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Improved human-robot collaborative control of redundant robot for teleoperated minimally invasive surgery

Su, Hang; Yang, Chenguang; Ferrigno, Giancarlo; De Momi, Elena


Hang Su

Giancarlo Ferrigno

Elena De Momi


© 2016 IEEE. An improved human-robot collaborative control scheme is proposed in a teleoperated minimally invasive surgery scenario, based on a hierarchical operational space formulation of a seven-degree-of-freedom redundant robot. Redundancy is exploited to guarantee a remote center of motion (RCM) constraint and to provide a compliant behavior for the medical staff. Based on the implemented hierarchical control framework, an RCM constraint and a safe constraint are applied to the null-space motion to achieve the surgical tasks with human-robot interaction. Due to the physical interactions, safety and accuracy of the surgery may be affected. The control framework integrates an adaptive compensator to enhance the accuracy of the surgical tip and to maintain the RCM constraint in a decoupled way avoiding any physical interactions. The system performance is verified on a patient phantom. Compared with the methods proposed in the literature, results show that the accuracy of both the RCM constraint and the surgical tip is improved. The compliant swivel motion of the robot arm is also constrained in a defined area, and the interaction force on the abdominal wall becomes smaller.


Su, H., Yang, C., Ferrigno, G., & De Momi, E. (2019). Improved human-robot collaborative control of redundant robot for teleoperated minimally invasive surgery. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 4(2), 1447-1453.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2018
Online Publication Date Feb 4, 2019
Publication Date Apr 1, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 7, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 8, 2019
Journal IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
Print ISSN 2377-3766
Electronic ISSN 2377-3766
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 2
Pages 1447-1453
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