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dr. V. Groenhuis (Vincent)

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About Me

Welcome! I am Vincent Groenhuis and postdoctoral researcher at the group of Robotics and Mechatronics, University of Twente. I completed my BSc in Computer Science (with 2nd propedeuse in Applied Physics), my MSc in Embedded Systems and my PhD in medical robotics, all cum laude and at University of Twente.

My research primarily focuses on image-guided medical robotics, for bladder cancer diagnosis (Next-gen in-vivo project) and MRI-guided breast biopsy (Sunram project). Additionally I research pneumatic and electric stepper motors with various properties which can get really interesting at times. I have several patents from which two spin-offs were launched: Machnet Medical Robotics and MultiMotor.

I also assist in certain courses. In 2021-2022: Optimal Estimation in Dynamic Systems (OEDS) and Surgical Navigation Technology (SNT). I also supervise individual students for their BSc, MSc and/or internship projects. Contact me if you are interested in doing a (medical) robotics or (stepper) motor-related project with me.

Visit the "Research" page to learn more about my scientific research projects!

 

 

Sunram5 breast biopsy robot

Sunram 5: MRI-guided breast biopsy robot

 

Three-axis MultiMotor

Three-axis stepper motor

 

Visit https://www.vincentgroenhuis.nl/wp/home/2022/09/04/vincents-research-videos/

Visit https://www.vincentgroenhuis.nl/wp/home/2022/09/04/vincents-research-videos/ to watch my research videos!

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Biopsy
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Needles
Phantoms
Pneumatics
Robotics
Robots
Ultrasonics

Research

My research focuses on medical robotics and stepper motor technology. Technological advances could improve diagnosis and treatment of e.g. cancer in the breast of bladder, while innovative pneumatic and electric stepper motors offer new ways of actuating various applications.

Sunram is an MRI-guided robotic system for breast biopsy. Being operated by pneumatic stepper motors it is safe to use inside an MRI scanner. The fifth generation is Sunram 5 (video), while new prototypes are being developed regularly.

The Next-gen in-vivo project focuses on bladder cancer diagnostics using a robotically-steered instrument with an optical coherence tomography sensor in its tip. In this project I primarily focus on the imaging side

Multi-axis electric stepper motors offer an innovative way of actuating multiple degrees of freedom using a singular stator which drives multiple rotors simultaneously (video), while sensorless absolute encoder motor technology offer a novel way of measuring the absolute position and torque in stepper motors.

Several pneumatic stepper motor designs are open source. See https://www.vincentgroenhuis.nl/wp/home/2019/10/11/stepper-motor-overview/ for an overview of the different variants of which many are directly downloadable. Contact me (v.groenhuis@utwente.nl) for the non-published designs, and any other questions.

Visit https://www.vincentgroenhuis.nl/wp/home/2022/09/04/vincents-research-videos/ for a list of my research videos!

Visit https://www.vincentgroenhuis.nl/wp/home/2022/09/04/vincents-research-videos/

 

Publications

Recent
Groenhuis, V., Rolff, G., Bosman, K. , Abelmann, L. , & Stramigioli, S. (Accepted/In press). Absolute Position Detection in 7-Phase Sensorless Electric Stepper Motor. Paper presented at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2022, Kyoto, Japan.
Welleweerd, M. K. , de Groot, A. G. , Groenhuis, V. , Siepel, F. J. , & Stramigioli, S. (2021). Out-of-Plane Corrections for Autonomous Robotic Breast Ultrasound Acquisitions. In 2021 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2021 (pp. 12515-12521). (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; Vol. 2021-May). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA48506.2021.9560865
Groenhuis, V., Rolff, G., Bosman, K. , Abelmann, L. , & Stramigioli, S. (2021). Multi-Axis Electric Stepper Motor. IEEE Robotics and automation letters, 6(4), 7201-7208. [9484841]. https://doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2021.3097077
Nikolaev, A., de Jong, L., Weijers, G. G. C. , Groenhuis, V. , Siepel, F. J. , Stramigioli, S., Hansen, H. H. G. , & de Korte, C. L. (2021). Automated Cone-Based Breast Ultrasound Scanner For Screening And Biopsy. In Proceedings of the 8th Dutch Bio-Medical Engineering Conference
Pilon, A. J. M., van der Woude, R., Venix, L. P. J., Koot, E. , Groenhuis, V., Verhamme, L. M., & Meulstee, J. W. (2021). Robotic transfer of a preoperative plan for open reconstructive craniosynostosis surgery: A pilot study. In Proceedings of the 8th Dutch Bio-Medical Engineering Conference 2021 BME.
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. (2021). Quantitative Evaluation of an Automated Cone-based Breast Ultrasound Scanner for MRI - 3D US Image Fusion. IEEE transactions on medical imaging, 40(4), 1229-1239. [9319185]. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMI.2021.3050525
Bluiminck, M. , Groenhuis, V. , Siepel, F. J. , & Stramigioli, S. (2021). Design of 3D Printed Needle Insertion Device and Control Using Mobile Phone Application. In Proceedings of the 8th Dutch Bio-Medical Engineering Conference 2021 BME.
Maris, B. M., Fiorini, P., Calanca, A., Tenga, C. , Siepel, F. J. , Groenhuis, V. , & Stramigioli, S. (2020). Increasing the precision of the biopsy with robots: two case studies. In Proceedings of the I-RIM Conference 2020 (pp. 1-4)
Nikolaev, A. V., De Jong, L. , Groenhuis, V. , Welleweerd, M. K. , Siepel, F. J. , Stramigioli, S., Hansen, H. H. G. , & De Korte, C. L. (2020). Quantitative evaluation of automated robot-assisted volumetric breast ultrasound. In IUS 2020 - International Ultrasonics Symposium, Proceedings [9251310] (IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS; Vol. 2020). IEEE Computer Society Press. https://doi.org/10.1109/IUS46767.2020.9251310
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. (2020). Deformation Compensation in Robotically-Assisted Breast Biopsy. Abstract from 11th International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions, IPCAI 2020, Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
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. (2020). Toward a Versatile Robotic Platform for Fluoroscopy and MRI-Guided Endovascular Interventions: A Pre-Clinical Study. In 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 5411-5418). [8968237] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS40897.2019.8968237
Groenhuis, V. , Siepel, F. J. , & Stramigioli, S. (2020). Miniaturization of MR Safe Pneumatic Rotational Stepper Motors. 7150-7156. Paper presented at 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Macau, China. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS40897.2019.8968262
Nikolaev, A., Hansen, H. H. G., De Jong, L., Mann, R., Tagliabue, E., Maris, B. , Groenhuis, V. , Siepel, F., Caballo, M., Sechopoulos, I. , & De Korte, C. L. (2019). Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy of ultrasound occult lesions using multimodality image co-registration and tissue displacement tracking. In B. C. Byram, & N. V. Ruiter (Eds.), Medical Imaging 2019: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography [109550W] (Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE; Vol. 10955). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2513630
Groenhuis, V. , Siepel, F. J. , & Stramigioli, S. (2018). Dual-Speed MR Safe Pneumatic Stepper Motors. Paper presented at Robotics: Science and Systems 2018, Pittsburgh, United States. http://www.roboticsproceedings.org/rss14/p30.pdf
Groenhuis, V., Visentin, F. , Siepel, F. J., Maris, B. M., Dall'Alba, D., Fiorini, P. , & Stramigioli, S. (2018). Analytical derivation of elasticity in breast phantoms for deformation tracking. International journal of computer assisted radiology and surgery, 13(10), 1641-1650. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11548-018-1803-x

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Education

2021-2022: Assistant in the following courses: Optimal Estimation in Dynamic Systems (OEDS) and Surgical Navigation Technology (SNT)

I also regularly supervise BSc/MSc/internship/project students. Mostly individually, but small groups are also possible.

Some available BSc/MSc assignments are listed on https://www.ram.eemcs.utwente.nl/education/assignments, but you can also propose an interesting idea (robotics, imaging or stepper motor related) yourself and contact me to discuss the possibilities.

 

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Carré (building no. 15), room 3718
Hallenweg 23
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Carré  3718
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

Additional Contact Information

Just e-mail me: v.groenhuis@utwente.nl

 

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