"The future of surgery is not about blood and guts; the future of surgery is about bits and bytes.”
/Dr. Richard Satava/

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Medical Robotics Symposium in Taiwan

The 2011 International Symposium in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Medical Robotics took place in Taipei, at the National Taiwan University and at IRCAD in Changua with a focus on the broader field of CIS and MIS. Lectures were organized along three topics: Clinical Applications, Industry Update, Technology Development and Innovation Roadmap. The first day was mostly attended by a mixed crowd to engineers, medical professionals and politicians, while the second day was targeted at the medical staff of AITS. The speakers came from all over the world to given an overview of their projects and the state-of-the-art:
The presentations were followed by a Strategy Forum where national leaders and decision makers shared their views and discussed development directions for Taiwan. All praises to Hsiao-Wei Tang for flawlessly organizing this great event.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Season's Greetings

Wishing a merry Christmas/ happy Holidays to all readers!
Here is something more thematic from the Altair lab in Verona. Cute!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Updates on the Vesalius/Huatuo robot

The Vesalius robot's idea came from Dr. Tang, who dreamed for an easy toolholder robot. During his years at K.U. Leuven, he completed the project, and just a month ago, he presented the second, market-ready prototype in Taiwan, ready to go to hospitals for further trials. This second version--named Huatuo--was designed and manufactured in a record time, just in time for the Taiwan Technologies of the Future Exhibition. "The new version, which was developed at a cost of about $50,000 US, is more compact, and its position is more adjustable, according to Tang. The prior version weighed about eleven kilograms. Tang also said be hopes one advantage of a Taiwanese-made device would be its affordability- less than $12,000, Tang speculated."
The timeline of the system development:
  • 2000 Kick off Robot Assisted Surgery Group in K.U.Leuven
  • 2002~ Demonstration IWI/DWI laser ablation
  • 2004 Comparison test, Animal test
  • 2006 IDO project funded by K.U.Leuven (4 years)
  • 2008 Laser Surgical Robot Task Force (LSRTF)
  • 2009 LSR named VESALIUS
  • ~     ARCM patent application
  • ~     VESALIUS first debut in UZ Leuven
  • ~     VESALIUS Robot BP version 1
  • 2010 Best commercial BP in Start Academy
  • ~     VESALIUS Camera holder animal test
  • ~     VESALIUS Robot BP version 2
  • ~     VESALIUS Robot incubation plan
  • ~     VESALIUS Robot in ICT2010
  • VESALIUS branches three ways:
A brief comment on Huatuo: “The IP belongs to the University of Leuven. Now they are preparing to sign the the memorandum of understanding with me” Tang explained.

      Thursday, December 15, 2011

      CIS news

      Image credit: Titan Medical Inc.

      Friday, December 9, 2011

      Humans-robots-humans: Who is operating who?

      I was given the honor to talk within the frames of the Shanghai Lectures, an online, really global lecture series on cognition, robotics and artificial intelligence ran by Prof. Rolf Pfeifer, head of the AI lab at University of Zürich
      My talk was preceeded by a lecture from Dr. Pfeifer and from Barbara Webb on bio-inspired robotics. I tried to briefly summarize the most important things about CIS, and intriducing some of the trends and research initiatives that will drive the field in the near future.
      Take a look at the other lectures as well, really fascinating!

      Saturday, December 3, 2011

      CIS news

      Image credit: Duke University