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October 2011

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Arizona Researchers to Develop Autonomous Robots

October 19, 2011

A team of researchers at the University of Arizona is working under a five-year, $3 million grant to develop a self-learning robot that does not rely on extensive programming.

Essentially, the goal of this research is to develop robots that are not only autonomous but also cognitively aware.

Paul Cohen and Ian Fasel of the University of Arizona School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts, or SISTA, have secured a five-year, $3 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a robot that can learn simple language and be instructed to perform tasks in that language. The project is called, “Robotoddler: Grounded Language Learning for Shared Human-robot Tasks.”

Hansen Medical to Trial Robotic Catheter System

October 19, 2011

Hansen Medical, Inc., announced plans to commence a clinical trial to evaluate its flexible catheter Sensei X Robotic System in patients with ventricular tachycardia. Ventricular tachycardia, or VT, is an abnormal rapid heartbeat, which can be life-threatening because it may lead to ventricular fibrillation, asystole, and sudden cardiac death.

The Sensei X Robotic System features a flexible catheter with remotely steerable distal tips designed make it easier for medical practitioners to navigate a catheter for therapeutic intervention.

The clinical trial, which is called Early Robotic Ablation by Substrate Elimination of Ventricular Tachycardia (ERASE-VT), is designed to enroll 200 patients with implantable defibrillators at up to eight sites in Europe. The study is being sponsored by Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine out of the Cardiology Department at St. Mary's Hospital.