant.

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Assistive Robotics and low-cost exoskeletons

Assistive Robotics and low-cost exoskeletons

In our lab we are developing research on low-cost exoskeletons, devices capable of helping people with motor disabilities in everyday life.

This technology is aimed at patients suffering from muscle weakness (eg muscular dystrophy) and allows – through non-invasive electrodes – to collect the nerve signal and estimate the patient’s movement in anticipation.

Exoskeletons currently on the market have prohibitive costs to be adopted in the home environment. In order to to reduce costs, we are therefore working on:
• an elastic support that allows the application of small size and low cost motors;
• a flexible mechanical structure that allows to estimate the interaction forces through its own deformation.

FORECAST research is developed within the EUROBENCH European Project.

Forecast Project

Forecast Project

The first six months of the Forecast Project have been completed with a paper submission

 

The FORECAST project focuses on benchmarking force control algorithms for robotic locomotion applications such as exoskeletons and humanoids. As a result, tools will be developed to help robot designers choose the best force control algorithms and to define standardized metrics for their evaluation.

Submitted paper: “Actuation selection for assistive exoskeletons: matching capabilities to task requirements” by Andrea Calanca, Stefano Toxiri, Davide Costanzi, Enrico Sartori, Tommaso Poliero, Christian Di Natali, Darwin G. Caldwell, Paolo Fiorini, Jesús Ortiz as a regular paper to the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.

Actuator and Environment modelling
Physical testbench