Silver Medal for NUST-SEECS Team at SURGICON’12

The paper, entitled “Al-ZahrawiTM Robotic Tele-surgical Trainer for Minimally Invasive Surgery“ by the Mechatronics team of the SEECS project “Development of a Tele-Surgical Robot and Simulator (TSRS)” won a Silver Medal in the Young Surgeon/Innovator category  at  the International Surgical Conference (SURGICON-2012) organized by the Society of Surgeons Pakistan –– held in Islamabad on 7th – 9th December, 2012.

Al-Zahrawi™ is a surgical training robotic system for robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery which syncs the surgeon’s hands movements to the robust six degrees of freedom robotic arms. Based on the master-slave topology, Al-Zahrawi™ provides surgeons a wide range of maneuvers to groom their surgical skills. Advantages of robotic surgery include enhanced dexterity, augmented surgical-field view, increased control over movements, motion-scaling and etc.

More than fifty papers were presented at SURGICON 2012 including five from the NUST-SEECS. After a strict review process, all five papers from NUST-SEECS managed to qualify for the semi round. In the final round, Mr. Sajid Nisar (Team Lead Mechatronics TSRS) garlanded the Silver Medal. The project is mentored by Dr. Osman Hasan and Shamyl Bin Mansoor and involves Sajid Nisar, Taimur Hasan, Asad Hameed, Mohsin Ali and Yasir Hassan.

Moreover, NUST-SEECS team showcased the project “Development of Tele-Surgical Training Robot & Simulator” along with other international participants. The project stall was visited by many distinguished researchers and expert surgeons like Lt. Gen.Azhar Rasheed (Surgeon General, Pak Army), Dr. Atiqur Rehman(United Kingdom), Dr. Mahesh Chandra Mishra (AIMS, New Delhi, India), Prof. N.J. Lygidakis(Secretary General, IASGO), Dr. Edgar Rodas(Ecuador). The guests highly appreciated the efforts of the team and remarked on the usefulness of the indigenously developed training systems.

The chief guest Prof. Muhammad Iqbal (Shifa Int’l Hospital) remarked that tele-surgery is the latest trend in surgical field while mini robots are being used to repair the diseased coronary arteries. “There is a need to develop centers for conducting training in new technologies in various regional centers of CPSP and divisional medical colleges. We need to strive hard in order to save and protect the precious human life,” he said.