Advanced surgical service robotics
in the European Union 6th and 7th Framework Programs
May 7th. ECSH Room 3
- Presenters with affiliations and status of confirmation
- List of topics
- Motivation and objectives
- Primary/secondary audience
The workshop (half a day) aims to showcase current medical robotics research in Europe, which is funded within Frame Programs 6 (2000-2006) and FP7 (2007-2013). Schemes within these programs allow consortia (in Universities, Research Centres and Enterprises) to perform research and development activities which are either of a fundamental nature (through Integrated Projects, IPs) or have a more practical focus (through Specific Targeted Projects, or STREPs), for increasing competitiveness in research and industry in Europe and to foster networking, taking also care of wide dissemination and pushing the involved companies to exploit them. To date, the field of Surgical Robotics has been addressed in calls related to Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics and in the Microsystems calls. In the workshop, past and present projects will be presented, which achieved results and prototypes by exploiting the unique opportunities offered by the European Union Framework Programme. Examples of successful STREPs and IPs will be presented, alongside a review of the key ingredients (e.g. exploitation, dissemination, and team work) which contributed to the success of these projects.
Elena De Momi
Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena Lecturer in Medical Robotics
Prof. Giancarlo Ferrigno
Bioengineering Department, Politecnico di Milano, P.zza Leonardo da Vinci, 32. 20133 Milan - Italy
Prof. Brian Davies
Department of Mechanical Engineering Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ, UK
Prof. Paolo Dario
Prof. Arianna Menciassi
Prof. Moshe Shoham,
Medical Robotics Laboratory at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Technion, Haifa, Israel
Prof. Paolo Fiorini,
Computer Science Department, Università di Verona, Italy
Prof. Domenico Prattichizzo
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Università di Siena, Italy
K.U.Leuven Dep. Mechanical Engineering, Robot Assisted Surgery Group, Leuven Belgium
Prof. Constantinos Mavroidis
- FP6 – ARES Assembling Reconfigurable Endoluminal Surgical systems. The ARES project aims at developing an entirely new type of surgical tools, capable of entering the human body through natural orifices (by insertion, ingestion or inhalation) or very small incisions (injection), and configuring themselves in complex kinematic structures at the specific site of intervention.
Title of the presentation: Assembling Reconfigurable Endoluminal Surgical systems
Speaker: Paolo Dario
- FP6 – ACCUROBAS Accurate robotic assistant . The main objective of the project is to develop an innovative and universal robotic assistant system to support a human in dextrous manipulation during surgical procedures on different levels of autonomy.
Title of the presentation: AccuRobAs: light weight robot for surgery.
Speaker: Joerg Raczkowsky
- FP6 – VECTOR Versatile Endoscopic Capsule for gastrointestinal TumOr Recognition and therapy. The project pursues the goal of realizing smart pill technologies and applications for gastrointestinal (GI) diagnosis and therapy.
Title of the presentation: Versatile Endoscopic Capsule for gastrointestinal TumOr Recognition and therapy
Speaker: Arianna Menciassi
- FP7 – ARAKNES Array of Robots Augmenting the KiNematics of Endoluminal Surgery. ARAKNES is focused on innovative robotic system for endoluminal surgery. The project aims at bringing inside the patient’s stomach a set of advanced bio-robotic and microsystem technologies for therapy and surgery.
Title of the presentation: Array of Robots Augmenting the KiNematics of Endoluminal Surgery
Speaker: Paolo Dario
- FP7 – ROBOCAST ROBOt and sensors integration for Computer Assisted Surgery and Therapy. The ROBOCAST project is providing the neurosurgeon with a robotic modular assistant for keyhole procedures. The system also features advanced planning possibilities and intra-operative sensing modalities.
Title of the presentation: ROBOCAST: complete robotic system for planning and execution of brain biopsies and therapy
Speaker: Giancarlo Ferrigno
- FP7 – SAFROS This proposal addresses the development of technologies for patient safety in robotic surgery. We aim at demonstrating that a properly controlled robotic surgery carried out in accordance to our safety criteria can improve the level of patient safety currently achievable by traditional surgery.
Title of the presentation: Improving safety of surgery patients using robotics: The SAFROS project
Speaker: Paolo Fiorini
- FP7 – SCATh The additional complexity of less invasive surgical procedures entails unacceptable risks for the patient and hampers the development of superior interventional techniques. The goal of SCATh is to minimize these drawbacks specifically for a series of new and promising catheterization procedures dealing with cardiovascular disease, the main cause of death in the EU. In STREAM, a Marie-Curie Reintegration program, approaches are developed to design robust bilateral teleoperation controllers in order to enhance microsurgical procedures.
Title of the presentation: SCATh & STREAM for smart robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery
Speaker: Mauro Sette
- FP7 – NANOMA The NANOMA project aims at the development of a drug delivery microrobotic system (consisting of nanoActuators and nanoSensors) for the propulsion and navigation of ferromagnetic microcapsules in the cardiovascular system through the induction of force from magnetic gradients generated by a clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Title of the presentation: MRI Guided NanoRobotic Systems for Medical Applications.
Speaker: Constantinos Mavroidis
6. Motivation and objectives
As stated in the World Robotics 2006 Executive Summary document, robotics investments in Europe have decreased since 2005, while it has boomed in the rest of the world, especially in Japan. However, this is principally due to a contraction in the automotive industry market, which does not mirror robotics developments in other sectors. Outside the automotive industry, demand for industrial robots is steadily increasing. Improvements in robot technology, such as new control systems and safety mechanisms which enable a closer interaction between man and machine, as well as improved sensor technology and robot-vision applications, will promote further robot installations. Indeed, service robots for professional use amount to 65,600 installed units as of the end of 2009, of which medical robots account for 11%. This figure is expected to increase steadily within the lifespan of FP7, thus a workshop on surgical robotics and opportunities within European Framework programme would be timely and clearly of benefit to the ICRA audience. All substantive efforts in this respect will be represented at the workshop, which will ensure that the attendees will benefit from a comprehensive and complete overview of the state of the art in this thriving research area. The objective of the workshop is to gather different experiences in the field for a discussion with the audience on the perspective of this promising research field. The possible fallouts of methods and technological solutions on other applications, such exploration or critical environment operation represent another key objective.
7. Primary/secondary audience
The workshop intended audience is robotic community, particularly those researchers involved in medical, particularly surgical, applications. Secondary audience is people involved in service robotics. Additionally, surgeons can benefit participating to the workshop.
May 7th. ECSH Room 3
9.00-9.05 Workshop presentation: (Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, Imperial College, London, UK)
9.00-9.25 Introduction: (Libor Kral, EU Commission)
Surgical robotics in the 6th Framework Program
9.25-9.45 Assembling Reconfigurable Endoluminal Surgical systems (Paolo Dario, SSSUP, Italy)
9.45-10.05 AccuRobAs: light weight robot for surgery (Joerg Raczkowsky, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany)
10.05-10.25 Versatile Endoscopic Capsule for gastrointestinal TumOr Recognition and therapy (Arianna Menciassi, SSSUP, Italy)
10.25-10.45 Coffee break
Micro-robotics for surgery
10.45-11.05 Array of Robots Augmenting the KiNematics of Endoluminal Surgery (Paolo Dario, SSSUP, Italy)
11.05-11.25 MRI Guided NanoRobotic Systems for Medical Applications (Constantinos Mavroidis, Northeastern University, Boston, MA)
Safe surgical robotics in the 7th Framework Program
11.25-11.45 ROBOCAST: complete robotic system for planning and execution of brain biopsies and therapy (Giancarlo Ferrigno, POLIMI, Italy)
11.45-12.05 Improving safety of surgery patients using robotics: The SAFROS project (Paolo Fiorini, UNIVR, Italy)
12.05-12.25 SCATh & STREAM for smart robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery (Mauro Sette, Leuven, BE)
12.25-12.30 Closing remarks (Elena De Momi, POLIMI, Italy)