The laboratory for Surgical Planning and Robotic Cognition (SPARC) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), led by Prof. Dr. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich, investigates cognition guided robots for surgical assistance in minimally invasive procedures, intelligent and flexible surgical instruments, and intuitive interfaces between humans and robots in the operating room.

The SPARC laboratory conducts interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with national and international partners. We aim to contribute to building a healthcare system that enables optimal and personalized treatment of patients through targeted interactions between surgical experts and the next generation of minimally invasive surgical robots and assistance systems.


In an exciting leap for surgical robot integration into the OR, Prof. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich has successfully obtained a substantial 2 million euro grant together with her cooperation partners for a prestigious research network from the Bavarian Research Foundation. The research network “ForNeRo –...

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