Tutorial session at ICAR 2023

Technologies for Autonomy and their Application to Robotic Surgery

Abu Dhabi, 2023/12/05 – Half day tutorial session

Welcome to our half-day workshop, where we dive into the AI Act’s impact on autonomous robotic systems. We’ll explore two knowledge extraction approaches: the top-down method involving textbooks and interviews, and the bottom-up approach through data analysis and segmentation. Led by Professors Riccardo Muradore and Paolo Fiorini, along with Dr. Nicola Piccinelli and Andrea Roberti from Altair Robotics Lab, University of Verona, prepare for an enlightening exploration.


Autonomy is the subject of intense research in many application areas of robotics. The approach followed is mostly based on the very performing Deep Learning methods, which however may not satisfy the requirements of safety critical tasks. In fact, the upcoming “AI Act”, the EU regulation addressing the use of AI methods, requires the constant human supervision in all safety critical tasks. This is clearly the case of autonomous robotic surgery that will require an advanced form of supervised autonomy to be usable. Human supervision requires the unambiguous communication between humans and machines, which goes beyond explainability.

This tutorial will present the system requirements that derive from the AI Act and the main building blocks of the demonstrators that has been developed at the University of Verona.


Khalifa University Main Campus, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Time Topic
14.00 – 14.30 The AI Act and its implications Prof. Muradore, Prof. Fiorini
14.30 – 15.00 Top-down knowledge extraction Prof. Fiorini
15.00 – 15.30 Bottom-up knowledge extraction Prof. Fiorini, Dr. Piccinelli
15.30 – 16.00 Simulation based control architecture Prof. Muradore, Prof. Fiorini
16.00 – 16.15 Coffee break
16.15 – 17.00 Symbolic and Neural implementations Dr. Piccinelli, Prof. Muradore
17.00 – 18.00 System implementation in ARS and SARAS projects Dr. Piccinelli


Prof. Paolo Fiorini

Prof. Riccardo Muradore


Nicola Piccinelli Ph.D


Andrea Roberti Ph.D



Paolo Fiorini – paolo.fiorini@univr.it