Team AVR - Control, Vision and Robotics Lab


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Contact: Benoit Rosa

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Benoit ROSA,
PhD, CNRS Researcher
ICube - CNRS UMR 7357
S/s IRCAD, 1, place de l'Hôpital
67091 Strasbourg Cedex - FRANCE

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Research topics

  • I am interested in the design and control of continuum robots for minimally invasive surgery. Throughout the years, I have developed first-hand experience with many continuum robot technologies (concentric tubes, fluidic, shape memory alloys, cable-actuated devices). I also have a strong interest in image-guided surgery, as well in the planning phase (patient specific robot design) than in the control phase (instrument tracking and image-based control). Finally, as those devices become more and more complex, interesting questions arise in the human-machine interface side, especially concerning registration, high-level control, and cooperative control.
  • keywords : Continuum robots design and control, Image-guided surgery, Surgical robotics, Human-machine interface and intuitive control

Research and teaching experience

2017 - current:

  • CNRS Researcher (CR2, Chargé de Recherche):
    • ICube Lab (AVR, Control, Vision and Robotics Team) (CNRS UMR 7357 Strasbourg, France)
    • Control and design of continuum robots for flexible endoscopy

2015 - 2016:

  • Research Fellow: Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering Lab, Boston Children's Hospital - Harvard Medical School
    • Design and control of concentric tube robots for beating-heart intracardiac surgery
    • Development and pre-clinical validation of a novel cardioscopic imaging modality

2013 - 2015:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Robot-Assisted Surgery group, KU Leuven
    • Continuum robots for surgical applications. Design and human-machine interface in endovascular and fetal surgery applications
  • Teaching in the Mechatronic Design class at KU Leuven
  • Mentoring of 5 MS students and 3 PhD students

2010 - 2013

  • PhD Thesis in Robotics at the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR), AGATHE Team, Pierre and Marie Curie University, France
    • Title: Robotized mosaicing of endomicroscopic images (manuscript)
    • Tutors: Pr. G. Morel (ISIR), Pr. J. Szewczyk (ISIR)
  • Assistant Lecturer: Pierre and Marie Curie University
    • Supervised mechatronics projects / Practical classes in linear electronics


2010 - 2013:

  • PhD Thesis in Robotics at the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR), AGATHE Team, Pierre and Marie Curie University, France

2006 - 2009:

  • Engineering Degree at Ecole Centrale Paris, Chatenay-Malabry, France

2004 - 2006:

  • Intensive preparatory school for Grandes Ecoles, Lycée Saint Louis, Paris, France

Aawards and distinctions

  • Best PhD thesis award by the GdR Robotique of CNRS, for the best PhD thesis in Robotics defended in France in 2013
  • April 2013 TBME mothly highlight, and cover of the 60(4) journal issue in the IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering for my article entitled "Building large mosaics of confocal endomicroscopic images using visual servoing"
  • 3rd Prize for best paper and presentation award at the 5th Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery (CRAS 2015) for the paper "Design and validation of Pneumatically Actuated Fetoscope" (A. Devreker, B. Rosa, J. Qian, T. Vercauteren, S. Ourselin, E. Vander Poorten, D. Reynaerts)
  • Finalist for best paper award at the 3rd Joint Workshop on Computer/Robotic Assisted Surgery (CRAS 2013) for the paper "Precise navigation on soft tissues with an endomicroscopy probe" (B Rosa, J Szewczyk, and G Morel)


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