There is an increasing convergence of endoluminal and endoscopic therapies for different surgical specialties. For minimally invasive cardiovascular intervention, endovascular approaches have been extended beyond cardiac ablation, angioplasty and stenting to complex aneurysm repair and valve replacement. For the gastrointestinal tract, there is an increasing need to deploy surgical instruments and deliver therapeutic agents to small ductal systems for diagnosing and treating diseases. For the respiratory system, endobronchial procedures are increasingly used for interventions such as valve placement for lung volume reduction, and locating peripheral nodules for cancer biopsy.
Technically, different solutions have been proposed for endoluminal intervention. Continuum robotics such as concentric tubes, multi-backbone and soft structures, has evolved and generated interest among clinicians in potential medical applications.
This workshop aims to address clinical opportunities, technical requirements and regulatory challenges for translating continuum robotics to practical clinical use. It is designed as an interactive workshop between researchers, engineers and clinicians to brainstorm about the different areas and identify barriers to using continuum robots in a clinical setting. The result of the workshop will be to create a list of technical and clinical challenges that need to be resolved while also serving to build bridges between the clinical, engineering and regulatory communities.
Prof. Alberto Arezzo, University of Torino, Italy (confirmed, male)
Dr Christos Bergeles, King’s College London, UK (confirmed, male)
Prof Paul Breedveld, TU Delft, The Netherlands (confirmed, male)
Dr Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, University of Toronto, Canada (confirmed, female)
Prof Hongsoo Choi, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology South Korea (confirmed, male)
Prof Sanja Dogramadzi, University of Sheffield (tentative, female)
Dr Sabine Ernst, NHS Royal Brompton Hospital, UK (confirmed, female)
Keith Gregor, Auris Health, USA (tentative, male)
Prof Arianna Menciassi, Sant’Anna, IT (confirmed, female)
Prof. Vivek Muthurangu, University College London, UK (confirmed, male)
Prof Brad Nelson, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (confirmed, male)
Prof Metin Sitti, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany (tentative, male)
Prof Pietro Valdastri, Leeds University (confirmed, male)
Prof Robert Webster, Virtuoso Surgical, USA (confirmed, male)
Dr Jessica Wen, University of California, San Diego (tentative, female)
Prof Guang-Zhong Yang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (tentative, male)
Dr Giulio Dagnino*, Assistant Prof, Director of RaM Lab, University of Twente, NL
Dr Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, Associate Prof, Director Continuum Robotics Lab, University of Toronto, CA
(Note: co-organizer of ICRA 2022 WS proposal on New Frontiers in Parallel Robotics.)