Welcome to the School of Engineering and Architecture Research Seminar Series.

Please see below for upcoming and past seminars.

Upcoming Seminars

Event Details Speaker Title, Abstract


Thursday 26th January 2023




Sustainable Futures Lab,

Iris Ashley Cummins Building, UCC

Padraig Cantillon-Murphy

Title: The Robot will see you now! 

How robotics and image-guidance are changing medicine.


For over 3,000 years, surgery was performed by humans on humans. However in the past 20 years, an unprecedented growth in the use of robotics and image-guided technologies have transformed what is possible and how interventions are performed. This reliance on technology poses significant challenges for surgeons but, more interestingly, it catapults the engineer's role to the centre of the surgical theatre. Unprecedented reliance on technology means that new tools for guidance, navigation and intervention are required and the development of these tools often lag behind the existing needs of the surgeon. 

In this presentation, I will introduce the story of surgical technology and robotics, culminating in the most recent developments in robotic assisted bronchoscopy. I will outline the challenges, both technical and clinical, that these changes have brought. And I will provide an overview of the solutions that are being developed at UCC and Tyndall to address some of these challenges, particularly in relation to tool navigation using magnetic tracking technology. 


School of Engineering and Architecture

Scoil na hInnealtóireachta

Electrical Engineering Building, UCC, College Road, Cork.