2017 Medical Robotics

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Graduate major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering
Omata Toru  Tadano Kotaro 
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Course description and aims

Developments of medical devices in medical-engineering collaboration are quite important to meet the contemporary social needs. Especially many robot technologies have been introduced into medical front. Research and development of medical robots become the central core of medical-engineering collaboration.
This course introduces development examples of medical robots and presents elemental techniques necessary for medical robots such as mechanism, sensing, actuators, control, interfaces and so on. Students are expected to learn knowledge and way of thinking useful in developments of medical robots.

Student learning outcomes

Acquire ability to design/control new medical robots understanding the followings:
・Understand the current state, types, rolls of medical robots, advantages/disadvantages of various mechanisms, and difficulty in force sensing for them.
・Understand types and characteristics of actuators, control systems and operating interface of medical robots.


medical robot, surgical robot

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture as necessary.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to medical robotics Understand the current state, types, and rolls of medical robots.
Class 2 Mechanisms for medical robots I Understand linkage mechanisms for medical robots.
Class 3 Development trend of medical robotics Understand development trend of medical robotics
Class 4 Mechanisms for medical robots II Understand cable-driven and differential mechanisms for medical robots
Class 5 Sensing for medical robots Understand why force sensing of medical robots is difficult.
Class 6 Actuators for medical robots Understand principles and characteristics of actuators for medical robots
Class 7 Control for medical robots Understand control law and implementation for medical robots
Class 8 Interfaces for medical robots Understand types, functions and methods of interfaces to operate medical robots



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Course material will be provided when necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Final exam and attendance

Related courses

  • MEC.I211 : Robot Kinematics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have basic knowledge of mechanics in undergraduate level. The focus of this course is NOT on the outline of medical robotics but on technical issues on mechanical engineering for medical robots.

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