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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Nicolas Padoy, Associate Professor at University of Strasbourg - Monitoring Surgical Activities with Artificial Intelligence
Marco A. Zenati, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, MD, MSc  - Modeling of Team Performance in Complex and Robotic Surgery

Nicolas Padoy is an Associate Professor on a Chair of Excellence at the University of Strasbourg since September 2012. He created and is currently leading the research group CAMMA on Computational Analysis and Modeling of Medical Activities, which focuses on computer vision, activity recognition and the applications thereof to surgical workflow analysis and human-machine cooperation during surgery. In collaboration with the Strasbourg University Hospital, the IRCAD and the IHU MixSurg institute, he is investigating how automatically recording, processing and analyzing the large amount of multi-modal surgical signals available in the operating room, an endeavor largely unattempted so far, can lead to new assistance and decision support tools for surgeons and surgical staff.

Nicolas Padoy graduated with a Maîtrise in Computer Science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2003 and with a Diploma in Computer Science from the Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, in 2005. He completed his PhD jointly between the Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures at TUM and the INRIA group MAGRIT in Nancy. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral researcher and later an Assistant Research Professor in the Laboratory for Computational Interactions and Robotics at the Johns Hopkins University, USA. In 2015, Nicolas Padoy was awarded the Guy Ourisson Prize by the Cercle Gutenberg, which distinguishes promising young researchers in Alsace. He also regularly serves as Area Chair for the International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) and the International Conference on Information Processing in Computer Assisted Interventions (IPCAI) and was Program Chair of IPCAI’2017. In 2016, he led the organization of two challenges on workflow recognition and tool detection at MICCAI, which resulted in the release of large endoscopic video datasets now widely used by the community. 


Professor Zenati is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at BHS and Associate Surgeon at the BWH. Prior to joining Harvard Medical School, he was a tenured Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh as well as an adjunct Faculty at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His Medical Robotics & Computer Assisted Surgery (MRCAS) Lab has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute.