[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers - MEDICAL ROBOTICS SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM AT IROS 2011.

Jaydev P. Desai jaydev at umd.edu
Sat Feb 5 08:52:42 PST 2011


IROS 2011 (http://www.iros2011.org/) will feature a series of special 
symposia to celebrate the achievements of the last fifty years of 
robotics and to articulate a vision for the future of the field. One of 
the symposia will be on "Medical Robotics". Though Medical Robotics is a 
vast field, we will highlight the following four topic areas in special 

1.Surgical Robotics

2.Image-guided Robotic Surgery

3.Rehabilitation Robotics

4.Meso/Nano-scale Medical Robotics

The deadline for submission is March 14, 2011. Submission details can be 
found at: http://www.iros2011.org/cfp.

We will work with the conference program committee to make the 
assignments of papers to the symposia and conference sessions on the 
subject of medical robotics. We look forward to your contributions for 
IROS 2011, Medical Robotics Special Symposium.

With best regards,

Jaydev P. Desai -- RAMS Lab, Maryland Robotics Center, University of 
Maryland, College Park

Paolo Fiorini - University of Verona, Italy

*Surgical Robotics:*

Surgical robotics has undergone significant growth in the last couple of 
decades covering a wide variety of areas, such as laparoscopic surgery, 
cardiac surgery, and neurosurgery to name a few. The primary goal of 
this track is to highlight some of the contributions in surgical 
robotics as well as present some papers in this area including, but not 
limited to, new devices and interfaces for robot-assisted surgery, 
haptic feedback in surgical procedures, planning algorithms, etc.

*Image-guided Robotic Surgery:*

In the realm of image-guided robotic interventions, the primary goal of 
this track will be to highlight contributions, which involve imaging 
modalities such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound, etc. These varied imaging 
modalities pose their unique challenges, such as, for example, the 
appropriate selection of sensors and actuators, imaging algorithms, as 
well as the design of the robotic system to accommodate space constraints.


*Rehabilitation robotics:*

Robotic devices for rehabilitation have been a common feature of 
advanced laboratories for quite some time, however their structure and 
cost made them suitable only for hospitals and specialized clinics. 
Therefore, patient access has been limited. New, cheaper and lighter 
rehabilitation devices have the potential of becoming a commonplace in 
society, thereby, not only impacting the therapy they were designed for, 
but also improving the quality of life of the patient and stimulating 
new forms of motion learning. This track will highlight some of the 
above mentioned issues.

Meso/Nano-scale medical robotics:*

With advances in diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, it is not 
difficult to imagine that surgeries of the future may involve 
simultaneous diagnostic and therapeutic interventions /in situ/ by meso- 
to nano-scale robots. Key to this migration from large/medium scale 
diagnostic devices to meso/nano scale diagnosis and therapy, is the 
availability of robotic devices carrying probes, tools and chemicals to 
identify and cure diseases /in situ/. Papers presented within this 
session will address the key challenges as well as current progress in 
these areas.


Dr. Jaydev P. Desai
Associate Professor
Director - Robotics, Automation, and Medical Systems (RAMS) Laboratory
Member, Maryland Robotics Center, Institute for Systems Research
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Room 0160, Bldg 088, Glenn L. Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-4427
Fax: 301-314-9477

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