[robotics-worldwide] Formation of an IEEE RAS Standards Study Group on Surgical Robotics

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Mon Mar 18 14:02:59 PDT 2013

The Standing Committee for Standards Activities (SCSA) under the
Industrial Activities Board (IAB) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation
Society has been actively working with the research and industrial
communities and other Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) to
identify areas in standards for robotics and automation that are ripe
for standardization. The scope of the activities of the IEEE Robotics
and Automation Society’s Standing Committee for Standards Activities
(RAS-SCSA) is to formally adopt and confirm best practices in robotics
and automation as standards. The Standing Committee will work with
interested members of RAS in supporting standards defining activities
in both established, mature application areas and nascent, emerging
technologies related to robotics and automation.

An information session is being planned y RAS-SCSA at ICRA'13 to gauge
interest in forming a study group on Surgical Robotics. Attendance is
open to all attendees and other interested parties interested in
standardization aspects of this topic. More details are below.

We look forward to seeing you in Karlsruhe!

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.
Vice President, Industrial Activities Board
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Information Session for the Formation of an
IEEE RAS Standards Study Group on Surgical Robotics
Tuesday, May 7th 8:00 am - 12 noon
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2013

Venkat Krovi, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo (vkrovi at buffalo.edu)
Gian-Luca Mariottini, Assistant Professor, UT Arlington (gianluca at uta.edu)

The enormous growth of robotic surgical systems (and more generally
computer-assisted surgical systems technology) in the past decade
builds off from the significant practical utility, enormous economic
value, and diversity of applications.  Surgical robotics has also
greatly benefitted from the triple convergence of computing,
communication and miniaturization. Other growth has come from the
synergistic merger of novel component hardware technologies,
innovative computational/algorithmic advances, and the system-level
integration of diverse technological options. At the same time,
several challenges arise not only from the complexities engendered
within the human body but the diverse sets of multi-disciplinary
knowledge that need to be merged to create these system-level

Despite the engendered challenges, several surgical robotic systems
(and procedures) have now gone beyond the research-lab stage, to
receiving  regulatory agency (FDA) approval, and are now routinely
used in clinical applications (ranging from minimally-invasive general
surgery, pediatric surgery, gynecology, urology, cardiothoracic
surgery and otolaryngology). Various professional-societies (including
surgical societies such as SAGES and MIRA) are beginning to grapple
with a range of issues: appropriateness of  technologies; emergent
clinical applications; training and accreditation; economics and
viability; safety and risk-assessment; and many others in this rapidly
growing arena.

In this context, we believe that this is an appropriate time for the
robotics and automation community as a whole to initiate a discussion
of topics/sub-topics that may be ripe for standardization (based on
level-of-interest and experiences of the community). Hence we would
like to propose an information-gathering meeting at this ICRA’13 (on
Tuesday May 7th, 8am -12pm) to solicit the participation and gauge the
level of interest of the community-at-large towards the formation of
an IEEE RAS Standards Study Group in the arena of Surgical Robotics.
The proposed mandate of this Study Group would be to:
(i) initiate a dialogue between the scientific, engineering and
medical professionals;
(ii) bring together experts from academia and industry to form expert-groups;
(iii) leverage this expertise in developing metrics and standards framework
(iv) identify the most prominent areas needing standardization in
surgical robotics;
(v) identify standards and validation benchmarks to promote the
transition of research-lab technologies to the operating room.

A white paper will be developed based on the discussion at this
information meeting - so please come and share your thoughts,
suggestions and opinions with us. Attendance is free and refreshments
will be provided.

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ieeerassurgrobstandards/
Mailing-list: ieee-ras-surgrob-standards at googlegroups.com

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Vice President, Industrial Activities Board
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities
Chair, RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland College Park
Intelligent Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Tel: (301) 975-2865 Fax: (301) 990-9688
Email: madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com

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