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Pietro Valdastri

Adjoint Professor of Mechanical Engineering

“The continuous quest for miniaturization has made the science fiction vision of miniature capsule robot working inside the human body come true.  The goal of my research consists in designing and creating mechatronic and self-contained devices to be used inside specific districts of the human body to detect and cure diseases in a non-invasive way. Capsule robots represent a challenging paradigm for both research and learning. They embed sensors, actuators, digital intelligence, miniaturized mechanisms, communication systems and power supply, all in a very small volume. Capsule robots may be autonomous or teleoperated, they can work alone or as a team, and they can be customized to fulfill specific functions. At the moment, I am applying capsule robot technologies to early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer, and I am developing a new generation of surgical robots that can enter the patient’s abdomen by a single tiny incision.”

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Areas of Research: Robotics