• Three-day workshop, each 2 h long, including breaks.
  • Date/Time: 9, 10, and 11 June 2021, 14.00-16.00.


This workshop aims to bring together medical experts active in the field of minimally invasive interventions, medical device manufacturers, experts in soft flexible and stretchable electronics and sensors, computer scientists and roboticists creating and studying soft and stiffness controllable robots. We will explore the synergies that will arise from robotic surgeons cooperating with such modern robots to conduct advanced surgical interventions previously not possible.

This is a 3-day workshop, each day focusing on different aspects of this exciting field:

Day 1: Soft robots: Actuation, implementation and clinical translation

This Hamlyn 2021 workshop will provide a review of current technology used in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery and explore the current paradigm shift from traditionally rigid surgical tools to robotic systems that are highly redundant, soft, multifunctional with sensing capabilities and capable of changing their structural stiffness to adapt to surgical needs.

Day 1 – Learning outcomes:

  1. Learning about the requirements of minimally invasive surgery, especially with regards to soft robots.
  2. Knowledge of technologies and challenges in soft structures and materials for robots
  3. Understanding of a range of actuation means for soft robot devices
  4. Knowledge on fabrication methods, materials, device architectures and functionalities of soft robot devices.
  5. Knowledge on integration of soft robots in a surgical setting.
  6. Learning about navigation and control challenges for soft robots in surgical environments.


14.00-14.10: Kaspar Althoefer and Helge Wurdemann: Chairing

14.10-14.40: Hongbin Liu, Reader, King’s College London: MorphGI: A Self-Propelling Robotic-assistive Endoscope to perform colonoscopy

14.40-15.10:  Ka Wai Kwok, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong: Online Computational Mechanics – A Wayout for Soft Robotics in Surgical Applications

15.10-15.15: 5 min Break

15.15-15.45: Arianna Menciassi, Professor of Biomedical Robotics, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy: Medical robotics devices redesigned by a soft approach

15.45-16.15: Alberto Arezzo, Associate Professor of Surgery, Università degli Studi di Torino: The Road Ahead For Endoluminal Intervention: The ENDOO and RED Projects

For details and to register for Day 2 please click here.

For details and to register for Day 3 please click here.



Deadline: 31st May 2021 23:59 BST

Submit your 1-page pdf document via the Hamlyn Symposium poster submission form.

Please indicate on the submission portal at the relevant field that your submission is for this workshop.

Please use the Hamlyn Symposium poster templates available here.

We invite the submission of high-quality research posters, as part of the workshop. Submissions will be selected based on their relevance to the workshop, merit and novelty. Authors of accepted posters will also need to prepare a prerecorded 15 min presentation explaining their work that workshop attendees will be able to watch on their own time before or after the workshop. Videos will be available on the workshop website together with the posters.

A Best Poster Award of £300 will be awarded to the best submission.

We are exploring the possibility for a special issue on a top robotics and sensing journal, based on the workshop.


Day 1 of this workshop is worth 2 CPD points, please register to qualify for certification.


Dr Ka Wai Kwok

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

  • Talk: Online Computational Mechanics - A Wayout for Soft Robotics in Surgical Applications
  • Role: Speaker

Professor Alberto Arezzo

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

  • Talk: The Road Ahead For Endoluminal Intervention: The ENDOO and RED Projects
  • Role: Speaker