Using artificial evolution to design bespoke surgical snakebots

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In a world first, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision researchers are pushing the boundaries of evolution to create bespoke, miniaturised surgical robots, uniquely matched to individual patient anatomy. The cutting-edge research project is the brainchild of Centre PhD researcher Andrew Razjigaev, who impressed HRH The Duke of York with the Centre's first SnakeBot prototype designed for knee arthroscopy, last November. Now, the young researcher, backed by the Centre's world-leading Medical and Healthcare Robotics Group, is taking the next step in surgical SnakeBot's design. In place of a single robot, the new plan envisages multiple snake-like robots attached to a RAVEN II surgical robotic research platform, all working together to improve patient outcomes. The novelty of the project extends to development of an evolutionary computational design algorithm that creates one-of-a-kind, patient-specific SnakeBots in a'survival-of-the-fittest' battle.