News release

Date: 21st May 2019

Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (23rd – 26th June 2019): announcing key programme highlights plus Clinical Leaders’ Forum

12th annual Hamlyn Symposium features finals of international Surgical Robot Challenge, full two-day conference and interactive workshops, plus eminent Clinical Leaders’ Forum

London, United Kingdom, May 21 2019 – The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London today announces the key programme highlights of its Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2019 (#HSMR19) which returns this June for its 12th consecutive year. The Symposium is the leading annual international conference on medical robotics, current clinical practice and emerging technologies in robotic surgery, with highlight activities this year including:

·         The final of the Surgical Robot Challenge 2019, an international competition showcasing the latest innovations in Surgical Robotics

·         Full programme of interactive workshops exploring hot topics and cutting-edge technologies

·         Clinical Leaders’ Forum discussion on applying new technologies in clinical practice

·         Two-day main Symposium hosting international, peer-reviewed papers, alongside invited world-renowned speakers

The full conference programme will feature invited keynote speakers, paper authors and delegates from leading medical, science and technology institutions covering clinical specialities in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic and Paediatric Surgery.  A range of unique, hands-on workshops will be on offer spanning topics including bionic technologies and implantable robots, e-skins and advanced materials for Soft Robotics, and robotic autonomy in surgery. To explore the complete programme and to register, please visit:

This year’s Symposium theme is “Clinical Challenges & Levels of Autonomy” with an anticipated stand-out event, the Clinical Leaders’ Forum, to be held on 25th June 2019 14:30 – 15:30, at the Royal Geographical Society, London.  The forum will bring together an eminent panel of leading robotic surgeons in different fields of expertise to discuss the ways in which technologies can best be applied in clinical practice. Invited Keynote speakers include:

·         John Rogers, Northwestern University, USA

·         Alexander Meining, University of Würzburg, Germany

·         Moshe Shoham, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

·         Conor Walsh, Harvard University, USA

·         Paolo Dario, The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa

·         Dinesh Nathwani, Imperial College London

The Hamlyn Symposium and the finals of the prestigious Surgical Robot Challenge – held during the Symposium – are core events of UK Robotics Week, which returns at the end of June (   

Commenting on the Hamlyn Symposium, Professor Guang-Zhong Yang PhD, FREng, Director and Co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London, said: “The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics has built a formidable reputation as an indispensable forum for surgeons, roboticists and engineers from across the globe, to network and explore the latest developments in medical robotics.  The wide-ranging and exciting programme we have convened this year promises to deliver another exceptional event for our delegates and we are looking forward to welcoming the world’s leading researchers in medical robotics to London and providing a showcase of the very best innovations in this exciting area.”

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For more details about the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2019, please visit:

For more information about the activities and events programme for UK Robotics Week 2019, please visit, follow @UKRobotics on Twitter (hashtags #UKRoboticsWeek, #UKRW19)

About the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College London (

The Hamlyn Centre was established for developing safe, effective and accessible technologies that can reshape the future of healthcare for both developing and developed countries. Focusing on technological innovation, but with a strong emphasis on clinical translation and direct patient benefits with global impacts, the Centre is at the forefront of research in imaging, sensing and robotics for addressing global health challenges associated with demographic, environmental, social and economic changes.

The Centre plays an active role in international collaboration and outreach activities, as well as in the training of surgeons and engineers in robotic technologies, thereby facilitating a fully-integrated clinical approach. In addition to its core research activities, the Centre offers comprehensive PhD and MRes programmes for researchers with a strong technical or clinical background. These programmes are designed to develop cutting edge, disruptive technologies and blue-sky ideas, yet will be appropriately accessible to both developing and developed countries. A central goal is to address the different needs of healthcare challenges with a common ground for technological innovation.

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