Study plan

Teachers: Miguel A. González (coordinator), Jérôme Noailly, Mario Ceresa

We will study the general architecture and implementation aspects of computer-assisted surgery, from planning and simulation to intraoperative navigation and surgical robotics. This includes:

  • Planning of pre-operative trajectories and structures
  • Registration of pre-operative and intra-operative images
  • Tracking of surgical instrumentation
  • Augmented reality
  • Biomechanical deformation models

The course is structured in three blocks:

1. Introduction and basic concepts (Miguel A. González, 5h)
Lectures will start by introducing the basic theory and existing technological choices for computer-assisted surgery. Then, we will analyse and discuss several real computer-assisted systems, also from the point of view of clinical applications.

2. Biomechanical modelling (Jérôme Noailly, 10h)
Theory and labs will focus on modelling tissue deformation in the context of surgery, and particularly for brain surgery.

3. Construction of a robotic surgery system (Mario Ceresa, 10h)
Seminars and hands-on labs, directed to the development of a computer-assisted robotics surgery system. The approach will be collaborative, through the involvement of the whole class following an agile development methodology. Each group will focus on a part of the system, but also keeping an eye on the whole progress.