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ICRA 2012 Workshop on: Modular Surgical Robotics: how can we make it possible?

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Worksop: Modular Surgical Robotics: how can we make it possible?

18th May 2012, St. Paul - Minnesota, USA


Paolo Fiorini,         University of Verona,  Italy
Giancarlo Ferrigno, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Elena De Momi,      Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Deadline for submission of contributions: April 15th, 2012

Notification of Acceptance: May 1st, 2012


We invite scientists and companies active in the field of robotic surgery to submit contributions to the Workshop on Modular Surgical Robotics that will be held at ICRA2012. Contributions are expected to discuss how surgical robotics can be made modular by means of appropriate methods, e.g. standards, new interfaces, software and hardware architectures, validation, and benchmarking. The workshop topics  are in the focus of  the new European project Eurosurge (, which is aimed at structuring a network of laboratories in robotic surgery and at promoting modularity in the cooperative (open hardware) development of robots.

The workshop will be divided into three sessions:

the first summarizing the current status of Eurosurge; the second with presentations from experts outside the project; and the third with a discussion expected to provide suggestions and opinions about introducing modularity into robotic surgery.


8:30 Welcome
8:35 P. Fiorini Robotic surgery, the need for synergies and standardization
9:05 G. S. Virk International robot safety standardization
9:35 T. Haidegger Standardization efforts in medical robotics


Coffee break
10:30 G. A. Cole Closed-loop actuated modular surgical system utilizing real-time in-situ MRI guidance
11:00 G. Ferrigno Modular control strategies in neurosurgical robots
11:30 F. Vicentini Distributed real-time robot control: the ACTIVE project experience


13:30 J. Hergenhan An electrotactile display with spiked electrodes for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery
14:00 P. Fiorini Patient safety and automation in robotic surgery: the Safros and Isur EU projects
14:30 K. Althoefer Variable stiffness controllable and learnable manipulator for MIS
15:00 K. Cleary A modular system architecture for robotic natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery
15:30 M. Niccolini Development of robotic platforms for single port and NOTES procedures


Coffee break
16:30 G. Salvietti A task priority approach for modular robots in minimally invasive surgery
17:00 P. Fiorini Discussion



Please send inquiries and contributions to:

Mrs. Carla Benoldi: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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