Medical Robotics – ongoing topics

Wednesday, 19th May 9:15 – 11:00

Lead: Prof. Zbignew Nawrat

This session is about robots that serve doctors and their patients told by inventors, producers and users of robots. The past (that is, about the troubles and joys of creating), the present (barriers and successes) and the future (challenges, that is about robots which are missing on the market) – in discussions with the important players on the stage.

“Robin Heart – from heart to robot or why we do medical robots.”

An introduction to the subject in the narrative of prof. Zbigniew Nawrat – president of the International Society for Medical Robotics and an academic teacher of the Medical University of Silesia presents the work of the Foundation for Cardiac Surgery Development from Zabrze, Poland.

“How I see the hospital of the future, i.e. from a robotic operating room to a robotic, AI hospital.” 

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. mult., PHM. Head of Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted Surgery, Head of Surgical Technological Innovations. LMU Munich. On a daily basis – an excellent surgeon and operator of the da Vinci robot, at weekends – the inspirer of many innovative projects (AI, Robots, Surgical Technology), he will talk enthusiastically about his dream modern hospital.

“ACCREA – that is, I will make any robot you need – examples of his own social, diagnostic, service and surgical robots” .

PhD Bartłomiej Stańczyk founder of ACCREA Engineering (2007). This small, efficient company from Lublin (Poland) has implemented many great robot projects operating in various areas of medicine. How does it do it?

“Luna EMG – a neurorehabilitation robot from EgzoTech is conquering the world.”

PhD Michael Mikulski – creator of the Luna robot and founder EgzoTech (2013) company will explain , how he achieved his goal: empowers rehabilitation with robots. Luna already is present in> 20 countries worldwide, treating the most severe of patients. EgzoTech focus on stroke, spinal cord injuries, neurodegenerative diseases and more.

“Innovative Rehabilitation Center – from an exoskeleton to an original own robot – or how to assemble a set of devices for different patients.”

In the narrative of the experienced phD Krzysztof Cygoń, director of the R&D department of Technomex. This company is producer and distributor of modern solutions for rehabilitation (a leading EU seller of EKSO GT) and diagnostics but also has an excellent rehabilitation center providing services to patients.

“Emerging robotic technologies for assisted surgery”.

Prof. Arianna Menciassi from Biomedical Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), team leader of the “Surgical Robotics and Allied Technologies” group at The BioRobotics Institute and dr. Selene Tognarelli (SSSA) will present the achievements of their world-famous research center from Pisa, Italy.

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Plenary discussion: Acceptance of robotics in healthcare

Wednesday, 19th May 9:15 – 11:00

Lead: Dr. Peter Wolf ETH Zürich

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Wednesday, 19th May 13:30 – 14:00

Lead: Maren Bödding

This session is about the upcomming calls which DIH-HERO offers.

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Funding and startup incubators

Wednesday, 19th May 14:00 – 16:00

Lead: Birgitte Sørensen

This session will give an overview of the services of national EU-offices and European incubator hubs for startups and SMV’s. We will also present the experiences of companies having raised from startup to commercial. What worked, what did not? 


  • Sven De Cleyn, Managing Director imec.istart Fund 
  • Dr. Lars Lünenburger, Chief Specialist Research and Technologies at Hocoma 
  • Marianna Recchia, CEO, Tonus Tech  
  • Julie Dalsgaard, CEO, Lifeline Robotics 
  • Mathias Flindt, consultant at DTI/Odense Robotics Start-up Hub 

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Horizon 2020 – Healthcare robotics projects

Wednesday, 19th May 14:00 – 16:00

Lead: Andrea Schwier

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Certification and Standards

Wednesday, 20th May 09:00 – 10:45

Lead: Thierry Keller

The session will inform about ongoing activities from members and partners of DIH-HERO regarding certification of hardware and software in healthcare robotics and standardisation and best practices in that field. Special topics will be standards related to security and safety for healthcare robotics, preliminary results from a study about gaps and inconsistencies in standards for personal care robots and rehabilitation robots, and news in standardisation for rehabilitation robotics. 
After some presentations, the panellists will discuss with the attendees experiences and needs for industrial standards, best practices, and certification that can be taken into account for future work in DIH-HERO. 


  • Dr. Thierry Keller – TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Spain  
  • Theo Jacobs – Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), Germany  
  • Dr. Gerdienke (G.B.) Prange – Roessingh Research & Development, the Netherlands  
  • Dr. Eduard Fosch – eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technology, Leiden University, the Netherlands  
  • Dr. Jan Veneman – Hocoma AG, Switzerland 

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Technology and test environments

Wednesday, 20th May 11:00 – 12:45

Lead: Armin Schäfer

This session gives a neutral introduction of typical, necessary technologies for medical robotics. It will describe requirements and possibilities as well as pitfalls to avoid. It aims to give an overview of the market and how DIH-HERO can help you navigate it. 


  • Imaging, sensing technology: Dr. Stamatia Giannarou, Imperial  
  • Mobile platforms: Kasper Camillus Jeppesen, DTI  
  • Handling systems and robot arms: Christopher Schlenk, DLR  
  • Micro robotics, close to patient: Prof. Arianna Menciassi, SSSA  
  • Exoskeletons: Michele Xiloyannis, ETHZ, or Franck Geffard, CEA  
  • Test environments: Brecht, imec 

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Success stories  

Wednesday, 20th May 14.00 – 15:45

Lead: Dr. Kosta Jovanovic

This webinar will present how European companies respond to emerging healthcare challenges as robotic disinfection or vaccination within the framework of DIH-HERO project. The session will point out how the DIH-HERO network supports connectivity and stimulate innovations in robotic healthcare domains: diagnostics, rehabilitation, intervention, or support to patients and medical doctors. Participants will learn from our participant companies: How did they make it? What were the challenges? What are their advices? 


  • Blue Ocean Robotics
  • Voxdale
  • BEC GmbH
  • mBrainTrain
  • Halodi Robotics
  • PAL Robotics

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