European Robotics Forum 2017

European Robotics Forum 2017

Robotic surgery in the European researcher community: autonomous and semi-autonomous precision interventions

Workshop organizers
Marta Capiluppi, University of Verona,
Elena De Momi, Politecnico di Milano,
Riccardo Muradore, University of Verona,

Date and Place

8:30 AM, March 24th Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Motivation and objective
As showed during the Eurosurge project (, there is a great number of research centres/universities dealing with autonomous and semi-autonomous surgical interventions around Europe. Eurosurge project launched the idea of creating a network for sharing development of common tools related to surgical robotics: now there exist platforms and share repositories to effectively sharing research outcomes in order to speed up European research in the field.

In this context, the objectives of this workshop are:

  1. to present ongoing research activities in the field of robotic autonomous and semi-autonomous precision interventions, currently addressed by recently funded EU projects on surgical robotics themes
  2.  to pave the way to a new generation of young researchers in this field
  3.  to point out the challenges to be addressed on the near future from both the medical and the engineering point of view
  4.  to create a network of young researchers to exploit next European funding opportunities in this field (e.g. Marie Curie actions and COST actions).

This last point also takes advantage of current European actions to connect researchers in the field of robotic surgery, such as the DVRK European community, which is currently taking common initiatives for sharing results on the application to the da Vinci robot.

Workshop outline

The following H2020 EU projects on surgical robotics have been invited to present preliminary results on the research topics addressed:

  • EurEyeCase : Use Case for European Robotics in Ophthalmologic Micro-Surgery
  • EndoVespa : an integrated robotic platform for the navigation of a soft-tethered colonoscope capable of performing painless diagnosis and treatment.
  • EDEN2020, which aims to develop the gold standard for one-stop diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment in neurosurgery.
  • SMARTsurg: dexterous anthropomorphic instruments and wearable multi-sensory master for tele-operation to optimise perception and action
  • MURAB, which aims at improving precision and effectiveness of the biopsy gathering for cancer diagnostic operations

Full Forum Schedule


8.30 – 8.35 Workshop introduction (5 mins)
8.35 – 9.00 Poster teasers (25 mins)

EndoVESPA: a computer-assisted robotic platform for magnetically-driven painless colonoscopy (Gastone Ciuti, Paolo Dario)

EDEN2020: Diffusion Measurement and Modelling (Zhengchu Tan)

EDEN2020: Surgical Planning & Intraoperative Navigation (Marlene Pinzi)

MURAB: Combining MRI and Ultrasound for robotic assisted biopsy in breast cancer and muscle diseases – Design robot end effector (Johannes Lachner)

MURAB: Combining MRI and Ultrasound for robotic assisted biopsy in breast cancer and muscle diseases – Image registration for optimal needle insertion (Johannes Lachner)

SMARTsurg: SMart weArable Robotic Teleoperated surgery (Antonia Tzemanaki)

EurEyeCase: Robot-assisted vitreo-retinal surgery via sensor-integrated instruments (Gianni Borghesan)

9.00 – 9.30 Poster presentation (30 mins)
9.30 – 10.00 Round table and interactive discussion (30 mins)

da vinci

Sponsor: ROBIOPSY project

The aim of the ROBIOPSY project is to contribute to the development of an image guided robotic system for the execution of precise prostate biopsies.

Joint Project Italy-USA, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.