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PhD thesis

I conducted my PhD thesis with the title "A 3D camera-based system concept for safe and intuitive use of a surgical robot system" at the IAR-IPR at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Heinz Wörn with Prof. Paolo Fiorini acting as second reviewer. The thesis was defended on 09.06.2016. The printed version is available since November 2016.

PhD thesis "A 3D camera-based system concept for safe and intuitive use of a surgical robot system" (pre-print version)

To cite this thesis in a publication, please use

@phdthesis{ nicolai2016,
    author = {Philip Nicolai},
    title =  {{A 3D camera-based system concept for safe and intuitive use of a surgical robot system}},
    school = {{Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)}},
    year =   2016,
    month =  {June},
    type = {Ph.D.} dissertation,
    note = {Published as book with ISBN 978-3-8439-2845-8 by Dr. Hut Verlag, Munich},

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During my time at IAR-IPR, we also developed OP:Sense, a modular research platform for robot-assisted surgery (which is often referred to in my thesis). The first of the following documents provides information and references on research conducted within OP:Sense, whereas the other documents and videos present the system in a more general way.

Very brief introduction of research conducted within OP:Sense, with references
Information sheet about the OP:Sense system (created for visitors of CeBIT 2014)
Article in KIT magazine lookKIT (starting on page 42)
TV segment on OP:Sense, showing different use cases (starting at 06:35, in German)
Automatic endoscope camera guidance and the OP:Sense platform (in German)
First iteration of OP:Sense system (finalist for best video award at IEEE ROBIO 2011)

List of awards

While working on my PhD thesis, I received the following awards:

Best Live Demo Prize Surgical Robot Challenge 2015 at Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics London, UK 2015
Best Paper Award: Finalist 12th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics Colmar, France 2015
Best Oral Presentation Award International Conference on Robotics and Computer Vision (ICRCV) Beijing, China 2014
Best Video Award: 2nd Place IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO) Phuket, Thailand 2011
Best Paper Award 9. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Computer- und Roboterassistierte Chirurgie (CURAC) Düsseldorf, Germany 2010

List of talks

In addition to presentations of papers at various conferences, I delivered the following talks:

OP:Sense – A rapid prototyping research platform for surgical robotics 3rd International Workshop on Medical and Service Robots Lausanne, Switzerland 2014
Surgical Robotics at KIT – the OP:Sense platform: Conceptual research for modular, human-centred surgical robotics IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) Karlsruhe, Germany 2013
Operation Room Supervision for Safe Robotic Surgery with a multi 3D-Camera Setup IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) San Francisco, US 2011

List of publications

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You can reach me at contact (at) philipnicolai.de