Workshop at ICAR 2021

Workshop at ICAR 2021

December 7, 2021 – remotely held – originally Ljubljana, SLO

Workshop on Low cost medical and surgical robotics

at the 20th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2021)

Organizer’s message

Medical and surgical robotics are one of the fastest growing sector of service robotics, yielding important medical advances and great economic returns to the investors. However, despite the impressive growth rate, the actual numbers of robot-assisted procedures and their impact are still very small in the medical field: robotic surgical interventions account for only the 0.05% of the total number of major surgeries done every year worldwide, and no clear medical benefit has emerged in most robot-assisted procedures with respect to Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) procedures.

We believe the reasons for this are primarily two: the huge cost of the devices that prevent their widespread usage and the lack of diversified devices that can be used in lower cost procedures. In short, both reasons can be related to the high cost of medical robotics since it prevents smaller hospitals to use robots in their clinical practice and limits their applications to high cost procedures that guarantees the proper cost recovery.

In this workshop we want to explore the difficulties and the benefits of developing low cost medical robotic devices that can guarantee top performance at a fraction of the cost of current devices. The difficulties to achieve this goal are many, from the high cost of certification and experimentation to the marginal performance of low cost components. Thus, new algorithms need to be developed to achieve high performance from components derived from mass production products, and new certification procedures could be proposed to the notifiedbodies. Of course, if this approach will be successful, we could finally see robots integrated in all medical procedures.

 

Paolo Fiorini and Pietro Valdastri

Registrations

To register to the workshop sessions (morning and/or afternoon), please fill in the contact form at the link below, and you will later receive the access link.

Programme

Workshop on Low cost medical and surgical robotics

CET Time

• 10am – 10.10am Welcome and Introduction

• 10.10am – 10.30am David Jayne, Leeds Teaching Hospital (Professor Colorectal Surgery)

• 10.30am – 10.50am Peter Culmer, University of Leeds (Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering)

• 10.50am – 11.10am Manish Chauhan, University of York (Lecturer in Medical Engineering)

• 11.10am – 11.30am Tim Horeman, Technical University of Delft (Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering)

• 11.30am – 11.35am Short break

• 11.35am – 12.00pm Round Table

• 12.00pm – 12.30pm Draft of a white paper & Conclusion

The ICAR-2021 logo is designed by Jadran Lenarčič, is inspired by the history of the city of Ljubljana. discover more

Workshop “Embodied AI in robotic surgery: Outcomes of the EU funded SARAS project”

Organized by Riccardo Muradore, Marcello Bonfe, Cristian Secchi, Francesco Setti, Elettra Oleari.

Agenda and (free) registration link here

ODINO Open Week

ODINO Open Week

Odino Open week

Dal 22 al 24 settembre l’Officina di Innovazione si presenta alla città 

È tutto pronto nel Laboratorio di robotica Odino Verona in vista dell’inaugurazione ufficiale di venerdì 24 settembre. Ad anticipare il taglio del nastro degli spazi di via Santa Teresa, 12, nell’area degli ex magazzini generali, due giornate di attivitàdedicate alle scuole e un inspirational talk online, mercoledì 22 alle 18, rivolto alla cittadinanza sul tema della robotica e delle nuove tecnologie.

L’inaugurazione sarà venerdì 24 settembre, alle 11, alla presenza di Olivia Guaraldo, delegata del rettore al Public Engagement, Alessandro Mazzucco, presidente della Fondazione Cariverona, e Paolo Fiorini, delegato del rettore alla Ricerca, docente di Robotica nel dipartimento di Informatica e responsabile del progetto Odino.

L’Officina d’Innovazione Odino Verona, gestita dall’università di Verona in collaborazione con Verona Fablab, è un laboratorio di robotica all’avanguardia fornito di robot educativi e strumentazione tecnologica in grado di simulare contesti di automazione industriale e manifatturiera in un ambiente di apprendimento dinamico, stimolante e sicuro. Comau è partner didattico e tecnologico, per la dotazione di robot e.DO, progettati con finalità formative.

Officine d’Innovazione è un progetto nato dalla sinergia tra università di Verona, Comune di Soave e Fondazione Safe, Security and Freedom for Europe, supportati dal Consorzio di Tutela vino Soave e Confindustria Verona, con il contributo di Fondazione Cariverona.

I corsi di formazione Odino in ambito robotico si rivolgono ai ragazzi dai 18 ai 30 anni residenti nel veronese e permettono di sviluppare competenze all’avanguardia per il mondo del lavoro 4.0. Le macchine sono infatti configurabili e in grado di simulare contesti di automazione industriale e manifatturiera permettendo agli studenti di fare esperienza con quello che accade in un’azienda, dalle dinamiche tecniche di catena di montaggio a quelle sociali.

Il laboratorio di robotica si trova in via Santa Teresa, 12 nell’area degli ex magazzini generali, a fianco del neo inaugurato Laboratorio ICE Industrial Computer Engineering dell’università di Verona. Una zona di interesse archeologico industriale in forte rivalutazione destinata a divenire nuovo polo di innovazione tecnologica per la città.

Nel corso dei prossimi anni il laboratorio sarà a disposizione di studenti e giovani per approfondire le tematiche riguardanti il mondo della robotica industriale con l’obiettivo di sperimentare nuovi modelli di apprendimento e nuove tecnologie. Il laboratorio potrà anche diventare un luogo di formazione e riqualificazione professionale per chi vuole affacciarsi a questo mondo.

L’innovazione non è solo a Verona: anche Soave è presente un’Officina Odino, focalizzata sulla formazione nei settori vitivinicolo ed enologico. Inaugurata a settembre 2020, nel prestigioso spazio dell’Ex-Mulino della città, può già contare 8 corsi avviati e più di 120 ragazzi coinvolti.

Modalità di iscrizione e programma completo disponibili sul sito www.progetto-odino.it.

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 ODINO OPEN WEEK – IL PROGRAMMA

Mercoledì 22/09/2021 | Ore 15-18 Laboratorio Odino, via Santa Teresa 12
RoboIndustry, la tecnologia con i robot: dalle origini della robotica alla programmazione di un robot educativo industriale.
Evento rivolto agli studenti delle scuole superiori.
Partecipa!

Mercoledì 22/09/2021 | Ore 18-19, online.
Inspirational Talk con il professor Igor Pelgreffi: filosofia, etica e nuove tecnologie.
Appuntamento rivolto a curiosi e appassionati di robotica, scienza, filosofia, etica. Igor Pelgreffi è docente di filosofia all’Università di Verona, redattore delle riviste Kaiak A Philosophical Journey, Lo Sguardo – Rivista di Filosofia e “Azimuth”.
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Giovedì 23/09/2021 | Ore 15-18, Laboratorio Odino, via Santa Teresa 12
RoboTeaching, la scuola con i robot.
Un incontro dedicato agli insegnanti di qualsiasi materia per scoprire le potenzialità del laboratorio Odino in classe.
Partecipa!

Venerdì 24/09/2021 | Ore 11- 13 Laboratorio Odino, via Santa Teresa 12
Inaugurazione del Laboratorio Odino.
Saluti istituzionali, taglio del nastro e visita del Laboratorio, evento su invito.

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L’iscrizione serve per ricevere il link via email il giorno prima dell’evento.

COSUR 2020 – Dates Postponed

COSUR 2020 – Dates Postponed

Considering the current international health situation and the recent trend of the pandemic, we are unable to organize the COSUR summer school with the safety and flexibility margins that the uncertain situation imposes.


We have therefore chosen to postpone the school to next winter (tentatively between November 2020 and March 2021), but we are unable to provide new dates at this time.

In the coming months we will constantly monitor the situation and as soon as possible we will update the official page with new dates and detailed instructions. Please also follow our social media channels for prompt updates.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

03/08/2020 – The organizing Team.

COSUR-2020

COSUR-2020

Third edition of COSUR – School on Control of Surgical Robots

24-26 September and 1- 2 October 2020, Barcelona

Registration is open for the third edition of COSUR – biennial doctoral school on the control of surgical robots – to be held in Barcelona at the Technical University of Catalonia on 24, 25, 26 September and 1, 2 October 2020.

The school is organized in two sessions to give students the opportunity to participate in CRAS – Conference on new technologies for Assisted Robotic Surgery, which will also be held in Barcelona this year. Access to CRAS will be included in the fee and represents a great opportunity for participants, since it will provide insights into the current direction of research in the medical robotics community.

The school aims to introduce students to the multidisciplinary environment of research in surgery with
particular attention to the control algorithms used in robotic surgery and the impact of the cognitive factor in directing the control.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn from well-known speakers and to work together on group projects in a positive and friendly atmosphere.

 

Registration open until 10 July

Registration is open until 10 July, all information is available from the official page metropolis.scienze.univr.it/cosur-2020

The 2020 edition is organized by the ALTAIR Robotics Laboratory of the University of Verona and by the
Research Center for Biomedical Engineering (CREB) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, in
collaboration with the Horizon 2020 projects ARS (Autonomous Robotic Surgery), SARAS (Smart
Autonomous Robotic Assistant Surgeon) and ATLAS (Autonomous intraluminal surgery).

The last edition was held in Verona in July 2018 with 26 PhD students and researchers attending and
coming from different academic backgrounds: from computer science to engineering to the medical field.

Workshop at ERF 2020 – Robotics in lighthouse areas

Workshop at ERF 2020 – Robotics in lighthouse areas

Title: Robotics in lighthouse areas
Date: 5 march 2020
Time: 14.00 – 15.30
Place:  Sala 2.1, Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Malaga

Full programme available here

The workshop will be conducted by teleconference

Due to Regional restrictions caused by the recent COVID-19 health alert, we won’t be able to attend the event, see official Press Release.

Agenda

 

14.00 – 14.05 Introduction

by Dr Riccardo Muradore, Dr Marta Capiluppi

14.05 – 14.50 Talks

Prof Elena De Momi,  Politecnico di Milano
“Smart planning and sensing for an innovative steerable robotic catheter for neurosurgery: new possibilities for advanced diagnosis”

Prof Sanja Dogramadzi, UWE Bristol
“Safety features in surgical robotics – experiences of SMARTsurg project”

Dr Gernot Kronreif, ACMIT Gmbh
“Robot autonomy: aspects from translational view”

Prof Andreas Melzer, University of Dundee
“Robotics for Image Guided Therapy and FUS”

Dr Francesco Setti, University of Verona
“Embodied AI in robotic surgery: challenges and opportunities”

14.50 – 15.30 Round table

On the future of AI+Robotics (Hospital of the future) and on the health care topic group.
Chairman: Prof Paolo Fiorini

European Robotics Forum 2020

The European Robotics Forum (ERF), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held in Malaga, Spain, on 3-5 March 2020, at the Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Malaga (FYCMA). Over 1000 European robotics top experts are expected to attend the 11th edition of the conference.

ERF2020 will host a major exhibition where companies, universities and research institutes showcase the most advanced European prototypes, products, services and projects funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme.

With over 50 workshops highlighting the newest robotics research, the event will offer a unique window to the latest developments on the European markets.

Official website: www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_forum

 

Locomotion strategies for quadruped robots – a seminar with Michele Focchi

Locomotion strategies for quadruped robots – a seminar with Michele Focchi

Date: 7 december 2018
Time: 11:00
Place: Aula Verde, Dip. Informatica
Speaker: Michele Focchi – IIT Genova

Contact Person: P. Fiorini

ABSTRACT

Legged robots are mainly designed to traverse unstructured environments where wheeled robots have limited mobility. Their applications range from nuclear decommissioning to mining, search and rescue, inspection and surveillance. In addition, they can be applied to flank human workers (or collaborate with them) in order to reduce labor accidents, as well as in elderly care. The next generation of legged robots are envisioned to operate either autonomously or semi-autonomously (through tele-operation) over uneven terrains. This requires the rejection and compensation of disturbances, the exploitation of visual feedback, and the ability to manipulate both fragile and heavy objects. The main ingredients for legged locomotion are planning, control, perception and state estimation. Numerical optimization is a promising tool for motion planning and control for legged robotic systems in complex geometry environments (e.g. multi-contact scenarios) because it enables to push the machine up to the performance limits.

Indeed, when the complexity of the terrain increases, or when the execution of the requested task involves highly dynamic motions, numerical optimization and machine learning strategies are needed to automatically find feasible trajectories and control actions that could not otherwise be determined. In this seminar I will mainly focus on the planning aspects and on different strategies to achieve effective locomotion across complex terrain.

BIO

Michele Focchi is currently a Researcher at the DLS team in IIT. He received both the Bsc. and the Msc. in Control System Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.
After gaining some R&D experience in the industry, in 2009 he joined IIT where he developed a micro-turbine for which he obtained an international patent and a prize.In 2013, he got a PhD in robotics, getting involved in the Hydraulically Actuated Quadruped Robot (HyQ) project.
He initially was developing torque controllers for locomotion purposes, subsequently he moved to higher level (whole-body) controllers and model identification. He was also investigating locomotion strategies that are robust to uncertainties and work reliably on the real platform. Currently his research interests are focused on pushing the performances of quadruped robots in traversing unstructured environments, by using optimization-based planning strategies to perform dynamic motion planning.

https://www.iit.it/people/michele-focchi