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Finals of international Surgical Robot Challenge

22nd May 2019
Alex Lynn

The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London has announced the key programme highlights of its Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2019 (#HSMR19) which returns this June for its 12th consecutive year. The Symposium is an annual international conference on medical robotics, current clinical practice and emerging technologies in robotic surgery.

Activities this year include:

  • The final of the Surgical Robot Challenge 2019, an international competition showcasing the latest innovations in Surgical Robotics.
  • Full programme of interactive workshops exploring hot topics and cutting-edge technologies.
  • Clinical Leaders’ Forum discussion on applying new technologies in clinical practice.
  • Two-day main Symposium hosting international, peer-reviewed papers, alongside invited world-renowned speakers.

The full conference programme will feature invited keynote speakers, paper authors and delegates from leading medical, science and technology institutions covering clinical specialities in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic and Paediatric Surgery. 

A range of hands-on workshops will be on offer spanning topics including bionic technologies and implantable robots, e-skins and advanced materials for Soft Robotics, and robotic autonomy in surgery. 

This year’s Symposium theme is ‘Clinical Challenges and Levels of Autonomy’ with an anticipated stand-out event, the Clinical Leaders’ Forum, to be held on 25th June 2019 14:30 to 15:30, at the Royal Geographical Society, London. The forum will bring together an eminent panel of leading robotic surgeons in different fields of expertise to discuss the ways in which technologies can best be applied in clinical practice. 

Invited Keynote speakers include:

  • John Rogers, Northwestern University, USA
  • Alexander Meining, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Moshe Shoham, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
  • Conor Walsh, Harvard University, USA
  • Paolo Dario, The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa
  • Dinesh Nathwani, Imperial College London

The Hamlyn Symposium and the finals of the prestigious Surgical Robot Challenge, held during the Symposium, are core events of UK Robotics Week, which returns at the end of June.

Commenting on the Hamlyn Symposium, Professor Guang-Zhong Yang PhD, FREng, Director and Co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London, said: “The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics has built a formidable reputation as an indispensable forum for surgeons, roboticists and engineers from across the globe, to network and explore the latest developments in medical robotics. 

“The wide-ranging and exciting programme we have convened this year promises to deliver another exceptional event for our delegates and we are looking forward to welcoming the world’s leading researchers in medical robotics to London and providing a showcase of the very best innovations in this exciting area."

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