Deploying robotic technologies in healthcare settings creates exceptional opportunities for both supplying organisations and healthcare professionals through new forms of targeted/personalised care, assistance, comfort, and operational support that unburdens healthcare staff and enhances the quality of care.

However, deploying these technologies can also be challenging due to complex, time-consuming trajectories that require substantial investments and support from professionals with adequate knowledge of clinical centres’ processes and operations.

During this workshop, researchers, clinicians, engineers, and operational staff will come together to share their experiences deploying robots in healthcare contexts. An interactive discussion will follow to 1) identify the needs and perspectives of the different stakeholders active in the healthcare robotics and 2) gain further insights as to how the services offered by DIH-HERO could be extended to the best benefit of the European healthcare robotics community.

We will conclude with an overview of the expertise and services offered by the DIH-HERO network, including technology, business capital and incubation, certification and go-to-market, testing facilities and test centres, and training and education services.

Date: Sunday 26th June 2022 Time: 08:00 – 12:00 BST



07:30 – 08:00 Registration and Coffee
08:00 – 08:10 Ana Cruz Ruiz (Imperial College London), Selene Tognarelli (SSSA) and Maren Bodding (University of Twente): Welcome and Introduction
08:10 – 08:35 The clinical reality of scaling robotics technologies into real world healthcare settings
Mr James Kinross – Clinical Senior Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery, Imperial College London, Department of Surgery and Cancer, St. Mary’s Hospital
08:35 – 09:00 Translational Research at WEISS – opportunities and challenges
Dr Su-Lin Lee – Head of Operations, Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS), University College London
09:00 – 09:25 Key considerations for successful collaborations to support market access
Ms Vee Mapunde –  Programme Director, Surgical MedTech Cooperative, NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs)
09:25 – 09:50 Robotics in healthcare: my experience of translating academic innovations
Dr Valentina Vitiello – Specialist Technical Operations Manager, School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, King’s College London
09:50 – 10:15 Prof Thiusius R. Savarimuthu – Professor of Medical Robotics, The University of Southern Denmark, The Maersk McKinney Moller Institute
10:20 – 10:40 Coffee Break
10:40 – 11:15 Panel discussion moderated by Ana Cruz Ruiz and Selene Tognarelli
11:15 – 11:35 Ana Cruz Ruiz and Selene Tognarelli: Overview of the DIH-HERO Services offered
11:35 – 11:50 DIH-HERO Success StoriesDr Gernot Kronreif – Chief Scientific Officer, Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology
11:50 – 12:00 Ana Cruz Ruiz and Selene Tognarelli: Closing Remarks


Learning Outcomes

  • The opportunities and challenges faced when deploying a robotic application in the healthcare setting will be discussed.
  • Experts from the field will share their experiences regarding the challenges faced, the success stories achieved.
  • Overview of the expertise and services offered by the DIH-HERO network to the European healthcare robotics sector will be given.
  • Interactive discussion to identify he needs and perspectives of the healthcare robotics stakeholders and to gain further insights on how the services offered by DIH-HERO could be extended, to the best benefit of the European healthcare robotics community.


This workshop is worth 3.75 CPD points, please register to qualify for certification.