Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme


Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Michael Milford
Professor in Electrical Engineering
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Peter Pivonka
Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Significant advances have been made in surgical assistance robots, but significant challenges remain.

This project will develop new systems for surgical assistance robots, including the potential for advanced surgical localization and positioning systems.

This project is part of a major Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics.

Research activities

Research activities will include:

  • writing academic research papers for submission to top tier academic conferences and journals
  • preparing and giving high quality research presentations
  • collaboration with fellow students, postdocs and academics
  • potential collaboration with top international universities and major international companies working in this space.


Some of the primary outcomes include:

  • new surgical robots
  • new positioning systems for use in surgery
  • new technology
  • commercialization outcomes

Skills and experience

You will need to have a high GPA (above 6) with significant experience and skills in:

  • coding/programming
  • algorithms
  • machine learning
  • deep learning
  • data processing
  • image processing
  • sensor processing
  • mapping
  • localisation
  • Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM)
  • interface design
  • GUIs.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.