Peter Brett


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Professor of Biomedical Engineering / Theme Leader for Biomedical Engineering

Room: Heinz Wolff 001a


Tel: +44 (0)1895 267859

Research area(s)

Biomedical Engineering

Membership and affiliation

Membership of Professional Institutions

Chartered Engineer
Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers                                               
Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers      
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

External Roles

President Elect

Royal Society of Medicine, Technology in Medicine

Immediate Past Chairman

Engineering in Medicine and Health Division, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

UK & Commonwealth Delegate

International Council of the World Academy of Biomedical Engineering (WABT), UNESCO. 2006 on.

Honorary Secretary

The Bioengineering Society, UK

Editorial Board

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part H, Medical Engineering

Editorial Board

International journal of Medical Robotics & Computer Assisted Surgery

International Steering Panel

IEEE Annual International Conferences on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice.



Research interests

Peter Brett has leading research experience in robotics for surgery and cellular processing, and smart sensing in biomedical applications. His work on robotic surgery commenced in 1989, and he has focused on the real time control of tools in tissues to control interaction, behaviour and state.  The novel techniques have been demonstrated successfully in the operating room and work in real time, sensing tool progress relative to flexible, deforming and soft tissues, The techniques are an efficient means for sensing and requiring few sensing elements in contrast to the number of outputs. The new distributive approach to sensing has also been demonstrated successfully in a range of applications from discriminating human motion and behaviour to tactile sense for discriminating contacting conditions on steerable endoscopes and catheters, to discriminating cells and in other defence related applications.

The research has been funded by the European Union, EPSRC, BHF, Industry and by the MoD.


Robotics, Surgery, smart surgical tools, soft tissues, flexible tissues, smart sensing, real-time, bio-sensing, biosensors.

Special Research Institute(s)

Selected Publications

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