A smart surgical robotic for cochlear implantation

X. Du, R. Taylor, P.N. Brett, D. Proops, A. Reid, C. Coulson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


In this paper a surgical robotic device for cochlear implantation surgery is described that is able to discriminate tissue interfaces and other controlling parameters ahead of a drill tip. The advantage in surgery is that tissues at interfaces can be preserved. The smart tool is able to control interaction with respect to the flexing tissue to avoid penetration control the extent of protrusion with respect to the real-time position of the tissue. To interpret drilling conditions, and conditions leading up to breakthrough at a tissue interface, the sensing scheme used enables discrimination between the variety of conditions posed in the drilling environment. The result is a robust fully autonomous system able to respond to tissue type, behaviour and deflection in real-time. The paper describes the robotic tool that has been designed to be used in the surgical environment where it has been used in the operating room.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Automation, Robotics and Control Systems 2010, ARCS 2010
EditorsDimitrios A. Karras, Kamal A.F. Moustafa, Daisy Tang
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event2010 International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Control Systems - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 12 Jul 201014 Jul 2010


Conference2010 International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Control Systems
Abbreviated titleARCS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


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