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Imperial College London

June 15, 2016

Imperial College London (IMPERIAL), the lead institution, is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts over 17,000 students and 7,000 staff of the highest international quality.  Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial is currently ranked 2nd in Europe and 6th in the world for engineering and information technology; 3rd in Europe and joint 10th in the world for life sciences; 3rd in Europe and 4th in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health; 3rd in Europe and 9th in the world overall (from The Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings 2014-2015).  The College receives about 8% of the national public funding of university research and the largest industrial sponsorship in the UK university sector. Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment – underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.

The team at Imperial is based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary centres for the study of engineering with a distinguished tradition of excellence in teaching, research and practice.  The proposed work will result from the combined effort of three prominent research groups, namely the Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory (led by Prof. Rodriguez y Baena), the Soft Tissue Mechanics and Biotribology Group (led by Prof. Dini) and the Multiphase Flow Modelling Group (lead by Prof. van Wachem).  The three groups have already collaborated on a number of initiatives (ACTIVE and Centres for Doctoral Trainings) and have a very strong individual and joint track record.

Main tasks undertaken in EDEN2020

The research groups at Imperial will undertake the following tasks:

  • Project coordination: management of progress, ensuring quality and commitment to deliverables from all partners
  • Leading role in the design and development of:
    • The robotic catheter driver system (steering control system)
    • The real-time path-planner/re-planner for catheter navigation
    • The computational model for drug diffusion
    • Soft-tissue phantoms for robotic testing

Subsystem integration and testing