Robot-Assisted Biomedical Experiments to Speed Up Low-Cost Cancer Diagnosis: Hardware Track
Cancer is one of the top killers in Hong Kong and the other world. Conventional cancer diagnostics using invasive biopsy and/or positron emission tomography in hospitals is expensive and time-consuming. The goal of this project in collaboration with HKUST Robotic Institute is to develop robotic end-effector (that is, robotic hand) that is able to speed up the pace of our bio-medical experiments toward low-cost cancer diagnosis in the future. See the following videoclip to understand how robots can be of help in a similar area, drug development: https://goo.gl/wnSpE2.
UROP1100 UROP2100 UROP3100 UROP4100
Successful candidates are expected to design and fabricate robotic end-effectors that can fulfill the tasks required for our bio-medical experiments, involved with manipulating such tools as syringe pumps and biological specimens. Such end-effectors are expected to be operated on the robot arms available at the HKUST Robotics Institute (http://ri.ust.hk/). Prior experience in design/fabrication/machining preferred.
Applicant's Learning Objectives:
Develop basic understanding of cancer diagnosis
Hands-on experience for making a real robotic hardware
Collaboration with software engineers working on the same project