IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Robotic endoscopic capsules for gastrointestinal screening, diagnosis and therapy: achievements and future challenges

Organisers: G. Ciuti, J. M. Dias


Gastrointestinal endoscopy dates back to the 1860s, but many of the most significant advancements have been made within the past decade. Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE), a revolutionary clinical alternative to traditional flexible scopes, enables inspection of the digestive system with minimal discomfort for the patient or the need for sedation, mitigating some of the risks of flexible endoscopy. Although WCE has entered the medical scene as a disruptive technology, it presents a number of limitations, e.g., the impossibility to actively control locomotion and camera orientation, which leads to low diagnostic specificity and false-positive results. Therefore, the natural evolution of clinical WCE consists of integrating mechanisms for closed-loop active locomotion and providing the capsule with sensors and tools for diagnosis and therapy.

We propose addressing a wide range of open challenges about robotic endoscopic capsule in a dedicated workshop at IROS. Ranging from active locomotion mechanisms to sensing and therapeutic modules, the topics of interest will cover key aspects of smart robotic devices for gastrointestinal procedures. In the morning, a keynote presentation is followed by three technical sessions: i) capsules and novel flexible endoscopic devices, ii) robotic locomotion for active endoscopic capsules and iii) sensing and therapeutic modules. We will call for posters and the best poster will be selected by the workshop attendees; the winner will be announced by the end of the workshop. The current and future challenges will be discussed in a panel discussion with all invited speakers and the attendees of the workshop. To represent the current research trends, we design a combination of invited talks: invited speakers will include experts with an engineering and medical background.


Endoscopic capsules for gastrointestinal procedures;
Locomotion and localization methodologies for endoscopic capsules;
Physical simulations, magnetic modelling and FEM;
Sensing, telemetry and data communication;
Motion planning and autonomous/assisted diagnosis and therapy;
Mesoscale mechanisms for diagnosis and therapy delivery;
Power supply and innovative energy solutions for endoluminal robots;
Flexible endoscopes and applications, medical and not.


P. Dario, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (R)
G. Ciuti, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (R)
M. Keuchel, Bethesda Krankenhaus Bergedorf (MD)
A. Arezzo, University of Turin (MD)
A. Koulaouzidis, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (MD)
V. Seetohul, University of Dundee (R)
M. Visentini-Scarzanella, Kagoshima University (R)
Jong-Oh Park, Chonnam National University (R)
P. Valdastri, Vanderbilt University (R)
M. Q.-H. Meng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (R) 
D. Iakovidis, Technological Educational Institute of Central Greece (R)
G. Kosa, Tel Aviv University (R)
M. Vatteroni, EYE-TECH (IND)

(R): university researcher, (MD): medical doctor, (IND): industrial

This workshop is supported by IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Surgical Robotics 



September 28, 2015

  • 8.30 - 9.00: Welcome and introduduction to the workshop REC2015
  • 9.00 - 9.30: Keynote speech
    • Prof. P. Dario (R), The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Robotic Endoscopic Capsule: achievements and challenges
  • 9.30 - 10.00: Poster Teaser Session
    • A set of brief (5 minutes) presentations for each poster
  • 10:00 - 10.30: Coffee Break
  • 10.30 - 11.30: Session 1: Capsules and novel flexible endoscopic devices (Chair: G. Ciuti)
  • 11.30 - 12.30: Poster Session
  • 12.30 - 13.30: LUNCH BREAK
  • 13.30 - 13.50: Industrial view [1] by EYE-TECH company - Dr. Monica Vatteroni  [ABSTRACT and CV] - High dynamic range image sensors for biomedical applications (Chairs: G. Ciuti)
  • 13.50 - 14.50: Session 2: Robotic locomotion for active endoscopic capsules (Chair: A. Menciassi)
  • 14.50 - 17.00: Session 3: Sensing and therapeutic modules (Chair: J. M. Dias)
  • 17.00 - 17.20: Industrial view [2] by MEDTRONIC company - Dr. Tanja Nowak  [ABSTRACT and CV] - Deep Dive into Capsule Endoscopy from a company’s point of view (Chairs: G. Ciuti) 
  • 17.20 - 18.00: Panel Discussion and Summary (Chairs: A. Menciassi and C. Stefanini)
    • A panel discussion involving experts on robotics and participants from academia, clinics and industry to summarize the state of the art and highlighting the still open research issues, particularly with respect to clinical applications and industrial commercialization. Non medical applications will be also considered and discussed (e.g., pipes inspection).
  • 18:00 - END



Congress Center Hamburg (CCH)
IROS 2015



Important Dates

• 1-page paper (A4 format) submission due (deadline extended):
        July 5, 2015 July 16, 2015
• Notification of acceptance:
July 19, 2015 July 23, 2015
• Submission of final paper:
July 26, 2015 July 31, 2015

Please submit your abstract contribution at the e-mails: and

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