– Conference: Robots and Drones for Health – Innovative Ideas for Improving Clinical Outcomes

October 10th 2017, Odense Congress Center

Robots have been named the great saviour in a healthcare sector struggling to find enough staff to diagnose, treat and care for an increasing number of patients – but also as a key element in both organizational logistics and personal care and rehabilitation outside of hospital. How close are we to fulfilling any of these prophecies in Danish hospitals? And is it even realistic?

The conference aims a presenting the latest technological breakthroughs and future perspectives along with best practice examples and experiences from the health sector where the robots are slowly but surely making their entrance.

For a glimpse into the future, the conference will also address how drones could possibly play a key role in the future for Odense University Hospital.

The speaker line-up consists of robot and artificial intelligence researchers from the University of Southern Denmark and clinical staff from OUH Odense University Hospital who will present the latest knowledge and experience as well as future potential for the use of robots and drones in hospitals like OUH.

The target audience is hospital and municipality staff interested in robot technology, robot and AI researchers and engineers, project managers in the field of robotics in public and private organisations as well as students in the clinical or engineering fields.

The price for the event is 650 DKK.

The conference is a part of WHINN 2017 and registration is done through the WHINN website where you can also register for many other health innovation events and conferences. REGISTER HERE.


Overview of programme (draft, subject to changes)


Conference opening


Session 1: Robots for rehabilitation – creating state-of-the-art solutions simple enough for all users

– Kinesthetic Human-Robot Interaction
Gitte Rasmussen, Professor, MSO, Department of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark
– Sensors and rehabilitation robots for everyday use
Anders Stengaard Sørensen, Associate professor, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moeller Institute, University of Southern Denmark
– Neuromuscular training – a room and place for robots?
Jakob Lindberg Nielsen, Research Assistant, Ph.D., Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark


Coffee break


Session 2: Drones – Possibilities for use in healthcare to improve clinical outcomes

Speakers to be confirmed


Lunch and exhibition


Session 3: Surgical robots – Clinical outcomes and potential for further innovation and automation

– Five years of robot surgery at OUH – What have we learned so far?
Pernille Tine Jensen, MD, robot surgeon, research associate professor, Phd, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Center for Robot-Assisted Surgery, Odense University Hospital
– Automating surgical procedures – how far are we from making it a reality?
Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu, Associate Professor, Ph.D.,The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, SDU Robotics


Session 4: Robots for diagnosis and care

– Automating ultrasound scans for arthritis patients at OUH
Søren Andreas Just, MD, medical specialist in rheumatoid arthritis, Dept. of General Medicine, researcher in the Dept. of Rheumatology, OUH

– Welfare robotics – latest discoveries for applied use in hospitals
Leon Bodenhagen, assistant professor, SDU Robotics, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute

– Camera pill technology – today just a small camera but imagine what more it could be…
Esmaeil S. Nadimi, Associate Professor, Ph.D. ECE.,The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute,SDU eScience Centre,SDU Embodied Systems for Robotics and Learning


Sum-up and final words


Optional: Site visits to SDU labs and possibly the drone center at the HCA Airport*


Questions and comments can be directed to Lea Bohn, Odense University Hospital, lb@rsyd.dk or Uffe Kock Wiil, University of Southern Denmark ukwiil@mmmi.sdu.dk.


*On Wednesday the 11th and Thursday the 12th of October, the event TUS Nordics will be taking place at Odense Congress Center where it will be possible to see a large drone exhibition and meet drone engineers from all over Europe (TUS Nordics is not focused on healthcare but on drones from an engineering and industry perspective)


The conference will be part of WHINN – “Week of Health and INNovation” – a health technology and innovation festival in Odense organized by the many health and technology organizations in Odense, also called the Odense health and technology cluster.

WHINN is one of its kind – one week with conferences, side events, exhibition, matchmaking and networking activities – all within health and innovation.

At WHINN, attendees will gain new knowledge, inspiration and insight in the newest research and international trends. Several conferences, events and initiatives are part of WHINN. The result is unexpected encounters and new contacts, which could be the beginning of new business, new collaborations and new opportunities.

WHINN is a platform that gives the individual attendee the possibility to meet people from all over the world and attend more than one event at the same place.  

Read more here: www.whinn.dk

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