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Robotic technology is able to provide precise and accurate sensing and movement capabilities. Our group looks at the application of such technology in human-controlled surgical applications.


Improving patient and surgeon experience via robotic technology.

Medical Robotics research projects

IDRESS – Assistive Interactive Robotic System for Support in Dressing

IDRESS is a EC CHIST-ERA and EPSRC funded 3-year project. The main objective of the project is to develop a system that will provide proactive assistance with dressing to disabled users or users such as high-risk health-care workers, whose physical contact with the garments must be limited during dressing to avoid contamination.

Minimally invasive instrumentation for soft tissue robotic surgery

Novel anthropomorphic tool design for intuitive tele-surgery.

Palpating surgical gripper

A surgical tool designed for intuitive touch based tissue interaction.

Haptics for tele-surgery

Enabling tactile and kinaesthetic touch sensations for robotic surgery.

Virtual prototyping for laparoscopy

Simulating surgical tool interaction via real and virtual components.

Haptic sensing

Developing an accurate and sophisticated sense of touch for robots.

Rehabilitation for the hand

Robotic rehabilitation for the restoration of hand motor function following stroke.

Reduction of joint fractures

Robotic reduction of complex joint fractures

A Bio-Inspired Joint

A Bio-Inspired Condylar Hinge Joint for Robotic and Prosthetic Limbs.


Tactile fingertip for robot hands

See also: MOBISERV

An integrated intelligent home environment for the provision of health, nutrition and mobility services to older adults.


Theme Leader

Project people

  • Professor Chris Melhuish
  • Professor Tony Pipe
  • Professor Sanja Dogramadzi
  • Dr Guilio Dagnino
  • Dr Ioannis Georgilas
  • Antonia Tzemanaki

Contact details

Professor Sanja Dogramadzi
Dr Adam Spiers
Bristol Robotics Laboratory,
University of the West of England,
Coldharbour Lane, 
Bristol, BS16 1QY
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81301

Page last updated 15 August 2017