In modern surgery, body lumens increasingly serve as an access route to deeply located anatomic regions.

While such minimally invasive approaches show prospects of better clinical outcome, it is also very challenging for the practitioner. Indeed, navigation through narrow, fragile, and deformable lumens requires considerable skill, dexterity and consequently imposes a large mental load. Moreover, visualization is often indirect, and of poor quality.

Mechanical phenomena such as slack, backlash and compliance further hamper the controllability of the instruments. As a result, surgeons undergo steep learning curves and even experienced surgeons often lack confidence about their gestures. Surgical risks including internal bleeding, tissue damage, puncture or rupture are imminent.

Robotic devices show the promise of enhancing such complex surgical operations. The development of soft, compliant robots, together with enhanced navigation techniques and innovative in situ imaging technologies, are bound to transform surgical practice. New interfaces are being explored to ensure intuitive and safe operation.

Soft compliant structures are very common in nature, for example in molluscs such as squid which employ muscular hydrostatic skeleton systems as soft  robotic solutions for  grasping and locomotion. It therefore makes strong sense to study these clever biological examples for the design of innovative soft robotic surgical devices.

This workshop brings experts from both academia and industry in order to discuss recent advances and future trends in robotic autonomous intraluminal navigation. Examples from different clinical application scenarios will be discussed.


***Please note times are in BST*** You can check the time in your timezone here.

15.00 – 15.10: E. Vander Poorten, KUL, Welcome & Introduction

15.10 – 15.35: H. Rafii-Tari, Auris Robotics, Transforming Intra-luminal Intervention with the MONARCH® Platform

15.35 – 16.00: M. Abdelaziz, Hamlyn Centre, CathBot: a Versatile Endovascular Robotic Platform

16.00 – 16.25: E. Votta, POLIMI, The ARTERY Project: Reinventing Transcatheter Cardiac Procedures by Shared Autonomy Robotics

16.25 – 16.50: J. Van Leeuwen, Univ. Wageningen, Unravelling ‘smart designs’ in nature with biomimetic potential

16.50 – 17.00: B. Rosa, CNRS & P. Breedveld, TU Delft, Closing Remarks

This workshop is worth 2 CPD points, please register to qualify for certification.