COSUR is back this year! After a successful first edition, the ALTAIR Lab's summer school will takeplace  9-13. July, 2018 at the Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Verona, Italy.

"Altair Robotics Lab, in collaboration with the ERC project ARS (Autonomous Robotic Surgery) and the European project SARAS (Smart Autonomous Robotic Assistant Surgeon), organises the
2nd Biannual Summer School onControl of Surgical Robots (COSUR 2018) 9-13 July, 2018.
The school is funded by the ARS project, the SARAS projects, the MURAB project, the Doctoral Program in Natural Sciences and Engineering and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona.

The main objective of COSUR2018 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: 30 April 2018
Acceptance by: 15 May 2018
Registration deadline: 30 June 2018

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 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 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 school is opened to PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows working in the field of Robotic Surgery, provided that they have a basic knowledge of control systems and image processing. Due to space availability limitations, the applicants will be selected based on their CV and a motivation letter.
The applicants need to send an email attaching their CV and a motivation letter that should include a statement of research specifying why they intend to attend the school. In the email, the applicants need to specify if they need a visa for Italy.
The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2018.

Prof. Paolo Fiorini (Università degli Studi di Verona)
Dr. Marta Capiluppi (Università degli Studi di Verona)
Dr. Riccardo Muradore (Università degli Studi di Verona)
ARS project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No. 742671.
SARAS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 779813.


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