This paper details the development of a Neural Network (NN) controller for a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuated catheter, with potential application to tele-operated cardiac ablation procedures. The robotic catheter prototype consists of a central tubular structure actuated by four SMA tendons. A dual-camera imaging system provides position feedback of the catheter tip. Open loop bending responses are obtained and associated nonlinearities are identified. A NN controller is designed using time-shifted input-output maps generated from randomized open loop measurements. The tracking performance of this NN controller is compared with PI/PID controllers for various reference trajectories.

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