Robotic Systems

This program supports the design, development, and demonstration of robotic systems technologies for biomedical intervention.


This program focuses on engineering robotic systems to sense and actuate in response to human biology for biomedical intervention. Projects should be directed toward overcoming a technological challenge that limits biomedical adoption. This program encourages projects that use a design-build-test approach.

Examples of robotic systems include but are not limited to:

  • robotic nurses to care for isolated patients
  • soft robotic exoskeletons to replace lost capabilities
  • semi-autonomous robots to perform minimally invasive surgeries

Additional Emphasis

Furthermore, this program focuses on the development of mathematical and computational methods, the development of screening and processing tools, and the discovery of design principles to design, build, and test engineered robotic systems.

Grant Number Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
1-R01-EB028278-01A1 Robot-Assisted 3D ICE Catheter for Cardiac Ablation Jayender Jagadeesan Brigham And Women'S Hospital
5-R01-EB024864-04 Bronchoscopic Steerable Needles for Transparenchymal Access to Lung Nodules Ron Alterovitz Univ of North Carolina Chapel Hill
1-R13-EB029783-01 International Symposium on Medical Robotics Tsz Ho Tse University of Georgia
1-R21-EB029154-01 A Soft Robotic Sleeve to Enable Safer and Easier Colonoscopy Procedures Sheila Russo Boston University (Charles River Campus)
1-R21-EB028363-01A1 Enabling advanced endovascular beating-heart procedures through soft robotics Tommaso Ranzani Boston University (Charles River Campus)