Advanced Technologies for Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery

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The Science Partner Journal Cyborg and Bionic Systems is now considering submissions for a special issue on Advanced Technologies for Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery.


Significant advances have been made in the field of robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery in recent decades, boosted by emerging techniques that include artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and VR/AR imaging, as well as high-precision sensor and device elements. As the technologies underlying robotic solutions continue to mature and develop to be more clinically applicable, new robotic surgical applications will continue to emerge. However, there are still many challenges related to safety, intelligence, and effectiveness which can be tackled by developing more advanced robotic solutions.

The main objective of this special issue is to present the recent advancements and challenges in the field of robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, including advanced modeling, sensing, perception, and control approaches to promote the applications of surgical robotics. Topics of interest for this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Novel robotic mechanisms and systems for surgical robotics
  • Biomaterials, biosensors and bio-actuators in surgical robotics
  • Image guided robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery
  • Intelligent human-robot interaction in surgical systems
  • Advanced control algorithms for surgical robotics
  • Haptic interfaces and devices in surgical robotics
  • Safety and robustness of robotic surgery devices

    Guest Editors

    Dr. Xingguang Duan, Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

    Portrait of Xingguang DuanDr. Duan is currently a professor with School of Mechatronical Engineering & Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for the Intelligent Robots and Systems, Beijing Institute of Technology. He is the deputy director of the Key Laboratory of Biomimetic Robots and Systems, and also a PI of Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Intelligent Robots and Systems, and Institute of Engineering Medicine. Prof. Duan is the expert member for key special project on intelligent robot of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and the expert in compiling guidelines of the special project on major scientific instruments of the MOST. He is also the Leading talent for Taishan industry, and membership of multiple academic organizations. His research interests include design of the surgical robot system, robotic perception and understanding of environment, navigation and planning of robotics, human-robot cooperative intelligent control, etc. He has over 20 projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation, the National High Technology Research and Development Program, the state support program, etc. He has published more than 80 academic papers and authorized 40 patents.

    Dr. Changsheng Li, Associate Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology, China 

    Portrait of Changsheng LiDr. Li is currently an associate professor with School of Mechatronical Engineering & Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for the Intelligent Robots and Systems, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China. He received the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Beihang University, Beijing, China, in 2016, and was a research fellow with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, from 2016 to 2020. His research interests include surgical robotics and navigation, human-robot interaction and intelligent control, mechanical design and system integration, especially flexible surgical robotics in single-port access (SPA) surgery and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). He has published more than 60 academic papers and 30 patents.


    Dr. Hao Su, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, USA

    Portrait of Hao SuDr. Su is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the North Carolina State University. Prior to joining NC State, he was Irwin Zahn Endowed Assistant Professor at City University of New York, City College. He was a Research Scientist at Philips Research North America where he designed robots for lung surgery, and then a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Surgical Robotics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Su received NSF CAREER Award,Toyota Mobility Challenge Discover Award, the Best Medical Robotics Paper Runner-up Award in the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and Philips Innovation Transfer Award. He received the Advanced Simulation & Training Award from the Link Foundation and Dr. Richard Schlesinger Award from the American Society for Quality. He holds patents on surgical robotics and socially assistive robots. He currently serves as an associate editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RAL), IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), and IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

    Dr. Chao Liu, Senior Research Scientist, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

    Portrait of Chao LiuDr. Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2006. He joined French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) as CR2 Research Scientist in 2008 and was promoted to CR1 Senior Research Scientist in 2012. Dr. Liu's research interests include surgical robotics, teleoperation, haptics, control theory/system, and computer vision. He is involved in several European and French national research projects on medical robotics as Principal Investigator or participant. He has been expert panelist of Project Evaluation Committee for French National Research Agency (ANR) and Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Dr. Liu serves on IEEE Technical Committee on "Telerobotics" since 2011, IFAC Technical Committee on "Biological and Medical systems" since 2012 and IEEE Technical Committee on "Haptics". He also serves as program committee member and associate editor for numerous international conferences. He is Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.

      Submission Deadline

      October 31, 2022

        Submission Instructions

        Please select "Special Issue: Advanced Technologies for Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery" as the section/category during the submission process. Please also indicate in your cover letter that your submission is intended for inclusion in the special issue.

        Table of Contents

        As articles within the special issue are published they will appear below.

        Task Autonomy of a Flexible Endoscopic System for Laser-Assisted Surgery

        Hangjie Mo, Xiaojian Li, Bo Ouyang, Ge Fang, Yuanjun Jia

        Cyborg and Bionic Systems, vol. 2022, Article ID 9759504, 11 pages, 2022

        A Novel Biopsy Capsule Robot Based on High-Speed Cutting Tissue

        Zhibin Song, Wenjie Zhang, Wenhui Zhang, Dario Paolo

        Cyborg and Bionic Systems, vol. 2022, Article ID 9783517, 11 pages, 2022