HSMR 2022

HSMR 2022

We are glad to announce our contribution to the annual Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics from 26th – 29th June 2022 at the Royal Geographical Society, London UK.

The annual symposium is the highlight event of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, at Imperial College London. It provides a forum for international surgeons and engineers to network and share the latest developments in medical robotics, attracting world-leading scientists, engineers and clinical practitioners from a wide range of disciplines associated with medical robotics and surgery.

26th June 2022, 08.00 with Paolo Fiorini

Workshop on Low cost Medical and Surgical Robotics

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. 

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26th June 2022, 08.00 with Diego Dall’Alba 

Workshop on Sensing and biophotonics for surgical robotics and in vivo diagnostics

This workshop will bring together clinicians and researchers to exchange ideas on the current state-of-the-art and future trends in sensing and biophotonics for surgical robotics and other clinical applications.

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29th June 2022, 09.00 with Paolo Fiorini

Workshop on Autonomy and shared autonomy in endoluminal approaches for soft surgical robots

This workshop will give researchers and representatives from the field (clinic/industry) the opportunity to highlight the latest advances in embedding autonomy and shared autonomy in robotic approaches to endoluminal surgery and vascular interventions.

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29th June 2022, 09.00 with Riccardo Muradore

Workshop on Image-Guided and Collaborative Medical Robotics 

The workshop will cover human-robot collaborative systems aimed at allowing safe, flexible, and swift operation in complex workspaces. Deployment designs and safety measures to overcome known technical drawbacks during human interaction will be discussed. The need for the integration of robotic systems into the interventional operating room (OR) will be covered including fast and reliable communication between all present devices.

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Robotics at Univr

Robotics at Univr

Robotics @UNIVR: La robotica nella LM Computer Engineering for Robotics and Smart Industry

Martedì 24 Maggio 2022 dalle ore 15 alle 18 – presso l’Aula Verde del Dipartimento di informatica UNIVR. Evento gratuito su prenotazione via form online entro il 22/05.

L’evento è rivolto a studenti in informatica, bioingegneria e ai curiosi che desiderano avvicinarsi al mondo della robotica e sistemi intelligenti nel proprio percorso personale o accademico e ha l’obiettivo di far conoscere i campi applicativi e le opportunità di formazione, ricerca e impiego tramite la voce e l’esperienza di docenti e di aziende del settore.

Ospiti alcune importanti realtà del mondo dell’industria che collaborano con il nostro laboratorio quali Agade, GPI, SiproAdige S.p.a. BLM GROUP.


Ore 15 | Introduzione

La robotica e i sistemi intelligenti nella LM C.E.R.S.I. – Relatore: Prof. Riccardo Muradore

• Chirurgia, teleoperazione e Intelligenza Artificiale – Relatore: Diego Dall’Alba
• Robotica collaborativa, esoscheletri, educational – Relatore: Andrea Calanca


Ore 16 | Robotica e industria

Presentazione di alcune realtà aziendali che collaborano con ALTAIR:
Agade – Industrial exoskeletons
 GPI – Automated Pharmacy Warehouse
• SIPRO – Robot e sistemi programmabili
Adige S.p.a. BLM GROUP – Industries & Applications

Ore 17 | Lab Tour

Visita e Live demo presso il Lab. ALTAIR, seguirà un rinfresco finale.

Partecipa all'evento

Facci sapere che ci sarai compilando il modulo al link qui sotto entro il 22/05, ti aspettiamo!

Partecipa all'evento

Facci sapere che ci sarai compilando il modulo al link qui sotto entro il 22/05, ti aspettiamo!

COSER Summer School – Program and Speakers

COSER Summer School – Program and Speakers

program and speakers

2-5 May 2022 at Room Verde, Department of Computer Science, University of Verona – ITALY
Last editing: 6 April 2022 

 Monday, May 2nd Tuesday, May 3rd Wed, May 4th Thur, May 5th
Talk Fiorini
Talk Ponzetto
Talk Vernon
Q&A Legal with Flor
Talk De Momi
Talk Rospocher
Talk Orlandini
10.30 - 11.00coffee breakcoffee breakcoffee breakcoffee break
11.00 - 12.30Q&A ROBOTIC SURGERY with invited speakers

Q&A NLP with invited speakers

Q&A with invited speakers

Melfi (virtual but live)
Student activities finalization
12.30 - 14.00lunch breaklunch breaklunch breaklunch break
14.00 - 14.45SURGERY
Antonelli (in person)
Q&A Robotic Surgery with Mathis UllrichETHICS
Talk Patuzzo
14.45 - 15.30Q&A Surgery with AntonelliGROUP WORKSQ&A Ethics with PatuzzoSTUDENTS' FINAL ASSESSMENT
15.30 - 16.00coffee breakcoffee breakcoffee breakcoffee break
16.00 - 17.30ROBOTIC SURGERY
Talk Mathis Ullrich

Talk Flor (recorded)


Enroll now

By 13 April fill up the registration form to express your interest to attend. Participants can join from anywhere. The number of participants is limited in accordance with the group activities. In person attendees will be advantaged.

Confirmed speakers per area 


Paolo Fiorini

Altair Robotics Lab – University of Verona
Full profile

Talk title: Commonsense in robotic surgery, unexpected need


Elena De Momi

NEAR Lab – Politecnico di Milano
Full profile

Talk title: Commonsense in surgical robotic design


Franziska Mathis-Ullrich

Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics at KIT Karlsruhe
Full profile

TALK TITLE: Context-sensitive robotics in minimally invasive surgery

ABSTRACT: Surgical robots have proven to provide safe and individual treatment to patients and allow for efficient use of health care personnel and resources. The next generation of cognitive surgical robots utilizes machine learning technologies to learn from and with human surgeons to provide context-sensitive support in the operation room. This talk introduces several cognitive robotic systems for minimally invasive surgical procedures being researched at the Health Robotics and Automation Lab at KIT, Germany. In particular, we will focus on the question how commonsense reasoning must be integrated into these learning systems to provide generalized care to patients with varying anatomies, to support surgeons with varying preferences, or to analyze individual instrument activity and tissues in different surgical domains.


Alessandro Antonelli

University of Verona Full profile

Talk title: The advances of robotics in urology: commonsense or evidences?


Franca Melfi

University Hospital of Pisa Full profile

Talk title: The impact of robotic surgery on healthcare and surgical training


Marco Rospocher

University of Verona Full profile

Talk title: Knowledge representation and reasoning with ontologies

ABSTRACT: In this class we will introduce the notion of ontology and we will see how an ontology can be used to formally represent knowledge so that an agent (e.g., a robot) can use and reason on the information encoded in it. We will overview some concrete applications and examples of ontologies, also in the surgical domain, and we will learn how to inspect the content of an ontology using an ontology editor.


Simone Paolo Ponzetto

University of Mannheim Full profile

Talk title: Natural language understanding and applications

ABSTRACT: In this class I will introduce a few advancements from the past decade on computational models that can be used to represent the meaning of words and sentences in context and methods to acquire such representations from textual evidence found in corpora. Moreover, we will look at how these encode dimensions of meaning that are useful for real-world applications (e.g., document search).


David Vernon

Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen
Full profile

Talk title: Commonsense reasoning as an extended form of episodic future thinking: insights from the situation model framework


Andrea Orlandini

National Research Council (CNR) Full profile

Talk title: Knowledge-based Autonomous Systems in Safety-critical Scenarios

ABSTRACT: The recent diffusion of autonomous systems (e.g., robots) in human environments entails the need of dealing with a wide range of operative and safety requirements. This lecture will provide an overview of plan-based control systems to realize safe and effective autonomous behavior for artificial agents. Particular attention will be provided to the integration of semantic technologies and formal methods to realize autonomous systems capable of exhibiting an augmented understanding of the environment and synthesizing robust plans in highly dynamic scenarios.


Sara Patuzzo

University of Verona Full profile

Talk title: Robotic surgery and artificial intelligence: bioethical issues

ABSTRACT: L’ingresso dell’intelligenza artificiale nella chirurgia ha dato vita a un settore tecnologicamente avanzato che include diversi saperi, quali in primis l’ingegneria robotica e la medicina. L’interdisciplinarietà che lo caratterizza non si esaurisce entro il campo scientifico, investendo anche il piano umanistico della riflessione, ivi comprese l’etica e la deontologia medica. Infatti, alcuni interrogativi morali si pongono alla nostra attenzione, alla ricerca di una consapevolezza e di un dibattito che li analizzi con rigore. Tra questi, a titolo di esempio, quale ruolo attribuire alla macchina considerata intelligente nella relazione con il medico e soprattutto con il paziente e, di conseguenza, la questione dell’informazione e del relativo consenso-dissenso all’intervento, oppure come valutare il rapporto tra l’efficienza del risultato atteso e l’assenza di emozione in una prassi medica dove il fattore umano può risultare non più l’unico e poi, forse, nemmeno il più decisivo. 


Roberto Flor

University of Verona Full profile

Talk title: Artificial intelligence, robotics, commonsense reasoning and legal responsibilities

Enroll now

By 13 April fill up the registration form to express your interest to attend. Participants can join from anywhere. The number of participants is limited in accordance with the group activities. In person attendees will be advantaged.

Commonsense Reasoning in Surgical Robotics

Commonsense Reasoning in Surgical Robotics

The first doctoral school dedicated to a frontier theme for autonomous robotics.
From 2 to 5 May 2022 in Verona and in hybrid format, registration by 13 April.

We are pleased to announce the Summer school in “Commonsense reasoning in surgical robotics”, which will be held from 2 to 5 May 2022 in hybrid format: the lessons will take place online and at the Department of computer science UNIVR.
This new proposal is the evolution of COSUR summer school on the control of surgical robots and aims to investigate even more specifically the world of autonomous surgical robotics in its most advanced developments.

The school will bring together national and international experts to discuss issues related to commonsense reasoning in autonomous robotics – that is, all those innate skills and concepts that are natural to a human being, but must be taught to a robot in order to act independently. A pioneering topic for the scientific community, which has recently started to be discussed discussed thanks to the progress achieved in the technical field.

The school is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary connotation and includes specialists in robotics, artificial intelligence, medicine, ethics and law. Given the complexity of the topic, we strongly believe that only an integrated approach will to foster a broad and articulated vision on a horizon that is still little known. The teaching will includes lectures but also collaborative workshops and group activities to stimulate interaction between the participants.

Understanding how to describe, represent and learn innate human abilities is an aspect of great importance in developing autonomous agents that are robust and reliable.

Prof. Paolo Fiorini

Director of the ALTAIR Robotics Laboratory

The school is open to Italian and foreign PhD students and researchers in the following disciplines: robotics, artificial intelligence, medicine, ethics, law and natural language processing.

Registration is open until April 13, which will be followed by a selection of the applications received. The participation fee is 50 Euros, except for affiliates of the Verona university, for which participation is free. Attendance in person is strongly recommended.

Program, teachers and methods of participation are available at this link.
Partners: ATLAS Project – AuTonomous intraLuminAl Surgery, ARS Project – Autonomous Robotic Surgery and UNIVR Computer Science Department.

Robotics Goes PRISMA – a seminar with Prof. Bruno Siciliano (UNINA)

Robotics Goes PRISMA – a seminar with Prof. Bruno Siciliano (UNINA)

Date: Friday 11 March 2022
Time: 16:00
Place: Aula Verde, Dip. Informatica
Speaker: Prof. Bruno Siciliano – PRISMA Lab
Department of Electrical Engineering & Information Technology – University of Naples Federico II

Contact Person: P. Fiorini


The PRISMA Lab www.prisma.unina.it has been engaged in robotics research at University of Naples Federico II for more than 30 years. This talk will survey our most remarkable achievements in seven research areas where robot manipulation and control challenges are found: grasping and manipulation, handling and manipulation, dynamic manipulation, aerial manipulation, interaction with deformable objects, human–robot interaction, and haptic shared control.


To present Bruno Siciliano, Professor of Robotics and Director of ICAROS Center at University of Naples Federico II, and Past President of IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, one cannot overlook what is his background: the city of Naples and the reckless passion for Napoli soccer team. It then happens that the background comes to the fore and becomes for the robotics expert at an international level a turning point. Like when, having earned his PhD degree, he decided to build his academic future in his city and for his city, declining a faculty position at a prestigious American university, (also) because of the football faith that has always accompanied him in the team’s highs (those were the times of Maradona) and lows. His book Robotics is among the most adopted texts in universities around the world, even though when he talks about his academic achievements there is the impressive Springer Handbook of Robotics, the reference manual for robotics at international level, edited with Professor Oussama Khatib, which he defines as “the most exciting professional experience of my life”. A work of coordination of over 200 renowned researchers, with the goal (fulfilled) of offering a unique tool to the scientific community of robotics and beyond. His research group at PRISMA Lab has had more than 20 projects funded by the European Union for a total of 18 million euros in the last 15 years, including an Advanced Grant from the RoDyMan, an acronym for “Robotic Dynamic Manipulation”, a robot capable of replicating the movements of a pizza maker. In terms of scientific research, it constituted the challenge of creating an automaton capable of manipulating deformable, elastic, non-solid objects, such as water and flour dough. “Keep the gradient” is the motto that Siciliano invented, meaning a constant search for new ideas and new solutions. A hymn to complexity to capture challenges and opportunities always in the name of the art of work & play, as stated in his passionate TEDx Talk.


More details are available at http://wpage.unina.it/sicilian/ and https://www.ipr.kit.edu/english/staff_3343.php