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Technologies for Health: Robotics in Modern Medicine

Professor Shane Xie and Professor Pietro Valdastri, Chairs in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

22nd May 2017, 6-8pm, Rhodes Lecture Theatre, University of Leeds

The world faces an increasing challenge in providing healthcare, and UK’s expertise in medical technology has the potential both to improve the quality of life and to provide economic growth for an export market in medical technologies. The University of Leeds is establishing a major new capability in medical robotics, supported by the appointment of two Chairs in Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing. You are cordially invited to this inaugural lecture event, during which the new Chairholders will describe their research and vision for the use of robotics in medicine.

Lecture 1 – Lifesaving Capsule Robots (6-6.45pm), Professor Pietro Valdastri

The first inaugural speaker is Pietro Valdastri, Professor and Chair in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Director of the Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing (IRASS), and Director of the STORM Lab. Professor Valdastri’s areas of expertise are surgical robotics; robotic endoscopy; robotic actuators; magnetic manipulation; medical capsule robots; small scale design and manufacturing; medical robots.

Professor Valdastri will discuss the recent enabling technologies that are being developed at the University of Leeds to transform medical robots.


Lecture 2 – Robotics for healthcare: from physical rehabilitation to innovative medicine (7-7.45pm), Professor Shane Xie

The second inaugural speaker is Shane Xie, Professor and Chair in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Professor Xie has over 25 years of research experience in Mechatronics and Robotics. His current research interests include medical devices and technologies, rehabilitation robots, exoskeletons and orthotics, human-robot interaction, wearable sensors and actuators, and brain-computer interface. He has published more than 400 refereed papers and 7 books in areas largely related to advanced robotics and mechatronics technologies for medical and rehabilitation.

Professor Xie will discuss recent research work in medical and rehabilitation robotics, disability science and technology, and exoskeletons for healthcare. He will also provide an overview of mechatronics and robotics research capabilities at the University of Leeds.


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Food will be served from 5.30pm & drinks from 7.45pm in the School foyer


Registration closes 19th May, All welcome to attend.