The DVRK community is growing

 There are already 26 user group members of the open-source software and electronics kit called the da Vinci Research Kit (dVRK) that is making minimally-invasive robotic surgery more accessible – and affordable – to research universities and institutions worldwide.
The next major event of the DVRK group will be a workshop at IROS 2017, together with the user group of the Raven robot:

Shared Platforms for Medical Robotics Research

Date: Sept. 24, 2017
Shared hardware and software platforms for robotic systems have the great potential to foster collaboration between groups and to accelerate the progress of technology development. In the medical robotics community, a variety of common research platforms and software frameworks have emerged, such as the RAVEN II, the da Vinci Research Kit (dVRK), and the KUKA Lightweight Arm. The community around these platforms has joined together to support development of a common API, utilizing the Robot Operating System (ROS), and high-level software components to enable research.
The goals of this workshop are to more broadly engage the surgical robotics community, leverage the momentum of the existing community by presenting the latest developments, and to define the roadmap for future enhancements.
There will be a call for abstracts, which may be selected for oral presentation and/or poster presentation. 


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