BN3101: Biomedical Engineering Design on Robotic Colonoscopy (Mentored by Dr. Ren)

Project Objective :

Magnetically actuated origami robots or motion generator mechanisms towards robotic colonoscopy

Schedule & Tutorials

wk1: Background and clinical descriptions

wk2: Intellectual Property

– Present the rough idea of your design concepts

– Do patent search

Follow up actions:

  1. Search for the most relevant patents for your projects
  2. Generate keywords using these patents pertaining to your projects
  3. Generate a list of User specifications for your device using this list of related patents. Hint: look for the various features of patented devices, and appreciate the intention of these features
  4. Create a table to compare the patented devices’ features


– You may search patents from www.google.com/patents or www.uspto.gov

– How to tell if a patent has expired? It turns out not obvious and please refer to the following readings: Brown & Michaels – “How To Determine Patent Term” USPTO:Patent Term Calculator (Beta Version) 

wk3: Design Methodology and Design Analysis

Tutorial Agenda (with tutors):
Follow the Design Methodology Slides and briefly identify:
– Role of each team member
– Procedure
– Project Plan Schedule
– Rough Needs‐Metrics Matrix

wk4: Project pitching with respective supervisors and CELC staff

wk5: Conference on presentation skills with CELC staff (2h)

wk6: Risk Analysis, Design Rationale and Verification

Tutorial Agenda:
– Follow up with week-2 action items and progress update
– Follow up with Design Rationale, Design Verification, and Risk Analysis
– Failure Mode, Cause of Failure, and Harms associated with your products

Risk Analysis Table[.docx]

wk7: Mid-term Review

Dr. Ren: Demo by Groups
– An extended/refined/polished/justified wrap-ups for the work done in the past weeks, including introduction/background/clinical needs/markets/significance/SOA/gaps-to-fill; IP, design methodology/design analysis/rationale/verification; risk analysis; regulatory; prototyping;envisioned procedures/system etc.

wk8,9,10: Individual Project Update

wk11: CELC Workshop on Oral Presentation Skills (2h)

wk12: Presentation practice with CELC staff (2h) & Final Dry Run with Project Supervisors (1h)

  • Free Day for Team to Fix any problem with prototype

wk13: Final Oral Presentation of Project

wk14: Submit prototype, reports and final project documents to project supervisor

Please submit soft copy of your report & project data and actual prototype to your respective supervisor. That is:
  • Physically: submit project prototype (including tools borrowed, make also sure the prototype is functional at the time of your submission.) to Dr. Ren
  • AND Electronically: (dropbox/Google-drive or whatever means and by group preferred) submit to Dr. Ren your group-project development documents including:
    • reports in .docx format
    • project presentation files (mid-term, ASTM and final) in .pptx or equivalents (please make sure the video is playable in another PC if applicable);
    • CAD design files (in solidworks or equivalents)
    • if applicable, source codes and a readme file on how to run the code
    • other key project data (e.g., verification experiment data collected in .xlxs), references, patents cited, and reference papers, etc.
  • The individual report shall have maximum 5 pages or 5000 words based (Tentatively, please follow the announcements later) on the template. With justifications, you may keep main critical content within 10 pages and refer other non-critical contents, such as references as appendix or google-drive/dropbox documents.
  • Team report template (excerpted and FYI only) All in one templateZip of the sample team reports

More information

2016-10-31-122141 2016-10-31-122120

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