Medical Robotics - EB

Ano letivo: 2013-2014
Specification sheet

Specific details
course codecycle os studiesacademic semestercredits ECTSteaching language

Learning goals

Design of control architectures for robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Design of control architectures for robotic-assisted tele-medicine. Evaluation of medical robots.


Chapter 1 : Introduction to medical robotics. Assistive technologies, rehabilitation robotics, surgical robotics and robotics for diagnosis. Historical perspective.

Chapter 2: Design of Surgical Manipulators. Security issues. Manipulators with serial and parallel configurations.  European directives. Minimally invasive surgery. Passive and active joints. Remote rotation center. Master-slave mechatronic systems. Da Vinci system.

Chapter 3: Motion control and force control in medical robotics. Motion Control: Joint space control and task space control. Force Control: Indirect force control (compliant control, impedance control) and direct force control (hybrid position/force control, external force control). 3) Kalman Active Observers. Design of null space / task space controllers for minimally invasive surgery.

Chapter 4: Haptic Telemanipulation. Haptic control architectures. Telepresence, stability and robustness analysis. Contact parameter estimation.


Robotics, Control

Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis;
. Competence to solve problems;
. Critical thinking;
. Creativity;
. Research skills;
. Competence in understanding the language of other specialists;
. Competence in autonomous learning;
(by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
laboratory classes20
tutorial guidance28
total of teaching hours76

Laboratory or field work33 %
Research work33 %
Assessment Tests33 %
assessment implementation in 20132014
Assessment Exam: 40.0%
Report with experimental demonstration of the mini-project: 60.0%

Bibliography of reference

•  Khalil, W, Dombre E. (2002), Modeling, Identification and Control of Robots,  HPS.
•  Sciavicco and Siciliano (2000), Modeling and Control of Robot Manipulators, Springer.
•  Cortesão, R. (2012), Medical Robotics Course, DEEC-FCTUC.

Teaching method

Theoretical classes with detailed presentation, using audiovisual means, of the concepts, principles and fundamental theories and solving basic practical exercises to illustrate the practical interest of discussed topics.

Laboratory classes are for implementing a mini-project addressing robot control for medical applications.

Resources used

Dispositivos hapticos e manipuladores robóticos redundantes ultra-leves.