Brain Activation Patterns Examined for Collaborative Robotic Assistance in Minimally Invasive Surgery - Medical Robotics

This project is about using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) in order to record and comparatively analyse the cortical brain activity of trained and untrained subjects for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) operations. The project will focus on suturing and knot-tying in laparoscopy. A MIS training platform and an NIRS recording system will be used to experiment with subjects.

Professional manipulation tasks, such as MIS in medicine, require high skills that can be attained only by special training and years of experience. Training and experience result in changes in the structure and location of brain activity in order to consolidate learning for the automated hand maneuvers. Robotic assistance for such tasks could aide the novice subjects to perform with high quality without necessarily going through the long training and experience period. Developing a robotic assistance necessitates understanding the cognitive and neurological correlates of performing such fine skill requiring tasks in order to determine the skill level of the subjects and decide on the type and level of assistance.

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Supervisor name: 
Mustafa Suphi Erden
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Project location: 
Earl Mountbatten Building, EM G.17