Date: Wednesday, 28th June 2017; Morning

Workshop Aims

The vast majority of technology used in pediatric hospitals is the same as used in adult hospitals and is often suboptimal for the smaller size, different physiology, and unique diseases of infants and young children. However, pediatrics offers an opportunity to develop novel robotics devices and offers unique opportunities for MRI-guided interventions, since greater precision is often required (for the smaller anatomy) and minimizing radiation exposure is more important (because children are more sensitive to radiation dose and the long term risks of developing cancer are greater). In this half-day workshop we will focus on novel robotic devices under development for pediatric applications, including rehabilitation robotics and MRI-compatible robotics. We also welcome other contributions from colleagues working on robotics projects related to pediatrics.


  • Kevin Cleary, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC, USA
  • Karun Sharma, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC, USA


08:30 Registration and coffee 
09:00 Introduction
09:05 Interventional Cardiovascular MRI for Minimally Invasive Procedures
  Jessica Schulz, Siemens Healthineers, Germany
09:35 GIFT-Surg Project: Guided Instrumentation for Fetal Therapy and Surgery
  Gianni Borghesan, KU Leuven, Belgium
10:05 Robotic Rehabilitation for Children with Cerebral Palsy
  Kevin Cleary, Children’s National, USA
10:35 Tea and Coffee Break
11:00 Robotics and Rehabilitation for Paediatrics
  Etienne Burdet, Imperial College London, UK
11:30 Robotic Guidance for Paediatric Interventional Radiology
  Karun Sharma, Children’s National, USA
12:00 Robotic in Paediatric Surgery
  Kate Davenport, Arizona State University, USA
12:30 HIFU for Paediatrics
  Ari Partanen, Philips, USA
13:00 Closing Remarks and Lunch


Royal Geographical Society, 
1 Kensington Gore,