Date: Sunday, 24th June; Morning (1/2 day)

Workshop Aims

This is a half-day workshop with three sessions: (a) mechatronics, (b) image-guidance, (c) clinical perspectives. It will conclude with a panel discussion made of relevant experts in the field.

Ophthalmology is a surgical discipline requiring manipulation of surgical tools with extreme precision, approaching the limits of human dexterity. Interventions such as intravenous drug delivery or novel gene and stem cell therapies push these requirements even further and call for robotic assistance to further clinical capabilities. Increasingly, interventions will not be able to be performed under surgical microscopy guidance only, but they will require information on subretinal layers, even down to the photoreceptor level. Image-guidance, thus, will start playing a more critical role in ophthalmic interventions, both for anterior and posterior eye segments, especially as new instruments capable of providing intraoperative OCT are being introduced in clinics. Indeed, in the last years translational efforts have increasingly been receiving government support. This has led to some first human feasibility studies of robot-assisted vitreoretinal surgery in 2017. It is expected that these studies will further boost the momentum that the field of image-guided ophthalmic interventions is enjoying these days. 

This workshop will bring together researchers from mechatronics and computer science, with industry representatives and clinicians, to discuss advances in the field, map out collaborations, and discuss recent translational efforts and challenges ahead.

Topics to be covered

  • Robotics and mechatronics - Hand-held manipulators, teleoperation systems, flexible robots, new types of sensors (force, impedance, oct).
  • Image-guidance - OCT-guidance, Adaptive Optics, multi-modal registration.
  • Clinical applications and novel therapies - Surgical training, stem cell therapy protocols, gene therapy protocols, retinal vein cannulation.

Organising Committee

·       Dr. Christos Bergeles, Assistant Professor, University College London, UK

·       Dr. Raphael Sznitman, Leader of Ophthalmic Technologies Group, ARTORG, University of Bern, CH

·       Dr. Emmanuel Vander Poorten, Assistant Professor, KU Leuven, BE

List of Potential Speakers (to be confirmed)

Robotics and mechatronics

-        Christos Bergeles,                                           University College London

-        Emmanuel Vander Poorten,                                      KU Leuven

-        Julian Iordachita,                                            Johns Hopkins University pending

-        Preceyes Bv.,                                                    Netherlands pending

-        Bradley Nelson,                                               ETH Zurich


-        Gregory Hager,                                                Johns Hopkins University

-        Nassir Navab,                                                    Johns Hopkins University

-        Stephane Cotin,                                              INRIA

-        Luc Van Gool,                                                   ETH Zurich pending

Clinical applications and novel therapies

-        Lyndon da Cruz,                                             Moorfields Eye Hospital

-        Robert MacLaren,                                         Oxford Eye Hospital

-        Pearse Keane,                                                   Moorfields Eye Hospital

-        Pierre Jannin,                                                    University of Rennes

-        George Saleh,                                                   Moorfields Eye Hospital pending