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Translational challenges of soft robotics in medical applications

Track: Healthcare

Date and Time: 15 Mar 2024 08:30-09:50

Organisers: Linda Paternò, Gernot Kronreif, Arianna Menciassi

Main questions to be answered: Why are not there many successful applications for soft robots in medicine so far?

Additional questions: What are the potential barriers from regulatory side?

Additional questions 2: 0

Workshop Description: The quest for compliant machines able to safely interact with the human body is increasingly demanded in medical applications. To achieve this goal, significant research efforts in robotics have been directed at the development of novel classes of devices allowed by the introduction of the soft robotics approach. The broad research that has been conducted in the last years is however not reflected in a spread commercialization of these systems into the market. Thus, additional efforts are still needed to achieve soft robots that are proven to be sufficiently effective, and long-lasting to finally make the possibility of clinical translation real. This workshop aims to explore scientific advances and translation challenges in soft robotics for medical applications.

Intended Outcome: Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Novel format (e.g. interactive matchmaking session for technologies and applications), Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: Distinguished speakers will commence by providing concise introductions regarding their respective backgrounds and research endeavors. Subsequently, the workshop will pivot towards a panel discussion featuring these distinguished speakers, dedicated to examining potential obstacles originating from regulatory and technological realms. Drawing upon their wealth of expertise, the invited speakers will engage in comprehensive discourse, elucidating the predominant challenges and envisioning prospective trajectories for the translation of soft robotics within the domain of medical applications. Speakers: Arianna Menciassi, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; Gernot Kronreif, Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology; Barbara Mazzolai, Italian Institute of Technology; Eric Acome, Artimus Robotics; Zbigniew Nawrat, Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development; Vito Cacucciolo, Omnigrasp; Elena De Momi, Polytechnic University of Milan.

Contributors: Arianna Menciassi, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; Gernot Kronreif, Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology; Barbara Mazzolai, Italian Institute of Technology; Eric Acome, Artimus Robotics; Zbigniew Nawrat, Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development; Vito Cacucciolo, Omnigrasp; Elena De Momi, Polytechnic University of Milan.

Further Information: https://www.santannapisa.it/it/erf-2024/translational-challenges-soft-robotics-medical-applications