Françoise Siepel received her M.Sc. in Technical Medicine with specialization Robotics and Imaging in 2010. She obtained her PhD in 3 years and has spent more than 7 years on research, winning approx. 1 million euros of personal awards including one PhD and 2 Postdoc grants and has currently 40+ publications. She has international experience from the University of Bergen, Kings College and more than 5 years at the Stavanger University hospital where she worked out various technical medical related projects. In 2016 she joined the Robotics and Mechatronics group, and focuses on medical technology and especially image guided robotic interventions and is involved in research/education. She performs the daily coordination of the European DIH-HERO, MURAB and national SUNRAM project.


  • Medicine and Dentistry

    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Breast
    • Breast Biopsy
    • Biopsy
    • Lesion
    • Tissues
    • Accuracy
  • Nursing and Health Professions

    • Robotics



Robot-assisted biopsies on MR-detected lesions. University of Twente. Welleweerd, M. K. Innovations in Support of the Healthcare Workers Against COVID-19 - DIH-HERO PerspectiveIn Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics - RAAD 2022 (pp. 375-382). Springer. Jovanovic, K., Schwier, A., Matheson, E., Xiloyannis, M., Rodijk-Rozeboom, E., Hochhausen, N., Vermeulen, B., Graf, B., Wolf, P., Nawrat, Z., Escuder, J., Mechelinck, M., Sørensen, B., Boscolo, P. R., Obach, M., Tognarelli, S., Jankovic, M., Leroux, C., Ferrigno, G., ‚Ķ Stramigioli, S.
The unattained power of the third dimension in medical imaging: Implications for clinical practice. University of Twente. van Doremalen, R. F. M. Corrections for Autonomous Robotic Breast Ultrasound AcquisitionsIn 2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2021 (pp. 12515-12521). IEEE. Welleweerd, M. K., de Groot, A. G., Groenhuis, V., Siepel, F. J. & Stramigioli, S. Resonance Pneumatic Stepper Motor With Multiple Concentric Shafts OutputIEEE/ASME transactions on mechatronics, 27(4), 2379. Groenhuis, V., Siepel, F. J. & Stramigioli, S. Breast Biopsy of MRI-visible Lesions with a Hand-mounted Motorised Needle Steering Tool. Lagomarsino, M., Groenhuis, V., Casadio, M., Welleweerd, M. K., Siepel, F. J. & Stramigioli, S.Quantitative Evaluation of an Automated Cone-based Breast Ultrasound Scanner for MRI - 3D US Image FusionIEEE transactions on medical imaging, 40(4), Article 9319185, 1229-1239. Nikolaev, A. V., de Jong, L., Weijers, G., Groenhuis, V., Mann, R. M., Siepel, F. J., Maris, B. M., Stramigioli, S., Hansen, H. H. G. & de Korte, C. L. and Biopsy Robots: a ReviewCurrent Robotics Reports. Siepel, F. J., Maris, B. M., Welleweerd, M. K., Groenhuis, V., Fiorini, P. & Stramigioli, S. Innovation Hubs in Health-Care Robotics Fighting COVID-19: Novel Support for Patients and Health-Care Workers Across EuropeIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 28(1), Article 9330556, 40-47. Jovanovic, K., Schwier, A., Matheson, E., Xiloyannis, M., Rozeboom, E., Hochhausen, N., Vermeulen, B., Graf, B., Wolf, P., Nawrat, Z., Escuder, J., Mechelinck, M., Sorensen, B., Boscolo, P. R., Obach, M., Tognarelli, S., Jankovic, M., Leroux, C., Ferrigno, G., ‚Ķ Stramigioli, S. ultrasound-guided biopsy on MR-detected breast lesionsIn 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Article 9341695 (pp. 2965-2971). IEEE. Welleweerd, M. K., Pantelis, D., de Groot, A. G., Siepel, F. J. & Stramigioli, S. Ultrasound Elastography Reconstruction Using Acoustically Transparent Pressure Sensor on Robotic ArmIEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, 3(1), Article 9286770, 265-268. Groenhuis, V., Nikolaev, A., Nies, S., Welleweerd, M. K., de Jong, L., Hansen, H. H. G., Siepel, F. J., de Korte, C. L. & Stramigioli, S. of 3D Printed Needle Insertion Device and Control Using Mobile Phone ApplicationIn Proceedings of the 8th Dutch Bio-Medical Engineering Conference 2021. BME. Bluiminck, M., Groenhuis, V., Siepel, F. J. & Stramigioli, S.Automated Cone-Based Breast Ultrasound Scanner For Screening And BiopsyIn Proceedings of the 8th Dutch Bio-Medical Engineering Conference. Nikolaev, A., de Jong, L., Weijers, G. G. C., Groenhuis, V., Siepel, F. J., Stramigioli, S., Hansen, H. H. G. & de Korte, C. L.
Increasing the precision of the biopsy with robots: two case studiesIn Proceedings of the I-RIM Conference 2020 (pp. 1-4). Maris, B. M., Fiorini, P., Calanca, A., Tenga, C., Siepel, F. J., Groenhuis, V. & Stramigioli, S.Quantitative evaluation of automated robot-assisted volumetric breast ultrasoundIn IUS 2020 - International Ultrasonics Symposium, Proceedings, Article 9251310. IEEE. Nikolaev, A. V., De Jong, L., Groenhuis, V., Welleweerd, M. K., Siepel, F. J., Stramigioli, S., Hansen, H. H. G. & De Korte, C. L. Compensation in Robotically-Assisted Breast Biopsy. Groenhuis, V., Tagliabue, E., Welleweerd, M. K., Siepel, F. J., Munoz Osorio, J. D., Maris, B. M., Dall'Alba, D., Zimmermann, U., Fiorini, P. & Stramigioli, S.Production and clinical evaluation of breast lesion skin markers for automated three-dimensional ultrasonography of the breast: a pilot studyEuropean radiology, 30(6), 3356-3362. de Jong, L., Welleweerd, M. K., van Zelst, J. C. M., Siepel, F. J., Stramigioli, S., Mann, R. M., de Korte, C. L. & Fütterer, J. J. robotic breast ultrasound acquisition using ultrasound feedbackIn 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2020, Article 9196736 (pp. 9946-9952). IEEE. Welleweerd, M. K., de Groot, A. G., de Looijer, S. O. H., Siepel, F. J. & Stramigioli, S. of an end-effector for robot-assisted ultrasound-guided breast biopsiesInternational journal of computer assisted radiology and surgery, 15(4), 681-690. Welleweerd, M. K., Siepel, F. J., Groenhuis, V., Veltman, J. & Stramigioli, S. of MR Safe Pneumatic Rotational Stepper Motors, 7150-7156. Groenhuis, V., Siepel, F. J. & Stramigioli, S. a Versatile Robotic Platform for Fluoroscopy and MRI-Guided Endovascular Interventions: A Pre-Clinical StudyIn 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Article 8968237 (pp. 5411-5418). IEEE. Abdelaziz, M. E. M. K., Kundrat, D., Pupillo, M., Kwok, T. M. Y., Chi, W., Groenhuis, V., Siepel, F. J., Riga, C., Stramigioli, S., Yang, G.-Z. & Dagnino, G.

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