ICRA 2022 Workshop on Frontiers of Endoluminal Intervention: clinical opportunities and technical challenges

Workshop date: 23 May 2022


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This WS is supported by the Springboard Award of the Academy
of Medical Sciences (grant number: SBF003-1109), the Engineering
and Physical Sciences Research Council (grant numbers: EP/S014039/1 and EP/V01062X/1


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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.


Dr Giulio Dagnino*, Assistant Prof, University of Twente, NL
Email: g.dagnino@utwente.nl
URL: https://www.ram.eemcs.utwente.nl/about-us/staff/giulio-dagnino

Prof. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, Associate Prof, Director Continuum Robotics Lab, University of Toronto, CA
Email: jessica.burgnerkahrs@utoronto.ca
URL: https://crl.utm.utoronto.ca 
(Note: co-organizer of ICRA 2022 WS proposal on New Frontiers in Parallel Robotics.)

Prof. Arianna Menciassi, Full Professor, The BioRobotics Institute, Sant’Anna, IT
Email: arianna.menciassi@santannapisa.it
URL: https://www.santannapisa.it/en/arianna-menciassi

Dr Helge Wurdemann, Associate Professor, Head of Soft Haptics and Robotics, UCL, UK 
Email: h.wurdemann@ucl.ac.uk
URL: https://helge-wurdemann.com