In October 2018, members of the EDEN2020 travelled to Madrid for the world-renowned IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018). The conference offered our members prime opportunity to engage with stakeholders, policymakers, industry figures, the wider academic community and the general public. This not only presented a platform in which EDEN2020 members could present their work but it also allowed them to expand their knowledge of the developments being made in the field.
In order to fully communicate and disseminate our progress to-date, our members hosted an exhibition booth and workshop. The EDEN2020 workshop entitled ‘Assistive Technologies for Precision Neurosurgery: Current Successes and Future Challenges’ was held on Monday 1st October. The workshop specifically focused on key robotic technologies within the context of neuro and skull-base surgery organised around the following key themes: Tool sensorisation, including shape sensing, intraoperative tool and tissue tracking, Doppler imaging, Raman spectroscopy; new mechanisms, including new hardware platforms and surgical systems for research and commercial exploitation; new control approaches, including automatic trajectory tracking, shared control, teleoperation, etc.; and new clinical applications, including neurosurgical drug delivery, minimally invasive surgery and chronic disease management.
The conference proved to be an enormous success, with high attendee numbers to our workshops and plenty of interaction will fellow attendees throughout the week. Photos from IROS 2018 can be viewed here.