Report from IEEE ICRA -- part2
The obvious rise of medical robotics was witnessed at IEEE ICRA. (Check the first part of the report here.) This year, we have even seen parallel medical robotics sessions running at the conference, and the overall large number of CIS related papers (75+ with the keyword medical robot ) gave a huge challenge to people who wanted to check them all. Let us give a little overview of what trends are emerging, based on the sessions:
- Force control for medical robot (I-II): mostly adaptations to the known systems by the large groups (retinal microsurgery at Hopkins, surgical debridement at Berkeley, hand-held microsurgical forceps at Imperial)
- Force sensing for medical robot: FBGs and all kinds of other fun
- Planning for medical robots : e.g., for tooth preparation
- Safety: it is absolutely welcomed to see the rise of safety issues; new frameworks are being proposed for serving the “safety by design” concept. The ISO/IEC standardization folks may well benefit from it. Another tool for safe bone drilling came from UTokyo.
- Design (I-II): a new retinal surgery setup from KUL, skull base system from Leibniz,
- Estimation: Probably these talks have covered the most typically expected topic, including image-based information processing and control for beating heart surgery.
- Laparoscopy and flexible endoscopes
- Continuum robots: this field has been dominating conferences for years now, it was time to organize a specific track for that. Our favorite is the new hand-held design from Vanderbilt University. (The lab of Bob Webster is often featured here for its merits.)