In the frame of European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2017 (March 22-24, 2017) SMARTsurg partners co-organized and participated at three workshops.
This ERF session brought together the three robotics and health related projects funded in the H2020 ICT-26 and ICT-25 Calls in April 2017: SMARTsurg, CYBERLEGs Plus Plus and MOVECARE. They cover three of the main aspects of health related robotics: rehabilitation, surgery and assisted living. All of them consider users (professional experts and beneficiaries) in the loop, therefore, raising regulatory issues and ELSA (Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects) related to the level of autonomy associated with the robotic system and the user interaction and perception of the service that such a system can provide. The end users discussion allowed to better tailor the objectives of the SMARTsurg project with respect to the basic requirements of cognitive robotics. The active constraints and pre-operative images superposition were recognized to be the most important topics.
Τhe objectives of this workshop were:
- to pave the way to a new generation of young researchers in this field
- to point out the challenges to be addressed on the near future from both the medical and the engineering point of view
- to create a network of young researchers to exploit next European funding opportunities in this field (e.g. Marie Curie actions and COST actions).
This last point also takes advantage of current European actions to connect researchers in the field of robotic surgery, such as the DVRK European community, which is currently taking common initiatives for sharing results on the application to the da Vinci robot. SMARTsurg was one of the H2020 EU projects on surgical robotics that have been invited to present preliminary results on the research field.