OntoSPM Collaborative Action


The general objectives of the OntoSPM Collaborative Action are the following:

  • to develop and share ontologies and knowledge bases in the domain of Surgical Process Models (SPM)
  • to evaluate such models by means of applications in the domain of Surgical Data Science
  • to develop and share software that facilitate the design, extraction, integration, alignment of ontologies in the domain of SPM, as well as the semantic annotation (i.e., based on ontologies) of surgical data (e.g., surgical videos, instruments’ movements records)


Main domains of interest in the area of Surgical Data Science:

  • simulation-based training of surgical personnel
  • development of context-aware systems (surgical phase/action recognition systems, video annotation systems)
  • surgical workflow management systems (preoperative decision support systems, intra-operative assistance systems)
  • surgical reports management systems
  • shared control and supervisory control robotic systems
  • clinical safety; prevention of adverse events

Examples of applications:

  • databasing of symbolic descriptions of surgical procedures (for learning, performance assessment, software challenges)
  • databasing and indexation of numerical models (for skill modelling)
  • surgical robotics: reasoning involved to perception-planning-action loops
  • surgical robotics: man-machine communication

The initial collaborative action's participants are:

  • Inserm - University of Rennes 1. Signal and Image Processing Laboratory, France.
  • Polytechnic University of Milan. Neuroengineering and Medical Robotics Laboratory, Italy.
  • University of Haute-Alsace. Modelling, Intelligence, Process and Systems Laboratory, France.
  • b<>com, Rennes, France.
  • Leipzig University. Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery, Germany.
  • German Cancer Research Center. Junior Group Computer assisted Interventions, Germany.
  • University of Lisbon - Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal.
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics, Germany.
  • University of Heidelberg. Department of General, Abdominal and Transplantation Surgery, Germany.
  • Imperial College London. Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, UK.
  • Technical University of Munich. CAMP and MITI Research Groups, Germany.
  • Inria - Institute for Research in IT and Random Systems. Hybrid Research Team, France.
  • Óbuda University. Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotics, Hungary.
  • National Center for Tumor Diseases. Partner Site Dresden, Germany.
  • ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany

Starting date: June 2016

How to join us

Please send an email to Pierre Jannin or Arnaud Huaulme ({pierre.jannin,arnaud.huaulme}@univ-rennes.fr), introducing briefly your motivations.


  • Gibaud B, Forestier G, Feldmann C, Ferrigno G, Gonçalves P, Haidegger T, Julliard C, Katic D, Kenngott H, Maier-Hein L, März K, de Momi E, Nagy DA, Nakawala H, Neumann J, Neumuth T, Rojas Balderrama J, Speidel S, Wagner M and Jannin P. Towards a standard ontology of Surgical Process Models. Int J Computer Asssited Radiology and Surgery doi: 10.1007/s11548-018-1824-5