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Dr. Patel is a founding member of CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics), a major research initiative of the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and the Lawson Health Research Institute (LHRI), established with funds of approximately $17 million acquired from federal and provincial funding agencies, industry and private donors. He is an investigator or principal investigator on several of CSTAR’s multidisciplinary projects: Robotic/mechatronic technologies for minimally invasive surgery and therapy; technologies and techniques for surgical training and skills assessment; haptics and teleoperation; image-guided robot-assisted medical interventions. Dr. Patel’s most recent research work in medical robotics has focused on the application of haptics and teleoperation for stroke rehabilitation and treatment of neurological movement disorders. All of Dr. Patel’s research projects in medical robotics involve collaboration with clinicians at CSTAR or LHSC.
The following is a list of Dr. Patel’s ongoing research projects:
Robotic/Mechatronic Technologies for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Therapy
Technology and techniques for surgical training and skills assessment
Image-guided robot-assisted catheter-based interventions
Robot-assisted percutaneous therapies and needle steering
Robotics/mechatronics-assisted image-guided minimally invasive cancer treatment
Haptics and teleroperation for robotics-assisted surgery and therapy
Concentric-tube robots for minimally invasive interventions
Force and shape sensing for surgical instruments
Movement Disorders and Rehabilitation Engineering (2010 – present)
Haptics, teleoperation and mechatronics-based assessment and treatment of neurological movement disorders with a focus on Parkinson's Disease.
Haptics-enabled robotic systems for stroke rehabilitation therapy
A haptics-based multisensory framework for Writer's Cramp disorder (– a task-specific hand dystonia)
In-home monitoring, assessment and rehabilitation to support wellness, engagement and long life
Cameron Dawson, M.E.Sc., 2017, Gesture-based Control of Teleoperated Surgical Robotic Systems. (Jointly supervised with A. L. Trejos.)
Anish Naidu, M.E.Sc., 2015, Design of Novel Sensors and Instruments for Minimally Invasive Lung Tumor Localization via Palpation. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish)
Nikita Chopra, M.E.Sc., 2017, A Framework for Tumor Localization in Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Aaron Yurkewich, M.E.Sc., 2015, Design and Control of a Robotic System for Lower-Limb Stroke Rehabilitation.
Amit Srivastava, M.E.Sc., 2016, Shape Memory Alloy Actuators and Sensors for Applications in Minimally Invasive Interventions.
Ali Moatadelro, M.E.Sc., 2014, Posture-dependent projection-based force reflection algorithms for bilateral teleoperators. (Jointly supervised with I. G. Polushin)
Daniel Yurkewich, M.E.Sc., 2015, Force Sensing in Arthroscopic Instruments using Fiber Bragg Gratings.
(Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish)
Mostafa Hadavand, M.E.Sc., 2014, Design and Development of a Surgical Robot for Needle-based Medical Interventions. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish)
Mauricio Nahum, M.E.Sc., 2013, Design of a Minimally Invasive Single-Port HDR Brachytherapy Applicator for the Treatment of Lung Cancer. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish)
Srikanth Bhattad, M.E.Sc., 2014, InterNAV3D: A Navigation Tool for Robot-Assisted Needle-based Intervention for the Lung.
Abhijit Saxena, M.E.Sc., 2012, Development of a Hand-held Accuracy Improvement Device (AID) with Active Tremor Compensation. Paul Christiaans, M.E.Sc., 2012, Design of a Hand-held Seed Injection Device for Lung Brachytherapy.
Tianho Zhang, M.E.Sc., 2010,
An Optimization-based Approach to Dosimetry Planning for Brachytherapy. Jeremy Breetzke, M.E.Sc., 2011,
Design and Development of a Teleoperated Surgical Simulation Environment. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish)
Melissa Perry, M.E.Sc., 2009, Tactile Sensing System for Lung Tumour Localization during Minimally Invasive Surgery. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish)
Shiva Jayaraman, M.E.Sc., 2009, Validation of a Sensorized Instrument-Based Training System for Minimally Invasive Surgery. (Jointly supervised with C. M. Schlachta)
Mark Guckert, M.E.Sc., 2009, Design and Control of a Miniature Robotic Manipulator. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish)
Hamid Reja Sadeghi Nesht, M.E.Sc., 2008, Real-Time Segmentation of Curved Needles for 3D Ultrasound Image Guidance.
Khalid Habib, M.E.Sc., 2010, Sensorless Collision Detection of the CataLyst-5 Robot. (Jointly supervised with M. Kermani)
Timothi Hayes, M.E.Sc., 2008, A Layered Framework for Surgical Simulation Development. (Jointly supervised with L. Capretz)
Sushil Kumar, M.E.Sc., 2007, Neural Network-based Modelling for Respiratory Motion Compensation in Robot-Assisted Lung Brachytherapy.
Roderick Locke, M.E.Sc., 2007, Remote Centre of Motion for Robotics-Assisted Minimally-Invasive Surgery.
Mahsa Khosravi, (M.E.Sc. completion 2019), Haptics-based teleoperation for concentric-tube robots.
, (M.E.Sc. completion 2018), Velocity Perception in Parkinson's Disease and the Effect of Drug and Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy. (Jointly supervised with M. Jog) Vahid Mehrabi,
(M.E.Sc. completion 2017), Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a Novel Two-DOF Actuated System for Lower-Limb Robotic Rehabilitation. Pouya Soltani Zarrin,
(M.E.Sc. completion 2017), FBG-based Sensorization of Laparoscopic Instruments for Force Sensing. (Jointly supervised with A. L. Trejos) Doctorate Thesis
Seyed Farokh Atashzar, Ph.D., 2016, Safe Haptics-enabled Patient-Robot Interaction for Robotic and Telerobotic Rehabilitation of Neuromuscular Disorders: Control Design and Analysis.
Ph.D., 2017, Expert-in-the-Loop Multilateral Telerobotics for Haptics-Enabled Motor Function and Skills Development. Ran Xu, Ph.D., 2016, Modeling, Sensorization and Control of Concentric-Tube Robots.
Maria Currie, Ph.D., 2015, The Role of Visualization, Force Feedback, and Augmented Reality in Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Repair. (Jointly supervised)
Iman Khalaji, Ph.D., 2014, On the Application of Mechanical Vibration in Robotics-Assisted Soft Tissue Intervention. (Jointly supervised with M.D. Naish)
Ph.D., 2014, Modeling and Control of Steerable Ablation Catheters. Amir Takhmar,
Ph.D., 2014, Control of Cooperative Haptics-Enabled Teleoperation Systems with Application to Minimally Invasive Surgery. (Jointly supervised) Nima Najmaei,
Ph.D., 2014, Design of a Haptic Interface for Medical Applications using Magneto-Rheological Fluid based Actuators. (Jointly supervised) Ali Asadian,
Ph.D., 2013, Robotics-Assisted Needle Steering for Percutaneous Interventions:Modeling and Experiments. Ana Luisa Trejos,
Ph.D., 2012, A Sensorized Instrument for Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Measurement of Forces during Training and Surgery: Development and Applications. Hamidreza Azimian,
Ph.D., 2012, Optimal Preoperative Planning of Robotics-Assisted Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Under Uncertainty. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish) Ali Sadeghi Naini,
Ph.D., 2011, Modeling Lung Tissue Motions and Deformations: Applications in Tumour Ablative Procedures. (Jointly supervised with A. Samani) Ali Talasaz,
Ph.D., 2012, Haptics-Enabled Teleoperation for Robotics-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery. Mahdi Azizian,
Ph.D., 2011, Image-Guided Robot-Assisted Techniques with Applications in Minimally Invasive Therapy and Cell Biology. Niki Abolhassani,
Ph.D., 2008, Trajectory Planning and Control of Robotic Needle Insertion. Arash Aziminejad,
Ph.D., 2007, Time-delay compensation for haptics based teleoperation. Jayender Jagadeesan,
Ph.D., 2007, Haptics-Enabled Robot-Assisted Active Catheter Insertion. Basem Yousef,
Ph.D., 2007, Design of a Manipulator and Probe Holder for Medical Applications. Harmanpreet Bassan,
Ph.D., 2007, Design, Construction and Control of a Micro Manipulator for Prostate Brachytherapy. Kermani, Mehrdad,
Ph.D., 2005, Vibration Suppression in Large-Scale Robotic Manipulators using Piezoelectric Materials. (Jointly supervised with M. Moallem) Mahdi Tavakoli,
Ph.D., 2006, Haptic Interaction in Master-Slave Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery.
Behnaz Poursatip, (Ph.D. completion 2018), Motor Learning in Arthroscopic Surgery. (Jointly supervised with A. L. Trejos and M. D. Naish)
(Ph.D. completion 2017), Multi-Modality Sensing for Lung Cancer Tumour Localization. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish) Mir Zayed Hasan,
(Ph.D. completion 2017), Haptics-based Virtual Reality Simulations for Orthopaedic Surgery. (Jointly supervised with I. G. Polushin) Anooshahpour, Farshad,
(Ph.D. completion 2017), Design of a Force Estimator for a Laparoscopic Instrument. (Jointly supervised with I. G. Polushin) Post-doctorate
Peyman Yadmellat, Ph.D., Design of a Novel Haptic Interface based on Magneto-Rheological Fuids.
, Ph.D., Force Estimation and Robot-Assisted Control of Steerable Ablation Catheters. Ali Asadian, Ph.D., Robotics-Assisted and Haptics-Enabled Tissue Characterization and Tumour Localization.
Ph.D., Force and Tactile Feedback for Telerobotic Surgical Systems. Harmanpreet Bassan, Ph.D., Design, Construction and evaluation of Mechatronic Devices for Robotics-Assisted Interventions & Haptics Enabled Robotics Testbed for Training and Skills Evaluation in MIS.
Mahdi Tavakoli, Ph.D., Haptics for Robotics-Assisted Surgery.
Jing Ren, Ph.D., Virtual Fixtures for Haptics and Image-Guided Surgery. (Jointly supervised with T. Peters)
Mehrdad Kermani, Ph.D., Control of Flexible Needle Insertion in Percutaneous Therapies.
Abelardo Escoto, Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery and Therapy; Arthroscopy Training System.
Andrew Lyle, Sensorized Instrument-based Skills Assessment and Training for MIS. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish)
Christopher Ward, Hands-Free Pointer System for MIS Training; Haptic-enabled Robotic Systems for Rehabilitation.
Greig McCreery, A Robotic Device for Tissue Palpation in MIS. (Jointly supervised with M. D. Naish).
Nikita Chopra, Tissue stiffness characterization and tumour localization for lung cancer.
Amit Srivastava, Smart materials for sensing and actuation of surgical instruments.