SACAI Workshop at MICCAI 2008

Workshop on Systems and Architectures for Computer Assisted Interventions (MICCAI 2008, New York, NY)


The goal of this workshop is to establish a forum for discussing open source toolkits and open interfaces and how they have been applied in the development of computer assisted intervention systems. The intent is to establish a dialogue between the open source community, industry, and researchers in the field. The workshop will include presentations and panel discussions about: 1) existing open source toolkits, 2) open (research) interfaces to medical products, and 3) integrated systems for computer assisted interventions.

One outcome of the workshop will be a technical paper (white paper) that will be submitted for review to the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. If completed by Oct 2, 2008, the paper will be considered for a special issue on New Technologies.


  • Peter Kazanzides, Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology (CISST ERC), Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Nobuhiko Hata, National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT), Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Luis Ibanez, Kitware, Inc.

Final Program

Following is the program for the workshop. The order of talks within a session may be reordered to accommodate speaker requests.

09:00 – 09:10 Introduction, Peter Kazanzides, Johns Hopkins University
09:10 – 10:10 Industry presentations
Medtronic StealthStationTM StealthLink Research Portal, Leslie Holton, Medtronic
The daVinci Research Interface, Simon DiMaio, Intuitive Surgical
Micron Tracker: API and other interfaces, Claudio Gatti, Claron Technology
VectorVision Link, Pratik Patel, BrainLAB
10:10 – 10:30 Plenary Session
Research interfaces for image-guided neurosurgery, Xenophon Papademetris, Yale Univ.
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:10 Discussion
Challenges of open interfaces
11:10 – 12:30 CAI Software #1
Open Source Initiative for Surgical Robot Toolkit, Kiyo Chinzei, AIST Japan
IGSTK: Building High Quality Roads with Open Source Software, Luis Ibanez, Kitware
The Surgical Assistant Workstation, Russ Taylor, Anton Deguet, Johns Hopkins University, and Simon DiMaio, Intuitive Surgical
Software and hardware integration strategy for image guided therapy using Open IGT Link, Junichi Tokuda, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (on your own)
13:30 – 15:30 CAI Software #2
The cisst libraries for computer assisted intervention systems, Anton Deguet, Johns Hopkins Univ.
An Open-Source Solution for Interactive Acquisition, Processing and Transfer of Interventional Ultrasound Images, Jonathan Boisvert, Queen’s Univ.
Simulink Libraries for Visual Programming of VTK and ITK, David Gobbi, Queen’s Univ.
VV: a viewer for the evaluation of 4D image registration, Pierre Seroul, Univ. Lyon
MITK & 3DMed : An Integrated Platform Applicable for the Development of Computer Assisted Intervention Systems, Jian Chen, Chinese Academy of Science
A XML based component oriented architecture for image guided surgery: illustration for the video based tracking of a surgical tool, Jean-Baptiste Fasquel, IRCAD
15:30 – 16:00 Discussion
Architectures and interoperability
16:00 – 16:20 Break
16:20 – 17:40 CAI Systems
Integration of Open Source and Commercial Software for a Neurosurgical Robot System, Tian Xia, Tamas Haidegger, JHU
CustusX: A navigation system and research tool for minimally invasive therapy, improved safety, surgeon confidence and patient outcome, Frank Lindseth, SINTEF Norway
Distributed database framework for real-time image-guidance in robotic surgery, David Kwartowitz, Mayo Clinic
Software Architecture of a System for Robotic Surgery, Hermann Mayer, Technical University of Munich
17:40 – 18:20 Discussion and wrap-up
Successes and unmet needs
Planning for technical paper (white paper)