[robotics-worldwide] [meetings]: Deadline extended-Call for Posters & NIH Student Travel Support: IROS2014 Workshop on Community Consensus Benchmarks for Medical Robots

Javad Sovizi javadsov at buffalo.edu
Fri Aug 22 18:15:07 PDT 2014

Call for Posters

A workshop on “Community Consensus Benchmarks and Systems for Clinical
Translation of Medical Robots” will be held at the 2014 IEEE/RSJ
International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), in
Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 08:30 AM-06:00 PM.

The National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
(NIH/NIBIB) has approved partial travel support via an R13 grant for
students and post-doctoral scholars who will be presenting extended
abstracts/posters at the workshop (details below).




The past decade has witnessed accelerated growth of medical robotics and
computer-assisted medical technologies due to the significant practical
utility, economic value, and diversity of applications benefiting patients,
providers and healthcare systems. However, several challenges arise from
the complexities engendered within the human body and the diverse sets of
multi-disciplinary knowledge that need to be merged to create these
system-level solutions and to successfully bring them to the market.

We believe that there is a need for the robotics and medical device
community to initiate a discussion on several issues that could benefit
academia and industry in their shared pursuit of improved patient care. We
therefore propose to initiate the first of a series of workshops at the
2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
(IROS) in Chicago.

We seek to focus the discussion around topics of "System Interoperability",
"Consensus Benchmarks", "Quantitative Assessment" and “Translational
Research” in the broader medical robotics arena. This discussion is a
critical first step to allowing multiple stakeholders (academia and
industry) to identify suitable candidates, build consensus and translate
path-breaking/fast-evolving research advances into grounded sets of
best-practices/benchmarks and to assist the community in translating
robotics research into clinical use.



We plan to break up the day into four 75 minute periods for each of the 4
sub-areas followed by a summary session as in the following table:


System Interoperability: 5-6 speakers (7 minutes each) + discussion (30

10:15 -10:45



Quantitative Assessment: 5-6 speakers (7 minutes each) + discussion (30


Lunch Break + Poster Session


Consensus Benchmarks: 5-6 speakers (7minutes each) + discussion (30 minutes)




Translational Research: 5-6 speakers (7 minutes each) + discussion (30


Summarization Session: (i) We will generate a summary document as well
as create
deadlines for a White Paper; (ii) identifying contributors to various
subsections; and (iii) making plans for the next workshop.


Confirmed Speakers:

*Interoperability of research platforms *

·         Peter Kazanzides, Johns Hopkins University

·         Nabil Simaan, Vanderbilt University

·         Jaydev Desai, University of Maryland

·         Kevin Cleary, Sheikh Zayed Childrens Hospital

·         Simon DiMaio, Intuitive Surgical

*Quantitative Assessment*

·         Venkat Krovi, SUNY Buffalo

·         Pankaj Singhal MD, Chief of Robotic MIS Services, SUNY Buffalo &
Kaleida Health

·         Blake Hannaford, University of Washington

·         Dennis Fowler MD, Columbia University

*Virtual and physical benchmark data corpuses*

·         Gregory Hager, Johns Hopkins University

·         Cameron Riviere, Carnegie Mellon University

·         John Tomaszewski MD, Chair Pathology and Anatomical Sciences,
SUNY Buffalo

·         Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University

·         Yo Kobayashi, Waseda University

*Translational Research in Medical Robotics*

·         Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon University

·         Russell H. Taylor, Johns Hopkins University

·         Tim Salcudean, University of British Columbia

·         Guang-Zhong Yang, Imperial College London

Call for Posters/Extended Abstracts:


We solicit extended abstracts of two pages in IEEE Conference format
(including figures and references), containing novel work or work in
progress.  Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1) Community consensus methods to quantitatively assess performance of new
and existing medical device technologies. Creation of community-shared data
sets (e.g. the  image processing community and the Visible Human Project)
to benchmark new methods in medical robotics;

2) Training and accreditation; safety and risk-assessment; and community
shared data sets for benchmarking performance of human users;

3) Open research platforms, system interoperability and synergistic
technical tools (e.g. programming, hardware, communication) that can
benefit academia and industry alike for collaborative medical system
research and development.

4) Translational research challenges and strategies for bringing medical
devices from lab bench to clinical use.

To submit your extended abstract to be reviewed by workshop organizing
committee send an email to ieeeras.medrobworkshop at gmail.com with the
subject [IROS2014: Community Consensus Workshop Poster] containing the
following attachments.

1)     PDF of two pages extended abstract (maximum size 5 Mb in IEEE
conference paper format).

2)     PPT file of a 1-slide poster preview

3)     PPT file of a 1-slide biography.

Please click here <
 to download IEEE conference paper templates.

Please click here <
to download (students) biography PPT file template.

All the submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the workshop organizing
committee. Accepted abstracts will be collected in a proceedings that will
be posted on the workshop website, and presented as posters during the


Travel Support for Students


The National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
(NIH/NIBIB) has approved partial travel support via an R13 grant for
students and post-doctoral scholars who will be presenting extended
abstracts/posters at the workshop. Student travel support applicants will
need to: (i) participate in the IEEE RAS Medical Robotics Industry
Connections forum on Wednesday, September 17th 1:30 PM; (ii) submit and
present extended abstracts/posters at the workshop (on Thursday 9:00 AM –
5:00 PM) and (iii) actively engage in organization e.g., videotaping,
notetaking, discussions, white paper development (during and after the

To submit your travel support application, download and complete the
application form provided in the following link and send it to
ieeeras.medrobworkshop at gmail.com in an email with the subject [IROS2014:
Student Travel Support Application]. Please note that the evaluation of the
travel support applications begins on Aug. 25th and on a rolling basis.

Click here  <
to download the travel support application form.

*) In order to be considered for NIH travel support, students and postdocs
must be affiliated to a US institution.

**) Please keep all the receipts. The award notification will be by Sept.
1st but reimbursements will be processed post-conference.

Important dates:

August 25, 2014            Extended abstract Submission deadline
August 25, 2014            Student travel support application deadline
Sept. 1st,  2014            Notification of acceptance (poster and travel
Sept 18,    2014            IROS Workshop in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Best Poster Competition:

The award committee and workshop participants will choose the best poster(s),
which will be announced at the end of the day.


Nabil Simaan, Vanderbilt University

Venkat Krovi, SUNY Buffalo

Peter Kazanzides, Johns Hopkins University

Simon DiMaio, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Looking forward for an interesting and productive workshop.

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