Workshop: Roadmap to autonomous robotic surgery

Altair Robotics Lab organises a Workshop to state a Roadmap to Autonomous Robotic Surgery at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona in October 30-31 2017.

The workshop will introduce the activities under ERC project ARS – Autonomous Robotic Surgery (funded under the ERC-Advanced Grant call 2016, project number 742671) which started the 1st October 2017.

Autonomy of robotic devices, from cars to drones to surgical robots, is a very active research area, both in technical and social fields, for the profound implications that successful autonomous robots would have on human society. However, the reality is quite different from the popular opinion reported by the media. In particular, there is even little understanding on how humans react and adapt to unexpected situations. This workshop will summarize the state of the art of today’s technologies, their ethical, legal and social (ELS) implications, and by making a parallel to the human cognitive process, will draw a roadmap of the future development, with specific attention to the next steps in the technological and ELS fields.

The workshop will gather experts in the fields of human and animal cognition, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), ELS fields, and robotics to debate the challenges of robotic autonomy. The workshop will be organized in two days, with a careful balance of cognition, ELS, robotic topics and open discussion among lecturers and public. Experts of animal and human cognition will discuss how living beings create and adapt their action plans. Experts in ML and AI will summarize the current trends in knowledge acquisition, from models or big data. Robotics researchers will address the challenges of emboding cognition into a robotic device. Finally ELS experts will discuss societal acceptance and implications of these technologies.

The workshop is sponsored by the PhD School in Natural Sciences and Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.


Università di Verona
Paolo Fiorini
Riccardo Muradore
Giovanni Meruzzi, JD
Andrea Caprara, JD
Gianluca Riolfo, JD
Marco Torsello, JD
Giorgia Guerra, JD
Salvatore Siracusano, MD
Bogdan Maris
Diego Dall’Alba
Université de Rennes
Pierre Jannin
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Arianna Menciassi
Politecnico di Milano
Giancarlo Ferrigno
Elena De Momi
IIT Genova
Leonardo Mattos
California Institute of Technology
Joel Burdick
Harvard Medical School
Marco Zenati, MD
King’s College London
Prokar Dasgupta, MD
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Torsten Kroeger
Joerg Raczkowsky
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Jessica Burgner-Kahrs
Lueder Kars
Ospedale S.M. Annunziata, Firenze
Andrea Gavazzi, MD
Università di Pisa
Franca Melfi, MD
IRCAD – Univ. Strasbourg
Silvana Perretta, MD
Imperial College London
Guang-Zhong Yang
Oxford Brookes University
Fabio Cuzzolin
Università di Modena Reggio-Emilia
Cristian Secchi
Federica Ferraguti
Università di Ferrara
Marcello Bonfè
Fondazione Centro San Raffaele
Alberto Sanna


Day 1 – 30 October 2017

9.00-9.20 – Introduction and welcome by Paolo Fiorini

9.20-10.20 – 20 minutes talks by invited speakers

10.20-11.00 – Coffee break

11.00-12.00 – Video and discussion with Guang-Zhong Yang

12.00-13.00 – Brainwriting session (small groups with leaders)

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-15:30 – 20 minutes talks by invited speakers

15:30-16:00 – Coffee break

16:00-17:30 – Brainwriting session (small groups with leaders)

20:00-22:00 – Dinner for the invited participants in the city centre

Day 2 – 31 October 2017

9.00-10.20 – 20 minutes talks by invited speakers

10.20-11.00 – Coffee break

11.00-11.20 – 20 minutes talks by invited speakers

11.20-13.00 – Brainwriting session (small groups with leaders)

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-15:40 – 20 minutes talks by invited speakers

15:40-16:30 – Discussion and future plans

16:30-17:00 – Farewell coffee break


Organising Committee

  • Paolo Fiorini
  • Marta Capiluppi