During the 7th Framework Program (2007-2013), the EU has substantially funded European research in Surgical Robotics. While some of the results have been partially exploited by European companies/ industries, others have not. At the very beginning of the new framework program (Horizon 2020), it is time to review the possible causes of Europe lacking small/ big companies taking over the excellent research results that came out of completed or still ongoing projects. Overall, the gap between research and industry still seems too wide in this field. It will be discussed how the large investments (money and time) that are required for pre- and clinical tests can be overcome. In addition, the workshop will present an up-to-date survey of all ongoing research in the different robotic surgery specialties. Plenty of time is foreseen for discussion on possible strategies to further promote industrial uptake in Europe and the rest of the world. Participants from different continents are therefore welcome to share their experiences.
The workshop will include talks prepared by invited speakers as well as excellent contributions from external participants. Contributions will be reviewed by at least three workshop organizers. Selected contributions will be disseminated through poster presentations and explained in 1 minute poster teasers. Invited speaker talks will take 10 minutes with 5 additional minutes for Q/A.
Elena De Momi, Nearlab, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Leonardo Mattos, Biomedical Robotics Laboratory, Department of Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy
Kaspar Althoefer, Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe), Dept. Of Informatics, King's College London, London, UK
Arianna Menciassi, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
Emmanuel Vander Poorten, Robot-Assisted Surgery Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium
Paolo Fiorini, Department of Computer Science, University of Verona, Italy
Giancarlo Ferrigno, Nearlab, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy