Lab News

Self-Assembling Robotic Gun Will Shoot Through Tissue Inside Your Body (June 2015)
Our research on MRI-powered Gauss guns is featured in IEEE Spectrum.
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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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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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ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper Finalist (June 2014)
Our paper, FBG-based Shape Sensing Tubes for Continuum Robots, by S. Ryu and P. Dupont was named a finalist for the Best Medical Robotics Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2014.

ICRA 2014 Workshop (June 2014)
We co-organized a workshop at ICRA 2014 entitled Advances in Flexible Robots for Surgical Interventions.
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At Children’s Hospital, engineer is a key post (October 2013)
Our work on esophageal atresia is featured in the Boston Globe.
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IET Webinar on Robotics for Ultra-minimally Invasive Surgery(April 2013)
Dr. Dupont was featured in a recent webinar by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
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ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper Finalist (April 2013)
Our paper, Closed-Loop Commutation Control of an MRI-Powered Robot Actuator by C. Bergeles et al., was nominated a finalist for the Best Medical Robotics Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2013.

Technology Review (June 2012)
Our research on robotic beating-heart surgery is featured on the Technology Review website.
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Pierre E. Dupont, Ph. D.

Edward P. Marram Chair and Chief
Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School


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Research Fellows (Engineers)

Ali Ataollahi, Ph. D.

Surgical robotics.

Ali Ataollahi received his Ph.D. from King's College London, UK, where he worked on MR-compatible cardiac catheters for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). He is currently working on concentric tubes robot.


Aaron Becker, Ph. D.

Robotics and automation: swarm robotics, control, mechatronics, and motion planning.

Aaron earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under Tim Bretl in 2012 for motion-control of robotic swarms that all receive exactly the same control inputs. He explored these and related problems at the Multi-Robot Systems Lab of Rice University with James McLurkin. Currently he is investigating MRI-actuated robotics.


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Dana Damian, Ph. D., SNF Fellow

medical robotics, soft robotics, haptics, tactile sensing, prosthetics.

Dana received her Ph. D. from University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 2012. She worked on tactile sensing systems and haptics in the context of prosthetics with Prof. Rolf Pfeifer at University of Zurich, and with Prof. Allison Okamura at Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University, U.S.A.


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Alina Eqtami, Ph. D.

medical robotics, nonlinear and robust control methodologies, event-based Control.

Alina received her PhD from the Control Systems Lab, School of Mechanical Engineering, NTUA, working with Prof. Kostas J. Kyriakopoulos. Her work was focused on the combination of the well known Model Predictive Control with the emerging field of Event/Self-triggered Control.


Ouajdi Felfoul, Ph.D.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), MRI robots actuation and tracking, minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Ouajdi received his Ph.D. from Polytechnique Montreal in Biomedical Engineering where he developed instrumentation and methods to aggregate and control the movement of magnetotactic bacterial carriers for drug delivery applications. He is currently working on robotic projects that utilize MRI systems to power, control and image tetherless surgical robots under the guidance and control of a surgeon.


Seokchang Ryu, Ph.D.

surgical robotics, micro-robotics, fiber optic sensors, haptics.

Seok Chang received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, USA, where he worked on surgical robotic devices and fiber optic force, tactile, and shape sensors with Prof. Mark R Cutkosky. He is currently working on projects with concentric tube surgical robots and MR-actuated robots.


Research Fellows (Clinicians)

Ignacio Berra, M.D.

cardiac surgery.



  • Patrick Codd, M.D., Mass General Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Boston, U.S.A.
  • Gioia Lucarini, Ph.D., Postdoc, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy
  • Andrew Gosline, Ph. D., Principal Research Scientist, Etiometry LLC
  • Christos Bergeles, Ph. D., Hamlyn Fellow, Imperial College London
  • Slava Arabagi, Ph. D.
  • Panagiotis Vartholomeos, Ph. D., Founder, Robotic Remedy PCC.
  • Hongliang Ren, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, National
    University of Singapore
  • Jesse Lock, Ph. D., M. D., Chief Medical Officer, Sterling Point Research / Pediatrician
  • Mohsen Mahvash, Ph. D., Instructor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Gianni Campion, Ph. D., Systems Software Specialist, CAE Healthcare, Montreal, Quebec
  • Wenyuan Chen, Ph. D., Director of Product Engineering, JLC Group LLC
  • Prakash Kasturi, Ph. D., Principal Firmware Engineer, Newport Corp.
  • Thomas Debus, Ph. D., Alliance Spacesystems, Inc.
  • Jeff Stoll, Ph. D., Ultrasound Innovations Group, Siemens Medical Solutions
  • Evan Butler, M. Sc., President, Sterling Point Research LLC
  • Genevieve Laing, M. Sc., Product Engineer, Medtronic, Inc.
  • Sudeep Deshpande, M. Sc., Boston Consulting Group
  • Pat Sears, M. Sc., Alliance Spacesystems, Inc.
  • Matt Heverly, M. Sc., Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Lab.
  • Shaun Selha, M. Sc., Project Manager, SourceOne, Inc.
  • Brandon Itkowitz, M. Sc., Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • Ben Wolf, M. Sc., NMT Medical, Inc.