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11-08-2009, 11:45 PM
Two PhD positions at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium
- Type of Position: Doctoral Research Fellow
- Hosting Institution: Department of Mechanical Engineering, - - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven ()
- Advisor: Prof. Jos Vander Sloten
- Project: SCATh - Smart Catheterization (EU - FP7)
- Duration of the PhD: 4 years (3 years on SCATh + 1 additional year)
- Starting date: at your earliest convenience

PROJECT BACKGROUND: Modern medicine is irreversibly shifting towards less invasive surgical procedures. Conventional open surgery approaches are being replaced by interventions that reduce access trauma thereby minimising pain and hospitalisation periods for patients. The downside of this trend is that it puts an additional burden upon the interventionalist, limiting his/her access to and view upon the surgical scene, requiring extreme concentration, leaving few options in case of unforeseen events. In summary, the additional complexity entails unacceptable risks for the patient and hampers the development of superior interventional techniques. The goal of SCATh is to minimize these drawbacks specifically for a series of new and promising catheterization procedures dealing with cardiovascular disease, the main cause of death in the EU.


1. First vacancy profile: Development of a multimodal real-time adaptive virtual patient modelling platform for support during catheterization procedures.
Envisioned tasks:
- co-developing a software framework for merging and real-time processing of various datastreams;
- fusion of multimodal tracking data with preoperative geometrical models
- real time FEM implementation;
- real time detection of critical events.

2. Second vacancy profile: Development of novel robot-based catheter steering mechanisms and control strategies for catheterization procedures with haptic feedback.
Envisioned tasks:
- hardware development of a multi-d.o.f. catheter driver;
- development of efficient catheter steering mechanisms allowing robust catheter navigation;
- implementation of reliable semi-autonomous and telerobotic haptic control schemes;
- system integration of various robotic modules, experimental validation and user evaluation of the final demonstrator.

- on the website of the Arenberg Doctoral School:
- Contact: SCATh.Coordinator@mech.kuleuven.be

Robot Assisted Surgery group
Division of Biomechanics, KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 300C, Leuven, Belgium
tel: +32 16 32 25 15