DisseminationA team of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, won the prestigious International KUKA Innovation Award 2020 on the TERRINet platform Da Vinci Research Kit (DVRK) | TERRINet

26 November 2020

A team of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy, led by Prof. Arianna Menciassi, won the prestigious International KUKA Innovation Award 2020 for the development of an innovative platform for focused ultrasound surgery.

As Prof. Menciassi said, the platform is able to increase accuracy, speed, and therapeutic opportunities.  The Da Vinci Research Kit (DVRK) platform that Prof. Menciassi’s team used to compete for the Kuka Award is the same that SSSA is offering within the TERRINet Trans-National Access (TNA) framework. Find more information here.

Team HIFUSK from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy.

The DVRK was also used by dr. Irene Rivas Blanco (University of Malaga, Spain) during her TNA at The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy.

Da Vinci Research Kit (DVRK) offered by SSSA within the TERRINet framework.

Irene carried out a brilliant experiment aiming at building a large dataset of robotic surgical manoeuvrers for collaborative surgical robotics by exploring the use of Deep Learning techniques to perform autonomous auxiliary tasks in laparoscopy.

Another TERRINet TNA user, Dr. Endika Gil-Uriarte working at Alias Robotics, Spain, has been granted access to the DVRK platform available at The BioRobotics Institute, and he is queued to access as soon as the pandemic will be over.

“This story indicates that TERRINet is really offering users worldwide the opportunity to work on world-class robots with the supervision of international leaders and, not least, in cooperation with other young qualified researchers.” (Prof. Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy, TERRINet Scientific Coordinator) 

TERRINet OFFICIAL STATEMENT

Coronavirus pandemic

Dear TERRINet applicants and future users,

we sincerely hope that you are staying safe in these challenging times that we are facing at the moment. The current emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply changed our lives. The recent and progressive lock-down forced us to reorganize our working routines in smart working modalities and to shut down the TERRINet infrastructures. Therefore, we regret to inform you that Trans-National Access has been suspended until further notice.

However, we would like to reassure you that we will keep evaluating the proposals submitted for Trans-National Access regularly. Indeed, despite access cannot be allowed for a while, the selected users will be queued and access will take over gradually as soon as the situation will allow it. We also inform you that a special application mechanism has been settled in TERRINet to mitigate the delays that will occur due to the COVID-19.

The Open Call no. 4 is currently open: we are accepting proposals under the new mechanism called "first come, first served". Proposals are directly forwarded to the evaluation panel as soon as they are submitted. Proposals submitted closer to the deadline will be dispatched after that. The deadline for the Open Call n.4 will be on May 31, 2020.

Do not hesitate! Get this unique opportunity to be granted with fully-covered access (including travel and accommodation costs) to 15 leading European robotics labs and 100+ best robotic platforms and to get in touch with leading robotic experts. 

For any additional questions, please, contact us at info@terrinet.eu

 Let's take this time of the world calming down to plan our future. 

Stay safe.  

TERRINet team