Endoluminal approaches offer minimal-invasive access to vital, but deeply seated and hard to reach body structures.

However, precise and reliable navigation with flexible or wireless instruments remains a major challenge. Robotic technologies bear the possibility to ease this challenging task significantly. Their deployment has so far been limited due to difficulties to integrate small components (i.e. sensors, actuators, mechanisms) and demonstrate reliable control in such complex and constrained environments.Compliant instruments such as flexible endoscopes, colonoscopes, catheters or wireless pills allow navigation via said body lumens or the vasculature.

Advances in all previously mentioned components and in control methods have been steady over the last decade up to the level that integrating intelligent autonomous behaviour is no longer a utopia. This workshop is aimed at summarising the latest findings in this increasingly popular research field.

This workshop will give researchers and representatives from the field (clinic/industry) the opportunity to highlight the latest advances in embedding autonomy and shared autonomy in robotic approaches to endoluminal surgery and vascular interventions. Furthermore, this workshop aims to provide an overview of the main technical challenges specific to soft robotics for endoscopy and endoluminal surgery, and to discuss the latest solutions to address unmet needs. Aside from a unique Time-up of key researchers in this field, the workshop foresees an interactive poster session and round tables where end-users offer their views on the needs and challenges in this field.

Date: Wednesday 29th June 2022

Time: 09:00-17:00

Call for Posters

We invite student participants to present their late-breaking research results in the form of posters. We are specifically interested in work related to the latest advances in embedding autonomy and shared autonomy in robotic approaches to endoluminal surgery and vascular interventions.

To do so, a PDF of the proposed poster should be submitted. All submissions will be judged based on relevance to the workshop topic, technical quality, and novelty. Authors of accepted proposals are expected to present their work during the short pitch session. The first authors must be undergraduate or graduate students.  After pitch presentations, the best poster will be selected and awarded.

The deadline is extended till the 24th
The best poster will be awarded with a prize (£200). 

To submit a poster, please follow this link to our online form.

Programme

08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:00 – 09:15 Prof Arianna Menciassi: Welcome & Introduction
Session 1: Barriers for endoluminal robot navigation
09:15 – 09:45 Prof Alberto Arezzo, Keynote: Understanding clinical needs for autonomy and shared autonomy in endoluminal approaches 
09:45 – 10:00 Prof Paolo Denti: Surgical and Transcatheter Mitral valve repair. Where Robotics will improve outcomes.
10:00 – 10:15 Benoit Rosa: Vision-based estimation and control for endoluminal interventions
10:15 – 10:30 Hongbin Liu: MorphGI: a self-propelling soft robotic endoscope
10:30 – 10:50 Poster Pitch
10:50 – 11:10 Coffee Break
Session 2: Applications in Autonomous Control and Shared Autonomy
11:10 – 11:40 Prof Rob Webster, Keynote: Autonomy in Transendoscopic Robotic Surgery
11:40 – 11.55 Mouloud Ourak: IVUS-based control of a distally actuated continuum robot
11:55 – 12:10 Prof Paolo Fiorini: Texting a surgical procedure: can the robot read it
12:10 – 12:25 Alice Segato: AI based control of steerable needles for surgery
12.25 – 12.40 Ka-Wai Kwok: Learning-based sensing and control for image-guided surgical robotic device
12:40 –  13:00 Poster Pitch
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
Session 3: Best Practices in modeling, actuation, sensing, imaging, powering
14:00 – 14:15 Prof Jaydev Desai: Robotically Steerable Guidewire for Endovascular Interventions
14:15 – 14:30 Christophe Chautems: Robotic magnetic navigation combined with AI, an HosmartAI Pilot Study
14:30 – 14.45 Izadyar Tamadon: A high-performance actuation and sensing solution for cable-driven manipulators
14:45 – 15:00 Helge Wurdemann: Miniaturised soft robotic manipulators for MIS
15:00 – 15:15 Prof Gastone Ciuti: Capsule robots in GI endoscopy: wired or wireless?
15:15 – 15:20 Poster Pitch
15:20 – 15:40 Coffee Break
Session 4: Usability, regulatory aspects, industry challenges, time to market
15:40 – 15:55 Prof James Chandler: Balancing simplicity and complexity in the translation of soft medical robots 
15:55 – 16:10 Andrea Guidotti: Therapy Development and Market Access
16:10 – 16:25 Filippo Piatti: Mixed reality as a novel human-friendly tool for patient-specific surgeries: from planning to intra-operative guidance
16:25 – 16:55 Prof Emmanuel Vanderpoorten, Prof Emiliano Votta & Prof Enrico Franco: Round table
16:55 – 17:00 Prof Elena De Momi: Closing Remarks

 

Learning Outcomes

  • understanding clinical needs for autonomy and shared autonomy in endoluminal approaches and vascular interventions;
  • learning about recent enabling technology;
  • discovering innovative solutions for robotically controlled endoluminal applications;
  • understanding risks, challenges and requirements for industrial uptake.

The workshop content will be directed towards students approaching the field of robotic surgery, researchers from industry and academia. The speakers will be asked to cover the learning outcomes in their talks. The round table/ discussion topics will be centered around the aforementioned themes.

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This workshop is worth 6 CPD points, please register to qualify for certification.

Speakers

Dr James Chandler

James H. Chandler received the M.Eng. degree in mechanical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in…

  • Talk: Balancing simplicity and complexity in the translation of soft medical robots 
  • Role: Speaker

Dr Ka Wai Kwok

Ka-Wai Kwok (Senior Member, IEEE) received his Ph.D. degree in Computing from the Hamlyn Centre…

  • Talk: Learning-based sensing and control for image-guided surgical robotic device
  • Role: Speaker

Professor Alberto Arezzo

Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Torino, Italy, under Mario Morino, he has…

  • Talk: Understanding clinical needs for autonomy and shared autonomy in endoluminal approaches
  • Role: Speaker

Izadyar Tamadon

Izadyar Tamadon is currently a Postdoctoral researcher in the surgical robotics and allied technologies area…

  • Talk: A high-performance actuation and sensing solution for cable-driven manipulators
  • Role: Speaker

Prof Paolo Denti

I want only success for the patient. Be resolute, Educate and be prepared. Progressive Cardiac…

  • Talk: Surgical and Transcatheter Mitral valve repair. Where Robotics will improve outcomes.
  • Role: Speaker

Filippo Piatti

Filippo Piatti has a Master Degree and PhD in Bioengineering from Politecnico di Milano, with…

  • Talk: Mixed reality as a novel human-friendly tool for patient-specific surgeries: from planning to intra-operative guidance
  • Role: Speaker

Mouloud Ourak

Mouloud Ourak holds a Ph.D. in Automation from the Université de Franche-Comté (2016) and an…

  • Talk: IVUS-based control of a distally actuated continuum robot
  • Role: Speaker

Christophe Chautems

  • Talk: Robotic magnetic navigation combined with AI, an HosmartAI Pilot Study
  • Role: Speaker