Call for contributions for CRAS 2018

The 8th Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery will be hosted in London at the Centre for Advanced robotics @ Queen Mary University of London. CRAS seeks to give a clear view on the status and recent trends of assistive surgical robotic technologies. It aims to support and propose concrete measures to accelerate research and innovation in this field. CRAS originates from efforts to collaborate among European groups to achieve a critical mass in surgical robotics. As such the workshop continues on discussions started at ERF in Lyon and at ICRA in Karlsruhe, and previous meetings at Verona and Genoa. More in particular, CRAS attempts to identify the steps necessary to stimulate cooperation between research and industry, across national borders and different surgical robotic projects to take advantage of the growing attention and support for research and exploitation in this interesting and growing field.

Robotic surgery is one of the most appealing fields of modern robotics. With over 3 decades history, more than 3.800 systems installed worldwide and over 600.000 robot-assisted interventions conducted per year, 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.

- Extended Abstracts (2 pages): The authors of the accepted abstracts will be invited to present their works as a talk, or during a posters session.
The authors of the best selected papers will be invited to submit full papers to 2018 CRAS special issue in the Frontiers in Robotics and AI, under section of Biomedical Robotics.

- Exhibits/sponsors ( Companies are invited to engage with our community by displaying products and services that relate to haptics.

-          Deadline for extended abstracts: 4 June 2018
-          Notification of acceptance: 23 July 2018
-          Final abstract submission: 10 August 2018
-          Early registration: 11 August 2018
-          Conference: 10-11 September 2018

  •  Machine learning and cognitive surgical robotics
  • Registration, segmentation, modelling and data mining
  • Synergies and clustering
  • Motion compensation and active guidance
  • Human-robot collaboration and shared control
  • Workflow analysis and episode segmentation
  • Surgical skill assessment
  • Usability and user-acceptance
  • Surgical training
  • Tactile and haptic feedback
  • Novel robotic hardware and sensors
  • Variable stiffness robotic systems
  • Novel interfaces
  • Standardization and regulation
  • System integration
  • Safety and dependability
  • Robotics in medical Diagnostics
  • Robotic systems in orthopaedics
  • Robotics in Radiology
  • Visionary works and roadmaps
For more information visit conference website www.cras-eu.orgor email organisers (


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