Engineering Research Seminar Series 23, 2012: Robotics in Gastroenterology

Dr Louis Phee, Associate Professor from Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Date: 2012-10-05
Time: 15:00 to 16:00
Venue: Lecturer Theatre 6-0-09


Robotic technologies are fast finding their way into the surgical theatre. Clinicians are recognizing the advantages of using robots to help them perform surgery.  Robots could be designed to be highly configurable and so as to access the patient’s body with decreased invasiveness. The end effectors could have high degrees of freedom which allow them to perform intricate surgical tasks accurately. As with industrial robots, surgical robots use a variety of cutting edge sensors and actuators. Coupled with sophisticated control systems, safety, reliability and robustness are enhanced. With advancements in IT technologies, surgical operations may be performed with the surgeon being thousands of miles away from the patient. Intra-operatively, the surgeon could easily access diagnostic data and medical images to correlate with what he is working on. This gives him the required information and confidence to administer the most appropriate surgical intervention. At the end of the day, it is the patient who benefits most from robotic surgery. These benefits include less invasive procedures, faster recovery times, less pain and trauma, and savings in hospitalization costs and stays. In this talk, we will look at the latest developments in the area of robotics used to diagnose and treat ailments related to the digestive tract.


About the Speaker

Dr Louis Phee is an Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is currently the Head of the Mechatronics & Design Division, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at NTU. He graduated from NTU with the B.Eng (Hons) and M.Eng degrees in 1996 and 1999 respectively. He obtained his PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy in 2002 on a European Union scholarship. His research interests include Medical Robotics and Mechatronics in Medicine. Currently, Dr Phee is the Principal Investigator of a few interdisciplinary projects. Since Sep 2008, he is also the Program Manager of an A*STAR MedTech Program. He is concurrently the CEO of EndoMaster Pte Ltd, a company he co-founded to commercialize a surgical robotic system he developed. Dr Phee was awarded the National Academy of Science (SNAS) Young Scientist Award, the Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award and the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2006, 2007 and 2011 respectively. In 2005, he was awarded the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. He has published over 40 international journals and book chapters.