The Surgical Robot Vision Group at the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) and Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL) performs computer vision research specifically applied to surgery and robotic assisted surgery. Our particular focus is on developing real-time algorithms for computing the 3D geometry and motion of the anatomy, surgical camera and instruments, and for combining this information with preoperative and intraoperative imaging modalities and other surgical sensors. The key challenge is to find solutions which are robust to the non-rigid and highly dynamic nature of the surgical site and the complex requirements of the surgical procedure and the operating theatre.
CMIC has extensive expertise in medical image computing, tomography and translational imaging (please see here for details of the centre's research activities) and our role in the centre is to help to bring these state-of-the-art techniques to operating theatres for minimally invasive and robotic assisted surgery. Combined with the world leading clinical research at UCL, we aim to translate our computational methods and technology into the operating room enabling less invasive and more accurate surgical procedures that improve healthcare outcomes and benefit the patient.