Accepted Full-day Workshop at IROS

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

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macau, China.


This workshop is sponsored by Intuitive Surgical Inc

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

Stevens Institute of Technology

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

Guang-Zhong Yang

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Jaydev P. Desai

Georgia Institute of Technology

Ann Majewicz Fey

The University of Texas at Dallas

Kenji Kawashima

Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Pietro Valdastri

University of Leeds

Kai Xu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Paolo Fiorini

University of Verona

Lining Sun

Soochow University

Hongliang Ren

National University of Singapore

Yun-hui Liu

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Russell Taylor

Johns Hopkins University

Keynote Talks

Medical Robotics - Levels of Autonomy and Associated Challenges

Guang-Zhong Yang

Steerable Robotic Systems for Surgical Interventions

Jaydev P. Desai

Invited Talks

Exploring Autonomy in Robotic Colonoscopy

Pietro Valdastri

Pneumatically-driven Surgical Robot with Force Feedback

Kenji Kawashima

High Rigidity Bone Endoscopic Surgery Robot

Jaesung Hong

Image-based Sensing and Control for Robotic Surgery

Yun-hui Liu

dVRL: daVinci Reinforcement Learning Framework for learning Transferable Surgical Skills

Michael Yip

Human-centered Surgical Robotics with Compliance Modulations and Delicate Sensing

Hongliang Ren

Tissue Interaction within an Autonomous Surgical Robot

Paolo Fiorini

Towards a General Robotic Surgical Platform for Multi and Single Port Laparoscopy

Kai Xu

Key Technologies, Innovations and Collaborative Research & Development of Medical Robots

Lining Sun

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.


Submission Information

Submission Deadline: October 20th, 2019

Submission Website: (submission link will be open in September, 2019)

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

11:10 - 11:40

Keynote 2

11:40 - 12:00

Talk 4

12:00 - 12:20

Poster Spotlight 5-10

12:20 - 13:00



13:00 - 13:20

Talk 5

13:20 - 13:40

Talk 6

13:40 - 14:00

Talk 7

14:00 - 14:20

Poster Spotlight 11-15

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 - 16:45

Best Poster Award

16:45 - 17:40