Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) update

Asia Haptics 2016

The SiMMS group within the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) presented a paper at Asia Haptics 2016 relating to their haptic Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) Trainer.   Asia Haptics features a new format that consists of interactive demonstrations presented over the two day duration of the conference, with a brief explanation of the work projected live on to the main viewing screen.

The SiMMS team presented a paper entitled ‘Relax and Tighten – a Haptics-based Approach to Simulate Sphincter Tone Assessment’. The haptic DRE Trainer uses metal wires, controlled by motors, to tighten and relax a silicone sphincter around the user’s finger.

The team’s demonstration was well received at the conference and was given an ‘Honourable Mention Award’ by the conference organisers after the Award Committee voted it one of the top 10 papers out of the 90 presented. For more information on Asia Haptics 2016 visit

Bespoke Practice – The Lancet

An essay by Prof Roger Kneebone which explores the concept of ‘bespoke’ in both tailoring and clinical practice is published by The Lancet this week. In creating bespoke suits the tailor in the piece, Joshua, connects his knowledge and skill with the wishes and needs of a client.

Prof Kneebone argues that as a general practitioner he would go through a similar process with patients, aligning their history and symptoms with his medical knowledge and experience before making a diagnosis.

Bespoke Practice is the first of a four part series of essays on bespoke, exploring how parallels beyond medicine (in areas as diverse as close-up magic, lacemaking and fine dining) can shed light on clinical practice. Read it online at

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