[robotics-worldwide] special issue on Surgical Robotics

Paolo Fiorini paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Mon Jan 4 15:18:52 PST 2010

Special Issue on Surgical Robotics
Journal of Applied Bionics and Biomechanics
Taylor & Francis (ISSN: 1176- 2322)

Dear colleague,

You are kindly invited to submit your work to this special issue of the
Applied Bionics and Biomechanics.

The purpose of this special issue is to document the state of the art of
robotic systems applied to the field of surgery. The advances in
surgical robot capabilities and the development of new commercial
products have shown the potential of significant innovations to the
diagnostic and intervention processes. Thus, robotics is bound to
significantly influence the way surgery is practiced. So far however,
the impact of robotics to the surgical practice has been limited by a
number of factors, including lack of appropriate training, cost of the
equipment, and limited functionality of the robots.

On the other hand, robotics can provide new ways to carry out surgical
interventions due to its intrinsic high accuracy, to the possibility of
integration with Computer Aided resources, to the capabilitiy of
providing more detailed perception to the surgeons, and eventually to
add automation to the surgical practice. Similarly, a number of well
established industries as well as imaginative start-up’s, see in robotic
surgery a new market with a high growth potential and social impact,
able to attract public visibility and investor attention. Finally,
higher education institutions see surgical robotics as an arena where
the various branches of computer science and engineering can cooperate
to reach a very worthy target, motivating students and providing the
comprehensive education approach so much in demand by the industry.

Because of the above reasons, surgical robotics is seeing a significant
increase in interest and activity in all its three main areas: research,
product development, and surgical practice. This special issue aims at
documenting all the three areas, and in particular at publishing high
quality papers documenting the research progress and the impact on the
medical practice. Industrial papers are welcome as well, provided that
they address issue of general interest to the public. Original
high-quality and previously unpublished research papers on all the above
aspects are invited, including - but not limited to – the following topics:

- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Robot-aided laparoscopy
- Organ modeling, calibration and simulation
- Preoperative planning
- Surgical navigation
- Clinical practice with robotic devices
- Intra-operative sensing and situation awareness
- Training for robotic surgery
- Perception issues in robotic surgery
- Haptic devices in surgery
- Computational algorithms for robotic surgery

Prospective authors are invited to follow the journal submission guidelines:
All articles will undergo rigorous peer review.

* Full paper submissions due: February 1, 2010
* Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2010
* Revised version: June 15, 2010
* Tentative Publication: September 2010

Guest editors

Paolo Fiorini (University of Verona, Italy)
Email: paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Debora Botturi (University of Verona, Italy)
Email: debora.botturi at univr.it

Prof. Paolo Fiorini, PhD
IEEE Fellow
Department of Computer Science, University of Verona
Ca' Vignal 2 - Strada Le Grazie 15,  37134 VERONA - Italy
Ph: +39 045 802 7963 -- Fax: +39 045 802 7068

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