The theme for this year’s Symposium is "The Next 10 Years: Challenges, Innovation and Diffusion of Medical Robotics"Topics to be addressed by the symposium include, but are not limited to: 

  • Co-operative Control and Perceptual Docking
  • Clinical highlights in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic and Paediatric Surgery
  • Economic and general consideration of robotic surgery
  • Emerging, multi-specialty applications of robotic technology
  • Flexible Robotics
  • Human robot interaction and ergonomics
  • Intra-operative imaging and biophotonics for robotic surgery
  • Mechatronic designs for medical robotics
  • Medical image computing and computer assisted intervention
  • Medical robotics for NOTES
  • Microbot design and applications
  • Neurosurgery
  • Smart Instruments
  • Surgical navigation and augmented reality systems
  • Surgical simulation, training and skills assessment

We have an impressive line up of invited speakers, expand the list below to see the full list.

Karl Storz-Hopkins Lecture

Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung

Amir Szold

Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung received his medical degree (MB BS) from The University of Hong Kong in 1983, and was conferred PhD in biomedical sciences by the University of Calgary and MD by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in subsequent years. Professor Sung holds fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, and Australia, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, the Hong Kong College of Physicians, and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He is concurrently Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine of CUHK, an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering of the People's Republic of China, and Academician of the Eurasian Academy of Sciences.

As a renowned scientist in gastroenterology, Professor Sung’s research interests include intestinal bleeding, Helicobacter Pylori, peptic ulcer, hepatitis B, colorectal cancer, and other cancers related to the digestive system. Professor Sung and his team proved the relationship between H. Pylori and peptic ulcer diseases. They were first in demonstrating that a course of antibiotics lasting a week can cure H. Pylori infection and successfully treat peptic ulcers and minimize their relapse. At the same time, he and his research team pioneered the use of endoscopic treatment for ulcer bleeding to reduce the need for operative surgery. These research results have a major impact on and have changed the practice of gastroenterology worldwide.

Professor Sung has published over 800 full scientific articles in leading medical and scientific journals. He has edited and authored more than 25 books, as well as many chapters in major textbooks including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine (5th Ed.). 

Invited Speakers

Professor Dong-Soo Kwon

Paolo FioriniDong-Soo Kwon is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Director of the Human-Robot Interaction Research Center at KAIST, Director of the Center for Future Medical Robotics and President of Robot Convergence Forum in Republic of Korea. He is a representative member in Asia-Pacific area of the Administrative Committee (AdCom) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), and IROS2016 Program Chair. In addition, He is chief director of Korea Institute of Robot and convergence (KIRO), and a member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK), and a member of working-level conference of robot institute in Gyeongsangnam-do.

His research deals with human-robot Interaction, medical robotics, telerobotics, and haptics. He has contributed to the advancement of several robot venture companies by technology transfer.

Catherine Mohr

Nabil SimaanCatherine Mohr, M.D., M.S.M.E. is the Vice President of Strategy at Intuitive Surgical. Since joining the company in 2006, Dr. Mohr has focused on medical research and has been involved in evaluating new technologies and exploring new surgical applications. Prior to Intuitive Surgical, Dr. Mohr was involved with numerous startup companies in the areas of alternative energy transportation, computer-aided design software, and medical devices.

She currently serves on the faculty of Singularity University, an institution teaching and studying the impact of exponentially changing technologies, and regularly lectures at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mohr received her B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Professor Andrew Turberfield

Nabil SimaanAndrew Turberfield is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. He was educated at Cambridge (BA in Natural Sciences) and Oxford (DPhil at the Clarendon Laboratory). His research career started with the study of the low-temperature physics of two-dimensional electron. He changed focus from condensed matter physics to optical materials and again to DNA nanostructures: he is now one of the leaders of a rapidly developing interdisciplinary research field based on self-assembly programmed through molecular recognition. His current research includes the study of synthetic molecular structures and machinery, including their use for the control of chemical synthesis, protein structure determination and as intracellular probes.