As the coronavirus pandemic forces people to keep their distance, could this be robots‘ time to shine? A group of scientists think so, and they’re calling for robots to do the “dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs” of infectious disease management.
Social distancing has emerged as one of the most effective strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19, but it’s also bringing many jobs to a standstill and severely restricting our daily lives. And unfortunately, the one group that can’t rely on its protective benefits are the medical and emergency services workers we’re relying on to save us.
Robots could be a solution, according to the editorial board of Science Robotics, by helping replace humans in a host of critical tasks, from disinfecting hospitals to collecting patient samples and automating lab tests… Continue reading.
An international team of researchers has developed a wireless device that can detect early problems after a patient undergoes breast reconstruction surgery.
The work, led by Imperial College London in the U.K., and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), was part of the Smart Sensing for Surgery project.
Breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy generally involves the transfer of the patient’s own tissue to help rebuild the breast. While the success rate of this procedure is high, early detection of potential problems could help to reduce post-surgical complications and prevent surgery failure… Continue reading.
Imperial’s Professor Guang-Zhong Yang has been appointed Editor of Science Robotics, the latest offering from Science publisher, AAAS.
The journal, which launches this year, will publish cutting-edge research into robotics.
Professor Yang is Director of the Hamlyn Centre, where he develops innovative medical technology using cutting-edge robotics, imaging and sensing. His team’s discoveries have enabled surgeons to utilise ultra-flexible and affordable robotic instruments, including snake robots and micro-surgical robots that help to treat patients with unprecedented accuracy during operations.
As Editor, Professor Yang will be in charge of disseminating the results of robotics research carried out in human health, space, ocean, land, atmosphere, industrial, and service environments.