Community Consensus Benchmarks for Medical Robots---Workshop CFP

 A workshop on “Community Consensus Benchmarks and Systems for Clinical Translation of Medical Robots” will be held at the 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 08:30 AM-06:00 PM. 
"The workshop will focus the discussion on the following four areas that we believe are key to advancing the medical robotics research community and industry:
1)  Community consensus methods to quantitatively assess performance of new and existing medical device technologies. Creation of community-shared data sets (e.g. the  image processing community and the Visible Human Project) to benchmark new methods in medical robotics;
2)  Training and accreditation; safety and risk-assessment; and community shared data sets for benchmarking performance of human users;
3)  Open research platforms, system interoperability and synergistic technical tools (e.g. programming, hardware, communication) that can benefit academia and industry alike for collaborative medical system research and development.
4)  Translational research challenges and strategies for bringing medical devices from lab bench to clinical use.
This discussion is a critical first step to allowing multiple stakeholders (academia and industry) to identify suitable candidates, build consensus and translate path-breaking/fast-evolving research advances into grounded sets of best-practices/benchmarks and to assist the community in translating robotics research into clinical use.
A white paper will be developed based on the discussion at this information meeting - so please come and share your thoughts, suggestions and opinions with us. Attendance is free.
We solicit extended abstracts of two pages in IEEE Conference format (including figures and references), containing novel work or work in progress.  Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the four areas (mentioned above) that the workshop will be focused on.


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