REBOT: Robotic Endobronchial Optical Tomography

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Computing

Abstract

Lung cancer is a challenging disease to diagnose and treat, and is the most common cause of cancer death in both men and women worldwide. Five year survival rates remain poor at 9.0%, and on a global basis, the 2012 statistics suggest that lung cancer was responsible for 1.59 million deaths. A particular difficulty is that most lung cancers are diagnosed at a late stage, with about 75% of patients having advanced disease at the time of diagnosis. Identification of patients with lung cancer at an earlier stage is therefore vital if outcomes are to be improved.

CT screening can identify possible cancerous nodules in the lung, but biopsy and histology, in which a tissue sample is examined under a microscope, is then required for diagnosis. The standard procedure to extract the tissue sample is trans-thoracic biopsy, in which a needle is inserted through the chest wall, typically under CT image guidance. This provides good diagnostic results, but is associated with complications, especially pneumothoraces (collapsed lung) which occurs in 15% of cases. More recently, technical advances have allowed biopsy to be performed through a bronchoscope, reducing the risk of complications and allowing the procedure to be performed during routine examination sessions. However, success is highly operator dependent and for remote, small nodules, the diagnostic rate (the yield) is poor. This is due to a number of factors, including the complexity of the bronchial tree, patient motion due to breathing (particularly at distal segments), poor ergonomics, and the large diameter of bronchoscopes prohibiting access beyond fourth generation bronchial segments (the fourth level of 'splitting' in the bronchial tree).

The purpose of the REBOT project is to develop a robot-guided endobronchial probe that will allow access to the deepest reaches of the lung. It will be introduced through a working channel of a bronchoscope, making it highly compatible with current procedures. The probe will have integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fluorescence imaging to allow multi-modal visualisation of the morphological and cellular details of the airways. Optical coherence tomography will provide 3D images to a depth of 1-2 mm into the tissue, while fluorescence imaging will provide high resolution surface imaging. These real-time imaging techniques will be used to help navigate the probe to the correct location for extraction of the biopsy tissue sample, increasing the chances of a successful diagnosis.

Planned Impact

The research is in line with Frontiers of Physical Intervention, one of the four EPSRC health technology grand challenges, and addresses major research issues in medical imaging and robotics and autonomous systems. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in both men and women worldwide. With the development of the national lung screening initiative, there is increasing need to navigate to specific locations, particularly remote segments of the lung. The current approach of CT-guided percutaneous lung biopsies is associated with a high risk of complications, and the development of robotically assisted endobronchial navigation combined with in situ, in vivo imaging offers significant advantages. The proposal supports some of the key strategies identified by the UK government (Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer) in terms of national lung cancer screening, early diagnosis, better treatment and an improved patient experience.

The stakeholders who will benefit from this research include: Academia (both UK and international) in medical imaging, robotics, biophotonics, surgical oncology and general biomedical engineering; Public and private sectors in healthcare provision; Medical devices industry; Charities championing improved healthcare provision and disease focussed organisations particularly on cancer therapy; and more importantly patients and the general public.

The project will stimulate creative and adventurous research that underpins the key objectives of the project. Throughout the project, we will actively encourage early career researchers to lead and take ownership of new concept generation with direct clinical/industrial interaction. Secondment to industrial collaborators and across consortium partners will be arranged and the team will be encouraged to lead public dissemination activities and develop the necessary managerial, vocational and entrepreneurial skills for career progression. People and skills development is a major agenda of this project.

Through technological innovation and effective collaboration with all project stakeholders, we will ensure effective knowledge transfer, and clinical translation with measurable clinical impact. The potential IPs to be generated range from licensing, platform development, and commercial spin-offs, to mixed independent exploitation of the basic technology developed. We already have strong support from the industrial partners of the project and will work with them to identify potential opportunities for commercial exploitation throughout the duration of the project. Key project team members have already extensive experience in commercial exploitation of academic research. Such expertise is essential to the success of our exploitation strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of the research centres. The project addresses a niche yet fast growing area of robotics and it can potentially strengthen UK's technological and economic competitiveness.

The impact of the proposed project to develop a miniaturised continuum robot for endobronchial intervention will be demonstrated through certified devices with extensive in vivo validation. Uptake by the NHS will provide clinicians with data that provides the basis for changing clinical practice to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Through clinical evidence, the project team will also actively promote public awareness of our research and develop a shared vision for future healthcare.

Publications

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Description We are currently developing a robot-guided probe for controlled, minimally-invasive access to the deepest parts of the lung, allowing diagnosis and treatment of difficult-to-reach cancerous nodules. The robot is being equipped with optical probes for navigation and real-time 'virtual' biopsy, and will be supported by online planning and navigation using pre-operative CT datasets. We are currently in the early stages of developing the robotic catheter and imaging systems together with the project partners at the University of Kent, and under the guidance of the clinical support team. Several prototype designs for the tip of the probe have been fabricated and tested, and we have now selected a final design which meets the design requirements. Initial imaging tests on ex vivo animal tissue have demonstrated the ability of the proposed image systems (optical coherence tomography and fluorescence microscopy) to obtain cellular scale images from the lung without the use of extrinsic contrast agents, and we are now preparing for the first full robot-imaging integration in mid-2017.
Exploitation Route At this early stage, the main focus is on demonstrating a functional prototype and rapid dissemination of the core technology we develop. In the meantime, the Hamlyn Lung and bronchoscopy database (HLBDB) has been launched (http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/hlbdb/) to provide datasets to other research groups, ensuring that the data gathered by us and our partners has the greatest possible impact on research in this area. We have also run the first in a series of clinical dialog meetings to share results and ideas with the medical community.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/hlbdb/rebot-overview
 
Description NRI: Large: Collaborative Research: Complementary Situational Awareness for Human-Robot Partnership
Amount $1,228,609 (USD)
Funding ID 1327657 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 10/2013 
End 09/2019
 
Title Fluorescence microscopy for rapid virtual histology of whole tissue specimens 
Description The objective of this project is to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of high-speed fluorescence microscopy platforms in determining radial margins status following BCS by comparison to conventional histopathology. Such systems allow non-invasive real-time 'virtual' histology imaging of whole tissue specimens without having to section and fix them. Characteristic morphological features can be visualized at sub-cellular scale and assessed to distinguish normal/benign from neoplastic tissue sites. Researchers with significant contribution: Khushi Vyas and Professor Kishan Dholakia 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Preliminary work on using wide-local and confocal fluorescence systems developed at Hamlyn Centre has been carried out on 160 ex vivo human breast tissue specimens and 41 wide local excisions following breast conserving surgery. Future studies will focus on imaging margins of 49 WLE specimens and evaluate the diagnostic performance using line-scan confocal system and light-sheet imaging system. 
 
Description REBOT: Collaboration with John Hopkins University 
Organisation Johns Hopkins University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Imperial College is developing endomicroscopy imaging platforms for large-area imaging and robotic scanning applications.
Collaborator Contribution The John Hopkins University is developing robotic platforms and control software in which we will integrate our endomicroscopic imaging fibres.
Impact This project will demonstrate robot-guided cellular level imaging for the eye, head and neck surgery.
Start Year 2016
 
Description REBOT: Collaboration with University of Kent 
Organisation University of Kent
Department Applied Optics Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Imperial College is developing robotic catheters for the lung, together with navigation and planning software.
Collaborator Contribution The University of Kent is developing OCT and fluorescence imaging probes which will integrate with the robotic catheters, providing tissue imaging and navigation.
Impact This project will demonstrate robot-guided imaging for the lung, providing an alternative to conventional transthoracic biopsy.
Start Year 2016
 
Description REBOT: Collaboration with Vanderbillt University 
Organisation Vanderbilt University
Department Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The REBOT team are developing OCT and fluorescence imaging probes.
Collaborator Contribution The Vanderbillt team will explore the potential of using their steerable needles in conjunction with in vivo OCT/fluorescence imaging. These steerable needles would extend the REBOT platform to allow access to nodules that grow deep in the soft tissue of the lung without viable bronchial access paths. Incorporation of OCT/fluorescence imaging into the steerable needle would provide radiation-free, real-time image guidance for the needle, potentially increasing the diagnostic yield of biopsy.
Impact This collaboration is currently in its early stages, but is expected to demonstrate image guided steerable needles.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Dr. Haojie Zhang: Line scanning, fiber bundle fluorescence HiLo endomicroscopy with confocal slit detection 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr. Haojie Zhang, a research associate in the Hamlyn Centre, gave a talk on a new HiLo line scanning fibre bundle endomicroscopy system for high-resolution cellular imaging. The talk highlighted how optical sectioning could be improved by combining HiLo technique and confocal slit detection and the improvements were demonstrated on paper phantoms and ex vivo animal tissue. The talk was presented during the Endoscopic Microscopy XIV theme of SPIE Photonics West 2019 Conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Dr. Khushi Vyas: A dual-wavelength line-scan confocal endomicroscopy system for rapid molecular imaging 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Khushi Vyas, a research associate at the Hamlyn Centre, gave a talk on dual-wavelngth fibre bundle endomicroscopy during Endoscopic Microscopy XIII theme, SPIE Photonics West 2018 International Conference. The talk presented the development of a high-speed dual-wavelength line-scan confocal laser endomicroscopy system suitable for multiplexed molecular imaging applications using 488 nm and 660 nm laser sources. Dual-wavelength imaging was achieved by switching between the laser sources for alternate frames, avoiding bleed-through, and providing an effective frame rate of 60 Hz. The two channels are pseudo-coloured and combined, and large area dual-wavelength mosaics are created by registering and stitching the image frames as the probe moves across the tissue. Preliminary images with a resolution of 1.2 µm are presented from fluorescently stained phantoms and ex vivo tissue, demonstrating the clinical feasibility of the technique.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2288412
 
Description EPSRC Scientific Advisory Board & Research Steering Group Bi-annual Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Scientific Advisory Board & Research Steering Group members came to the Hamlyn Centre for participating the bi-annual meeting to examine our current research progress. Our research teams presented a series of demos as well as current progress presentation to all the members for demonstrating our works.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots/status/1088766049590394880
 
Description Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The former Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Imperial College and toured the Hamlyn Centre for Robotics, viewing demonstrations of surgical robots, 3D printed microrobotic tools and augmented reality technology for medical imaging.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/187036/former-pm-supports-lord-darzi-report/
 
Description Friends of Imperial Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre participated in the programme of "Friends of Imperial Visit" as one of visit destinations. Our research teams demonstrated the latest research result to the "Friends of Imperial Visit" participants and answered their questions regarding the works.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.friendsofimperial.org.uk/Media/Documents/Current_Programme.pdf
 
Description Hamlyn Centre Christmas Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Christmas Showcase was an event for collaborators and affiliates of the Hamlyn Centre that showcased the latest research outputs of the Hamlyn Centre. The aim was to communicate our research findings and encourage deeper collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hamlyn Centre Official Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre Official Twitter account aims to reach out all types of audiences for demonstrating our research progress and result, promoting our events and sharing relevant information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots
 
Description Hamlyn Winter School on Surgical Imaging and Vision 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Winter School focuses on both technical and clinical aspects of Surgical Imaging and Vision, with invited lectures, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and mini-projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/winterschool/
 
Description Hamlyn Winter School on Surgical Imaging and Vision 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Winter School focuses on both the technical and clinical aspects of Surgical Imaging and Vision. Through invited lectures, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and mini-projects, the purpose of our winter school is to help researchers familiarise with the cutting edge research of this rapidly expanding field covering key areas of:

Fundamentals and current state-of-the-art in surgical imaging;
Vision algorithms for tracking, 3D scene reconstruction and surgical navigation;
Intra-operative registration and retargeting;
Multi-modal image fusion and real-time augmented reality systems based on inverse realism;
Robot assisted large area microscopic imaging and mosaicing;
Dynamic active constraints with real-time vision;
Vision enabled surgical robot design and miniaturisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/hamlyn-centre/news-and-events/hamlyn-winter-school-on-surgical-imaging-an...
 
Description International Robotics Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A showcase of robotics for academia, industry and the public
The International Robotics Showcase will be part of the International Business Festival this year, and this will be held on Thursday 21st June 2018 at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP.The full-day programme includes exclusive talks by world-renowned experts in science and technology, panel discussions, exhibitions, robot demonstrations and an award ceremony for competition winners demonstrating cutting-edge robotics innovation.

Exciting demonstrations of cutting-edge robotics technology;

Lively discussion and debate, covering ethical, legal and economic impacts of Robotics and AI;

The release of several new White Papers, covering the current research landscape in:
Urban Automation & Transport
AgriTech
The day also offers academics, industry, government organisations and the public, the opportunity to enjoy the fascinating and diverse exhibits by our sponsors, as well as provide a lively forum for discussion and discovery of some of the latest technological developments and research challenges in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

The event will take place within the 2018 International Business Festival and a 9 day pass is included withi your registration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/robotics-week/showcase
 
Description Invited Talk - Dr. Hariharan Subramanian, Northwestern University: Biomedical Optical Sensing to Improve Lung Cancer Screening and Minimally Invasive Surgeries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr. Hariharan Subramanian, Research Professor at Northwestern University, co-founder for Nanocytomics and Briteseed companies visited the Hamlyn Centre on Monday 10th September 2018. He gave a talk on 'Biomedical Optical Sensing to Improve Lung Cancer Screening and Minimally Invasive Surgeries' as well as their current development of smart surgical tools SafeSnips and its clinical translation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Talk- Prof Itaru Kitahara: 3D-CG Virtual Surgical Operation in University of Tsukuba 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our senior research fellow Dr Matina Giannarou invited Prof. Itaru Kitahara to share the experience about "3D-CG Virtual Surgical Operation in University of Tsukuba" with our researchers in the Hamlyn Centre. Prof. Itaru Kitahara is leading the Virtual Surgery research project at the University of Tsukuba, Japan and his research focuses on Computer Vision and Mixed Reality. During the talk, he not only introduced "3D CG Virtual Surgery", which aims to realise a navigation system of surgical operation using Computer Vision and AR/VR techniques, but also presented the collaboration between their research team and the medical doctors in our university regarding 3D CG Virtual Surgery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots/status/1102943972790542336
 
Description Invited Talk- Prof Jackrit Suthakorn: the past, present and future of the BART LAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Jackrit Suthakorn, the BART LAB executive director and the department chair of Department of Biomedical Engineering at Mahidol University, visited the Hamlyn Centre on Monday 25th January 2019. He gave a talk regarding the development of the BART LAB as well as their current research areas and progress in robotics for extreme environment as well as rehabilitation to the Hamlyn Centre researchers and members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Minister of State for Immigration Caroline Nokes MP and Cancer Research UK Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Caroline Nokes MP, Minister of State for Immigration, visited Imperial in October 2018 and took a tour of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. She was joined by representatives of Cancer Research UK and our college president Alice Gast. During the visit, Caroline Nokes was shown some of our latest robot technology in medicine, developments which have enabled healthcare professionals to conduct smarter operations with higher precision.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/188691/immigration-minister-sees-benefits-internationalism-imperial/
 
Description School Robot Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The challenge will be run jointly by any interested UK-RAS partner universities, and is aimed at teams of schoolchildren of ages up to 16 (year 11). It will be published in the UK-RAS Robotics Week 2018 brochure and on the website, and will be distributed via each participating university's local schools' network.

The challenge will consist of 2 separate activities: the first involves schools working independently to develop and then submit a design(s) for a robot system to help older people. The deadline for submissions for this activity is 18/05/2018.

The best entries will then be chosen, with one winning team selected by each participating university (the proximity of school to university may or may not influence the decision), which will then invite that team to a special one-day event on 26/06/2018 (that is, the Tuesday of UK Robotics Week). After a tour of the robot labs, the teams will be set another similar care-themed challenge using whatever basic, programmable robotics equipment is to hand (e.g., Lego Mindstorms - there is no requirement for the same equipment to be used at each university). This activity will last from 10.30am until 3.30pm with a working lunch provided, and if possible live streaming of video from the other participating sites (also shown on the UK-RAS website). The goal of each team will be to produce a smartphone video of no longer than 1 minute's duration that describes the problem, the concept and design of their suggested solution, and - hopefully - shows their solution in action.

The videos will be uploaded to YouTube or similar. A panel of judges - one from each participating university - will view each of the videos, and then confer to select an overall winning team. (Some of) the winning team will then be invited to the UK Robotics Week Showcase event on Thursday 21st June, where they will receive a prize (budget permitting) on behalf of their school.

The suggested text publicising the challenge is below. (Note that it is not intended to be as explicit as the above text to allow for some flexibility in the format to take into account the number and quality of submissions, budget available, participating universities, etc., and all dates are subject to confirmation.)


The UK-RAS Health and Social Care Challenge 2018

We invite schools to submit their designs for a robotic system that addresses the challenge of how to help older people stay healthy and live independent lives. Submissions should be the work of teams of up to 8 children aged 16 or under. Entries can be in any format, should be no longer than 1000 words (or equivalent) in length, and each school may submit an unlimited number of entries.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 18th May. The judging panel will then select the best entries, with submissions being judged according to their usefulness, practicality and creativity. The winning teams will be invited to a special one-day event on Tuesday 26th June at their nearest UK-RAS University, during which they will visit our robotics facilities to learn more about our research, and then get to develop and test their own robots.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/events/school-robot-challenge
 
Description Surgical Robot Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The aim of this challenge is to exploit the unique expertise of the consortium in medical robotics to develop low-cost robot-assisted surgical and diagnostic devices that can benefit the NHS as well as be used as solutions for global health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/hsmr/events/surgical-robot-challenge-2017
 
Description The Hamlyn Centre Christmas Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Christmas Showcase is an event that showcased the latest research outputs form our research teams at the Hamlyn Centre. Every year we invite our collaborators and affiliates to participate this event in order to demonstrate our research findings and to discuss potential further collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018,2019
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots/status/1073577685488754688
 
Description The Hamlyn Centre Official Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre Official website aims to engage with all types of audiences for introducing our centre purpose and structure as well as our research areas and environment. On the website, we also constantly update job opportunities, event information and News from our research teams as well as the Imperial College.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/hamlyn-centre/
 
Description The Hamlyn Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (HSMR) provides an annual forum for surgeons and engineers from across the globe, to network and explore the latest developments in medical robotics. The Symposium has been successfully conducted for the past 11 years and has become a leading international conference on medical robotics, current clinical practice and emerging technologies in robotic surgery. Every year researchers, clinicians and engineers are invited to submit papers on a range of topics covering clinical specialities in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic and Paediatric Surgery. The Hamlyn Symposium is composed of a series of workshops on various clinical and technical topics and the main conference with the participants from leading medical, science and technology institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/
 
Description UK Robotics Week 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Acting autonomously or in close collaboration with humans, Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) have a broad range of new and established applications. As the underlying technologies are further developed and translated from laboratory settings to real-world applications, RAS is playing an increasingly important role in the UK's economy and it's future growth.

The UK-RAS Network was established with the mission to provide academic leadership, expand collaboration with industry and integrate and coordinate activities at the EPSRC funded RAS capital facilities, Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and partner universities across the UK.

We are delighted with last year's inaugural UK Robotics Week and proud to build on its success with this year's event. The UK Robotics Week provides a spotlight on the UK's technology leadership in RAS, and engages the nation's schools, colleges and universities in developing the digital skills needed to drive the UK's future economy.

The UK Robotics Week also acts as a forum for discussion of technological, commercial, legal, ethical and social aspects of robotics. The wide range of events covered, from symposia, workshops, conferences, festivals, competitions and hackathons, contribute to a thriving programme across the country. We endeavour to provide promotion to other robotics related events in the calendar and aim to ensure robotics remains high on the government's agenda as one of the transformative technologies of the present and future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/roboticsweek2017/welcome
 
Description Workshop in the Hamlyn Symposium: Advanced Biophotonics: from bench to bedside 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 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 characterization 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.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/workshops/advanced-biophotonics-from-bench-to-bedside/
 
Description Workshop on Human-Robot Interactions Applied to Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Image Guided Therapies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Next Generation Continuum Robots 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Surgical Robotics: First in Human - What does it take? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/hsmr/surgical-robotics-first-human-what-does-it-take
 
Description Workshop on Surgical Work?ow and Process Modelling 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0