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

Friday, December 28, 2012

Survey for MIS grant proposal

A new EU COST Action proposal: SUrgical iMage-guided Methodologies for Innovative Therapies is looking for supporting input via a survey.
"COST is a unique means for European researchers to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all scientific disciplines through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities. COST strategy promotes integration of the best researchers in Europe, maximising social and territorial inclusiveness and linking them within COST countries and beyond. Specific actions for early stage researchers and supporting skills development for innovation and competitiveness are provided for.

The main objective of SUMMITnet is to coordinate research efforts to develop the most adequate clinical and technological frameworks to design, implement, validate and transfer new image-guided minimally access therapies into the operating room. SUMMITnet will consolidate the most renowned researchers in the field (surgeons, experts in surgical training, engineers and ergonomists among others) with support of national and other EU research programmes.

We will appreciate if you could answer this questionnarie. It contains 8 questions about your current research activity and will take you only a couple of minutes. Please feel free to distribute the link to the survey (https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/COST_Action_SUMMITnet_questionnaire) to any other researcher who might be interested in SUMMITnet.

If you want further information, please contact us at cost.summitnet@gmail.com
Thank you very much for your participation.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shanghai Lectures

As we wrote about it before, ShanghAI Lectures was organized this year again, featuring various topics within the realm of embedded intelligence and robotics. Within the last session, I was invited to give a short overview of "Human Skills for Robots--Transferring Human Knowledge and Capabilities to Robotic Task Execution in Surgery." You can listen to the talk here, or just read the summary below.
"Almost 90 years ago, the idea of telesurgery was born, along with the initial concept of robots. From the early 1970s, researchers were focusing on robotic telepresence, to empower surgeons to treat patients at a distance. The first systems appeared over 20 years ago, and robotic surgery has quickly become a standard-of-care for certain procedures—at least in the USA. Over the decades, the control concept remained the same; a human surgeon guiding the robotic tools based on real-time sensory feedback. However, from the beginning of the development, the more exciting (and sometimes frightening) questions have been linked to machine learning, AI and automated surgery. In the true sense of automation, there have only been unclear reports of one single robotically planned and executed surgery so far, despite the fact that many research groups are working on the problem. This talk introduces the major efforts currently undertaken in centers of excellence around the globe to transfer the incredibly diverse and versatile human cognition into the domain of surgical robotics."

You can learn more about the prime example of a research project focusing on understanding surgical skills from the Johns Hopkins Univeristy's Language of Surgery

Monday, December 10, 2012

The i-Snake robot

"The i-Snake (which stands for imaging-sensing-navigated, kinematically enhanced) robot has fully articulated joints, allowing the tool to move around obstacles just as a snake can. The joints are powered by micromotors, and the tip is fitted with multiple sensing and imaging mechanisms.
The i-Snake is about 12.5 millimeters in diameter and can have a variable length, typically about 40 centimeters long. It can be held by the surgeon or have its end docked on to a robotic arm fixed to the operating table. The robot has a hollow center through which surgeons insert different surgical tools."

Learn more about the i-Snake via IEEE Spectrum or picl up some science from the ICRA'10 workshop.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The iSYS robot at RSNA

The iSYS needle holder robot (iSYS Medizintechnik GmbH) is developed in collaboration with our ACMIT center in Asutria. The robot is now available on the market; MedGadget picked it up recently at RSNA.
A more insider analysis of the robot will follow soon.