Accepted Full-day Workshop at IROS

9am-6pm, Friday, November 8th, 2019

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macau, China.

Background & Objective

Introducing robotic technology into surgery has advanced this field in many ways: less invasive procedures, less cognitive burden on surgeons, and better patient outcome. There are a great number of robotic systems, commercialized or being developed in research labs, that can provide interventions for a variety of surgical procedures. Yet, to this day, there are still very limited intelligent features on these robots compared to other robotic application domains, such as home, manufacturing, or warehouse.

At the core of robotic surgery lies the robot interactions with the anatomy, but challenges persist in fully monitoring, understanding, and regulating them. This workshop aims to bring world-class researchers to present the state-of-art research achievements and advances that contribute to better sensing the anatomy, to modeling the interaction more representatively, to regulating the interaction more intelligently, and to using methods that leverage recent advances in machine learning.


Long Wang

Columbia University

Jing Guo

GuangDong University of Technology

Bidan Huang

Tencent Robotics X

Nabil Simaan

Vanderbilt University

Jaesung Hong

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology

Michael Yip

University of California San Diego

Invited Speakers

Russell H. Taylor

Johns Hopkins University

Guang-Zhong Yang

Imperial College London

Kenji Kawashima

Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Pietro Valdastri

University of Leeds

M. Cenk Çavuşoğlu

Case Western Reserve University

Sarthak Misra

University of Twente

Yun-hui Liu

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Philippe Poignet

Montpellier University

Shuxin Wang

Tianjin University

Tentative Schedule


9:00 - 9:30

Keynote 1

9:30 - 9:50

Talk 1

9:50 - 10:10

Poster Spotlight 1-5

10:10 - 10:30

Talk 2

10:30 - 10:50

Talk 3

10:50 - 11:10

Coffee break

10:10 - 11:30

Talk 4

11:30 - 11:50

Poster Spotlight 5-10

11:50 - 12:10

Talk 5

12:10 - 12:50



12:50 - 13:20

Keynote 2

13:20 - 13:40

Poster Spotlight 11-15

13:40 - 14:00

Talk 6

14:00 - 14:20

Talk 7

14:20 - 14:30

Short break

14:30 - 15:30

Poster & Interactive

15:30 - 15:50

Talk 8

15:50 - 16:10

Talk 9

16:10 - 16:30

Talk 10

16:30 - 17:30


17:30 - 17:40

Best Poster Award


Workshop Paper Submission

We welcome workshop paper submissions in the following two formats:

    • extended abstract (maximum 2 pages, IEEE double column)
    • short paper (maximum 4 pages, IEEE double column)

Selected submissions will be invited to present at the workshop in the formats of 5-min spotlight presentation and of interactive poster. In addition, the selected submissions will be invited to a journal special issue being planned and organized.

More information is coming, which include the submission website link, the deadline, and the acceptance notification date.