We are thrilled to announce that the application period for our annual Surgical Robot Challenge is now officially OPEN!
This global competition draws participation from top surgical robotics groups worldwide, providing a platform to unveil inventive concepts across various surgical robot platforms.
While applications are open to diverse focus areas, submissions should highlight innovation, practical application, and thoughtful design in showcasing how robots can enhance surgical procedures. The ultimate goal is to contribute to quicker recovery times, smaller scars, reduced blood loss, diminished pain, earlier return to work, and shorter hospital stays.
Applications will be assessed on the following areas:
Entries are encouraged to incorporate a newly developed aspect, building upon existing ideas. While submissions are ideally expected to manifest as final working prototypes, the judging panel will also evaluate designs and plans. The emphasis is on introducing innovative elements to enhance the overall concept, whether through advancements in functionality, efficiency, or other relevant criteria.
We welcome applications from institutions globally, and all applicants must have affiliations with academic organizations. While we do accept applications from the industry, it is imperative that they collaborate with an academic institution to be eligible for consideration. This collaborative approach ensures a synergistic relationship between academic and industrial expertise in the submitted applications.
All applicants are asked to submit:
- online entry form (below);
- a 2-minute video demo of their entry;
- a 5-slide powerpoint presentation.
Please note the video time and presentation slide limits are strictly enforced.
Deadline for applications: 23:59 GMT 22nd March 2024
Frequently Asked Questions:
Please contact Marianne Knight if you have any further questions not covered here.
Haptic assistance for improving skill transfer in surgical robotics training, NEARLab-MRS, Politecnico di Milano
MERODES – The Medical Robot Device System, Imaging Robotics, Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS)
Cardiothread, a living, beating heart cell suture for cardiac repair, Biotechnology, Oxnard College, California
All 2023 entries can be viewed here.