[robotics-worldwide] MICCAI 2008 Workshop on Needle Steering Announcement and Call for Posters

Allison Okamura aokamura at jhu.edu
Mon Apr 7 08:44:43 PDT 2008

MICCAI 2008 Workshop on Needle Steering: Recent Results and Future  
September 6th, 2008, Kimmel Center, New York University, New York  
City, USA

Workshop Website: http://lcsr.jhu.edu/NeedleSteering/Workshop

May 31, 2008 - Deadline for abstract submission for poster presenters  
(see below for instructions)
July 14, 2008  - Notification to poster presenters
July 31, 2008  - Final abstracts due for poster presenters
September 6, 2008 - Workshop date

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from the  
biomedical engineering, imaging, and robotics communities to discuss  
recent results and open problems in the development of medical needle  
steering technologies. Needle insertion is a critical step in many  
diagnostic and therapeutic medical procedures, from biopsies to  
anesthesia injections to brachytherapy cancer treatment. Due to their  
improved maneuverability, steerable needles have the potential to  
enable clinicians to accurately and precisely insert needles to  
targets previously inaccessible to traditional stiff needles. The  
purpose of this workshop is to serve as a comprehensive forum to  
discuss all aspects of the development of steerable needles. The oral  
presentations and posters will cover a variety of topics including  
modeling needle/tissue interaction, simulation, planning and control,  
hardware system design, image-guidance, and clinical application.

The workshop will consist of talks by invited speakers, a poster  
session, and a panel session to discuss open problems. These will be  
distributed throughout the day along with breaks to maximize  
discussion between attendees. The presentations of the invited  
speakers and all abstracts will be distributed to the attendees on CD- 
ROM at the workshop. Other workshop attendees will be invited to  
submit posters that will be presented during the poster session and  
included on the workshop CD-ROM.

• Gregory Chirikjian, Johns Hopkins University
• Noah Cowan, Johns Hopkins University
• Pierre Dupont, Boston University
• Gabor Fichtinger, Queens University
• Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley
• Rajni Patel, University of Western Ontario
• Cam Riviere, Carnegie Mellon University
• Tim Salcudean, University of British Columbia
• Moshe Shoham, Technion
• Robert Webster, Vanderbilt University

• Allison M. Okamura, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, The Johns  
Hopkins University
• Ron Alterovitz, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer  
Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Abstracts should be submitted by email to aokamura at jhu.edu by May 31,  
2008. The abstract submission should include, in the text of the  
email: (1) poster title, (2) list of authors and affiliations, (3) a  
150-300 word abstract, (4) references to your own related work, (5)  
relevant web links, and (6) a figure caption. The figure (in jpeg,  
gif, or png formats) should be an attachment to the email. An example  
abstract is shown at http://lcsr.jhu.edu/NeedleSteering/Workshop/goldberg.html 
. Submissions will be accepted for a poster presentation based on  
relevance to the workshop, quality, and available space. The abstracts  
of accepted posters will be published on the workshop web site.

Allison M. Okamura, Associate Professor
The Johns Hopkins University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics
125 CSEB, 3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: 410-516-7266
Fax: 410-516-7254
Email: aokamura at jhu.edu

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