The workshop’s objective is to rigorously assess major technological advances in neurosurgery, concentrating on the latest scientific, clinical and commercial developments in the field. It highlights the challenges in adopting these innovations and discusses potential solutions. A primary focus will be given on the integration of precision imaging, robotics, and AI into neurosurgical procedures. These technologies aim to improve surgical precision, reduce invasiveness, and enhance patient outcomes. Neurosurgeons, innovators, and researchers will gather to exchange insights and progress in areas such as neuro-navigation systems, advanced intraoperative imaging, and robotic-assisted microsurgery. The development and use of AI for preoperative planning and intraoperative decision-making will also be a key topic. Interactive sessions will prompt discussions about the barriers in applying these technologies in clinical settings, including technical challenges in robotic surgery, and integrating AI into clinical workflows.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences, best practices, and innovative ideas, promoting an atmosphere of learning and knowledge exchange. The workshop provides a collaborative space for attendees, including clinical practitioners, industry representatives, and academic researchers, to gain a comprehensive understanding of advancements in neurosurgery. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion on the future of neurosurgery, focusing on patient safety, surgical effectiveness, and the field’s ongoing evolution.


08:30 - 09:00Registration & Coffee
09:00 - 09:05WelcomeDr Riccardo Secoli (Cambridge Consultants)
09:05 - 09:25Data driven hyperspectral imaging for precision neurosurgeryDr Jonathan Shapey (King’s College Hospital, King's College London & Co-Founder of Hypervision Surgical)
09:25 - 09:45Simulation & Computer Assisted Planning for Guiding NeurosurgeryDr Rachel Sparks (King's College London)
09:45 - 10:05Trade-offs in design of a robotic positioner for intra-operative MRI-guided stereotactic neurosurgeryProf Ka-wai Kwok (University of Hong Kong, online)
10:05 -10:30AI-assisted intraoperative decision-making during brain tumour resectionDr Stamatia (Matina) Giannarou (Imperial College London)
10:30 - 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:20A New Paradigm of Robotic Surgery Based on the Concept of Intelligent Medical DevicesProf. Bojan Jerbić (Chief Scientific Officer, Ronna Medical)
11:20 - 11:40Novel Data Sharing Structures for Surgical Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Research: the Surgical Data Science CollectiveDr Dan Donoho (Children's National Hospital, USA)
11:40 - 12:00Neurosurgery and Robotics: a match or a clash for the brain?Prof. Marco Riva (HUMANITAS Hospital - Italy)
12:00 - 12:30Towards a Platform Technology for Precision NeurosurgeryProf Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena (Imperial College London)
12:30 - 13:30Lunch Break
13:30 - 13:50From Vision to Precision: Digital Technologies to Advance Endoscopic Pituitary SurgeryDr Hani Marcus (Queen’s Square Hospital NHS Trust, University College London / co-founder Panda Surgical)
13:50 - 14:10Enduobot: A Two-armed Endoscopic Robot for NeurosurgeryProf Pierre Dupont (Boston Children’s Hospital)
14:10 - 14:30Cognitive Robotics for Precision NeurosurgeryProf Franziska Ullrich (FAU)
14:30 -15:00Telerobotics to Make Life-Saving Interventions Accessible to AllDr Christophe Chautemns (Chief Technology Officer, NanoFlex Robotics)
15:00 - 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 - 15:50Closing the Loop on Robotic Stereotactic Neurosurgery with Intra-operative MRIGregory Fischer (AiM Medical Robotics ) (Online)
15:50 - 16:50Panel and roundtable Discussion with industry, clinical and academic innovators
16:55 - 17:00Closing Remarks
17:00Workshop End

Learning Outcomes

The participants will learn about the state-of-the-art in AI and robotics for neurosurgery. They will be able to critically assess progress in the field over the past decade, as well as understand the direction that we are heading. They will be able to identify clinical, translational and commercialisation challenges for this domain, and rationally explore potential solutions leveraging their own expertise and what has been presented in the workshop. Naturally, the workshop will be a platform for networking among early and late-stage researchers, clinical practitioners, and members of industry.

Full Day Workshop (09:00 – 17:00)


This workshop is accredited for 6 CPD points.