Requirements elicitation for robotic and computer-assisted minimally invasive surgery

Hirenkumar Nakawala, Elena De Momi, Antonia Tzemanaki, Sanja Dogramadzi, Andrea Russo, Michele Catellani, Roberto Bianchi, Ottavio De Cobelli, Aristotelis Sideridis, Emmanuel Papacostas, Anthony Koupparis, Edward Rowe, Raj Persad, Raimondo Ascione, Giancarlo Ferrigno

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The robotic surgical systems and computer-assisted technologies market has seen impressive growth over the last decades, but uptake by end-users is still scarce. The purpose of this article is to provide a comprehensive and informed list of the end-user requirements for the development of new generation robot- and computer-assisted surgical systems and the methodology for eliciting them. The requirements were elicited, in the frame of the EU project SMARTsurg, by conducting interviews on use cases of chosen urology, cardiovascular and orthopaedics procedures, tailored to provide clinical foundations for scientific and technical developments. The structured interviews resulted in detailed requirement specifications which are ranked according to their priorities. Paradigmatic surgical scenarios support the use cases.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2019


  • computer-assisted interventions
  • Robot-assisted surgery
  • user requirement specifications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence


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