Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge 2020
The UK-RAS Network is pleased to announce a new Medical Robotics Challenge for Contagious Diseases.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus has sparked a global health crisis and the robotics research and innovation communities form an integral part of our response. Now more than ever, it is evident that robotics has a key role to play. Across the world, robots and drones are being repurposed and deployed as part of the COVID-19 response.
There are robots disinfecting hospitals; automated systems supporting the testing of millions of people quickly and reliably; robots undertaking infection control and operating on patients; and robotic platforms delivering medical supplies and food to the most vulnerable. In the case of clinical care, areas of specific importance include disease prevention, diagnosis and screening, and patient care and disease management.
The COVID-19 pandemic offers a unique opportunity to galvanize medical robot technologies, as they play an increasingly major role in combating contagious diseases.
This new international challenge is aimed at entries that could offer solutions as part of a multi-faceted response to this and future global pandemics.
Call for Entries
Given the current crisis we are running this international challenge online.
All applicants are asked to send a 2-minute video demo of their entry. This is to be submitted via the online form on our website.
– Submission of video entries: 30th September
– Review and acceptance: 16th October
– Final Video, Presentation & Project Description: 30th October
– Online Presentation and Award Ceremony: TBC
We are aware that some of you may not have access to your laboratories, so we are happy to be flexible.
Check our FAQs section to see answers to commonly asked questions.
Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham
Co-Director of IGHI, Professor of Surgery
Imperial College London, UK
Simon Di Maio
Intuitive Surgical, USA
Prof. Russell H. Taylor
John C. Malone Professor
John’s Hopkins University, USA
Dr. Thomas Neff
Manager Software Medical Robotics
KUKA Deutschland GmbH, De
Please contact us to discuss any further questions or issues you may have.