Accelerating Surgical Robotics Research: A Review of 10 Years with the da Vinci Research Kit

Claudia D'Ettorre, Andrea Mariani, Agostino Stilli, Ferdinando Rodriguez Y Baena, Pietro Valdastri, Anton Deguet, Peter Kazanzides, Russell H. Taylor, Gregory S. Fischer, Simon P. Dimaio, Arianna Menciassi, Danail Stoyanov

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Robotic-assisted surgery is now well established in clinical practice and has become the gold-standard clinical treatment option for several clinical indications. The field of robotic-assisted surgery is expected to grow substantially in the next decade, with a range of new robotic devices emerging to address unmet clinical needs across different specialties. A vibrant surgical robotics research community is pivotal for conceptualizing such new systems as well as for developing and training the engineers and scientists to translate them into practice. The da Vinci Research Kit (dVRK), an academic and industry collaborative effort to repurpose decommissioned da Vinci surgical systems [Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISI), California, USA] as a research platform for surgical robotics research, has been a key initiative for addressing a barrier to entry for new research groups in surgical robotics. In this article, we present an extensive review of the publications that have been facilitated by the dVRK over the past decade. We classify research efforts into different categories and outline some of the major challenges and needs for the robotics community to maintain and build upon this initiative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-78
Number of pages23
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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