IEEE ICRA 2012 Needle Steering Workshop

Friday, May 18, 2012. St. Paul River Centre. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

2012 Needle Steering Workshop

2012 Needle Steering Workshop participants.


Pathways to Clinical Needle Steering: Recent Advances and Future Applications

  • Location: St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55102, USA
  • Date: May 18, 2012
  • Time: 8:30am-6pm

This full-day workshop will cover recent advances in robotic steering of flexible medical needles. Leading researchers in steerable needle design, modeling, motion planning, image guidance, and control will present their latest results. These researchers will also discuss their clinically-oriented systems-level engineering results and provide perspectives on a variety of emerging application areas for steerable needles. In addition to invited presentations from leading researchers in the field, the workshop will include a poster session to provide a venue for a broad spectrum of students, postdoctoral fellows, and other researchers to present and discuss their work. The workshop will also include an interactive discussion led by the panel of invited presenters, with the aim of cross-pollination of ideas, accelerating progress toward the many exciting clinical advancements that steerable needle technology is on the cusp of enabling.

Click here for 2012 Discussion Notes.


  • Cameron Riviere, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Robert Webster, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University


Click here for detailed schedule

The workshop will be held all day on Friday, May 18, 2012. The workshop will consist of fourteen 25-minute talks, a 1-hour 20-minute poster session, and a 30-minute panel session to discuss open problems. These will be distributed throughout the day along with breaks to maximize discussion between attendees.

The presentations of the invited speakers will be distributed to the attendees on CD-ROM at the workshop. Other workshop attendees will be invited to submit posters that will be presented during the poster session and included on the workshop CD-ROM.

Click here for the list of poster presentations.

Invited Speakers

  • Ron Alterovitz, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Jaydev Desai, University of Maryland
  • Pierre Dupont, Harvard University
  • Ken Goldberg, University of California at Berkeley
  • Sarthak Misra, University of Twente
  • Allison Okamura, Stanford University
  • Rajni Patel, University of Western Ontario
  • Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, Imperial College London
  • Tim Salcudean, University of British Columbia
  • Nilanjan Sarkar, Vanderbilt University
  • Moshe Shoham, Technion
  • John Swensen, Yale University

Call for Posters and Abstracts

  • Abstracts should be submitted by email to by April 15, 2012.
  • The abstract submission should include, in the text of the email:
    • (1) poster title
    • (2) list of authors and affiliations
    • (3) a 150-300 word abstract
    • (4) references to your own related work
    • (5) relevant web links
    • (6) a figure caption. The figure (jpeg, gif, or png) should be an attachment to the email.
  • An example abstract is shown here. Submissions will be accepted for a poster presentation based on relevance, quality, and available space. The abstracts of accepted posters will be posted on the workshop web page.

Important Dates

  • April 15, 2012: Deadline for abstract submission for posters
  • April 22, 2012: Notification to poster presenters
  • May 18, 2012: Workshop