The outbreak of novel coronavirus has sparked a global health crisis and the robotics research and innovation communities form an integral part of our response. Now more than ever, it is evident that robotics has a key role to play.

Across the world, robots and drones are being repurposed and deployed as part of the COVID-19 response. The COVID-19 pandemic offered a unique opportunity to galvanize medical robot technologies, as they play an increasingly major role in combating contagious diseases.

The challenge encouraged entries from across the world and the award ceremony will announce the winners in each of the 3 categories:

  • Application
  • Innovation
  • Design

The winning team of each category will receive a £5,000 GBP prize and their video entries will be posted on our website.

Award & Closing Ceremony

The Hamlyn Symposium will close with an online ceremony featuring prominent keynote speakers, Professor Jacques Marescaux and Professor Stefan Weber.

The ceremony is designed to celebrate a vibrant 3 and half month programme of events and will feature an award ceremony of the  challenge and poster competition winners!


3:00pm Professor The Lord Ara Darzi: Welcome and Summary of Symposium Highlights.
3:05pm Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena: Introduction
3:10pm Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena: Introduction to Professor Stefan Weber
3:15pm Professor Stefan Weber: Robotic Cochlear Surgery: Towards the Realm of Certainty
3:30pm Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena: Q&A
3:35pm Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena: Introduction to Professor Jacques Marceaux
3:40pm Professor Jacques Marescaux: Imaging, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence : the next steps in Minimally Invasive Surgery
3:55pm Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena: Q&A
4:00pm Rich Mahoney Surgical Robot Challenge Overview
4:03pm Winner of Design Category
4:05pm Surgical Challenge Design Winner: Video & Presentation
4:13pm Winner of Application & Innovation Categories
4:15pm Surgical Challenge Innovation & Application Winner: Video & Presentation
4:23pm Professor Robert Richardson Medical Robot Challenge Overview
4:26pm Winner of Application Category
4:28pm Medical Challenge Application Winner: Video & Presentation
4:35pm Winner of Design Category
4:37pm Medical Challenge Design Winner: Video & Presentation
4:45pm Virtual Poster Awards
4:48pm Winning Poster Presentation
4:55pm Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena: Closing Remarks
5:00pm – CLOSE

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