Date: Sunday 24th June; Full day

Workshop Aims

With increasing maturity and clinical uptake of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), the provision of in situ, in vivo morphological and functional imaging beyond the exposed tissue surface has become an important research topic. Clinically, it further expands the functional capabilities of MIS in providing improved tissue detection, labelling, and targeting both at macro and cellular levels. Point based spectroscopic approaches such as diffuse reflectance, Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy have been shown to be clinically useful for in vivo assessment of cancer, atherosclerosis and ischemia. Imaging techniques such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), probe-based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy (pCLE), and two photon excited fluorescence and magnified endoscopy have shown promising results for in situ, in vivo tissue characterisation for MIS.

This workshop will bring clinicians together with researchers in academia and industry to exchange ideas on the current state-of-the-art and future trends in optical imaging techniques for surgery with a focus on robot assisted intervention. The scope of the workshop is broad, and includes both established and emerging technologies for image-guided surgery but with a specific focus on technologies that can be seamlessly integrated with the surgical environment. It will also include online decision support, content-based image retrieval/association, and optopathology to enable in situ, in vivo tissue characterisation and surgical oncology. The workshop will include several invited talks, and we also welcome submissions from Symposium attendees.

Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Imaging with Photonics: Deeper, Wider, Faster
    Kishan Dholakia, University of St. Andrews, UK
  • Rapid Fiber-Optic Raman Endoscopy Technique: Immediate Medical Diagnosis in Gastrointestinal Tracts
    Zhiwei Huang, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Molecular Probes and In Vivo Imaging in The Lung
    Mark Bradley, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Developing the Infrastructure for Translational Biophotonics: Mixing Molecules, Processes and People
    Kevin Dhaliwal, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • New Frontiers in Near Infrared Spectroscopy
    Clare Elwell, University College London, UK
  • Multidimensional Fluorescence Imaging for Preclinical and Clinical Applications
    Paul French, Imperial College London, UK
  • Advances in Infrared Based Spectral Pathology: Steps Towards Clinical Translation
    Peter Gardner, University of Manchester, UK
  • Towards Robotic Assisted Endoscopic OCT
    Michalina Gora, French National Center for Scientific Research, Paris, France
  • Imaging the Barrier Defect in The Damaged Small Intestine
    Paul Kelly, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Advanced Optical Fibres for Medical Imaging and Diagnosis
    Jonathan Knight, University of Bath, UK
  • Strategies of Linear and Nonlinear Raman Spectroscopy for Intraoperative Applications
    Christoph Krafft, Jena University, Germany
  • Optical Coherence Tomography: from Qualitative to Quantitative Imaging
    Adrian Podoleanu, University of Kent, UK
  • Opening and Closing Remarks
    Guang-Zhong Yang, Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, UK

Topics to be covered

  • Optical imaging techniques such as fluorescence, endomicroscopy and OCT
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Photoacoustic imaging
  • Sensing techniques such as Raman spectroscopy
  • Multi-scale, multimodality integration
  • Robotic probes for in situ, in vivo optical imaging stabilisation, scanning or mosaicking
  • Online decision support and optopathology
  • Emerging optical imaging methods with future robot-guided potential

Local Organisers 

  • Michael Hughes
  • Khushi Vyas



Sponsored by:




EPSRC Translational Alliance on SMART-Endomicroscopy and EPSRC NIHR-HTC Network Plus