Working group 1 - Human-Machine Interaction in Surgery

Chaired by:

Prof. Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs

Prof. Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Jun.-Prof. Christian Hansen

Jun.-Prof. Christian Hansen

Universität Magdeburg


E-Mail: mmi(@)

Research in human-machine interaction is becoming increasingly important in the field of computer-assisted surgery. The development of usable and intuitive user interfaces for medical devices has become a major challenge due to the increasing functionality.

New display and visualization techniques enable new ways of interacting with medical image data, for example, more effective 3D exploration and intervention planning capabilities. New input devices and interaction opportunities may have the potential to greatly change the current form of software and device usage in the operating room. Thus, during surgery, the direct and secure interaction with devices is liable to the increasing importance, e.g.  the control of complex surgical navigation systems or intraoperative imaging such as CTA or iMRI.

Also in the field of robotic systems, developed by engineers and used by clinicians, requires a constant information exchange and an examination. Therefore, the working group is particularly dedicated to the human-robot interaction of future medical robot systems and enables interdisciplinary discussion of this aspects.


The working group provides a forum for the scientific exchange and networking of various actors in the research field of human-machine interaction. In particular, new concepts and current clinical solutions for human-machine interaction are being examined and discussed. The intensive dialogue between scientists, clinical users and the industry is a primary objective.

The working group was founded in September 2015 and focuses on the following topics:

  • Human-machine interaction under sterile conditions
  • Human-robot interaction in surgery
  • Evaluation of human-machine interfaces


Past events

  • 2. Workshop, 15. April 2016, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • 1. Workshop, 17. September 2015, CURAC annual conference, Bremen 


Founding members

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs 

Lehrstuhl für Kontinuumsrobotik (LKR)
Leibniz Universität Hannover 

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Hansen 

AG Computer-Assisted Surgery (CAS)
Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg 

Working group members

  • David Black, Universität Bremen
  • Felix Bork, Technische Universität München
  • Carolin Fellmann, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Benjamin Hatscher, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg
  • Julian Hettig, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg
  • Dr. Marc Herrlich, Universität Bremen
  • Dr. Felix Ritter, Fraunhofer MEVIS, Bremen
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nele Russwinkel, TU Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Skalej, Universitätklinikum Magdeburg


Interested scientists are invited to become a member of our working group. Please send us an informal membership application via email to mmi (@) Please explain:

Why is your interest in membership in the working group?
How can you thematically enrich our working group?

We look forward to your membership application!

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