Talk #7: Vision for Robotics

Cognitive Vision in Robotic Surgery

Thursday, 14.09.2023, 10:45 – 11:45
Barkausen-Bau BAR/SCHÖ/E

by Matina Giannarou

Dr. Stamatia (Matina) Giannarou is a Senior Lecturer in Surgical Cancer Technology and Imaging at the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, UK. She holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, and she is leading the Cognitive Vision in Robotic Surgery research group at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. Her work focuses on developing computer vision and Artificial Intelligence techniques for intraoperative surgical navigation and tissue characterisation during robot-assisted operations. Her research has been published at high impact journals and has received international awards. She has attracted funding from the Royal Society, EPSRC, CRUK and NIHR. She is a regular reviewer for high impact journals and conferences in the fields of medical robotics and imaging, and the chair of the annual Hamlyn Winter School on Surgical Imaging and Vision.


The main goal of surgical oncology is to achieve complete resection of cancerous tissue with minimal iatrogenic injury to surrounding tissue. In practice, this often presents a formidable challenge to surgeons. Surgery on tumours residing within the brain is particularly demanding, and the prognosis for patients afflicted with such tumours remains very poor. The aim of my research is to integrate multimodal intraoperative imaging and navigation technologies into a cognitive robotic platform to guide tumour resection. In this talk, I will present an intraoperative vision system for surgical navigation and real-time tissue characterisation during robot-assisted neurosurgery to improve both the efficacy and safety of tumour resections. The focus will be on the recovery of 3D morphological structures in the presence of tissue deformation, the efficient robot-assisted tissue scanning with imaging probes and the tissue characterisation for on-line diagnosis support.