Surgical Assistance

Development of an interaction-based, robot-supported assistance system for easing the burden on the surgeon.

Project Overview

The surgeon's posture during surgery can be exhausting and ergonomically unsound over a considerable period of time. Retaining such constrained postures, complex handling and positioning tasks have to be performed that demand a significant share of the surgeon's attention. Additionally, discomfort or medical conditions especially in the hand-arm-system can occur. This project focuses on the development of an integrated, surgeon-related concept to address the above mentioned challenges in a broad range of surgical applications. Therefore, an interaction-based, robot-supported assistance system for flexible use in the operating theatre will be designed and evaluated under ergonomic aspects.

The project is part of the "Industry on Campus" program of the Inter-University Center for Medical Technology Stuttgart-Tübingen (IZST) and funded by the universities, the industry partners TRUMPF Medical Technology and Festo AG & Co. KG, as well as the federal state Baden-Württemberg.


  • Festo AG & Co. KG
  • Trumpf Medical
  • Institute for Engineering Design and Indsutrial Design
  • University Department of Urology, University Hospital Tübingen
  • Universitätsfrauenklinikum Tübingen [german]
  • Universitätsklinik für Allgemeine, Viszeral- und Transplantationschirurgie, Tübingen [german]
  • Insitute of Occupational and Social Medicine and Health Services Research, Tübingen


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Cristina Tarín

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Deputy Head of Institute

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