Summer School on Control of Surgical Robots (COSUR 2016) - 2nd Call

Altair Robotics Lab, in collaboration with the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Technical Committee on Robotic Surgery and the European project MURAB (MRI and Ultrasound Robotic Assisted Biopsy), organises the

1st Biannual Summer School on Control of Surgical Robots (COSUR 2016)

5-9 September 2016
Department of Computer Science
University of Verona, Italy
The school is partially funded by the IEEE Robotics
and Automation Society, MURAB project, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ROBIOPSY – Italy-USA collaboration project), the Doctoral Program in Computer Science of the University of Verona.
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The main objective of COSUR2016 is to introduce PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows to the multidisciplinary research field of surgical robotics, with particular focus on the control algorithms used in robotic surgery and the impact of cognition in directing the control. We will offer lectures, hands-on laboratory experience, and opportunity for informal interaction with clinicians and leading experts from academia and industry. The school will go beyond the current approach of doctoral schools and will give trainees an in depth understanding of cognition and control in robotic surgery.

Important dates
Application deadline: 1 June 2016
Acceptance by: 8 June 2016
Registration deadline: 1 July 2016


The main themes faced during the school include:
  • Control and Sensing in robotic surgery
  • Teleoperation and Haptics
  • Image-guided robotic surgery and interventions
  • Human-Robot Interaction and Cooperation
  • Partially autonomous tasks in robotic surgery
Besides the technical aspects, the lecturers of the school will present the medical context in which robotic surgery is being used and the research perspective given by relevant EU-funded projects.
The school will include tutorial presentations on the technical topics, medical scenarios presented by clinicians, research perspectives given by the coordinators of recently funded EU-projects, and laboratory sessions that will let students apply the concepts introduced during the lectures.
The school will end with a team project, which will be evaluated by the school lecturers. Students will receive a certificate of attendance, to obtain credits in their universities.
The list of international speakers includes:
  • Prof. Paolo Fiorini, Università degli studi di Verona
  • Dr. Riccardo Muradore, Università d egli studi di Verona
  • Prof. Arianna Menciassi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
  • Dr. Leonardo Mattos, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
  • Dr. Elena De Momi, Politecnico di Milano
  • Prof. Tamas Haidegger, Óbuda University
  • Prof. Mirko D’Onofrio, University Hospital in Verona
  • Prof. Marco Zenati, Harvard Medical School
  • Prof. Stefano Stramigioli, Universiteit Twente
  • Prof. Chris de Korte, Radboud University Medical Centre
  • Prof. Philippe Poignet, Université de Montpellier
  • Prof. Joel Burdick, Caltech
The school is held the week before the workshop on Computer and Robot Assisted Surgery (CRAS 2016) that will be held in Pisa on September 12-14, 2016. The students of the school will have the opportunity to present the results of their team projects at the workshop in a dedicated poster session. To register for the workshop the school attendees will receive a special COSUR2016 registration fee.


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