Please note that there will be a Welcome Drinks Reception at 1800hrs, following the final presentations of the Surgical Robot Challenge. It will be hosted in the Queen's Tower Rooms, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, South Kensington campus. If you wish to attend and have not registered for Saturday, please email [email protected].

Great Hall, Sherfield Building, Imperial College London

09:00 - 16:00 Live setup and demos
16:00 - 18:00 Judging Panel

Surgical Robot Challenge 2016 is an international competition that will showcase the latest innovations in Surgical Robotics.

The challenge involves bringing your surgical robot innovation to London in June 2016 and demonstrating it to pioneers and leaders of the field. The competition follows on from a highly successful competition in 2015 that saw 20 research teams from around the world demonstrating their surgical robot innovations. We are now looking for participants for the 2016 competition. Your innovation can be in any area of surgical robotics including surgical planning, vision, navigation, mechatronics, ergonomics, surgeon-robot interfaces and automation.

Competition Format

The competition consists of 2 rounds. The first round involves submitting a 2-minute video of your surgical robotic technology. Entries that get through this round will be invited to the competition finals that will be held in London on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June 2016. Finalists will present their entry to a judging panel on Saturday 25th June. Winners will be announced at the Hamlyn Symposium Awards Ceremony on Monday 27th June.


There is a total prize fund of 10,000 GBP consisting of multiple cash prizes and tickets to the Hamlyn Symposium 2017. The winners will be decided by an independent judging panel. All teams attending the finals will be competing for the main prizes. Teams that are unable to attend the finals will only be able to compete in the best video category.

Steering Committee

Guang-Zhong Yang, Imperial College London, UK (Chair) 
Russ Taylor, Johns Hopkins University, USA 
Blake Hannaford, University of Washington, USA 
Simon DiMaio, Intuitive Surgical Inc, USA 
Cyrill von Tiesenhausen, KUKA Robotics, Germany



1. Complete 1-Page Application Form 

Deadline 09:00 GMT Tuesday 01 March 2016

To register your interest in taking part in the challenge, please submit the application form attached to this document by 01 March 2016.

2. First-Draft 2-Minute Preview Video

Deadline 09:00 BST Friday 01 April 2016

For the first round, you need to submit a 2-minute video of your surgical robotic technology. This video should introduce the motivation for your work, propose your technology, provide a demonstration of your technology in action and present its potential impact. The video should be in 16:9 1080p format. The video can be silent or have a spoken soundtrack. The first draft version will used to decide which entries get through to the competition finals. Shortly after the submission deadline, the competition organisers will inform you whether your entry is shortlisted for the competition finals in London.

To submit, please send a link to your first draft video to [email protected] by 09:00 BST Friday 01 April 2016.

3. Final 2-Minute Preview Video, Slideshow and 2-Page Paper

Deadline 09:00 BST Wednesday 01 June 2016

If you get through to the finals, you will have the opportunity to further improve your 2-minute preview video that will be shown in front of the judging panel. Please ensure all content is copyright-free as the video will be made available on the Surgical Robot Challenge website and social media sites.

In addition to the video, please send your final slideshow that you will show to the judging panel as a powerpoint file, keynote or pdf presentation. The slideshow should consist of 7 slides and take 7 minutes to present. 

Also, please fill in the 2-page paper template attached to this document detailing your work

Please send a link to your final video, your slideshow and your paper to [email protected] by 09:00 BST Wednesday 01 June 2016.

4. Filmed Demonstration in London 

Thursday 23, Friday 24 or Saturday 25 June 2016

You will be given a 3-hour slot during which a 1-minute video of your technology in action will be filmed. This film will be recorded and edited by a videographer and will shown in front of the judging panel in addition to your 2-minute preview video. The judging panel will also visit your 3- hour setup period to observe your team in action and they may ask detailed technical questions. 


5. 12-Minute Presentation in London 

Saturday 25 June 2016

You will have a total of 12 minutes to impress the judging panel. First of all, your 2-minute preview video will be shown. You should then give your 7-minute presentation. The 1-minute demo video will then be shown. There will be 2 minutes of questions.



Sherfield Building,
South Kensington Campus,
Imperial College London ,

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