Summer School on Control of Surgical Robots (COSUR) 2018

Altair Robotics Lab, in collaboration with the ERC project ARS (Autonomous Robotic Surgery) and the European project SARAS (Smart Autonomous Robotic Assistant Surgeon), organises the

2nd Biannual Summer School on 

Control of Surgical Robots (COSUR 2018)

9-13 July 2018

Department of Computer Science
University of Verona, Italy

The school is funded by the ARS project, the SARAS projects, the MURAB project, the Doctoral Program in Natural Sciences and Engineering and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona.



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: 30 April 2018
Acceptance by: 15 May 2018
Registration deadline: 30 June 2018


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 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 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 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.


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.

The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2018.

The applicants will be informed on their acceptance to attend the school by May 15th, 2018. When receiving the acceptance email, the applicants need to send an email to the above email address with a copy of their passport, the receipt of the payment of the registration fee, and, if necessary, a copy of their visa (at latest it has to be sent by June 30th, 2018).

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 registration fee is €250.

Only accepted applicants can register.

Registration fee includes:

  • lunches at the university canteen for the period 9-13 July 2018
  • coffee breaks
  • social events

Registration will open soon.

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 June, 30, 2018.

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


Prof. Paolo Fiorini (Università degli Studi di Verona)
Dr. Marta Capiluppi (Università degli Studi di Verona)
Dr. Riccardo Muradore (Università degli Studi di Verona)

ARS project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No. 742671.
SARAS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 779813.