Surgical robotics is a key factor for the introduction of new surgical procedures not feasible otherwise, as well as for improving current procedures by providing new assistive tools that allow achieving more precision and higher surgical performances. Robotics breaks into the Operating Room in an effective way in the XXI century and its progress, although still slow, has already reached a figure of 10.000 operation robots in hospitals worldwide. This year’s edition, coinciding with the CRAS 10th anniversary, will evidence an explosion of new surgical robots and other devices in different specialties, which, until now, were produced by very few manufacturers. This market expansion will break with the otherwise slow progress and will favor reaching a wider range of clinical centers.
In this 10th edition communications are expected on advances in the following fields: virtual and augmented reality techniques applied to training, planning and assisted guidance; new techniques to introduce effective haptic feedback; new devices, technologies and procedures for less invasive surgery and to facilitate the execution of complex surgical tasks; and artificial intelligence for planning, guidance and autonomous operations.
CRAS 2020 is the 10th edition of this successful event. Formerly labeled as a workshop, from this 10th edition onwards CRAS has graduated and will continue to move forward as a `conference'.
Extended abstracts (2 pages) discussing new technologies for computer/robot assisted surgery are solicited.