We are pleased to announce the winners of our annual Surgical Robot Challenge. This international competition attracts some of the leading surgical robotics groups from around the world to showcase innovative new ideas across a range of surgical robot platforms.

Applications were not restricted to a particular focus area, but demonstrated innovation, application and design in surgical robotics.

Best Application Winner

‘Haptic assistance for improving skill transfer in surgical robotics training’
NEARLab-MRS, Politecnico di Milano
Alberto Rota, Ke Fan, Junling Fu, Matteo Pecorella, Elena De Momi


Best Design Winner

MERODES – The Medical Robot Device System’
Imaging Robotics, Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS)
Johann Berger, Michael Unger, Albrecht Bloße, Johannes Keller, Jochen Fuchs, Michael Moche, Andreas Melzer


Best Innovation Winner

Cardiothread, a living, beating heart cell suture for cardiac repair
Biotechnology, Oxnard College, California
James Harber, Ashley McDonald

Surgical Robot Challenge 2024

Applications will be open for the 2024 challenge in November 2023.

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Our 2023 Finalists

Molecularly Aware Robot for Surgery
Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London

Valvetech: A robotic solution for minimally invasive aortic heart valve delivery
Surgical robotics and allied technologies, Scuola Superiore Sant’anna

Mixed Reality Based Teleoperation of Surgical Robots
Malone Center and LCSR, John’s Hopkins University

Design and Research of Rectoscope for Early Cancer Screening
Medical Robots, Institute of Medical Robotics and Intelligent Systems,Tianjin University

Augmented Reality and Shared Control Framework for Robot-Assisted Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy
Neuroengineering and Medical Robotics Lab (NEARLab), Politecnico di Milano

Skullbot: Portable positioning mechanism towards robotic needle intervention
The Chinese University of Hong Kong