HSMR21 Workshop- 'Soft, Smart, Multifunctional, Agile And Aware Surgical Robots: Progress And Technologies' (Day 3)

The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (HSMR) is now in its 13th year and has provided an annual forum for surgeons and engineers from across the globe to network and explore the latest developments in medical robotics. Every year researchers, clinicians and engineers are invited to submit papers on a range of topics covering clinical specialities in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic and Paediatric Surgery.

This year we plan to build beyond the previous achievements and take the symposium to even higher successes with the theme of Surgery and Beyond’. We have already received full CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons and to complement this we are planning a programme with increased focus on clinical practitioner centered talks, workshops and presentations.

Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2021: Workshop

HSMR21 Workshop- 'Soft, Smart, Multifunctional, Agile And Aware Surgical Robots: Progress And Technologies' (Day 3)Format

  • Three-day workshop, each 2 h long, including breaks.
  • Date/Time: 9, 10, and 11 June 2021, 14.00-16.00.


This workshop aims to bring together medical experts active in the field of minimally invasive interventions, medical device manufacturers, experts in soft flexible and stretchable electronics and sensors, computer scientists and roboticists creating and studying soft and stiffness controllable robots. We will explore the synergies that will arise from robotic surgeons cooperating with such modern robots to conduct advanced surgical interventions previously not possible.

This is a 3-day workshop, each day focusing on different aspects of this exciting field:

  • For details and to register for Day 1 please click here.
  • For details and to register for Day 2 please click here.

Day 3: Modelling, Learning and control of soft robots

Of significant interest are long and flexible continuum robots capable of navigating narrow passages while avoiding obstacles. The use of these robots in surgical domains is ground-breaking for both patients and surgeons. However, there are many open issues related to instrumentation, visualization and modelling, system integration, robust control for human-robot interaction, sensing and learning. Day 3 of the workshop focuses on these aspects.

The workshop will explore the advantages of these new robotic concepts and the challenges that lie ahead to create functional robot systems that can be employed in the operating theatre of the future. The workshop will feature academics and researchers from leading international institutions covering the latest developments on these topics.

Day 3 – Learning outcomes:

  1. To review the state of the art in modelling, learning and control of soft robots
  2. Knowledge on mathematical kinematic modelling of soft and continuum robots
  3. Application of deep learning and reinforcement learning to control soft robots.
  4. Understanding open challenges in learning and control of continuum robots.


14.00-14.10: Anh Nguyen and Helge Wurdemann: Chairing

14.40-15.10: Darwin G. Caldwell, Professor and Founding Director of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Director of the Dept. of Advanced Robotics, Genoa, Italy: 5G Robotic Telesurgery: Remote Transoral Laser Microsurgeries on a Cadaver

14.40-15.10: Cosimo Della Santina, Assistant Professor at Cognitive Robotics (CoR) department, TU Delft, Researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and Lecturer at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany: Model Based Learning and Control for Continuum Soft Robots

15.10-15.15: 5 min Break

15.15-15.45: Robert K. Katzschmann, Assistant Professor of Robotics, Soft Robotics Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland: Talk TBC

15.45-16.15: Federico Renda, Assistant Professor, Department Of Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KUCARS), Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE: A Geometric Variable-strain Approach for Soft Robots Modeling


Deadline: 31st May 2021 23:59 BST

Submit your 1-page pdf document via the Hamlyn Symposium poster submission form.

Please indicate on the submission portal at the relevant field that your submission is for this workshop.

Please use the Hamlyn Symposium poster templates available here.

We invite the submission of high-quality research posters, as part of the workshop. Submissions will be selected based on their relevance to the workshop, merit and novelty. Authors of accepted posters will also need to prepare a prerecorded 15 min presentation explaining their work that workshop attendees will be able to watch on their own time before or after the workshop. Videos will be available on the workshop website together with the posters.

A Best Poster Award of £300 will be awarded to the best submission.

We are exploring the possibility for a special issue on a top robotics and sensing journal, based on the workshop.

Day 3 of this workshop is worth 2 CPD points, please register to qualify for certification.

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