Medical Robotics For Contagious Diseases Challenge 2020 With Prize Fund £15,000

 In Innovation, Resources


Dear OCIIP Members

The UK-RAS Network is pleased to announce a new Medical Robotics Challenge for Contagious Diseases.

The outbreak of novel coronavirus has sparked a global health crisis and the robotics research and innovation communities form an integral part of our response. Now more than ever, it is evident that robotics has a key role to play. Across the world, robots and drones are being repurposed and deployed as part of the COVID-19 response. 

There are robots disinfecting hospitals; automated systems supporting the testing of millions of people quickly and reliably; robots undertaking infection control and operating on patients; and robotic platforms delivering medical supplies and food to the most vulnerable. In the case of clinical care, areas of specific importance include disease prevention, diagnosis and screening, and patient care and disease management.

The COVID-19 pandemic offers a unique opportunity to galvanize medical robot technologies, as they play an increasingly major role in combating contagious diseases.

This new challenge is aimed at entries that could offer solutions as part of a multi-faceted response to this and future global pandemics. 

Call for Entries

Given the current crisis we are running this challenge online.

All applicants are asked to send a 2-minute video demo of their entry. This is to be submitted via the online form on our website.

Key Deadlines

– Submission of video entries:  30th September

– Review and acceptance: 14th October

– Final Video, Presentation & two-page Paper: 28th October

– Online Presentation and Interview: 6th November

We are aware that some of you may not have access to your laboratories, so we are happy to be flexible. 

 Judging Panel



Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham

Co-Director of IGHI, Professor of Surgery

Imperial College London, UK



Simon Di Maio

Director, Research

Intuitive Surgical, USA




Prof. Russell H. Taylor

John C. Malone Professor

John’s Hopkins University, USA




Dr Cyrill von Tiesenhausen      

Business Development Manager 

KUKA Deutschland  GmbH, De

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