Principle Investigator and Fellowship Holders

Dr. Christos Bergeles, Ph.D., ERC StG Fellow

Christos received the Ph.D. degree in Robotics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2011. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, and the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College, United Kingdom. He is now an Assistant Professor at the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences, leading the Robotics and Vision in Medicine Lab. Dr. Bergeles received the Fight for Sight Award in 2014, and the ERC Starting Grant in 2016. His main research area is image-guided micro-surgical robotics.

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Sepehr Jalali

Dr. Sepehr Jalali, Ph.D.

I am currently doing my third Post-Doc with UCL on Image-Guided Ophthalmic Surgery. I am also a visiting lecturer on Human and Computer Vision super-module (both PG and UG) at the department of Computer Science, City University of London and supervise a few master students on their thesis. After my undergrad studies in Computer Software Engineering (FYP: Computer Vision assisted tile quality control) and a few years of research, I pursued my PhD studies with SINGA scholarship at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, under topic of "Simulating Hierarchical Structure of Human Visual Cortex for Image Classification" 2008-2013. In the meantime I was awarded the Graduate Certificate in Management of Technology. I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at National University of Singapore working on underwater visibility enhancement and started my second Pos-Doc with department of Psychology at City University London on a sports decision making project and started giving lectures on computer vision at City.

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Dr. Carlo Alberto Seneci, Ph.D.

Carlo graduated from the University of Brescia in Industrial Automation Engineering with first honour degree in 2011. Following his degree, Carlo worked in the consultancy and design sector, before moving to London (UK) to start a PhD at the Imperial College London – The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery in 2012. Carlo obtained his PhD in 2017 in the field of Surgical Robotics. His expertise is design, construction and system integration of robotic systems and machines. At the King’s College London, Carlo covers the role of Technical Operations Manager of the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences. Carlo's scientific contribution led to the publication of 20 scientific papers and to the filing of 5 patent applications since 2011.

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Dr. Patrice Lambert, Ph.D.

Patrice received a M.S. degree in aerospace engineering from the Laval University, Quebec, Canada. He earned a Ph.D degree in the field of parallel haptic robots in 2013 from the Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, where he was subsequently a postdoc researcher at the Department of Precision and Mechatronics Engineering. He received the 2015 Best Paper Award from the IEEE World Haptics. In 2017, he became Research Associate at EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences, University College London, UK, and then Research Associate at the school of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, King’s College London, UK in 2018. His research interests are in parallel robots, linkages and mechanisms, kinematics, robot design and optimization, haptic devices, cable-driven robots and medical robots.

Dr. Joan M. Nunez do Rio, Ph.D.

PhD Students and Research Assistants

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Sotiris Nousias

After completing my undergraduate studies (5-year Diploma) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Patras, I obtained my Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) from National Technical University of Athens, specialazing in Robotic Systems and Control. My master thesis was supervised by Prof. Evangelos Papadopoulos and was related to state estimation of quadruped robots under dynamic gaits. Since January 2016, I am PhD student in TIG under the supervision of Dr. Christos Bergeles and Dr. Pearse Keane (Moorfields Eye Hospital). My research interests include light-field imaging techniques applied to image-guided robotic interventions.

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Theodoros Pissas

I am a PhD student at the Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences, under the supervision of Christos Bergeles and Lyndon Da Cruz. I am part of the Translational Imaging Group (TIG) within the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) of University College London (UCL).
My main research focus is the development of systems that rely on Deep Learning and Computer Vision in order to improve and assist Retinal Microsurgery delivery. More specifically, my work focuses on surgical tool segmentation and tracking in intraoperative videos and 3D modelling of the surgical field.
Before joining UCL in October 2017, I completed my undergraduate studies (joint MSc and BSc) at the National Technical University of Athens. During my diploma thesis I worked on Human Action Recognition using Deep Learning. I now aspire to utilize Deep Learning, which has shown tremendous promise in the context of visual processing, to improve computer-aided ophthalmologic surgical procedures.

Jeremy Birch

Jeremy Birch

Jeremy Birch is undertaking a PhD in Image Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. His project involves working on SLAM algorithms for the use in miniature steerable chip-on-tip endoscopy. Jeremy obtained his MEng in Mechatronics Engineering from Lancaster University where he worked on the joint control for the arm of a nuclear decommissioning robot. Following his degree, he worked for 2 years as an Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Engineer in the Energy and Infrastructure industry. He then spent the following 3 years as an Electronic Design Engineer in an electronic design and manufacture SME, managing multi-disciplined projects and undertaking embedded system firmware design.

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Zisos Mitros

I work in the area of robotics since 2013. I received my Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (ME) from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in July 2016. During my Diploma Thesis, I focused on Space Robotics under the supervision of Prof. Evangelos Papadopoulos.
Currently, I am a Ph.D. Student of the Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering of University College London (UCL) under the supervision of Dr. Christos Bergeles and Prof. Lyndon da Cruz. Moreover, I am affiliated with the Robotics and Vision in Medicine Lab, KCL led by Dr. Bergeles.
My research interests include surgical robotics for microsurgery. You can find more information about my research endeavors in my website www.zmitros.com .

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Claudio Ravasio

I am currently working on machine learning-supported registration and tracking of retinal images, in the context of the development of an augmented reality environment to support surgeons during vitreoretinal procedures, part of a larger project developing an image-guided flexible robotic system for ophthalmic surgery. I originally graduated with a BSc in Environmental Engineering from the ETH Zürich, following this up with an MEng degree at Cambridge, specialising in ‘Information Engineering’ encompassing topics such as signal processing, machine learning, and computer vision. My master’s thesis has the title “The Influence of Fitness Characterisation on Locomotion Optimisation” and explores the control of a simple bipedal locomotion model, which first piqued my interest in bio-engineering and related fields.

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Anestis Mamplekos-Alexiou

Anestis Mamplekos-Alexiou works in the area of robotics since 2013. He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (ME) from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2016. During his Diploma Thesis, he focused on Upper-Limb Prostheses under the supervision of Prof. Evangelos Papadopoulos and Dr. Georgios Bertos. More specifically, he designed a teleoperation topology for controlling prosthetic limbs, with the use of micro-implants, aiming to the maintenance of amputee’s proprioceptive sense. Part of his work was presented in the IROS ’15 and EMBC ’15 conferences. Since September 2016 he is a PhD student at the University College London (UCL) as a member of Translational Imaging Group (TIG), under the supervision of Dr. Christos Bergeles and Prof. Lyndon da Cruz (Moorfields Eye Hospital). His current research elaborates on the design and control of a surgical robot for micro-precision ophthalmic interventions.

John Bason Mitchell

John Bason Mitchell is a biomedical engineer (University of Bern) with a background in mathematics (University of Cambridge) and public health (Health Protection Agency/Public Health England). John’s PhD research is to develop a flexible, integrated, tissue-sensing array for robotic surgery applications and to fuse existing sensing modalities for our opthalmic concentric tube robots. John’s research is funded by an ERC grant and is co-supervised by Prof Manish Tiwari of the Nanoengineered Systems Lab. .

Hans Natalius

Hans Natalius

I received an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from University College London (UCL) in 2017, and prior to that, an ST (BSc equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering from Petra Christian University. I joined RViM as a PhD student of the UCL EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging, under the supervision of Prof. Lyndon da Cruz (Moorfields Eye Hospital) and Dr. Christos Bergeles (King's College London). Currently, I am working on a parallel manipulator system which is aimed for use within an Ophthalmic Surgery procedure..

Alumni

Dr. Mohsen Khadem, Ph.D.

Dr. Konrad Leibrandt, Ph.D.

Dr. Brice Turin, Ph.D.

Dr. John O'neill, Ph.D.