Health Robotics and Automation (HERA)
Jun.-Prof. Dr.  Franziska Mathis-Ullrich

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich

  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie - KIT
    Campus Süd
    Institut für Anthropomatik und Robotik - Health Robotics and Automation
    Gebäude 40.28
    Engler-Bunte-Ring 8
    D-76131 Karlsruhe 

Research Interests

  • Minimally-invasive medical robots
  • Softrobotic systems
  • Artificial intelligence for medical applications
  • Robot-assisted surgery
  • Microrobotics

Short Biography

Franziska Mathis-Ullrich is Assistant Professor at the of the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Director of the Medical Robotics Group since 2019. She started her technological journey by pursuing her B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and subsequently consolidated her robotics education with a M.Sc. in robotics, systems, and control at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. During that time, she gained complementary practical experience during several academic and industrial stays abroad at the Australian Center for Field Robotics (Australia), ABB Corporate Research (Sweden), MTU Maintenance (China), and ABB (Switzerland).

In 2016, Franziska Mathis-Ullrich completed her doctorate at the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab (MSRL) at ETH Zurich. Her research focused on the development of several tethered and untethered microrobotic devices to assist in ophthalmic surgery. Subsequently (2016-2018), Franziska worked as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab (MSRL) at ETH Zurich and as CEO and co-founder of the startup company Ophthorobotics, where she was highly passionate about the development and commercialization of the worldwide first system that automatically injects medication into the eye for the safe and efficient treatment of chronic ocular diseases.
Franziska’s research interests focus on minimally-invasive medical robots, especially utilizing softrobotic systems, as well as the translation of medical processes towards robot- and KI-assisted surgeries.

For her work, Franziska has received the IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics (2014), the IEEE BioRob Best Student Paper Award (2016) and won with her team the first prize of the ICRA Microassembly Challenge (2015). Furthermore, she made it among the finalists of the German Thesis Award (Deutscher Studienpreis) and made it onto the prestigious Forbes "30 under 30" list (both 2017).

Patents

  1. Ophthorobotics AG, Intraocular injection system and methods for controlling such a system, WO2017005277 A1, granted: January 2017
  2. Ophthorobotics AG, Stimuli-responsive hydrogel and method for a piercing intervention into a mammalian eye, PCT/EP2017/057772, filed: March 2017

Invited Talks

  1. Roboter in der Medizin am Beispiel des Auges, Efficiency Club Basel, Basel, Switzerland, August 2018
  2. Behavioral Change of Surgeons due to Medical Robotics, Swiss Medtech Insight, Zurich, Switzerland, July 2018
  3. Fighting Age-Related Blindness: Automated Injections into the Eye, Workshop lecture: Advances in Image-Guided Ophthalmic Interventions, Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics, London, UK, June 2018
  4. Nanorobots and the Eye (Keynote Lecture), Montchoisi 3rd Annual Glaucoma Symposium, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2018
  5. Fighting Age-Related Blindness, Women in Digital Basel Meetup, Basel, Switzerland, April 2018
  6. The future role of robot-assisted surgery in Ophthalmology, Emerging Technologies in Medicine (ETIM2018), Artificial intelligence and robotics, Essen, Germany, Feb. 2018
  7. Ein Roboter, der ins Auge sticht – Automatisierte Injektionenn in das Auge, Rotary Club Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, January 2018
  8. Ein Roboter, der ins Auge sticht, Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, January 2018
  9. Wissenschaft aus der Fiktion – Der robotische Augenarzt, Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland, December 2017
  10. Ein Roboter, der ins Auge sticht, Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, Germany, November 2017
  11. Roboter Winzlinge revolutionieren die Medizin, Lions Club Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2017
  12. Seeing the Surface, NTN Innovative Surfaces Annual Event 2017, EMPA, Dübendorf, Switzerland, September 2017
  13. OP-Robotik: Fortschritte in der IVOM Therapie, International Retina Council, Münster, Germany, September 2017
  14. Ein Roboter, der ins Auge sticht, Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft Forum, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2017
  15. Panel discussion, SAP Forum, Basel, Switzerland, April 2017
  16. Innovative Medizinalrobotik für die Augenchirurgie, Trendtage Gesundheit, Luzern, Switzerland, March 2017
  17. Automated Intravitreal Injection System for the Efficient Treatment of AMD, European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER) Symposium, Nice, France, October 2016.
  18. Recent Progress in Microrobots for Ophthalmic Therapies, European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER) Symposium, Nice, France, October 2016.
  19. Microrobots in Medicine, VIII. Industrial Automatics Seminar, University of Cauca, Popayán, Columbia, May 2016.
  20. Microrobots in Medicine, Nueva Granada Military University, Bogota, Colombia, May 2016.
  21. Microrobots in Medicine, Universidad Central, Bogota, Colombia, May 2016.
  22. Roboter in meinem Körper, Children’s Lecture (Kindervorlesung) Science City, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, March 2016.
  23. Automatisierte Intravitreale Therapie, ITS Industrie- und Technozentrum Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, March 2016.
  24. Microrobots in Ophthalmology, Premium Cataract Surgery Symposium, The Health Sciences School of Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal, January 2016.
  25. Mikroroboter für minimal-invasive intraokulare Chirurgie, Ophthalmology Departement University Hospital Zurich (USZ), Zurich, Switzerland, November 2015.
  26. Mikroroboter in der Medizin, Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil (HSR), Rapperswil, Switzerland, November 2015.
  27. Mikroroboter für minimal-invasive intraokulare Chirurgie, DOG Symposium (German Ophthalmology Association), Berlin, Germany, October 2015.
  28. Roboter in meinem Körper, Children’s Lecture (Kindervorlesung) Scientifica, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2015.
  29. Nano-Roboter: Kleiner geht’s kaum!, Annual Meeting Swiss Engineering Fachgruppe für Elektronik und Informatik, Zurich, Switzerland, November 2014

Publications


Multimodal Risk-based Path Planning for Neurosurgical Interventions.
Kunz, C.; Gerst, M.; Henrich, P.; Schneider, M.; Hlavac, M.; Pala, A.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2021. Journal of medical devices. doi:10.1115/1.4049550
Autonomous guidewire navigation using neural networks.
Carstensen, L.; Behr, T.; Pusch, T.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.; Stallkamp, J.
2020. Biomedical engineering, 65 (s1), S61
Intraoperative motion patterns of surgical microscopes in neurosurgery.
Philipp, M.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2020. Biomedical engineering, 65 (s1), S58-S62
Path Planning for Robotic Camera Guidance in Laparoscopy.
Scheikl, P. M.; Zhebin, J.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2020. Biomedical engineering, 65 (s1)
A Simulation Environment for Visual Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning in Robot-Assisted Laparoscopy.
Scheikl, P. M.; Scheler, U.; Franke, N.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2020. Biomedical engineering, 65 (s1)
Intraoperative Data Acquisition through Visual Sensing of Surgical Workflow.
Marzi, C.; Raczkowsky, J.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2019. Tagungsband - 18. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Computer- und Roboterassistierte Chirurgie e.V. (CURAC 2019). Hrsg.: O. Burgert, 171–172, Hochschule
Towards automated correction of brain shift using deep deformable magnetic resonance imaging-intraoperative ultrasound (MRI-iUS) registration.
Zeineldin, R. A.; Karar, M. E.; Coburger, J.; Wirtz, C. R.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.; Burgert, O.
2020. Current directions in biomedical engineering, 6 (1). doi:10.1515/cdbme-2020-0039
Augmented Reality in the Operating Room for Neurosurgical Interventions.
Kunz, C.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.; Hein, B.
2020. The Upper-Rhine Artificial Intelligence Symposium, 13th May, Karlsruhe
Multimodal Risk-Map for Navigation Planning in Neurosurgical Interventions.
Kunz, C.; Gerst, M.; Henrich, P.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2021. New Trends in Medical and Service Robotics. Eds: G. Rauter, P. C. Cattin, A Zam, R. Riener, G. Carbone, D. Pisla, Springer
Infrared marker tracking with the HoloLens for neurosurgical interventions.
Kunz, C.; Maurer, P.; Kees, F.; Henrich, P.; Marzi, C.; Hlaváč, M.; Schneider, M.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2020. Current directions in biomedical engineering, 6 (1), Art.-Nr.: 20200027. doi:10.1515/cdbme-2020-0027
Deep learning for semantic segmentation of organs and tissues in laparoscopic surgery.
Scheikl, P. M.; Laschewski, S.; Kisilenko, A.; Davitashvili, T.; Müller, B.; Capek, M.; Müller-Stich, B. P.; Wagner, M.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2020. Current directions in biomedical engineering, 6 (1), Article no: 20200016. doi:10.1515/cdbme-2020-0016
Autonomous guidewire navigation in a two dimensional vascular phantom.
Karstensen, L.; Behr, T.; Pusch, T. P.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.; Stallkamp, J.
2020. Current directions in biomedical engineering, 6 (1). doi:10.1515/cdbme-2020-0007
Analyzing Natural Language Commands during Laparoscopic Surgery for Robotic Camera Guidance.
Scheikl, P. M.; Nigl, B.; Kunz, C.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2019. 18. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Computer- und Roboterassistierte Chirurgie e.V. - Tagungsband. Reutlingen, 19 - 21 September 2019. Hrsg.: O. Burgert, 29–31, Hochschule Reutlingen
Fast Volumetric Auto-Segmentation of Head CT Images in Emergency Situations for Ventricular Punctures.
Kunz, C.; Henrich, P.; Scheikl, P. M.; Hlavac, M.; Schneider, M.; Heinz, W.; Hein, B.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2019. CURAC 2019 - 18. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Computer- und Roboterassistierte Chirurgie, Reutlingen, 19. - 21. September 2019. Hrsg.: O. Burgert, 41–46, Hochschule
Collaborative Control for Surgical Robots.
Scheikl, P. M.; Lanz, D.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2019, May. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - Workshop: Open Challenges and State-of-the-Art in Control System Design and Technology Development for Surgical Robotic Systems (ICRA 2019), Montreal, Canada, May 20–24, 2019
A Mechatronic Interface for using Oblique-Viewing Endoscopes with Light Weight Robots for Laparoscopic Surgery.
Petani, L.; Scheikl, P. M.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2019, May. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - Workshop: Open Challenges and State-of-the-Art in Control System Design and Technology Development for Surgical Robotic Systems (ICRA 2019), Montreal, Canada, May 20–24, 2019
Evaluation of Methods for Semantic Segmentation of Endoscopic Images.
Bopp, B.; Scheikl, P. M.; Kunz, C.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2019, May. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - Workshop: Open Challenges and State-of-the-Art in Control System Design and Technology Development for Surgical Robotic Systems (ICRA 2019), Montreal, Canada, May 20–24, 2019
Collaborative Control for Surgical Robots.
Scheikl, P. M.; Lanz, D.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2019, May
Evaluation of Methods for Semantic Segmentation of Endoscopic Images.
Bopp, B.; Scheikl, P. M.; Kunz, C.; Mathis-Ullrich, F.
2019