IEEE Spectrum: Enhanced Haptic Feedback Replace Surgeons’ Sense of Touch at King’s CoRe

IEEE Spectrum recently reported about haptic feedback solutions for minimally invasive surgery proposed by world-leading research groups. The article mentions the work  that the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) led by robotics expert Prof. Kaspar Althoefer at King’s College London has devised a system that tracks the probe’s spatial position, how deeply it indents the tissue, and the…

Service Robots – Flexible Helpers in Professional Use at CoRe

Service robotics in Europe is on the rise. The market entrance of Google, the establishment of the “Robo-Stox” index in 2013, special reports in magazines such as “The Economist” or “Der Spiegel” show it: service robotics is on the threshold of entering a new maturity level. Service robotics conquers new, commercial fields of application and…

Huge Media Interest: Why octopus arms don’t stick together?

“Octopus arms have a built-in mechanism that prevents the suckers from grabbing octopus skin,” says Guy Levy (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), the lead author of the work, which appears today in Current Biology. Their article has received a huge interest from the media such as Nature, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, IBT, The Scientist, National…

Impressions of the SCHUNK Expert Days 2014: Robots with Impact

In collaboration with SCHUNK, STIFF-FLOP showed a demonstration of their current state-of-the-art during the Expert Days 2014 in Hausen. This event is the world’s leading symposium for applied service robotics attended by more than 100 experts from all over the world, 18 international top-class speakers and 17 representatives of the international trade press this year.

STIFF-FLOP Newsletter out now!

The STIFF-FLOP consortium has now published their end-of-year newsletter which is available here. It contains the latest news items about: recent progress and achievements of the project; RoNeX – the commercialised integration platform hardware; first safety and benchmarking tests; a list of peer-reviewed papers and invited keynote speeches; STIFF-FLOP exhibitions; Advisory groups.

9 CoRe Papers and 1 CoRe Workshop accepted at ICRA 2014

9 papers by members of the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) and 1 full-day workshop on “Soft and stiffness-controllable robots for minimally invasive surgery” have been accepted at the top robotics conference: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014). In June 2014, this conference will be held in Hong Kong. Please see below the…

ICRA 2014 Workshop on Soft and Stiffness-controllable Robots for MIS

This workshop aims to bring together medical experts active in the field of minimally invasive surgery and roboticists creating and studying soft and stiffness controllable robot devices. We will explore the synergies that will arise from robotic surgeons cooperating with such modern robots to conduct advanced surgical interventions previously not possible. This ICRA 2014 workshop…

STIFF-FLOP: 1 of 5 Cool Robots funded by the EU

Prior to the festival, Robot Safari received excellent coverage in Design Week, the Daily Telegraph and Mail Online. It also received a prominent half-page listing in Time Out London. As the festival opened, further coverage appeared, including in Phys.org, Gizmag and Popular Science. The BBC published a video online with footage from the festival and…

STIFF-FLOP at the Science Museum

During the European Robotics Week, at the Science Museum in London we’ll meet swimming, flapping or crawling robots mimicking real animals. The EU-funded STIFF-FLOP project will be showing a robotic arm inspired by the softness and agility of an elephant’s trunk and by the octopus’ ability to find food by exploring small cavities in rocks.…