Lab News

Lab Member Ali Ataollahi is Co-Winner of Boston Children’s Hospital Shark Tank Competition (October 2014)
Ali and cardiology fellow, Sarah Goldberg, were first place co-winners for their device to automate disinfection of central line catheter hubs.
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IROS Best Paper Award (September 2014)
Our paper, Simultaneously Powering and Controlling Many Actuators With a Clinical MRI Scanner, by A. Becker, O. Felfoul and P. Dupont received the Best Paper Award at IEEE/RSJ IROS 2014.

The 7th NCIGT and NIH Image Guided Therapy Workshop (September 2014)
Our abstract, MRI-Powered, imaged and controlled actuators for interventional robots, by O. Felfoul et al. has been accepted for oral presentation at the 7th Annual Image-Guided Therapy workshop sponsored by the National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT) and the NIH that will be held on September 18, 2014.
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IDEA Users Group Meeting (July 2014)
Our work on Closed-Loop Real-Time Commutation Control of an MRI-Powered Robot Actuator was presented July 20, 2014 at the North American IDEA Users Group Meeting hosted by the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.
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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.