Healthcare Robotics Engineering Discussion board full convention agenda

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The Healthcare Robotics Engineering Discussion board (HREF), produced by Robotic Enterprise Overview’s dad or mum firm WTWH Media, supplies engineers, engineering administration and enterprise professionals with knowledgeable steerage, peer networking alternatives and hands-on entry to the most recent robotics-enabling applied sciences. The Discussion board just lately introduced its full convention agenda for the Could 10-11, 2023 occasion on the Boston Conference and Exhibition Middle.

These convention classes are designed to supply technical professionals the data they should efficiently develop and manufacture healthcare robotics programs. The expo ground will present attendees with direct entry to the most recent design and growth options for producing healthcare robotics applied sciences and merchandise, with over 150 displays and demonstrations on the expo ground.

Register for full convention passes by March 9 to avoid wasting $300. Expo-only passes are simply $75. Tutorial reductions can be found and tutorial full convention charges are simply $295.

HREF can be co-located with the Robotics Summit & Expo, the world’s premier business robotics growth occasion. This multifaceted academic discussion board is devoted to addressing the problems concerned with the design, growth, manufacture and supply of economic robots. Additionally co-located with these occasions is DeviceTalks Boston, the premier trade occasion for medical expertise professionals.

The whole agenda for HREF is beneath. You may also register right here.


Wednesday, Could 10, 2023

Opening Keynote: Thought to Actuality: Commercializing Robotics Applied sciences
Howie Choset, Professor of Robotics, Carnegie Mellon College
8:45 AM -9:30 AM

Turning a expertise developed inside a lab right into a profitable robotics firm is not any simple activity. Howie Choset has carried out this a number of instances with firms reminiscent of Medrobotics (surgical robots), Hebi Robotics (modular robots) and Bito Robotics (robotic software program). Choset will share insights in regards to the robotics startups he based and finest practices for taking technological innovation from an thought to actuality.

Breakout Session: How customizable cobot design allows the success of your surgical robotics firm
Audio system: Gene Matthews, Senior Product Supervisor, Kollmorgen; Dr. Jindong Tan, President and Founder, Azure Medical Innovation
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Collaborative robots and AI have gotten more and more vital for surgeons to carry out repetitive and exact management duties. However surgical functions have distinctive efficiency and certification necessities that aren’t obtainable within the present cobot market. This presentation goals to assist remove limitations to selecting custom-made surgical robots, in addition to assist surgical robotics firms construct out their specs in order that they will concentrate on scientific functions. This speak will even handle vital engineering issues when specifying surgical utility wants on collaborative options, AI integration within the surgical stream, and certification necessities:

  • What are the distinctive necessities for cobots in surgical functions?
  • How do key elements reminiscent of frameless motors decide efficiency?
  • How do cobots and AI-enabled imaginative and prescient affect surgical stream?
  • How custom-made design can affect efficiency, growth cycle, and certification

Breakout Session: Designing Surgeon-Degree Haptic Sensing for Surgical Robotics 
Audio system: Robert Brooks, CEO, ForceN
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Drive and torque sensing play key roles in enabling surgical robotics, together with on the tip of the instrument, trocar location/tissue contact, surgeon collaboration and the surgeon interface. Throughout this session, attendees will study 13 core specs for haptic sensors and the present state-of-the-art of what’s doable. This speak will element finest practices for implementing haptic sensors into surgical robots, together with:

  • Thermal compensation and issues underneath surgical drapes
  • Grounding & shielding inside ultra-compact robotic joints
  • Engineered cable assemblies for high-flex, multidimensional, tight-bend utility

Breakout Session: Creating a New Era of Robots to Rework Care within the House
Audio system: Mike Dooley, CEO, Labrador Programs
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Throughout the globe, we live older for longer than ever earlier than. That is creating big calls for on caregivers, healthcare programs and societies total, the place many areas are already experiencing a labor scarcity disaster. Robotics can play a big position in serving to folks reside extra independently for longer.

To realize this, robotics has to remodel in a minimum of two main methods. First, we have to develop robots that may scale to be inexpensive for private, 1-to-1 use, which is a dramatic change from most business robots at the moment. Second, making practical robots function autonomously in houses requires fixing for a lot larger complexity, with much more various and difficult settings and use case eventualities.

On this presentation, Labrador Programs will stroll via the design and growth of Retriever, a private robotic constructed from the bottom as much as function within the residence, lighten the load of day by day actions, lengthen the affect of caregivers, and in the end assist us reside extra independently as we age.

Breakout Session: Keys to Utilizing ROS 2 and Different Frameworks for Medical Robots
Audio system: Tom Amlicke, Software program Programs Engineer, MedAcuity
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

What’s the finest architectural method to make use of when constructing medical robots? Is it ROS, ROS 2 or different open-source or business frameworks? The reply is, “it relies upon.” On this presentation, we are going to discover engineering questions in regards to the degree of concern, threat, design controls, and proof on a few totally different functions of those frameworks. Taking a look at three hypothetical robotic programs, we are going to discover these approaches:

  1. An utility based mostly on the da Vinci Analysis Package via regulatory clearance
  2. ROS as take a look at instruments to confirm the software program necessities for a visible steerage system
  3. Business off-the-shelve robotic arm used for a medical utility

Attending this session to learn to create trade-offs with these totally different architectural approaches and the best way to validate the meant makes use of of those architectural approaches to make sure a profitable submission bundle in your FDA, EMA, or different regulatory approval.

Breakout Session: Human Issue Design Concerns for Healthcare Robots
Audio system: Laura Birmingham, Affiliate Analysis Director, Emergo by UL; Alix Dorfman, Managing Human Components Specialist, Emergo by UL
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Though human elements engineering touches many aspects of total system design, at its core, the observe facilitates the interplay between people and expertise; it aligns a system’s design with people’ cognitive and bodily capabilities and limitations to provide a protected and satisfying person expertise. Regardless of the extent of autonomy healthcare robotics applied sciences may supply, there may be at all times a human ingredient that requires consideration.

Throughout this speak, the presenters will talk about human elements implications and issues associated to the design of robotic healthcare expertise utilized in scientific and non-clinical environments. The speak will describe how robotics disrupts the 4 key elements of design analyzed when supporting product growth: the system’s touchpoints, meant customers, meant use atmosphere(s), and its meant customers’ duties with the system. We’ll illuminate how such elements can and may affect design selections, in addition to finest practices when conducting analysis inside the regulated medical system trade.

Breakout Session: Place suggestions for healthcare robotics
Audio system: Astrid Inventory, Product Supervisor, SIKO
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Healthcare robots are fairly totally different from their industrial counterparts. They don’t work in fenced-off areas, however moderately facet by facet with their operators. With this in thoughts, security, accuracy, and dimension necessities have change into extra vital in at the moment’s functions. Dependable management of the robotic’s place, alignment and motion is important. Rotary and linear encoders allow the place suggestions of the motor and ship very important data to the management.

This speak will illustrate totally different measurement rules (magnetic, glass, inductive) and clarify the benefits of magnetic measurement. It should differentiate between absolute and incremental programs and can talk about the totally different interfaces from primary incremental TTL to absolute interfaces like CANopen or BiSS-C. Attendees will even study traits and necessities for compact designs and extremely built-in options.

Breakout Session: Movement Management Tendencies for Healthcare Robots
Audio system: Prabhakar Gowrisankaran, VP of Engineering and Technique, Efficiency Movement Units
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

On this presentation, we are going to present an replace on latest developments in movement management applied sciences, functions, and merchandise which are particularly vital for designers of medical analytical devices and working room tools.

The emphasis can be on cell & surgical robotics, affected person remedy tools, and advances in actuators and place sensors which are driving the following technology of movement management functions that ship extra accuracy, decrease therapy prices, and improved medical outcomes.

Prabh Gowrisankaran, VP of Engineering and Technique at Efficiency Movement Units, Inc. (PMD), will share his intensive expertise in digital movement management and can lead this dialogue designed to be fascinating for each engineers and medical practitioners alike.


Thursday, Could 11, 2023

Keynote: The Way forward for Surgical Robotics
Martin Buehler, International Head of Robotics R&D, Johnson & Johnson MedTech
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Johnson & Johnson, one of many world’s main healthcare firms, provides an inside have a look at the end-to-end growth of its Monarch and Ottava robotics platforms, in addition to technique and innovation cadence throughout surgical robotics for MedTech.

Breakout Session: Launching Cell Manipulation Robots in Hospitals
Audio system: Siddhartha Banerjee, Lead Robotics Engineer, Diligent Robotics
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Over time, robots have made big strides within the cell transport house in addition to warehouse automation. Nonetheless, cell manipulation robots working round folks in semi-structured environments are nonetheless few and much between. Diligent Robotics is pushing the boundaries of socially-aware cell manipulation by deploying robots into hospitals. This speak will cowl the challenges of a startup placing Moxi, a socially-aware cell manipulation platform, right into a semi-structured atmosphere with folks (i.e. hospitals). It should embrace classes discovered and key takeaways in addition to insights into healthcare automation given the rise of COVID-19 and the affect of labor shortages.

Breakout Session: The Rise of Cobots in Healthcare

Audio system: Brad Porter, Founder and CEO, Collaborative Robotics

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Robotics is all about main change. To understand the true potential of robotics requires a daring imaginative and prescient pushed top-down that aligns R&D groups, operations, finance, and world IT, whereas additionally requiring a deep concentrate on the small print of profitable particular person deployments. On this speak, Brad Porter will share his perspective on how quickly collaborative robots, with extra human-like functionality and a larger means to collaborate with people, are coming and the brand new challenges and alternatives they are going to current in healthcare.

Breakout Session: From Product Thought to Robotic Healthcare Answer – An Overview

Audio system: Tobias Luksch, Supervisor of R&D and Robotics, ITK Engineering

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

It’s a lengthy street with quite a few hurdles to take a medical robotic from an preliminary thought to a licensed product. To realize this, some vital questions should be answered, reminiscent of:

  • What’s the meant use?
  • What’s the authorized framework?
  • What are the primary dangers?
  • Which strategies can be utilized to judge ideas, develop prototypes and to confirm the ultimate product?

This session will give an outline of the important steps required to show a product thought right into a market-ready healthcare robotic. Attendees can be supplied with sensible recommendation on the best way to implement these steps, in addition to a European perspective on the regulatory elements of the product life cycle.

Session: Magnetic Robots for Prognosis and Surgical procedure
Audio system: Giovanni Pittiglio, Analysis Fellow, Boston Youngsters’s Hospital – Harvard Medical Faculty
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Robotics has the potential to democratize healthcare by complementing a surgeon’s abilities and guaranteeing constant high quality of care. With the intention of lowering ache, discomfort and limiting disruptive interplay with the anatomy, mushy magnetic robots are a novel, rising answer. This expertise can assure distant actuation, which equates to smaller dimension and softer units. This speak will introduce the potential for magnetic mushy robots in overcoming the primary limitations of other approaches, reminiscent of minimally-invasive surgical procedure which is troublesome to scale because of the want for extremely expert personnel. The session will talk about a spread of functions magnetic robots can cowl in healthcare, with a concentrate on analysis and surgical procedure. The principle challenges and future analysis objectives are launched and reviewed.

Breakout Session: Utilizing Emulation to Speed up the Growth of Wearable Machines
Audio system: Josh Caputo, Founder, President & CEO, Humotech
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Emulation is an idea that can be acquainted to anybody engaged within the growth of computing programs (or followers of retro gaming), however do you know analysis & growth teams around the globe are leveraging the method to develop extra customized and superior prosthetics, orthotics, exoskeletons, wearable robotics, and extra?

Wearable programs are pricey to prototype and troublesome to good, so it’s essential for this burgeoning trade to reimagine R&D processes to unlock larger effectivity, throughput, and extra wildly profitable merchandise. Be taught extra in regards to the alternatives, challenges, and modern approaches being explored towards growing expertise that augments human biomechanics and will someday be accessible to anybody trying to enhance their bodily efficiency.