Special Issue on Surgical Robotics in the Journal of Applied Bionics and Biomechanics

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Taylor & Francis (ISSN: 1176- 2322)
Dear colleague,

You are kindly invited to submit your work to this special issue of the journal Applied Bionics and Biomechanics.
The purpose of this special issue is to document the state of the art of robotic systems applied to the field of surgery. The advances in surgical robot capabilities and the development of new commercial products have shown the potential of significant innovations to the diagnostic and intervention processes. Thus, robotics is bound to significantly influence the way surgery is practiced. So far however, the impact of robotics to the surgical practice has been limited by a number of factors, including lack of appropriate training, cost of the equipment, and limited functionality of the robots.
On the other hand, robotics can provide new ways to carry out surgical interventions due to its intrinsic high accuracy, to the possibility of integration with Computer Aided resources, to the capabilitiy of providing more detailed perception to the surgeons, and eventually to add automation to the surgical practice. Similarly, a number of well
established industries as well as imaginative start-up's, see in robotic surgery a new market with a high growth potential and social impact, able to attract public visibility and investor attention. Finally, higher education institutions see surgical robotics as an arena where the various branches of computer science and engineering can cooperate to reach a very worthy target, motivating students and providing the comprehensive education approach so much in demand by the industry... Original high-quality and previously unpublished research papers on all the above aspects are invited, including - but not limited to the following topics:
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Robot-aided laparoscopy
- Organ modeling, calibration and simulation
- Preoperative planning
- Surgical navigation
- Clinical practice with robotic devices
- Intra-operative sensing and situation awareness
- Training for robotic surgery
- Perception issues in robotic surgery
- Haptic devices in surgery
- Computational algorithms for robotic surgery
Prospective authors are invited to follow the journal submission guidelines:
All articles will undergo rigorous peer review.
* Intention of submission: December 15, 2009
* Full paper submissions due: February 1, 2010
* Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2010
* Revised version: June 15, 2010
* Tentative Publication: September 2010

Guest editors
Paolo Fiorini, Debora Botturi (University of Verona, Italy)
Prof. Paolo Fiorini, PhD
IEEE Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Verona


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