Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge 2020


Robotics researchers are being invited to submit breakthrough solutions to aid the global response to current and future pandemics as part of UK Robotics Week 2020.

The UK-RAS Network, organisers of UK Robotics Week, has invited leading robotics research teams from across the world to submit innovative ideas that could aid in the response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and future global pandemics, as part of the Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge.

The 2020 UK Robotics Week, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the UK-RAS Network, will take place from 22-28 June and has been reconfigured in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and will focus on a series of virtual activities.

These include competitions aimed at schoolchildren – such as a school robot competition, a draw a robot competition, and a once upon a robot competition.

The medical robotics challenge will take place entirely online, with flexibility for remote working. Teams will be competing for a prize fund of £15,000, offered by sponsors Intuitive Surgical, The Wellcome Trust and Imperial College London.

Challenge finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a prestigious and highly experienced international judging panel, which will include:

  • Professor Lord Darzi of Denham, Co-Director of the Institute for Global Health Innovation, Professor of Surgery at Imperial College London
  • Simon Di Maio, Director, Research at Intuitive Surgical
  • Professor Russell H. Taylor, John C. Malone Professor at John Hopkins University, USA
  • Dr Cyrill von Tiesenhausen, Business Development Manager at KUKA Deutschland GmBH, Germany

Find out more here.