[robotics-worldwide] [Meetings] Robotics Papers Win Awards at the SPIE IGPRIM Conference

Webster, Robert James robert.webster at Vanderbilt.Edu
Fri Apr 1 17:04:18 PDT 2016

I wanted to alert you to an increasing presence and interest in robotics at the SPIE Image Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions and Modeling (IGPRIM) conference.  The conference was held just over a month ago in San Diego as part of the SPIE Medical Imaging meeting.

In addition to an outstanding Keynote presentation by Ken Goldberg titled “Robot-Assisted Tumor Resection: Palpation, Incision, Debridement, and Adhesive Closure”, two robotics papers were among the award winners at the conference. They were as follows:

Best Poster Award Runner Up
Margaret A. Hess (Queen’s University, Canada)
Visual design and verification tool for collision free dexterous patient specific neurosurgical instruments

Young Scientist Award Runner Up
Neal Dillon (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Increasing safety of a robotic system for inner ear surgery using probabilistic error modeling near vital anatomy

The Best Poster awards are sponsored by Northern Digital, Inc. and honor the best posters presented at the conference each year.

The Young Scientist awards are sponsored by Siemens, Inc. and recognize the most outstanding paper submitted for consideration by either a postdoc or a graduate student.

In addition to the Keynote and awards, the conference also featured a robotics workshop chaired by Jessica Burgner-Kahrs titled "Sensing Challenges and Prospects in Miniaturizing Surgical Robots
and Tools”.

In summary, I encourage you to consider submitting your surgical robotics work to IGPRIM next year.  Robotics papers are valued at the conference, as one can see by the awards won, workshop topic, and keynote selection.  The 2017 edition of the SPIE IGPRIM conference will be held Feb 14-16 in Orlando Florida.  The submission deadline for extended abstracts will be July 22, 2016, with the full paper deadline in December 2016 (for Young Scientist award consideration) or January 2017 (for all other papers).

Robert J. Webster III

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