Surgical Robot Challenge

The Surgical Robot Challenge is an annual international competition showcasing the latest innovative and technological advancements in surgical robotics.

Now in its 5th year, this compelling contest sees some of the leading surgical robotics groups from around the world compete for a prize fund of £10,000. With the support of Intuitive Surgical, KUKA and Applied Dexterity, this competition aims to showcase innovative new ideas in surgiccbdnbal robotics across a range of surgical robot platforms. 

Competition on Pause

Thank you very much to everyone who has already submitted an entry to the 2020 Surgical Robot Challenge — a great achievement in such difficult times! However, we are also aware that some people have been unable to access their laboratories or collaborate with key colleagues during the Covid-19 lockdown and therefore have not been able to submit their planned entries to the 2020 competition. In light of this, we have decided to pause the competition, with the hope of re-opening for additional entries in September.

We believe this decision will ensure that as many entries as possible can be considered in order to showcase the full international repertoire of the latest developments in surgical robotics innovation.

We will contact all entrants closer to the time with an update on the competition. Any entrants who wish to re-submit with an updated version of their entry will be welcome to do so.

Virtual Challenge

As you may know, a decision has been taken to cancel the Hamlyn Symposium 2020, due to the worldwide threat of the COVID-19.

In the case of the Surgical Robot Challenge, the decision taken with our industrial partners, is to proceed with the challenge online and to extend the deadline to Tuesday 31st March 2020.

The online version of the event will take place as follows:

We are aware that some of you may not have access to your laboratories, so we are happy to be flexible. Please get in touch with me to discuss any issues you may have.

Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.

If you have any questions, please contact Florent Seichepine.

Applications are now open for the 2020 Surgical Robot Challenge

To enter, submit a 2-minute video demo of your entry before
23:59 GMT Monday 16th March 2020.

**Deadline Extended to 31st March**

Information for Competitors

The main event will take place the on the 20th June during the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics. This year’s theme for the symposium is ‘Surgery and Beyond‘.

Prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony at the International Robotics Showcase Event on Friday 26th June, where the overall winner will be announced.

Download the Competitor Information Pack (.pdf)


For enquires about the 2020 Surgical Robot Challenge, please contact Florent Seichepine.

Past Surgical Robot Challenges

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UK Robotics Week

22nd – 28th June 2020

International Robotics Showcase

26th June 2020


The MACRO Tool 2016 by CIGITI (SickKids)

CIGITI’s BRN Tool – Surgical Robot Challenge 2017 Live Demo

A. Ruszkowski Entry: Surgical Robot Challenge 2015 – Final

Highlights from the International Robotics Showcase 2019

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