This event will invite about 50 early-career researchers, primarily doctoral students, to a 5 day intensive series of 90 minute tutorial lectures, hands-on labs, and informal interactions designed to rapidly bring them up to the state of the art in this rapidly expanding field. Students accepted at the school will attend all five days and learn from an international faculty specially recruited for the event.

Pending full sponsorship, it is expected that all students will receive scholarships for tuition, lodging, and meals.


Dates: 23-27 August, 2010
Location: Seattle Washington.
Elligibility: There will be an application process designed to select the students most likely to benefit from the school and to ensure a diverse and stimulating mix of backgrounds and expertise.

Final program - view the summer school program.
Travel, Lodging and Food - view the wiki with logistics information.

Costs: Students are responsible for transportation costs to Seattle. The summer school has received generous support from National Science Foundation, Intuitive Surgical, and Children's Hospital of Seattle. A registration fee will be required from students prior to the start of the school which covers tuition, accommodations, meals, and social events. At the current time this fee is $500 for students from academia or the military and $1600 for participants from industry. We have applications pending for further support to reduce the student fee with a target of $0. Updates on possible reductions in the student fee will be posted here. Room and board is included with tuition.

Poster guidelines

All participants, especially the doctoral students, are asked to bring a brief poster describing their research interests. In addition, participants will give a one minute teaser slide introducing their poster and their work.

Click here for guidelines on the poster and poster teaser.


Deadline for student applications: 15-June-2010.
To apply for the program, please fill out the application form.
Application materials will consist of
  • CV stating training, research experience, and publications (if any).
  • Letter from Faculty Advisor
  • 1 page statement of purpose

Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed Sponsors

Industrial Participants:
  • CAE Healthcare
  • Covidien Inc.
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery (a division of J&J)
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.