Lab News

21st-century medicine: Gauss guns, magic bullets, and magnetic millibot surgeons (June 2015)
Our research on MRI-powered Gauss guns is featured in ExtremeTech.
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ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper / Best Conference Paper Finalist (April 2015)
Our paper, Toward Tissue Penetration by MRI-powered Millirobots Using a Self-Assembled Gauss Gun, by A. Becker, O. Felfoul and P. Dupont, was named a finalist for the Best Medical Robotics Paper and Best Conference Paper Awards at IEEE ICRA 2015.

CyborgRx: How Smart Implants Could Change Medicine (February 2015)
Our research on robotic implants is cited on NBC News.
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Heart ops shrink thanks to surgeon in your vein (October 2014)
Our research on beating heart intracardiac surgery is featured in New Scientist.
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Metal-MEMS for cardiac tissue approximation. Concentric tube robot. Metal-MEMS for cardiac tissue approximation. Shoe-and-tell exhibition, New York, 2012. Concentric tube robot, torsional angle measurements. Concentric tube robot, drive system. MRI-actuated needle-steering lego robot. In vivo experimentation in a beating heart. Robot enters internal jugular vein and
navigates through the vasculature into the right atrium.

Overview of the Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering Lab

In July 2010, the Biorobotics Lab moved from Boston University to Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, our mission being to embed our team of creative young engineers in a world-class pediatric hospital where they can identify and solve critical healthcare problems through the creation of new technology.

We solve theoretical and practical problems in minimally invasive surgery. We specialize in medical robot and instrument design, development of imaging techniques for surgical guidance, modeling tool-tissue interaction and teleoperation/automation of instrument control. We utilize analytical tools from robotics, dynamics, and control, together with innovative design techniques to create successful solutions.

Our team members come from diverse backgrounds with degrees in mechanical / biomedical / electrical engineering and medicine. Their specialties range from specialties range from biomedical robotics, clinical practice and imaging, to product design and many areas in between. Please explore our work, and feel free to contact us.