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Smart Autonomous Robotic Assistant Surgeon

Objective

Currently during a laparoscopic operation, several units of medical personnel are requested to stay in the operating room for supporting the main surgeon teleoperating the surgical robot. In particular one assistant is always present for taking care of simple surgical procedures (e.g. aspiration of dead tissue after a cut in laparoscopy, moving organs or tissue to make room for cutting or suturing) that the leading surgeon cannot perform with the laparoscopic tools s/he is teleoperating. It is common that an expert surgeon has to play the role of an assistant during an operation led by another surgeon.
Furthermore, the assistant is performing critical tasks only for the 30% of the time of the operation and s/he has to stand, waiting, most of the time. Considering the hourly cost of a surgeon, the current practice is very inefficient from an economic point of view but also from a social point of view, leading to unnecessary long waiting lists.
The goal of the project is to develop a surgical robotic platform that allows to decrease the number of surgeons necessary for one operation, increasing the social and economic efficiency of a hospital and guaranteeing the same level of safety for the patients. We will focus on laparoscopic surgery, where the surgeon is teleoperating a surgical robot for executing some procedure (e.g. nephrectomy, prostatectomy). The goal of the project is to develop a surgical robotic platform that allows only one surgeon to execute R-MIS operations. SARAS will develop:
1. two assistive robotic arms designed to implement the tasks currently done by the assistant surgeon by holding off-the shelf laparoscopic instruments,
2. a cooperative and cognitive supervisor system able to infer the actual state of the procedure by analysing the information coming from the sensing system and to act accordingly with the surgeon’s needs.
Having these technologies available we are in a position to develop a solo surgery system.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/surgery
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/surgery/surgical procedure

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Address
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 663 418,75

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 447 500
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 336 750
Address
Via Ariosto 35
44121 Ferrara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OSPEDALE SAN RAFFAELE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 432 500
Address
Via Olgettina 60
20132 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 408 721,25
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 573 453,75
Address
Nethergate
DD1 4HN Dundee
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 569 831,25
Address
Headington Campus Gipsy Lane
OX3 OBP Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MEDINEERING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 445 000
Address
Olof-palme-strasse 1
81829 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACMIT GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 348 656,25
Address
Viktor Kaplan Strasse 2
2700 Wiener Neustadt
Activity type
Other