Summer School on Control of Surgical Robots (COSUR) 2016

ALTAIR Robotics Lab, in collaboration with the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Technical Committee on Robotic Surgery and the European project MURAB (MRI and Ultrasound Robotic Assisted Biopsy), organizes the

1st Biannual Summer School on 

Control of Surgical Robots (COSUR 2016)

5-9 September 2016
Department of Computer Science
University of Verona, Italy

The school is partially funded by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, MURAB project, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ROBIOPSY – Italy-USA collaboration project), the Doctoral Program in Natural Sciences and Engineering and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona.

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The main objective of COSUR2016 is to introduce PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows to the multidisciplinary research field of surgical robotics, with particular focus on the control algorithms used in robotic surgery and the impact of cognition in directing the control. We will offer lectures, hands-on laboratory experience, and opportunity for informal interaction with clinicians and leading experts from academia and industry. The school will go beyond the current approach of doctoral schools and will give trainees an in depth understanding of cognition and control in robotic surgery.


Important dates

Application deadline: 8 June 2016 (extended!)
Acceptance by: 15 June 2016
Registration deadline: 8 July 2016


The main themes faced during the school include:

  • Control and Sensing in robotic surgery
  • Teleoperation and Haptics
  • Image-guided robotic surgery and interventions
  • Human-Robot Interaction and Cooperation
  • Partially autonomous tasks in robotic surgery

Besides the technical aspects, the lecturers of the school will present the medical context in which robotic surgery is being used and the research perspective given by relevant EU-funded projects.

The school will include tutorial presentations on the technical topics, medical scenarios presented by clinicians, research perspectives given by the coordinators of recently funded EU-projects, and laboratory sessions that will let students apply the concepts introduced during the lectures.

The school will end with a team project, which will be evaluated by the school lecturers. Students will receive a certificate of attendance, to obtain credits in their universities.

The school is held the week before the workshop on Computer and Robot Assisted Surgery (CRAS 2016) that will be held in Pisa on September 12-14, 2016. The students of the school will have the opportunity to present the results of their team projects at the workshop in a dedicated poster session. To register for the workshop the school attendees will receive a special COSUR2016 registration fee.

Final Program

Registration of partipants starts Monday 5th September at 8:00 a.m.

Students are required to bring their own laptop with the latest version of Matlab (and toolboxes) installed. Students need to have basic knowledge of control theory and image processing, together with basic knowledge of Matlab, Python and ROS.


Wednesday 7th September 2016, 18:30-20:30

Guided Tour of the city of Verona. Meeting point in the city centre (more details to come).

Thursday 8th September 2016, 20:00

Dinner at restaurant Al Calmiere. Trasfer by Bus from the school to the restaurant. More details to come.


Dr. Marta Capiluppi (Università degli Studi di Verona)
Dr. Riccardo Muradore (Università degli Studi di Verona)
Prof. Paolo Fiorini (Università degli Studi di Verona)
Dr. Selene Tognarelli (Scuola Superiore di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna)
Prof. Arianna Menciassi (Scuola Superiore di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna)


Dr. Diego Dall’Alba
Dr. Bogdan Maris
Dr. Andrea Calanca
Fabrizio Boriero
Francesco Visentin
Michela De Piccoli
Giacomo De Rossi
Andrea Roberti


The school is opened to PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows working in the field of Robotic Surgery, provided that they have a basic knowledge of control systems and image processing. Due to space availability limitations, the applicants will be selected based on their CV and a motivation letter.

IEEE-RAS student members are encouraged to attend and they will receive a refunding of 50% of the travel expenses, up to €300 and a discounted fee for registration. Please notice that the registration fee includes accommodation and lunches (see below). For more information on how to apply for the IEEE RAS student membership, click here.


The applicants need to send an email to

attaching their CV and a motivation letter that should include a statement of research specifying why they intend to attend the school. In the email, the applicants need to specify if they need a visa for Italy and if they are IEEE-RAS student members (sending their IEEE ID number).

The deadline for applications is June, 8, 2016 (extended).

The application process is now closed!

The applicants will be informed on their acceptance to attend the school by June, 15, 2016. By receiving the acceptance email, the applicants need to send a copy of their passport, the receipt of the payment of the registration fee, (possibly) a copy of their visa (at latest it has to be sent by July 31 2016), if necessary, by July 8 2016.

Selected participants who will not be able to attend the school, need to cancel their application BEFORE paying the registration fee (it is not refundable) and BEFORE June 20, to leave the possibility to attend to other applicants.


The regular registration fee is €400. The special registration fee for RAS students is €200.

Only accepted applicants can register.

Both registration fees include:

  • accommodation in a double room (with people of the same sex) for the period 4-9 September 2016 in the students lodging in Piazzale L. Scuro 12 (Verona), near the Department of Computer Science
  • lunches at the university canteen for the period 5-9 September 2016
  • coffee breaks
  • social events

Registration is now open at this link. Please notice that the only accepted method for payment is by credit card. For problems related to the registration, please send an email to

Registration deadline is July, 8, 2016.

Cancellation policy: please notice that it will not be possible to cancel the registration after paying the registration fee. Such registration fee is not refundable.


The school will take place at the Department of Computer Science, University of Verona, Strada le Grazie 15, Verona, Italy.

For directions, please check here.


For general enquiries, please send an email to