Indian Instts L&T, PSG and Korea tie up to develop training systems for robot assisted surgeries

New Delhi: L&T Technology Services, Bengaluru along with PSG College of Technology and PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore, and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of South Korea have developed an areal time training system for robot assisted surgeries. It includes a novel sensor designed to enable haptic feedback. The technology can be an efficient, user-friendly, affordable, real time training system for robot assisted surgeries.

A prototype has been developed and costs around Rs 20 lakh as against Rs 12 crore for the imported alternative. The development has been under the bilateral industrial R&D programs supported by Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA). Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA) is a Public Private Partnership between Technology Development Board (TDB) of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The project was undertaken as part of the India-Republic of Korea Joint Applied R&D Program. As robotic surgery is revolutionizing treatment by providing minimally-invasive but precise, stable, and dexterous functionality to surgeons, especially in cases of neurosurgery, the training is critical and virtual simulations are less accurate than actual robotic training systems.

This robotic endotrainer will facilitate more widespread training of surgeons using robotic systems, leading to improved patient outcomes. The robotic endotrainer is in alignment with various National Missions, namely Make In India, Health for all, Digital India, Inter-disciplinary Cyber Physical Systems, and Skill India, and is also in tune with India’s aim of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – Good Health and Well Being, and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, said the Department of Science & Technology in a Press communication.

This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.

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