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EXTENSION until 10/9 - Call for contributions - Special Session on SMARTsurg @ MEDICON 2019

Smart robotic assistant for minimally invasive surgery: the SMARTsurg project experience - Special Session @ MEDICON 2019

The main vision of the SMARTsurg project is to enable complex minimally invasive surgical operations by developing a novel robotic platform for assisting the surgeon in such tasks, to reduce the surgeon’s cognitive load related to the system’s operation, to shorten training time and deliver accuracy, safety, reduce procedure time and expanded applicability. The chosen application scenarios are:

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Urology
  • Cardiac surgery

Call for contributions:

We welcome contributions for poster presentation or demonstration. Demonstrations can be videos, devices, sensors, or robots. Contributions should be submitted in the form of an extended abstract or short paper, and specify the type of contribution (poster or demo). Abstract for demos should include a description of the type of demo, content, duration, requirements in terms of power supply, space, desks, TV stands, etc.

All selected contributions will be presented in a spotlight session (3 minutes), during the interactive session at coffee break.

Please note that the abstract of selected contributions will be posted on the workshop website.


SMARTsurg special session will have awards in the categories of best paper and best poster. 

50 euros for best poster and 100 euros best paper.

The winners will be announced, and the awards will be presented to them, in the closing of the session.

Submission information

Submission format: Extended abstract in PDF format, using IEEE template (1 or 2 pages)

Submission: By email using the following address: info [AT] smartsurg-project.eu (use @ instead of [AT])

Please use “[SMARTSURG2019] Poster/Demo contribution – Name of first author” for the title of your email, with the appropriate contribution type (poster or demo).

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: September 10, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: September 16, 2019
  • Workshop: between 26-28 Sept, 2019

Have a question?

Email the organizers at: info [AT] smartsurg-project.eu (use @ instead of [AT])

Workshop program:

  • Towards Finger Motion Tracking and Analyses for Cardiac Surgery 
  • Surgeon Training with Haptic Devices for Computer and Robot Assisted Surgery: An Experimental Study
  • Augmented Reality Toolkit for a smart Robot-Assisted MIS platform 
  • Control of a da Vinci EndoWrist surgical instrument using a novel master controller
  • Toward a neural-symbolic framework for automated workflow analysis in surgery

 6 selected posters pitch (18 minutes)

 15 minutes Break

  • Manipulation of a whole surgical tool within safe regions utilizing barrier artificial potentials
  • Evaluation of force feedback for palpation and application of active constraints on a teleoperated 
  • A Knowledge-based Graphical Interface for Modeling Surgical Workflows in Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery 
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality in Minimally Invasive Surgery, state of the art and future prospects

Check MEDICOM 2019 special sessions from here.