CRAS 2015: 5th Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery
  • Dates: September 10–12, 2015
  • Venue: Brussels, Belgium
  • Website:
Workshop Motivation: Joining Efforts – Progressing Faster
Robotic surgery is one of the most appealing fields of modern robotics. With over 2 decades history, more than 2.000 systems installed worldwide and over 200.000 interventions conducted per annum; the field of robotic surgery is considered well-established. Despite these impressive figures and increasing popularity in research labs all over the world, the list of technological advances that made it into the operating room (OR) during this last decade is fairly limited. Long expected techniques such as 3D reconstruction, motion compensation, virtual guidance, haptic feedback, under study in many labs all over the planet did not make their appearance into the market yet. This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and clinicians involved in computer and/or robot assisted surgery to provide a clear view on the status and recent trends in this field and to propose concrete measures to achieve a critical mass in research and innovation in this field.
Workshop Co-Chairs:
• Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy 
• Leonardo Mattos, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy 
• Benoît Herman, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 
• Emmanuel Vander Poorten, KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium
 Workshop Topics:
Specific topics of interest include, amongst others:
• registration, segmentation and modeling; 
• motion compensation and active guidance; 
• human-robot collaboration and shared control; 
• workflow analysis and episode segmentation; 
• machine learning and cognitive surgical robotics; 
• surgical skill assessment; 
• usability and user-acceptance; 
• surgical training; 
• tactile and haptic feedback; 
• variable stiffness robotic systems; 
• novel robotic hardware and sensors; 
• novel interfaces; 
• standardization and regulation; 
• system integration; 
• safety and dependability; 
• synergies and clustering; 
• visionary works and roadmaps.
Important Dates:
21 July 2015 – Abstract submission deadline
15 August 2015 – Notification of acceptance
31 August 2015 – Final abstract submission
10-12 September 2015 - Workshop dates
• 2-4 pages extended abstracts - instructions at
• or demonstrations, requiring half page abstract and description of infrastructure, space or equipment that would be needed


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