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#IT-03-35 MedTech: AI and Medical Robots

  • Categories IT
  • Duration 30h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update July 27, 2021

About Course

University of Leeds


Learn how medical robots in healthcare are designed, regulated and used

On this course, you will learn what robots are and explore human robot interaction (HRI) in healthcare. You will identify the challenges of designing robots for healthcare and look at what MedTech scientists are doing to solve them.

Using case studies, you will learn why regulations are essential for the safe use of robots and AI in healthcare, and understand the process of bringing a successful product to market.

You will also explore how artificial intelligence is used in surgical procedures, to improve precision diagnostics, in exoskeleton technology, and even for patient care.


What topics will you cover?

  • Understanding the history of AI and robotics in healthcare.
  • Exploring the features of human-robot interaction.
  • Human centred design and challenges when designing robots for use in healthcare settings.
  • Regulatory bodies and frameworks within AI and robotics.
  • The pathway and process of commercialising healthcare robots.
  • How robots are currently being used to assist patients.
  • How robots can be used to assist clinicians.
  • Exploring the future of robots in healthcare and whether it could result in a loss of human care.


Who will you learn with?

Shane Xie

I am Shane Xie, a Chair Professor in Robotics and Autonomous System at the University of Leeds. I work in the area of medical devices and technologies with special interest in healthcare robotics.



Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

What Will I Learn?

  • Discuss how AI and Robotic technologies could impact the nature of assisting individuals with healthcare complications.
  • Articulate the commercialisation and regulatory process of medical robotics in the US and UK.
  • Describe crucial problems of using AI and robotics in healthcare and how this is overcome.
  • Describe how assistive robots assist in the application for surgery and rehabilitation.

Topics for this course

18 Lessons30h


In the first week of this course, you will be introduced to robots and AI and how they are used in a healthcare context.
Welcome to the course ARTICLE

What is a robot??

In this activity, you are introduced to robots and AI and why they are needed and used in healthcare settings. You go on to examine the history of robots in healthcare, seeing how they have developed over time.

Human-robot interactions?

In this activity, you will examine the features of human-robot interaction. Looking at how patients interact with robots and developments in robots designed to assist patients in their rehabilitation and everyday lives.

Regulations and commercialisation?

This activity focuses on the regulations which you must follow when creating robots and the process of bringing a robot to market.


This revision activity provides further opportunity to explore the topics .


To close this course, you have the opportunity to reflect on the lesson and explore the Glossary

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is appropriate for anyone interested in MedTech and product design.
  • The course will be of particular interest to undergraduate students studying engineering, product design, and disciplines related to healthcare, and professionals working in the healthcare sector in a medical capacity or as MedTech designers.
  • If you are interested in MedTech and robotics, join this course and discover the fascinating work taking place at the University of Leeds.