Tommaso Da Col – ESR 13




Tommaso Da Col joined the STORM-BOTS European Training Network as Early Stage Researcher in July 2021. He currently works at the host institution Preceyes BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), a medical robotics company focusing on eye surgery.

He received his B.Sc. degree and M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2017 and 2020 respectively. During his studies, he attended a visiting period at the Johns Hopkins University, in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. He also spent a trainship period at the Neuro-Engineering and Robotics Laboratory of Politecnico di Milano and worked as a research fellow at the Assistive Robotics Laboratory of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa.

Research interests

Surgical Robotics, Socially Assistive Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Soft Robotics.

Research project: ESR 13 – Definition and validation of adaptive LCE-based instruments

This job includes participation as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in an Innovative Training Network (ITN) project. The project partners are developing new technology based on Liquid Crystals. Preceyes participates as an industry end-user. The recruited fellow will provide requirements for surgical instruments and facilitate experimental validation, via the following objectives:

  1. Workflow breakdown of surgical tasks with surgical challenges;
  2. Translation of user requirements into instrumentation requirements, based on an understanding of LCEs;
  3. Verification of instrumentation requirements in bench tests, interface requirements such as biocompatibility and electrical safety, and business requirements;
  4. Rating and selection of concepts;
  5. Development of task-optimized eye models and test protocols, user validation of instrumentation prototypes in ex-vivo experiments.

The ESR will perform his activities at Preceyes and secondments will be performed at the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Spain).


PhD programme – University: The ESR will not pursue a PhD title. He will, nevertheless, be exposed to the academic environment through secondments and full participation in STORM-BOTS’ network-wide training activities. Also, registration in TUe’s PROOF Programme (transferable skills for PhD students) is expected.