– 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 can play a key role in the future of healthcare.

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.


Programme (may be subject to minor changes)

Arrival and registration
Welcome to the conference

Peder Jest, CMO, Head of Innovation Council, Odense University Hospital
Kasper Hallenborg, Director, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark

Session 1: Robots for rehabilitation – State-of-the-art solutions for all users

Kinesthetic Human-Robot Interaction
Gitte Rasmussen, Professor, MSO, Dept. of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark


Sensors and rehabilitation robots for everyday use
Anders S. Sørensen, Ass. professor, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark


Neuromuscular training – a room and place for robots?
Per Aagaard, Professor, PhD, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

Coffee break
Session 2: Drones – Possibilities for use in healthcare

How drones can positively influence clinical outcomes
Peder Jest, CMO, Head of Innovation Council, Odense University Hospital


Healthcare drones from an engineering perspective
Kjeld Jensen, Ass. Professor, MSc, PhD, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, SDU UAS Centre, University of Southern Denmark

Lunch and exhibition time
Session 3: Surgical robots – Clinical outcomes and potential for further innovation

Five years of robot surgery at OUH – What have we learned so far?
Pernille T. Jensen, Chief Robot Surgeon, PhD, OUH Dept. of Gynaecology and Obstetrics


Automating surgical procedures – how far are we from making it a reality?
Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu, Ass. Professor, PhD, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, SDU Robotics, University of Southern Denmark

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, Odense University Hospital


Where can robots make a difference for our welfare?
Leon Bodenhagen, Ass. Professor, SDU Robotics, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark


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

Moderator sums up the day
Possibility for site visits to SDU labs
Download print-friendly programme here


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


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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