[robotics-worldwide] Reminder: Call for Contributions - deadline March 15, 2013 - ICRA 2013 Workshop on "Evaluating effectiveness and acceptance of robots in surgery: user centered design and economic factors"

Elena De Momi elena.demomi at gmail.com
Mon Mar 11 11:25:05 PDT 2013


GENTLE REMINDER - ten days left to the deadline


CALL for CONTRIBUTIONS - ICRA 2013 Workshop on: 

"Evaluating effectiveness and acceptance of robots in surgery: 

user centered design and economic factors" Karlsruhe, May 6, 2013 


Submission Deadline: March 15, 2013





Evaluating effectiveness and acceptance of robots in surgery: user centered
design and economic factors

Date and Time: Monday, May 6, 2013, 9:00 - 18:00


Website: http://www.eurosurge.eu/eurosurge/events/workshop-icra-2013

Organizers: Paolo Fiorini, Giancarlo Ferrigno, Joerg Raczkowsky 


Submission Deadline: March 15, 2013


Acceptance Notification: March 29, 2013

Submission Form: 1 page extended abstract

Publication: full paper submitted at the workshop will be reviewed for
online publication on "Robotic Surgepedia"

Contact/submission:  <mailto:paolo.fiorini at univr.it> paolo.fiorini at univr.it




In the framework of the EUROSURGE Coordination Action (FP7-ICT-2011-7
288233), this workshop aims at continuing the assessment of Robotic Surgery
(RS) with respect to its cost/benefits ratio, from the points of view of
patient safety and economic return. The need of a clear rationale for RS has
strongly emerged recently, due to the worldwide push towards cost reduction,
possibly without compromising therapy results. The optimal balance may be
achieved by a combination of factors, including new technologies, better
training, better logistics, and concentration of robotic procedures into
centers of excellence. Speakers from surgical, industrial and technology
areas have been invited to explore the different points of view, and to
provide position statements. Other participants will be gathered through a
call for contributions, to present successful examples of RS application. A
white paper will be prepared at the end of the workshop on the basis of the
discussed points. The paper will focus on the factors that justify
translation research from technology providers to clinical practitioner with
the goal of establishing an effective cooperation paradigm among all
stakeholders to achieve the balance between technology push and clinical
pull that optimizes RS cost/benefit ratio.




The workshop will cover (but won't be limited to) the following topics:


1. User centered design in surgical robots 

2. Modular surgical robots design 

3. Surgical robots technology assessment 

4. Standardization of surgical robots 

5. New approaches to surgical robots for increased clinical uptake
(bio-inspired, autonomous, .) 

6. Use cases showing new requirements (end users) 

7. Exploitation barriers to surgical robots 

8. Coordination actions for requirements definitions 

9. The role of the training in robotic surgery clinical uptake 

10. Ethical and legal issues




The International Workshop on Medical Robots, held in Milan on July 3rd
2012, promoted by the joint standardization working group of IEC SC 62A and
ISO/TC 184/SC 2 on 'Medical electrical equipment and systems using robotic
technology (Medical robots)' discussed the following points: the surgical
robot cost effectiveness has to be proven, at least for specific kinds of
surgery; to increase acceptability and effectiveness, new devices, inspired
by nature and endowed with cognitive capabilities, should be proposed to
step further. As a matter of fact, surgical robotics is more than 30 years
old, nevertheless the turnover of new systems in terms of product and/or
company failures is still high and the clinical uptake still limited. Main
critical points are safety, usability and cost/benefit ratio. Only a user
centered design and applications that really need and can take advantage of
robotic surgery can effectively enter and remain in the healthcare market.
The objective of the workshop is thus to bring together young and senior
scientists, company developers and end users to bridge the existing gaps
between technology push and end users pull. Through the workshop, the end
users will have the possibility to present practical requirements of their
daily activities, while technological scientists will be able to share their
latest ideas for the benefit of patients (better outcome, less risks and
pain, faster recovery and better cosmetic results) and surgeons (ergonomy of
the master stations, realistic sensory feedback and virtual environment for
training). The envisaged presentation are supposed to cover all these
aspects, from new approaches to surgical robots design (i.e.
bio-inspiration, modularity etc.) to the cost effectiveness for the
healthcare providers, to effectiveness for the citizens, and benefits for
companies. Possible coordination actions for examining these aspects in more
detail will also be discussed.

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