Professional Practice Technical Challenges

AI & Robotics

The Future of Neuroscience

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September 20th 2021 - September 22nd 2021
Manuel Cunha e Sá (MD) , 
Tiago Batista (MD)
The idea of improving healthcare using robots is not new, as since the 80s many attempts were made to transform industrial robots in precision machines able to perform surgery. General surgery and Urology have been using robots since the early 2000s, and technological development has not
stopped since. No matter how impressive the abilities of robots are, they still remain controlled by humans. All movements are decided by an operator, and robots are only accomplishing tasks with a spectacular precision.

The real magic of the years to come is the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Robotics. At that stage the harmony and precision of movements robots already have, will be enhanced by the ability to decide, possibly combining all the available medical knowledge.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are a reality now. Healthcare systems will need to adapt to this new era and work together, taking the most of what this technology is able to offer.This course will be dedicated to discuss how AI and Robotics are changing and challenging healthcare, specifically in the field of Neurosciences. The advantages and possibilities AI andRobotics can bring will be explored from a multidisciplinary perspective, including doctors,engineers and lawyers. Challenges and threats will also be considered.

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate how healthcare systems and personnel will need to adapt to the new reality of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in order benefit from this technology and provide better care in the future.
Main target audience are physicians (neurosurgery, neurology, neuroradiology), Biomedical Engineers and Informatics
  1. To provide insight regarding Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in present medical care in Neurosurgery, Neurology and Neuroradiology
  2. To discuss the impact of Robotics and AI in the future of Neurosciences;
  3. To understand how virtual reality can be used in training neurosurgeons;
  4. To discuss how research and development will be performed in the future;
  5. To provide insight regarding legal considerations of usage of AI and Robotics in Medicine;
  6. To have a practical perspective of the day-to-day application of Robotics and AI.
Student or degree in: Medicine; Biomedical engineering; Informatics