Open-source software libraries for computer assisted surgery (e.g. Scikit-surgery, 3DSlicer, MITK, PLUS, CustusX, FAST and KitwareMedical) have shown great progress in the last twenty years due to their rapid innovation and adaption to new technologies, continuous release of open software and data for algorithm evaluation, and good documentation and educational resources for students, researchers, engineers and clinicians.

However, research-driven technologies bring challenges on the use of the latest generation of hardware; fast prototyping and validation of new algorithms; fragmented source code for heterogenous systems; high performance of medical image computing and visualisation in the operating room and standardisation of data quality and data privacy. Such challenges raise the question of how to make open-source software libraries more sustainable, long-term supported and translatable to the clinic. This workshop aims to bring together engineers, researchers and clinicians to present and to discuss current progress, challenges and trends on open-source software interfaces for Surgical Technologies.


08:30Registration & Coffee
09:00Opening: Welcome & IntroductionMiguel Xochicale
09:053D Slicer as your medical software development platform: Why and HowSteve Pieper
09:30ITK, 3D Slicer, and MONAI: Creating and sustaining impact with open-source, medical imaging software Stephen R. Aylward (online)
10:00Developing a surgical planning platform for long-term sustainability: one decade worth of lessons.Rachel Sparks
10:30Coffee Break
11:00SciKit-Surgery: Creating modular code, limiting the size of software to enable researcher participation.Stephen Thompson
11:15Towards Open, Reproducible and Collaborative Surgical Data ScienceAlejandro Granados
11:30CemrgApp: A Sustainable and Accessible Platform for Cardiovascular ResearchJosé Alonso Solís-Lemus
11:45SlicerROS2: ROS for Medical RoboticsLaura Connolly
12:00Discussion panel with speakers and audienceChair Miguel Xochicale
12:25Closing RemarksTBC

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants of the workshop will be exposed to leading authors of state-of-the-art open-source platforms for Surgical Technolgies aiming to have the following learning outcomes:
  • Developing open-source software interfaces including best practices of software engineering (e.g. maintenance, sustainability, etc) to create clinical impact.
  • Good practices for clinical translation including best practices to integrate preoperative and intraoperative data (e.g., tracking systems and clinical hardware), and protocols to handle clinical data for computer assisted surgical technologies.
  • Discussions on trends and the future of Surgical Technologies: how to quickly adopt the latest technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, augmented reality, high-performance computing, etc) while still complying with relevant quality standards.


Dr. Miguel Xochicale, University College London
Dr. Thomas Dowrick, University College London
Mr Stephen Thompson, University College London
Prof. Matt Clarkson,University College London


This workshop is accredited for 3 CPD points.






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