The Belt and Road • Promote the transformation of medical robots from Europe and the United States to China

From November 25th to 26th, the 2017 World Medical Robotics Conference was held in Shenzhen, China. Focusing on the theme of "the Belt and Road? Medical Robots from Scientific Research to Clinical Application", the conference has more than 20 academicians, professors and doctors from China, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Italy and other global medical robot fields, discussing the status, development and future of medical robots from scientific research exploration, project progress, clinical needs, clinical applications and other multi-level and multi angle.

The conference was jointly initiated by Professor Hannes Bleuler, Director of the Robotics Laboratory at the Lausanne Polytechnic University of Switzerland (EPFL) and Academician of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (SATW), Professor Sun Lining, Director of the Shenzhen ROBO Medical Robotics Research Institute and National 863 Expert Group Expert. It was hosted by the World Medical Robotics Association and hosted by the ROBO Medical Robotics Research Institute.

The two-day agenda was packed with 450 professional audiences from around the world, including university professors, hospital doctors, students, corporate engineers, industry professionals, investors, and more. At the same time, the conference also received great attention from the media, with more than 20 media outlets including CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, Guangdong TV Station, Shenzhen TV Station, Arterial Network, and Ofweek visiting the scene for interviews and reports.

The 2017 World Medical Robotics Conference aims to promote academic exchanges in the field of medical robotics worldwide, strengthen connections and cooperation between global scientific research institutions, enterprises, and governments, promote the research and development of medical robotics technology worldwide, and add links such as medical robotics project exhibitions, negotiations, and roadshows to collaborate with countries in innovation and promote the innovative development of medical robotics technology. The discussion topics of this conference cover four major areas, including surgical robots, robot assisted medicine, rehabilitation and nursing robots, medical robots, and artificial intelligence. Starting from the progress of scientific research in various fields, top level speakers fully discussed the current research status and technological breakthroughs of medical robots, as well as from a clinical perspective, using needs and applications to facilitate smooth communication between scientific research and clinical practice. After the conclusion of each section, experts and scholars gathered at the peak forum to answer questions and dispel doubts for the on-site audience. Viewers from hospitals, universities, research institutes, enterprises and other related fields raised their most concerned issues in the field of medical robots, which sparked a lively discussion from the perspective of combining industry, academia, and research. Experts and scholars have also expressed that the conference has unique features, content, and quality. We look forward to next year's World Medical Robotics Conference bringing more exciting content to everyone.

At the same time, initiated by the MRS Association, the ROBO Medical Robotics Research Institute, in collaboration with the professional consulting firm PwC Industry Research Team, spent a year researching and compiling the "Global Surgical Robotics Industry Development Research Report", which was also released on-site at the conference.

This conference is not only an academic feast, but also a showcase for various products such as ophthalmic surgical robots and micro/nano vascular intervention robots through the conference platform. At the same time, it will achieve industrialization in China. Experts attending the meeting stated that in the next 5-10 years, China will gradually surpass Europe and the United States to become a leader in the industrialization of medical robots. According to the organizer MRS, the next conference will be held in Germany at the end of 2018.