one month off


Hello everybody! August 2014 will be like a “work-holiday” month for me. I’m going to attend two conferences (BioRob 2014 and EMBC 2014), in order to present my research work (see my two more recent Publications). And I’ll take as well some days off, I mean, real holidays, with sun and everything. No permanent internet connection, so it’ll be difficult to update my blog. I’ll be back in September, so… enjoy your holidays you too and see you in a month 🙂

accepted for publication – Biorob 2014

referenceA bit later than expected 🙂 but the good news has arrived: the paper I submitted to Biorob 2014 has been accepted for publication! This work presents one of the two miniaturised actuation systems for an instrumented knee implant that I’ve conceived in the framework of my PhD thesis. The second model is described in another paper that is currently under review.

TitleAn Active Tibial Component for Postoperative Fine-Tuning Adjustment of Knee Ligament Imbalance

AuthorsA. Collo, P. Poignet, C. Hamitouche, S. Almouahed, and E. Stindel

Abstract: Ligament tensioning is a key step in Total Knee Arthroplasty surgery. The surgeon has to manually set proper tension conditions for the two lateral ligaments of the knee. Inaccuracies may lead to severe postoperative complications and, in the worst-case scenario, to revision surgery. Unfortunately, suboptimal balance conditions are unavoidable and no assistance tool has been developed up to now to help the surgeon during the surgery. The goal of this work is to propose an instrumented tibial component able to evaluate ligament balance conditions after surgery and to monitor their evolution in the postoperative period. Thanks to an embedded actuation system, optimal ligament tension values can be restored so as to improve the prosthesis lifespan and avoid the need for revision surgery.

IEEE BioRob 2014 ( + mini news in italiano)

biorob145th edition of the IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2014), the biannual conference on theoretical and experimental issues in the fields of robotics and mechatronics applied to medicine and biology. This year the conference will be held in São Paulo on August 12-15, 2014. The conference theme of this edition is “Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics Technology for a World without Borders“. The confluence of all stakeholders engineers, physicians, industry, government, patients, and caregivers will be unique but in line with United Nations 2012 unanimous decision to make healthcare and rehabilitation a human right.

BioRob covers both theoretical and experimental challenges posed by the application of robotics and mechatronics in medicine and biology. The primary focus of Biorobotics is to analyze biological systems from a “biomechatronic” point of view, trying to understand the scientific and engineering principles underlying their extraordinary performance. This profound understanding of how biological systems work, behave and interact can be used for two main objectives: to guide the design and fabrication of novel, high performance bio-inspired machines and systems for many different applications; and to develop novel nano, micro-, macro- devices that can act upon, substitute parts of, and assist human beings in prevention, diagnosis, surgery, prosthetics, rehabilitation and personal assistance. The technical program of IEEE BioRob2014 will consist of invited talks, special sessions, posters, and paper presentations. Papers can cover areas of Biorobotics and Biomechatronics including :

  • Technology for assisted surgery and diagnosis
  • Biomechatronic and human-centered design
  • Micro/nano technologies in medicine and biologylogo
  • Wearable assistive and augmenting devices
  • Biological systems modeling
  • Biologically-inspired systems
  • Rehabilitation and assistive robotics
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Neuro-robotics
  • Prosthetic devices
  • Locomotion and manipulation in robots and biological systems
  • Technology Assessment, Ethical and Social Implications of Biorobotics and Biomechatronics

Important dates :

  • February 28, 2014 – Submission of paper & workshop proposals
  • May 2, 2014 – Paper acceptance notification
  • May 26, 2014 – Final paper submission


TGR_liguriae per dare un’occhiata al mondo della robotica a Genova, clicca qui per vedere un breve servizio del TG Regione Liguria del 12 febbraio 2014 (dal minuto 16:40 in poi)