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.

Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Regenerative Therapies for The treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration 
    Lyndon da Cruz, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  • Force Sensing Instruments for Ophthalmology Using Fabry-Perot interferometry 
    Sebastian Fifanski, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH
  • Optical Coherence Tomography for High Precision Distance and Displacement Measurements in Robotic Navigation 
    Gereon Huttman, Medizinisches Laserzentrum Lübeck, Germany
  • Enabling Technology for Safe Robot-Assisted Vitreoretinal Surgery 
    Iulian Iordachita, Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA
  • How to Deal with Safety in Robotic Eye Surgery: Experience from EurEyeCase 
    Gernot Kronreif, Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • Fighting Age-Related Blindness - Automated Injections into The Eye 
    Franziska Ullrich, Ophthorobotics AG, Germany
  • Developments in Assisted Ophthalmic Surgery
    Abu Zhar, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Germany

​​Topics to be covered

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

Workshop Co-chairs

  • Christos Bergeles, Assistant Professor, University College London, UK
  • Raphael Sznitman, Leader of Ophthalmic Technologies Group, ARTORG, University of Bern, CH
  • Emmanuel Vander Poorten, Assistant Professor, KU Leuven, BE