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

Ilana Nisky nisky at stanford.edu
Thu May 8 17:42:31 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




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 audience.

Invited speakers:

Cenk Cavusoglu, Case Western Reserve University
Antonio Gangemi, University of Illinois at Chicago
Greg Hager, Johns Hopkins University
Katherine Kuchenbecker, University of Pennsylvania
Konrad Kording, Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
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
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

Important dates:

July 1, 2014      Submission deadline

July 15, 2014    Notification of acceptance

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.  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) intusurg.com

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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