With increasing clinical uptake of minimally invasive surgery and surgical robotics, the provision of technologies that provide intra-operative guidance and in vivo morphological and functional characterisation beyond the exposed tissue surface has become an important research topic.

Such technologies can further expand the functional capabilities of surgical robotics in providing improved navigation, tissue detection, labelling, and targeting both at macro and cellular levels. In addition, further development of such sensing technologies may pave the way towards higher levels of surgical automation.

A range of intra-operative sensing and imaging techniques have been investigated for this purpose including force sensing, endoscopic vision, ultrasound and electric bio-impedance. Optical imaging and spectroscopy also provide opportunities in this area, both in surgical environments and in other clinical scenarios (e.g. diagnostics, screening, etc.). Both point based spectroscopic approaches (e.g. diffuse reflectance, Raman, fluorescence spectroscopy) and imaging techniques (e.g. optical coherence tomography (OCT), confocal laser endomicroscopy, hyperspectral imaging, photoacoustic imaging, etc.) have been reported, demonstrating promising results for both surgical guidance and diagnostics.

This workshop will bring together clinicians and researchers to exchange ideas on the current state-of-the-art and future trends in sensing and biophotonics for surgical robotics and other clinical applications. While a variety of technologies and clinical applications will be discussed, the workshop will maintain a focus on devices that can be seamlessly integrated with the surgical environment and that can be compatible with robot-assisted interventions. A key aim of the workshop will be to spark discussion and collaboration around the use of sensing technologies for surgical autonomy. As such, a panel discussion will be included on this topic and a social gathering will be organised after the workshop. The workshop will include several invited talks, and we will also welcome submissions from Symposium attendees for both oral and poster presentations.

Date: Sunday 26th June 2022

Time: 08:00 – 16:00

Programme

08:00 – 08:30 Registration & Coffee
08:35 – 08:45 Dr Alex Thompson & Dr Diego Dall’Alba: Welcome & Introduction
08:45 – 09:15 Dr Zhuoqi Cheng: Robot Assisted Electrical Impedance Sensing for Intraoperative Tissue Recognition
09:15 – 09:45 Mr Daniel Leff: Intra-operative sensing and biophotonics for oncological margin control in breast conserving surgery
09:45 – 10:15 Poster presenters: Poster teaser presentations
10:20 – 10:40 Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:15 Prof David Sampson (Keynote): Sensing fibrillar tissue structures and microvasculature in vivo using optical coherence tomography
11:15 – 11:45 Dr Michael Hughes: Computational approaches to high resolution fibre-based endoscopic imaging
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 13:30 Dr Matina Giannarou: Cognitive Vision for Surgical Guidance during Cancer Resection
13:30 – 14:00 Dr Graham Spicer: Optimizing spectral endoscopy for early cancer visualisation
14:10 – 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 – 15:00 Dr Beth Mills: Lighting up the lung: Developing optical tools for real-time, point-of-care detection of lung disease in the clinic
15:00 – 15:30 Dr Dominic Jones: Tactile Perception in Minimally Invasive Surgery
15:30 – 15:50 All speakers: Panel discussion
15:50 – 16:00 Dr Alex Thompson & Dr Diego Dall’Alba: Poster prize announcement & closing remarks

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the requirements for sensing in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery (including from a clinical perspective), especially with regards to supporting automatic and autonomous systems in the future;
  • Knowledge of existing and emerging sensing technologies used in surgical robotics;
  • Knowledge and understanding of optical imaging techniques such as fluorescence imaging, hyper/multi-spectral imaging, endomicroscopy and OCT;
  • Knowledge and understanding of point-based spectroscopic sensing techniques such as fluorescence spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, elastic scattering spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy;
  • Understanding of the challenges in implementing advanced sensing and biophotonics modalities into surgical robotics and in translating these technologies to the clinic;
  • Understanding of the limitations of current clinical tools used for diagnostics, margin assessment, surgical guidance, etc.

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

Speakers

Prof David Sampson

David Sampson is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation, at The University of Surrey, where he…

  • Talk: Sensing fibrillar tissue structures and microvasculature in vivo using optical coherence tomography
  • Role: Keynote

Dr Zhuoqi Cheng

  • Talk: Robot Assisted Electrical Impedance Sensing for Intraoperative Tissue Recognition
  • Role: Speaker

Dr Michael Hughes

  • Talk: Computational approaches to high resolution fibre-based endoscopic imaging
  • Role: Speaker

Mr Daniel Leff

Daniel is currently a Reader in Breast Surgery working in the Departments of BioSurgery and…

  • Talk: Intra-operative sensing and biophotonics for oncological margin control in breast conserving surgery 
  • Role: Speaker

Dr Graham Spicer

Graham obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon…

  • Talk: Optimizing spectral endoscopy for early cancer visualisation
  • Role: Speaker

Dr Beth Mills

Beth was awarded her PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Nottingham. She subsequently…

  • Talk: Lighting up the lung: Developing optical tools for real-time, point-of-care detection of lung disease in the clinic
  • Role: Speaker

Dr Dominic Jones

  • Talk: Tactile Perception in Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Role: Speaker