Shanghai university steps up in medical robotics
Updated: 2018-01-10

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Lin Zhongqin (R), president of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, unveils the school's medical robotics institute on Dec 21, 2017. [Photo by Liu Ying/Xinhua]

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) set up a medical robotics institute on Dec 21, 2017, pushing the school's smart medical development to a new level.

Since China released the Healthy China 2030 blueprint in 2016 and involved robotics, smart manufacturing and digital medical devices as its key research areas, SJTU eyed its multi-disciplinary advantages in medical science, mechanics, electronics, materials science, physics and mathematics, and decided to establish a new medical robotics institute focusing on inventing "clinical assistants" with more targeted features, higher intelligent levels and minimal post-operation troubles.

With the aim of building up "Made in SJTU" as a renowned brand in the medical robotics industry, the institute has attracted some 10 teams of scientists and researchers and decided to independently develop more high-precision robotic arms and carry out more minimally invasive surgeries.

"This [The institute] shows SJTU's determination to ascend into world-class universities, while it also shows the school's attempt to strengthen industry-university-research cooperation in new fields," said Lin Zhongqin, president of SJTU.

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A researcher demonstrates how a robotic arm assists to do a minimally invasive surgery in enterocoelia. [Photo by Liu Ying/Xinhua]

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A visitor tries a medical robot which helps carry out rehabilitation training for patients. [Photo by Liu Ying/Xinhua]

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