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2018 World Medical Robotics Conference

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The 3rd World Medical Robotics Conference (WMRC) will be held in Munich, Germany from November 10th to 11th, 2018. WMRC 2018 is co-organized by the Medical Robotics Society (US), Technical University of Munich, and Shenzhen ROBO Medical Robotics Institute. The theme of WMRC 2018 is “Bench to Bedside Ecosystem: Translational Forum of Medical Roboticists “

The five major sessions include:

  • Medical & Surgical robotics

  • Medical imaging

  • Precision Surgery

  • Robotics and AI

  • Industrial translation

Around 20 experts from all over the world will join the conference and bring the most cutting-edge voice in the medical robot industry. At the same time, more than ten international medical companies like KUKA, Siemens, Zeiss, etc. will present their latest products at the conference. Experts from the scientific research, clinical, corporate and investment sectors will gather together to discuss the development of medical robots.

Conference Introduction

WMRC aims to promote academic exchange in the field of medical robotics, strengthen the connection and cooperation among scientific research institutes, enterprises and governments, and promote the research and development of medical robotics.

In 2016, Medical Robotics Society (MRS) held the first World Medical Robotics Conference (WMRC) in Shenzhen, China. It is the first global academic conference that gathers world-class experts from research, clinical and industrial field. Twenty-three keynote speakers from eight countries have attended the conference, attracting more than 300 audience. In 2017, more world-class speakers were joining us thanks to the grand influence of the first year’s conference; around 500 audience participated this academic and industrial feast.

WMRC2018 Highlight

  • Most distinguished guest speakers of WMRC2018:

Prof. Russell H. Taylor from JHU and Prof. Guangzhong Yang from ICL.

  • Five different sessions:

Medical & Surgical robotics; Medical imaging; Precision Surgery; Robotics and AI; industrial translation.

  • Panel discussion among industrial chain:

Under each session, we invite one expert in academic research field, clinical field, and industrial field to have discussion on different focused topic.

  • Latest research findings lively displayed:

Onsite surgery will be performed by one of the top professors.

  • Global industrial cooperation:

The most advanced medical robotics products in the market will be exhibited.、

World Medical Robotics Conference

WMRC 2018

Nov.10-11,2018 | Munich, Germany

Conference Schedule

November 10, 2018 Saturday | VenueTechnical University of Munich



Opening Ceremony


Chairman's Welcome & Conference Kick-Off

Session I: Medical & Surgical robotics


Medical Robotics and Computer-Integrated Surgery

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Russell H. Taylor

Director of Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR)

at Johns Hopkins University, USA.


Ophthalmic Interventions and Challenges.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. –med Dr. Chris P. Lohmann

Director of Ophthalmology Department, Klinikum rechts der Isar,

Technical University of Munich, Germany.


Coffee Break


Surgical Robotics Through a Keyhole: From Today's Translational Barriers

to Tomorrow's "Disappearing" Robots.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Guangzhong Yang

Director and Co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery

Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, UK.


Lunch Buffet



The Status Quo and The Future of Medical Robots.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Hannes Bleuler

Director of Robotic Systems Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de

Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland).


New Horizon in Therapeutic Endoscopy: From Luminal to Transluminal

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Philip WY Chiu

Director of CUHK Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Center,

Director of Chow Yuk Ho Technology Center for Innovative Medicine, CUHK


Sensor Integrated Smart Surgical Tools.

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Simon DIMAIO

Director of Research, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.


Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: Surgical Robot

Prof. Russell H. Taylor / Prof. Hannes Bleuler / Prof. Guangzhong Yang

Prof. Chris P. Lohmann / Mr. Simon DIMAIO / Prof. Philip WY Chiu

Session II: Medical imaging


Machine learning and Augmented Reality for Computer Assisted Intervention

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Nassir Navab

Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures, Technical University of Munich / Johns Hopkins University.


Automatic Initialization and Failure Detection for Surgical Tool Tracking in

Retinal Microsurgery

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Abouzar Eslami

Head of Translational Research Lab, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG.


Coffee Break


Humanoid Robotics and Neuroscience: Science, Engineering and Society

Keynote Speaker: Mr. PD Jan Hendrik Egbert

Surgeon, University of Kiel


Panel Discussion: Medical imaging

Prof. Nassir Navab / Dr. Abouzar Eslami/ Mr. PD Jan Hendrik Egberts



November 11, 2018 Sunday | VenueTechnical University of Munich

Session III: Precision Surgery


Rapid Design and Manufacturing of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Tim Lueth

Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich


Biological Micromanipulation

Keynote Speaker: Representative at NSK, Japan


Bio-robotics: Model Based Design of Flexible Tools and Platform Integration

Keynote Speaker: Prof. P Grimminger

Surgeon, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: Precision Surgery

Prof. Tim Lueth / Representative at NSK / Prof. Edoardo Sinibaldi

Session IV: Robotics and AI


Centre for Man - Robot Assistants for a Lighter Future

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Samy Hadaddin

Department of Informatics at the Technical University of Munich


Lunch Break



Control, Intelligent Systems and Robotics

Keynote Speaker: Prof. M. Biebl

Surgeon, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Snake Robots: Design, Motion Planning, Path Planning and Estimation.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Howie Choset

Biorobotics Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.


Keynote Speaker: Representative at KUKA


Panel Discussion: AI, Deep learning and Machine learning

Prof. M. Biebl / Prof. Howie Choset / Prof. Samy Hadaddin/ KUKA


Coffee Break

Session V: Translation


Keynote Speaker: Representative at ROBO


Presentation: Clinical Grade Micro-Surgical Robots

Keynote Speaker: Prof. M. Ali Nasseri

Head of research in the Ophthalmology department, TUM


Presentation: Virtual Environment and Robotic Manipulation

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs

LKR, Laboratory for Continuum Robotics, Leibniz Universität Hannover


Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: Translation

Prof. M. Ali Nasseri / Prof. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs / ROBO Representative



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