Gabor Fichtinger received his doctoral degree in computer science from the Technical University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary, in 1990. He is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Computer-Integrated Surgery at Queen’s University, Canada, where he directs the Percutaneous Surgery Laboratory. His research and teaching specialize in computational imaging and robotic guidance for surgery and medical interventions, focusing on the diagnosis and therapy of cancer and musculoskeletal conditions. His work has been cited over 14,800 times, with a h-index of 62. Prof. Fichtinger is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and Elsevier’s Medical Image Analysis, Deputy Editor for the International Journal of Computer Assisted Surgery Radiology. He has served on the boards of the International Society of Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Surgery (MICCAI) and the International Society of Computer Assisted Surgery (ISCAS). Prof. Fichtinger received many honours, including the Tier-1 Canada Research Chair, Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair, Royal Society of Canada Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AIMBE Fellow, MICCAI Fellow, Marie Curie Fellow, and Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE.

Workshop Speaker: Open Source Software for Surgical Robotics

Rapid Prototyping of Point-of-care-ultrasound guided therapies

Point-of-care-ultrasound guided therapies and interventions, shortly POCUS-IGT, enables treatment at the bedside, whether in an urban hospital, rural clinic, or mobile care unit. The potential use of POCUS-IGT in interventions like injections, biopsies, drainages, ablations, and surgeries is virtually unlimited. As such, POCUS-IGT can transcend geographic and socio-economic boundaries and thus bring closer the ideal of democratization of access to healthcare. In the global context, sustainable development of POCUS-IGT programs is dependent on the availability of free open-source software platforms, as the mean of rapid knowledge and technology translation. This talk will discuss the role of the 3D Slicer ( and SlicerIGT ( free open-source software ecosystems in the rapid development of POCUS-IGT solutions and present examples for their deployment.