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.

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.



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

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.