ICRA 2015 Full-day Workshop: Shared Frameworks for Medical Robotics Research

We are excited to invite you to participate in this workshop, which will be held at ICRA 2015 on May 30th.
  • Simon DiMaio (Intuitive Surgical, Inc.)
  • Peter Kazanzides (The Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.)
  • Howie Choset (Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A.)  
  • Tamas Haidegger (Obuda University, Hungary) 
The medical robotics research community is currently benefitting from a variety of common research platforms and shared software frameworks that are helping to foster collaboration between groups, and to accelerate the progress of technology development. The ability to rapidly prototype new instruments, algorithms, and applications by leveraging these shared and common resources is allowing for groups to replicate and build upon each other’s work more effectively than in the past. Some examples of emerging common hardware platforms are the RAVEN-II, the KUKA Lightweight Arm, and the da Vinci Research Kit (DVRK). Recent workshops have provided a good overview of the design and capabilities of these platforms, and have helped to engage the community more broadly. This workshop will extend the scope of these prior meetings by presenting, and discussing detailed examples of collaborative multi-institutional research that has been supported by shared frameworks. We hope that this will help to engage a broader segment of the robotics research community to scope priorities for future needs, infrastructure development, adoption, and shared support. The workshop will be divided into four segments:
  1. Brief background on several relevant research platforms and frameworks (via invited presentations);
  2. Examples of collaborative research that has been facilitated by leveraging these common frameworks;
  3. Interactive poster session for groups to showcase the results of collaborative research efforts and shared platforms;
  4. Discussion of current gaps and needs for further extending both the capabilities of community infrastructure and collaboration between groups.
If you are engaged in Medical Robotics Research, or are interested in this field, then we invite you to join us. If you are currently using a shared or open-source framework for your research, or if you are interested in learning more about leveraging these platforms and resources, then please register for this workshop and join us on the 30th.
Further programme details are available on the workshop webpage.
Questions and suggestions should be addressed to Simon DiMaio.
Registration for the workshop can be arranged via the official ICRA conference website.


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