FAROS

FAROS (Functionally Accurate RObotic Surgery) aims at improving functional accuracy through embedding physical intelligence in surgical robotics.

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Overview

Concept

FAROS (Functionally Accurate RObotic Surgery) aims at improving functional accuracy through embedding physical intelligence in surgical robotics.

Consortium

KU Leuven, Belgium
Sorbonne University, France
King’s College London, United Kingdom
University of Zurich, Switzerland
SpineGuard, France

Definition

Functional accuracy: The degree to which the functional outcome of the surgery conforms to the expected value for a successful complication-free operation (functional objective).

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FAROS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101016985

Highlights

  • Robotics is widely considered as a key enabler to improve and standardise patient outcome but autonomy is mostly non-existent in commercial surgical robots.
  • Modern robotic approaches target absolute geometric precision, but in the context of surgery, functional accuracy, i.e. relative to target anatomic and functional structures, is what matters.
  • FAROS will construct a functional representation of the surgical task fusing key non-visual sensing.
  • In FAROS, deep machine learning will interpret intraoperative data, linking assembled knowledge to autonomously execute surgical actions at operating rates far beyond human response capabilities.
  • FAROS will showcase this new way to operate surgical robots on autonomously executed critical steps in spine surgery, where it is common knowledge that pre-operative planning quickly becomes obsolete and conventional sensors have hitherto failed to establish a faithful representation of the scene.
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Meet the Team

Principal Investigators

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Emmanuel Vander Poorten

Associate Professor - Surgical Robotics, Haptic Interfacing, Medical Devices, Surgical Training

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Guillaume Morel

Professor of Robotics and Control

Sorbonne University, France

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Tom Vercauteren

Professor of Interventional Image Computing

King’s College London, United Kingdom

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Philipp Fürnstahl

Professor of Orthopedic Computer Science

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland

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Thibault Chandanson

R&D Director

SpineGuard, France

Co-investigators and Core Staff

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Mazda Farshad

Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland

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Gianni Borghesan

Research Expert - Robot-Assisted Surgery and Robotics Groups

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Christos Bergeles

Associate Professor of Surgical Robotics

King’s College London, United Kingdom

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Kathleen Denis

Associate Professor - Electromechanical Engineering

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Kenan Niu

Post-doctoral Researcher - Robot-Assisted Surgery

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Marie-Aude Vitrani

Associate Professor in Surgical Robotics

Sorbonne University, France

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Quentin Goossens

Post-doctoral Researcher - Electromechanical Engineering

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Reto Sutter

Professor and Chief of Radiology

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland

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Sébastien Ourselin

Professor of Healthcare Engineering

King’s College London, United Kingdom

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Valentina Vitiello

Specialist Technical Operations Manager

King’s College London, United Kingdom

Researchers

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Aidana Massalimova

PhD Student

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland

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Christoph Laux

Consultant Spine Surgery

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland

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Daniel Suter

Clinical Researcher

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland

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Hooman Esfandiari

Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland

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Brahim Tamadazte

Senior Research Scientist

Sorbonne University, France

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Ayoob Davoodi

PhD student

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Fabio Carrillo

Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland

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Jimmy Da Silva

PhD Student

Sorbonne University, France

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Luis Carlos Garcia Peraza Herrera

Research Associate in Computer Vision and Machine Learning

King’s College London, United Kingdom

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Maikel Timmermans

PhD student

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Martin Huber

PhD Student

King’s College London, United Kingdom

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Mouloud Ourak

Post-doctoral Researcher - Robot-Assisted Surgery

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Ruixuan Li

PhD student

KU Leuven, Belgium

External Advisory Board

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Jocelyne Troccaz

CNRS Research Director

TIMC Laboratory – School of Medicine – Grenoble, France

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Kathleen Denis

Associate Professor - Electromechanical Engineering

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Maurice Bourlion

Board Member and Non-executive Director

SpineGuard, France

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Quentin Grimal

Professor

Sorbonne University, France

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Stamatia (Matina) Giannarou

Lecturer in Surgical Cancer Technology and Imaging

Imperial College London, United Kingdom

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