Symposium Programme
The Programme and the Proceedings for the 5th Hamlyn Symposium can be found below.

Please note that all workshops will be held at the Imperial College South Kensington Campus, on 5th floor of the Sherfield Building (No 20 on the Campus Map). Directions to the Campus can be found here. The workshop venue is only 5 minutes away from the main Symposium venue, RGS.

Topics to be addressed by the symposium include, but are not limited to:
  • Clinical highlights in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic, and Paediatric Surgery
  • Emerging, multi-specialty applications of robotic technology
  • Medical robotics for NOTES
  • Mechatronic designs for medical robotics
  • Microbot design and applications
  • Surgical simulation, training and skills assessment
  • Human robot interaction and ergonomics
  • Surgical navigation and augmented reality systems
  • Intra-operative imaging and biophotonics for robotic surgery
  • Medical image computing and computer assisted intervention
  • Economic and general consideration of robotic surgery
All submissions will be reviewed by members of the program review committee and assessed for quality and best means of presentation.

Keynote Speaker
Shigeo Hirose is a Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He received the B.E. degree with first class honors in Mechanical Engineering from Yokohama National University in 1971, and the M.E. and Dr. E. degrees in Control Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1973 and 1976, respectively.  He was a Research Associate and Associate Professor of the same university.  He became a Professor in 1992.  His research interest is in the creative design of robotic mechanisms and their control. Prof Hirose has been awarded more than 50 academic awards, including the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award from Robotic Industries Association (2009), Carlos Ghosn Award (2008), Medal with Purple Ribbon from Japanese government (2006), Award of Merits from IFToMM (2004), the first Pioneer in Robotics & Automation Award (1999), Best Conference Paper Award (1995) both from IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.  He is a Fellow of IEEE, JSME and RSJ.

Invited Speakers
Howie Choset is a Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Motivated by applications in confined spaces, Choset has created a comprehensive program in snake robots, which has led to basic research in mechanism design, path planning, motion planning, and estimation. These research topics are important because once the robot is built (design), it must decide where to go (path planning), determine how to get there (motion planning), and use feedback to close the loop (estimation). By pursuing the fundamentals, this research program has made contributions to coverage tasks, dynamic climbing, and mapping large spaces. Already, Choset has directly applied this body of work to challenging and strategically significant problems in diverse areas such as surgery, manufacturing, infrastructure inspection, and search and rescue. Choset directs the Undergraduate Robotics Minor at Carnegie Mellon and teaches an overview course on Robotics which uses series of custom developed Lego Labs to complement the course work. Professor Choset's students have won best paper awards at the RIA in 1999 and ICRA in 2003, he has been nominated for best papers at ICRA in 1997 and IROS in 2003 and 2007, won best paper at IEEE Bio Rob in 2006, and won best video at ICRA 2010. In 2002 the MIT Technology Review elected Choset as one of its top 100 innovators in the world under 35. In 2005, MIT Press published a textbook, lead authored by Choset, entitled "Principles of Robot Motion." Recently, Choset co-founded a company called Cardiorobotics which makes a small surgical snake robot for minimally invasive surgery.

Pierre Dupont received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He subsequently joined the College of Engineering at Boston University where he was a professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He is currently in the process of moving his group from BU to Children's Hospital Boston. His current focus is to develop robotic instruments and imaging technology that can be used to perform complex repairs inside the beating heart. Such surgeries are needed to correct congenital heart defects (the most common birth defect) in the fetal and pediatric heart as well as to repair the effects of heart disease in older patients. The instruments are composed of a robotic delivery platform that can snake its way through the vasculature under joystick control. One of the tool technologies that his team is investigating is a metal MEMS process that enables the fabrication of fully assembled millimeter-scale mechanisms.To navigate instruments through the interior of the heart and to visualize tool-tissue interaction during surgery, they are developing imaging systems that employ both transmural and intracardiac 3D ultrasound imaging as well as fluoroscopy.

Dr. Vipul Patel currently serves as the medical director of the Global Robotics Institute at Celebration Health in Orlando, Florida and medical director of the urologic oncology program for the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. Dr. Patel attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, and did both his residency and fellowship training at the University of Miami. Prior to moving to Florida he was Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery at The Ohio State University. Yearly, Dr Patel trains hundreds of surgeons on how to safely adopt robotic technology into their surgical practices and leads the robotic training team at the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement. He chairs the world robotic symposium, an annual premiere event in robotic surgical education. He is also founder of the Society of Robotic Surgery a multi-specialty organization responsible for education and training. He is Editor in Chief of The Journal of Robotic Surgery and editor of the first robotic urology textbook. His interests are minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of prostate and kidney cancer, focusing on prostate cancer outcomes. He has performed over 3500 robotic prostatectomies and leads one of the worlds most experienced surgical teams.

Richard Satava is Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center, and Senior Science Advisor at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Ft. Detrick, MD.  Prior positions include Professor of Surgery at Yale University and a military appointment as Professor of Surgery (USUHS) in the Army Medical Corps assigned to General Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Program Manager of Advanced Biomedical Technology at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He has served on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Committee on Health, Food and Safety. He is currently a member of the Emerging Technologies and Resident Education, and Informatics committees of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), is past president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), past president of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), and is on the Board of Governors of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) as well as on a number of surgical societies. He is on the editorial board of numerous surgical and scientific journals, and active in numerous surgical and engineering societies.