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Seminar: Robotic Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery: Past, Present and Future, Prof. Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, Imperial College

Wednesday 20 January 2021, 1200-1300
Online (e-mail for access)


Robotics is a mature technology in orthopaedic joint replacement, but their widespread adoption is still in doubt. This lecture will review the past and present landmark technologies in robotic surgery, and shed light on the successes and limitations of robotic-assisted joint arthroplasty, with a view to identify potential avenues for wider adoption.


Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena is Professor of Medical Robotics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, where he leads the Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory and the Applied Mechanics Division. He is also the interim Co-Director of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, which is part of the Institute of Global Health Innovation. He is the Mechanical Engineering Postgraduate Tutor, and the current Speaker for the Imperial College Robotics Forum. His current research interests lie in the application of mechatronic systems to medicine, in the specific areas of clinical training, diagnostics and surgical intervention. His team has a strong translational focus, while his work encompasses both “blue skies” research and “near-to-market” development. Prof Rodriguez y Baena graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from King’s College London in 2000 and gained a PhD in Medical Robotics from Imperial College in 2004. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, and he is the Chair of the Programme Committee for the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery, the International Workshop on Medical Robotics and the Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery; he is also the Chair of the IET’s Communities Committee for Technical and Professional Networks, a Leverhulme Prize winner (engineering), a former ERC grant holder, and the coordinator of an €8.3M European project on robotic-assisted neurosurgical drug delivery ( He has published over 150 papers and has secured in excess of £12M in research funding to date.