Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Events 2022

DAIM Inauguration and Lunch Talk

with Prof. Dr. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich, Surgical Robotics Expert, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

When:  13 May 2022, 12.30-13.50h
Where: ARTORG Center, Murtenstrasse 50, F 502 & online

CAIM is proud to launch its initiative for Diversity for AI in Medicine (DAIM) with a brownbag lunch with Surgical Robotics Expert Prof. Dr. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich.

Please register prior to the hybrid event to reserve your seat or get your access link. 

As this event is at lunchtime, feel free to bring a sandwich. Drinks will be provided on site.

Cognition-guided Robotics and Embedded AI for Surgeons

Prof. Dr. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Health Robotics & Automation Laboratory


While human interaction remains key to a caring treatment, medical robotics holds the potential to improve surgical processes through enabling scaling of forces and actuation, providing safe and individual treatments to patients, and allowing for efficient use of health care personnel and resources. Machine learning algorithms and standardization of processes can increase the quality of medical diagnosis and treatments, particularly when analyzing large quantities of data. Technical and robotic systems can thus support the medical staff in all steps of a medical process.

This talk introduces several assistive robotic systems for minimally invasive surgical procedures being researched at the Health Robotics and Automation Lab at KIT, Germany. On one hand, we will discuss steerable flexible robotic tools for medical applications that require delicate tissue handling. On the other hand, cognitive robotic surgeons and augmented reality support in the operation room are presented for application in laparoscopy and neurosurgery.


Franziska Mathis-Ullrich is Assistant Professor and heads the Health Robotics & Automation Laboratory (HERA) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. Her primary research focus is on minimally invasive and cognition controlled robotic systems and embedded machine learning with emphasis on applications in surgery. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in mechanical engineering and robotics in 2009 and 2012 and obtained her Ph.D. in 2017 in Microrobotics from ETH Zurich, respectively. Since 2019, she has been an Assistant Professor with the Health Robotics and Automation Laboratory at KIT.

Prof. Mathis-Ullrich is vice-president of the German Society for Computer- and Robot-assisted Surgery (CURAC) and has received the IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics (2014), the IEEE BioRob Best Student Paper Award (2016) and won twice with her team the first prize of the ICRA Microassembly Challenge (2014 & 2015). Furthermore, she made it onto the prestigious Forbes "30 under 30" list (2017). With her team at KIT, she won the NEO 2019 - the Innovation Award of the Karlsruhe Technologie Region - with the innovative project HoloMed.

 Time Subject  Speaker 
12.30h Welcome Stefan Weber, Head Image Guided Therapies, ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research & CEO CAScination
12.40h DAIM - An Initiative for Diversity in AI for Medicine Inti Zlobec, Institute of Pathology & Co-Head DAIM, Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
12.50h DAIM Invited Keynote:
Cognition-Guided Robotics and Embedded AI for Surgeons
Franziska Mathis-Ullrich, Health Robotics and Automation Laboratory, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
13.30h Q & A
Outlook and Closing Remarks
The Future of Robotic Surgery
Stefan Weber, Head Image Guided Therapies, ARTORG Center

Hybrid event with limited seating on-site and online streaming.

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