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Conference on New Technologies for Computer and Robot Assisted Surgery

CRAS + SPIGC 2019

One event, two conferences - merged together

Next March 21st and 22nd surgeons and engineers will meet in Genoa to exchange experiences, ideas and discuss the future of surgical technologies. For the first time, the National Congress of the Italian Polispecialistic Society of Young Surgeons (SPIGC) will be completely merged with the Joint Workshop on Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery (CRAS) in a large event dedicated to ENCOURAGE YOUNG SURGEONS AND ENGINEERS.

CRAS+SPIGC 2019 will be a UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY for multi-cultural interactions, for identifying surgical needs and potential engineering solutions, and for the establishment of new multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Joint Sessions

Science and engineering presentations will be embedded into closely related medically-oriented sessions. Major topics include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Surgical staplers and suturing technologies
  • Trauma and resuscitation
  • Endoscopy and endoscopic surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Endovascular surgery
  • Rehabilitation and enhanced recovery after surgery
  • Imaging and diagnosis
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • High energy surgical devices
  • Surgical training
  • Tracers, surgical guidance and augmented reality
  • Transplantation and regenerative medicine
  • ''Low cost" technologies
  • New technologies, novel methods and future applications
  • New technologies demonstrations and competition

New surgical technologies demonstrations and competition

Research teams working on novel surgical technologies will have the opportunity to demonstrate their prototypes during the conference and enter the New Surgical Technologies Competition. The surgeon delegates will vote and decide the winner!

Submission Guidelines

This next edition of CRAS is joining a large poli-specialistic medical conference. Science and engineering presentations will be embedded into closely related medically-oriented sessions. In addition, all research teams working on novel surgical technologies will have the opportunity to demonstrate their prototypes during the conference and enter the New Surgical Technologies Competition.

The solicited contributions include:

  • Extended abstract (required)
  • Novel surgical technology demonstration (optional)

Topics of Submissions

Extended abstracts (2 pages) discussing new technologies for computer/robot assisted surgery are solicited. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Machine learning and cognitive surgical robotics
  • Registration, segmentation, modelling and data mining
  • Synergies and clustering
  • Motion compensation and active guidance
  • Human-robot collaboration and shared control
  • Workflow analysis and episode segmentation
  • Surgical skill assessment
  • Usability and user-acceptance
  • Robotics in medical diagnosis
  • Robotic systems in orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation and assistive technologies
  • Surgical training
  • Tactile and haptic feedback
  • Novel robotic hardware and sensors
  • Variable stiffness robotic systems
  • Novel interfaces
  • Standardization and regulation
  • System integration
  • Safety and dependability
  • Robotics in Radiology
  • Visionary works and roadmaps

Submission Deadlines

Submission site for CRAS 2019 is closed.

General Guidelines

  • Length of Abstract: Maximum of 2 pages, with figures
  • Paper size: A4 Size (210 mm x 297 mm)
  • Leave a 25mm margin at top and bottom of the page, and a 20mm margin at left and right sides
  • Font properties and size: Title: 14 pt, bold; Authors: 14 pt, normal; Institute + E-mail address: 12 pt, italics; Section headings: 10 pt, Capitals, bold; Text: 10 pt, normal; Figure captions and references: 9pt, normal.

Venue & Travel

CRAS + SPIGC 2019 took place at the Tower Genova Airport Hotel, in Genoa, Italy.

Tower Genova Airport

Tower Genova Airport

Hotel & Conference Center ****

Via Pionieri ed Aviatori D'Italia, 44
16154 Genova IT
T:+3901065491+3901065491
F:+390106549055
direzione@towergenova.com
reservations@towergenova.com

General Organisation

Members of the CRAS Organizing Committee support in the organization of the workshop. They distribute the call for papers among peers. They engage in the reviewing process and safeguard the quality of the accepted contributions. The CRAS 2019 organizing

CRAS 2019 - Organization Committee

 

Salih Abdelaziz
(LIRMM - Université de Montpellier)
Brian Davies (ICL, IIT) Matteo Laffranchi (IIT) Benoit Herman
(UCLouvain)
Helge Wurdemann
(UCL)
Alperen Acemoglu (IIT) Elena De Momi
(POLIMI)
Chao Liu
(LIRMM - CNRS)
Tim Horeman (TU Delft) Nabil Zemiti (LIRMM - Université de Montpellier)
Kaspar Althoefer
(Queen Mary University of London)
Kathleen Denis (KU Leuven) Leonardo Mattos
(IIT)
Pierre Jannin (Université de Rennes) Loredana Zollo (Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma)
Christos Bergeles(UCL) Nikhil Deshpande
(IIT)
Evangelos Mazomenos(UCL) Jelizaveta Konstantinova(Queen Mary University of London)
Gianni Borghesan (KU Leuven) Giancarlo Ferrigno (POLIMI) Arianna Menciassi
(SSSA, Pisa)
Philippe Poignet
(LIRMM - Université de Montpellier)
Alicia Casals
(IBEC)
Fanny Ficuciello
(Univ. Napoli)
Sara Moccia (Università Politecnica delle Marche, IIT) E. Vander Poorten (KU Leuven)
Zhuoqi Cheng (IIT) Paolo Fiorini (Univ. Verona) George Mylonas
(ICL)
Ferdinando Rodriguez Y Baena (ICL)
Gastone Ciuti
(SSSA)
Ioannis Georgilas (University of Bath)
Ilana Nisky (Ben-Gurion Univ) Benoit Rosa (ICube, Strasbourg)
Giulio Dagnino (ICL) Edward Grant
(NCSU)
Sebastien Ourselin (UCL) Bruno Siciliano (Univ. Napoli)
Jenny Dankelman (TU Delft) Yassine Haddab
(LIRMM - Université de Montpellier)
Veronica Penza (IIT) Danail Stoyanov
(UCL)

Competition and Awards

We thank all research teams for bringing their prototypes for demonstrations during the conference and enter for participating to the New Surgical Technologies Competition. The following demos were presented and assessed by the surgeon delegates. Their votes resulted in a tie for first place, so the Organizing Committee decided to awarded two demos as winners.

Winner SENTISIM: A hybrid training platform for SLNB in local melanoma staging

by Tomàs Pieras and Albert Hernansan

Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB-UPC), Barcelona

Melanoma Unit, Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena, Seville

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona

Winner CALM - Computer Aided Laser Microsurgery

by Alperen Acemoglu, Nikhil Deshpande and Leonardo S. Mattos

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa, Italy

Finalist APSurg - Abdominal Positioning Surgical System

by Veronica Penza and Leonardo S. Mattos

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa, Italy

Participant Visual Interface for Robotic Neurosurgery

by Eloise Matheson and EDEN2020 team

Imperial College London, UK

Participant Robot-Assisted Endovascular Intervention: The CathBot System

by Giulio Dagnino, Dennis Kundrat and Mohamed E.K. Abdelaziz

The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery - Imperial College London, UK

Participant VRViz Virtual Reality Vitreoretinal Surgery

by Christos Bergeles, Tom Vercauteren and John O'Neill

King's College London, UK

Participant SVEI: Smart Venous Entry Indicator

by Zhuoqi Cheng, Brian Davies, Darwin G. Caldwell and Leonardo S. Mattos

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa, Italy

Participant Flexible Instrument for Fetal Laser Surgery

by Allan Javaux and Emmanuel Vander Poorten

KU Leuven, Belgium

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