WP2: Magnetic navigation platform and robotic capsule

OBJECTIVES and TASKS

Starting from the meaningful medical and technological background of the EndoVESPA Consortium and exploiting the long–term experiences and outstanding expertise of the medical Partners in clinical practise and in innovative medical research, medical and technological specifications and requirements will be analysed for update and refinement. In particular, an in depth technology analysis will cover all aspects related to the technologies that are eligible to meet the goals of the project fulfilling the medical and technical requirements for a smart soft–tethered colonoscope driven by a teleoperated active endoscopic platform, towards an industrial product. The main objective of the medical and technology review and adaptation and engineering of the already developed robotic–aided magnetic locomotion platform into the specifications of the EndoVESPA platform is to highlight, design and develop hardware and software solutions with the potential to be introduced in the colonoscopic platform without wasting resources in developing ad hoc industrial technologies for each specific task. In most of the cases both mechanical and software re–design or design optimization will be performed for guaranteeing the development of an effective industrial–oriented colonoscopic platform: translation of industrial specification and requirements, not already implemented in the current prototype, into technical specifications and development of an industrial and clinical version of the colonoscopic robotic platform. The objective of this work package is devoted to: i) update medical and technological background required to refine the previous concept and system specifications for the EndoVESPA platform and components engineering (Task 2.1 - Medical and technological specifications and requirements); and ii) optimize and develop the EndoVESPA navigation platform and robotic capsule, composed by several technological modules (Task 2.2 to Task 2.5) into a final integrated solution (Task 2.6 - Endoscopic platform and soft–tethered capsule: adaptation and integration). To meet these objectives, the work package is divided into the following aims:

  • medical and technological specifications and requirements;
  • real–time control architecture and data management;
  • localization strategy of the endoscopic system;
  • robot interaction and safety in unstructured environments;
  • medical workstation;
  • endoscopic platform and soft–tethered capsule: adaptation and integration.

 

Task 2.1 – Medical and technological specifications and requirements (SSSA, All Partners)
Task 2.2 – Real–time control architecture and data management (SSSA, UCL, EKYMED)
Task 2.3 – Localization strategy of the endoscopic capsule (SSSA, UCL)
Task 2.4 – Robot interaction and safety in unstructured environments (SSSA)
Task 2.5 – Medical workstation (OVE, SSSA, UCL, EKYMED)
Task 2.6 – Endoscopic platform and soft–tethered capsule: adaptation and integration (SSSA, UCL, EKYMED, OVE)
 

SSSA will be the WP leader