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The Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab (ARClab) at UCSD is dedicated to the design of novel surgical and biomedical robots and machine learning for contextually aware robots. We apply these technical developments to solving problems in medicine and surgery. 

We are a multi-disciplinary team comprising electrical and mechanical engineers, computer scientists, and clinicians. The group is directed by Professor Michael Yip in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

Our Technical Thrusts are

  1. Surgical Robotics

  2. Robot Learning

  3. Biomimetic Robots

See below for active projects in the lab.

Active Projects

Machine Learning for Collision Detection

MR/CT-Compatible Robotic Biopsy

Learning to Automate Surgery

Robotic Planetary Explorer (EELS)

Medical Augmented Reality on the Battlefield

Neural Motion Planning

AI For Remote Robotic Telesurgery 

Imitation, Reinforcement and Transfer Learning in the Wild

Rescueing Rhinos with Robots

Collaborations and Industrial Partnerships

We work closely with industry to tackle a large variety of problems (both in the medical space and in other robotics-related spaces in manufacturing and defense). If you have an idea or you think a discussion for industry collaboration is possible, please contact us.

Are you interested in collaborating with us? We are always looking for medical doctors and scientists to work with to address the next big medical issue, from surgery to drug delivery, from microrobots to exoskeletons. Contact us!

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