News and Events

  • Montpellier, France,September 23-28 2019

    Our PhD students, Andrea Mariani and Laura Morchi will attend the 9th Summer School on Surgical Robotics (SSSR -, September 23-28 2019 in Montpellier, France. The School will deeply address the following fields: multi-modal information processing; modelling of rigid and deformable anatomical parts; pre-surgical planning and simulation of robotic surgery; design and control of guiding systems for assistance of the surgeon gesture. Topics will be discussed by surgeons and researchers working in leading hospitals and labs. They will be completed by engineers who will give insight into practical integration problems.

  • July 23-27 2019

    FUTURA2020 project and preliminary achieved results have been presented by Laura Morchi (SSSA) during the 41th Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC -, July 23-27 2019, with an oral presentation – “A Pilot Study for a Quantitative Evaluation of Acoustic Coupling in US-guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery”.

    The presented work has been selected as a FINALIST at the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Student Paper Competition.

  • London, June 23-26 2019

    FUTURA2020 project has been presented by Andrea Mariani (SSSA) during the 12th annual Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics, June 23-26 2019 in London, with an oral presentation- “Ultrasound-based Safety Assessment during Moving Organ Tracking Towards In Vivo Focused Ultrasound Therapy”.

  • Barcelona, June 13-15 2019

    FUTURA2020 project and preliminary results have been presented by Laura Morchi (SSSA) during the 19th International Symposium of ISTU (International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound - 5th European Symposium of EUFUS (European Focused Ultrasound Charitable Society -, June 13-15 2019 in Barcelona.

    FUTURA2020 received a STUDENT AWARD for the presented abstract – “Quantitative Acoustic Coupling Evaluation in Us-Guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery”.

  • Results achieved within FUTURA and FUTURA2020 project has been presented by Andrea Cafarelli (SSSA) at the 6th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound (, October 21-25 2018 in Reston, Virginia, with an oral presentation - “US guided Robotic Strategy for Continuous FUS treatment on moving organs”.

  • March 3-8 2019 in Les Houches, France

    Andrea Mariani and Laura Morchi, PhD Students working within the FUTURA 2020 project, attended the 2019 Winter School on Therapeutic Ultrasound, March 3-8 2019 in Les Houches, France. This Winter School deeply explored the rapidly emerging field of Therapeutic Ultrasound, from an introduction to the physics and biophysics necessary for understanding these techniques through to their clinical application. The School encouraged discussion and the sharing of ideas for understanding ultrasound therapy with a multidisciplinary approach.

  • 12-14 September

    The 6th Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery will be held at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa (Italy) from 12 to 14 of September, 2016.

    Details about submission guidelines and contributions are reported in:


  • November 19, 2015

    The 2nd review meeting of the FUTURA project will be held in Pontedera @ The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna the next 19 of November 2015.

    The project results will be discussed with the Project Officer and with two Experts (formally, the Project Reviewers) by means of dedicated presentations and during a well structured Demo session.

  • London, October 16th 2015

    London, October 16th 2015 - FUTURA PROJECT has been awarded with the Best Abstract Prize @ EUFUS 2015 conference. See for details.

  • Brno (Czech Republic), September 12th 2015

    Brno (Czech Republic), September 12th 2015 - FUTURA PROJECT has been awarded with TECHNOLOGY AWARD @ SMIT 2015 conference. See for details.

  • 10-12 September 2015


    FUTURA project has been presented during the 27th International Conference of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT: @ Brno with an oral presentation - A COMPUTER ASSISTED ROBOTIC PLATFORM FOR HIGH-INTENSITY FOCUSED ULTRASOUND: FUTURA PROJECT - and a dissemination booth shared with transFUSIMO project.





  • Milano, Tuesday AUGUST 25TH, 2015

    FUTURA project @ 37th Annual Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

    MiCo - Milano Conference Center - Milan, Italy, August 2015

    FUTURA EMBC Workshop [W1/2.4]

    Focused ultrasound therapy and robotic technology: from the concept to the bedside

    Tuesday AUGUST 25TH, 2015

    8.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

    Further Reading



  • 10-12 September 2015

    FUTURA project @ CRAS 2015

    5th Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery - 10-12 September 2015, Bruxelles, Belgium

    Robotic surgery is one of the most appealing fields of modern robotics. With over 2 decades history, more than 2.000 systems installed worldwide and over 200.000 interventions conducted per annum; the field of robotic surgery is considered well-established. Despite these impressive figures and increasing popularity in research labs all over the world, the list of technological advances that made it into the operating room (OR) during this last decade is fairly limited. Long expected techniques such as 3D reconstruction, motion compensation, virtual guidance, haptic feedback, under study in many labs all over the planet did not make their appearance into the market yet.

    CRAS seeks to give a clear view on the status and recent trends of assistive surgical robotic technologies. It aims to support and propose concrete measures to accelerate research and innovation in this field. CRAS originates from efforts to collaborate among European groups to achieve a critical mass in surgical robotics. As such the workshop continue on discussions started at ERF in Lyon and at ICRA in Karlsruhe, and previous meetings at Verona and Genoa. More in particular CRAS attempts to identify the steps necessary to stimulate cooperation between research and industry, across national borders and different surgical robotic projects to take advantage of the growing attention and support for research and exploitation in this interesting and growing field.

    Further details @

    This workshop is traditionally supported by a number of EU surgical robotic projects, but the organizing committee expands to the broader surgical robotics community.

  • Pontedera, November 26, 2014

    The review meeting will be held in Pontedera, at the BioRobotics Institute (partner SSSA) on November 26, 2014 in Room 3

  • Pontedera, January, 14th and 15th 2014

    Kick off meeting for the Futura Project at The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy