Four recent papers from the lab
18 Aug 2021 by lfichera

Nick got a paper accepted in the Journal of Medical Robotics Research. The manuscript is entitled Beyond Constant Curvature: A New Mechanics Model for Unidirectional Notched-Tube Continuum Wrists.

Dr. Fichera co-authored an article entitled Trans-eustachian Middle Ear Endoscopy Using a Steerable Distal-Camera Tipped Endoscope, which will appear in a forthcoming issue of Otology and Neurotology.

Our group got a paper accepted at IEEE EMBC 2021. The paper is entitled Optical Fiber Coupling System for Steerable Endoscopic Instruments, and it is a collaboration with Prof. Yuxiang Liu’s laboratory at WPI.

We also posted a pre-print on arXiv entitled Identification of Tissue Optical Properties During Thermal Laser-Tissue Interactions: Approach and Preliminary Evaluation. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Andrea Arnold (WPI).

Upcoming paper in Frontiers in Robotics and AI
14 Jul 2021 by lfichera

Dr. Fichera co-authored an article for Frontiers in Robotics and AI entitled “μRALP and beyond: Micro-technologies and systems for robot-assisted endoscopic laser microsurgery.” The article will appear on the journal website.

Lab members win multiple senior awards
01 Jun 2021 by lfichera

Sabrina, Phil, Sam, and Zhongchuan won the Robotics Engineering Department Award for their senior design project entitled SCREAM 3.0: Super-elastic Continuum Robot for Endoscopic Articulation and Manipulation. They also won the award for the best video during project presentation day!

Sabrina and Isabelle were recognized with individual awards for their achievements during their time at WPI.

Congratulations to all!

Jesse and Nick Master's thesis defenses
21 Apr 2021 by lfichera

Jesse successfully defended his Robotics MS thesis entitled Making Concentric Tube Robots More Accessible: A New Open-Source Design Made of 3D-Printed and Other Easy-to-Source Materials on April 21. He will join the MedLab at Vanderbilt University in the Fall of 2021 to continue his studies as a Ph.D. student.

Nick successfully passed his Robotics MS defense on April 19 with a thesis entitled A New Mechanics Model for Continuum Notched-Tube Wrists that Accounts for Tendon Friction and Material Nonlinearities, and he will continue his graduate studies at WPI.

Congratulations to Jesse and Nick!

Best Student Paper Award at SPIE Medical Imaging 2021
16 Feb 2021 by lfichera

Our paper entitled “On the Merits of Using Angled Fiber Tips in Office-based Laser Surgery of the Vocal Folds,” co-authored by Isabelle, Jesse, and Alex won the best student paper award in the Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling track at SPIE Medical Imaging 2021!

Upcoming paper in Science Robotics
17 Dec 2020 by lfichera

Dr. Fichera wrote a focus article for Science Robotics entitled “Bringing the light inside the body to perform better surgery.” The article will appear on the January 2021 issue of the journal.

Invited talk at IROS 2020 workshop on surgical robotics
14 Oct 2020 by lfichera

Dr. Fichera will give an invited talk entitled “On the role of autonomy in robot-assisted laser surgery” during the upcoming IROS 2020 workshop entitled Autonomous System in Medicine: Current Challenges in Design, Modeling, Perception, Control and Applications.

Papers accepted at SPIE Medical Imaging 2021
13 Oct 2020 by lfichera

Our lab got two papers accepted at SPIE Medical Imaging 2021: “On the Merits of Using Angled Fiber Tips in Office-based Laser Surgery of the Vocal Folds” by Isabelle, Jesse, and Alex; and “Augmented Immersive Telemedicine through Camera View Manipulation Controlled by Head Motions” - this latter paper is a collaboration with the FUSION Lab.

Abtract accepted - 2020 Fall Voice Conference
05 Sep 2020 by lfichera

Our abstract entitled “Introducing Steerable Laser Fibers in Office-Based Laryngology Procedures” was accepted for presentation at the Fall Voice Conference. Congratulations to Isabelle, Jesse, and Alex!

New NIH Award
01 May 2020 by lfichera

Our laboratory received a $430k NIH grant for the project proposal “Flexible Steerable Laser Probe for Office-based Laryngeal Interventions,” with PI: Loris Fichera, Co-I Shawn Liu (ME) and Co-I Thomas L. Carroll (ENT doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital).

Moving to Remote Operations
12 Mar 2020 by lfichera

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, our laboratory will move to remote (home) operations for the foreseeable future to ensure the safety and well-being of all its members. We will continue to monitor the information and the guidelines issued by WPI officials and by the local, state, and federal government to determine when it will finally be safe to resume regular lab activities.

Invited Talk at IEEE RAS Boston Chapter
16 Dec 2019 by lfichera

Dr. Fichera gave an invited talk entitled “Combining robotics and machine intelligence to enable advanced treatment modalities in the head and neck” at the monthly meeting of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (Boston Chapter).

TRIAD Grant Award
01 Dec 2019 by lfichera

Our laboratory was awarded a $60k TRIAD seed grant from WPI for the proposal entitled “Photoacoustic Imaging of Neurovascular Bundles for Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Pelvic Surgery.” The goal of this 1-year project, which will be carried out in collaboration with Profs. Kai Zhang, Greg Fischer, and Ben Nephew, is to explore the creation of a spectroscopic photoacoustic imaging system to aid in the detection of neurovascular bundles (NVBs) during robot-assisted pelvic surgical procedures, including radical prostatectomies.

Dr. Fichera to serve on Advisory Board of the WPI Office for Undergraduate Research
01 Nov 2019 by lfichera

Dr. Fichera has been selected to serve on the advisory board of the WPI Office of Undergraduate Research. In this role, he will provide inputs to improve the engagement of undergraduate students in research projects, and help promote existing opportunities for early research experiences at WPI and beyond among undergraduate students.

Shravan, Karim and Nick graduate
15 Aug 2019 by lfichera

Summer has been busy in the Comet Lab!

Shravan successfully defended his Robotics MS thesis entitled A mixed reality framework for surgical navigation: approach and preliminary results on April 23, and will now continue his studies as a Ph.D. student at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Karim successfully passed his Biomedical Engineering MS defense on July 23 with a thesis entitled Towards the automatic control of laser ablation for surgical applications.

Nick completed the requirements for the non-thesis MS degree in Robotics on August 16, and will move to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he will pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

Congratulations to Shravan, Karim, and Nick!

Invited Talk at WCEES 3.0
20 Jun 2019 by lfichera
Award finalists at DMD 2019
15 Feb 2019 by lfichera

Our paper “Towards Flexible Steerable Instruments for Office-Based Laryngeal Surgery” was nominated as one of the “top ten papers that describe medical devices with potential for commercialization” at the Design of Medical Devices Conference, and it will participate in the Three in Five Competition. Congratulations to Kevin, Cory, Ben and Zach!