[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Workshop on The Role of Human Sensorimotor Control in Surgical Robotics @ IROS2014

Ilana Nisky nisky at stanford.edu
Wed May 7 15:55:08 PDT 2014

Call for Posters

A workshop on “*The role of human sensorimotor control in surgical robotics*”
will be held at the 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent
Robots and Systems (IROS), in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, September 18,
2014, 08:30aM-06:00pM

Homepage: www.stanford.edu/~inisky/Motor_Control_RAMIS_workshop.htm

Objectives: Surgery is a highly complex sensorimotor task requiring
surgeons to precisely control surgical instruments to operate on patients.
In tele-operated robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery (RAMIS), the
surgeon manipulates a pair of master manipulators that control the movement
of patient-side instruments that are inserted into the patient via small
incisions. The design and control of RAMIS platforms may enhance the
ability of the surgeon to perform a safe and effective surgery. A
comprehensive understanding of surgeon sensorimotor behavior is fundamental
to continuing innovations and improvements of surgical robots. Recently,
researchers have begun to apply basic ideas from human sensorimotor control
to better understand surgeon performance. The tele-operative nature of
RAMIS allows measurement of underlying surgeon behavior, and this research
is resulting in new and exciting findings that not only improve surgical
robotics but also suggest a novel, applied, and real-life environment to
study basic human sensorimotor control.

In this workshop, we seek to foster a dialogue between researchers in the
fields of: (1) computational modeling of neural control of movement,
sensorimotor behavior, and human motor learning; (2) human-robot
interaction, tele-operation, and surgical robotics; and (3) surgical
training and skill assessment, by discussing latest advancements in each
field and novel collaborations avenues. The aim of this workshop is to
discuss current research and future directions to improve surgical robotics
as well as to advance our understanding of basic human behavior.
Robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery (RAMIS) offers an appealing
platform that can foster collaboration between these two fields. The
morning session will focus on RAMIS teleoperation and human motor control,
and the afternoon session will focus on surgical training, skill
assessment, and motor learning. Each session will be followed by a panel
discussion of the speakers in the session with questions from the

Invited speakers:

   - Cenk Cavusoglu, Case Western Reserve University
   - Greg Hager, Johns Hopkins University
   - Katherine Kuchenbecker, University of Pennsylvania
   - Konrad Kording, Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute of
   - Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi, Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute
   of Chicago
   - Allison Okamura, Stanford University
   - Sam Vine, Exeter University
   - Guang-Zhong Yang, Imperial College of London

Call for 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:

   - Human-robot interaction
   - Teleoperation
   - Haptic and tactile feedback
   - Computational motor control
   - Eye-hand coordination
   - Perception and action
   - Human motor learning
   - Surgical training and performance metrics

The extended abstract should be sent as a pdf file (maximum size 5 Mb) to

nisky at stanford.edu, in an email with the subject [IROS2014: Sensorimotor
control in surgical robotics]. 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 workshop.

Important dates:

July 1, 2014

Submission deadline

July 15, 2014

Notification of acceptance

September 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.
The Best Poster Award Committee will be chaired by Dr. Anthony Jarc.


Ilana Nisky, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, nisky (at)

Anthony Jarc, Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical, Inc., anthony.jarc (at)

Looking forward for an interesting and productive workshop,

 Ilana Nisky, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

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