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Robot-assisted surgical procedures require to generate paths for surgical instruments during a planning step and then to follow automatically the computed trajectories as close as possible. Most of the existing procedures use external localization devices to control the robot. However, these devices are not adequate for minimally invasive interventions such(More)
This paper presents an endoscopic vision framework for model-based 3D guidance of surgical instruments used in robotized laparoscopic surgery. In order to develop such a system, a variety of challenging seg-mentation, tracking and reconstruction problems must be solved. With this minimally invasive surgical technique, every single instrument has to pass(More)
In this paper, the detection and localization of grey regions in color images is addressed. This work has been developed in the scope of the robotized laparoscopic surgery, specifically for surgical procedures occurring inside the abdominal cavity. Since very few works have been already published about that purpose, some existing algorithms have been(More)
Flexible endoscopes are used in many diagnostic exams, like gastroscopies or colonoscopies, as well as for small surgical procedures. Recently, they have also been used for endoscopic surgical procedures through natural orifices [natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)] and for single-port-access abdominal surgery (SPA). Indeed, flexible(More)
Flexible endoscopes are used in many surgical procedures and diagnostic exams. They have also been used recently for new surgical procedures using natural orifices called NOTES. While these procedures are really promising for the patients, they are really awkward for the surgeons. In order to assist the surgeon, physiological motion cancellation has been(More)
The work presented in this paper addresses the problem of the stitching task in laparoscopic surgery using a circular needle and a conventional 4 DOFs needle-holder. This task is particularly difficult for the surgeons because of the kinematic constraints generated by the fulcrum in the abdominal wall of the patient. In order to assist the surgeons during(More)
The use of flexible endoscopes in new surgical procedures such as NOTES, i.e. Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery, raises many problems. Indeed, the movements of conventional flexible endoscopes are limited and surgeons can only perform basic tasks with these systems. In order to enhance endoscope possibilities and workspace, we are currently(More)
The field of vision-based robotics has been widely growing for more than three decades, and more and more complex 3-D scenes are within robot vision capabilities thanks to better understanding of the scenes, improvement of computer capabilities and control theory. The achievement of applications like medical robotics, mobile robotics, micro-robotic(More)
The use of flexible cable-driven systems is common in medicine (endoscope, catheter...). Their flexiblity allows surgeons to reach internal organs through sinuous and constrained ways. Unfortunately these systems are subject to backlash due to their internal mechanism. These non linearities raise many difficulties when robotizing and controlling such(More)