ESR12 – Marine Shao

Marine Shao

Country of Origin: France
Host Institution: UWE


Marine is an engineer from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (one of France best engineering school). Before her Master of engineering, she did a two-year training at a preparatory class for French engineering schools. Furthermore, she also did an internship on wearable sensors at a laboratory from Keio University, Japan. She worked on two research projects on osteoporosis diagnosis and on prototyping of a sensitivity sensor. She also did an apprenticeship in the medical devices industry.

Aspirations within projects:

Marine is interested in designing a medical simulator for the training of senior surgeons. While there are a number of commercial organ simulators available, they tend to reproduce just the most common procedures and do not accurately replicate the properties and feel of human tissue.  Marine will be using fast prototyping techniques to produce a more realistic simulator. Her research interests lie in the domain off fast prototyping, material sciences and image processing.

ESR12: Realistic physical patient simulator for surgical training

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The research is divided in three work packages with the following objectives:

  • WP1: Characterisation of the tactile feedback of the soft tissues and identification of the materials for the prototypes
  • WP2: Fabrication of prototypes using 3D printing and moulding techniques
  • WP3: Appearance and texture rendering by style transfer algorithm

Shao, M., C. Parraman and D. Huson; (2020): Physical Patient Simulators for Surgical Training: A Review. Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2020, London Imaging Meeting 2020: Future Colour Imaging, pp. 124-128(5). DOI: