We are pleased to announce Professor Stefanie Speidel, National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Dresden, is one of the featured speakers of the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2021 (#HSMR21).

Professor Speidel gave a talk on ‘AI-assisted Surgery – Perspectives and Challenges’ followed by a Q&A session.


Increasingly powerful technological developments in surgery such as modern operating rooms (OR), featuring digital and interconnected as well as robotic devices provide a huge amount of valuable data which can be used to improve patient therapy. Although a lot of data is available, it is an overwhelming challenge for physicians and the surgical outcome is extremely dependent on the experience of the surgical staff. Thus, a large amount of therapeutic potential is not leveraged and postoperative complications are still the third greatest contributor to deaths worldwide.

In this talk, I’ll present my research regarding cognitive systems in the context of surgery as enabler for AI-assisted surgery. The goal is to bridge the gap between data science, sensors and robotics to enhance the collaboration between surgeons and cyber-physical systems and to democratize surgical skills by quantifying surgical experience and make it accessible to machines. Several examples to optimize the therapy of the individual patient by turning the available data into useful information are given. A focus of this talk will be soft-tissue registration and workflow analysis for context-aware assistance as well as sensor-based surgical training and data generation for machine learning applications. Finally remaining challenges and strategies to overcome them are discussed.