Interested in medicine, technology, ethics or all three? In Theatre, an interactive exhibition organised by University College London, goes deep into AI and robot-assisted surgery.
If you enjoyed the board game Operation as a child, you’ll love trying your hand at the grown-up version using real simulation equipment at this pop-exhibition on Brick Lane. Occupying an empty cake shop, the immersive installation invites you to try your had at robotics, AI and surgery.
Surgeons do amazing things every day; they repair damaged organs, treat diseases and save lives. But what if your surgeon was a robot or the radiologist reading your medical scans was actually a computer? These are just some of the questions that a team of leading researchers from University College London (UCL) will be asking you to think about at an interactive pop-up installation in Brick Lane. Open for 3 weeks from mid-October, you will be invited to take a journey deep inside the human body which will send you whizzing through the high-tech machines used during operations to explore the future of surgery.
Visitors will have the chance to be immersed in a range of activities including seeing how steady your hands are as you try to replicate keyhole surgery and playing the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as you probe a ball pit in search of abnormal cells.
The In Theatre pop-up installation aims to get you thinking about robot-assisted surgery and how health care professionals can make sure that the patient always comes first. The number of robots working in the NHS is growing all the time. In Tower Hamlets, surgeons at the Royal London Hospital have treated hundreds of patients since installing their DaVinci surgical robot in November 2017.
Dan Stoyanov, Director at WEISS, says: “In Theatre is an important project for WEISS, helping us to connect and engage with members of the public on issues surrounding AI, robotics and surgery. We are delighted to open the pop up installation in Tower Hamlets and share our research with the local community and beyond.”
In Theatre, runs from 17 October until 6 November from 12 noon – 6pm. It’s free and you don’t need to book for general entry. A number of free events will take place as part of the pop-up installation, including the chance to meet the scientists who are working with cutting edge surgical technology. You can find In Theatre at the corner of Brick Lane and Chicksand Street (closest tube is Aldgate East).
In Theatre has been created by WEISS (Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences) and design specialists The Liminal Space to share the innovations being developed by researchers at UCL that will support current and future surgeries. For more information on In Theatre and WEISS, visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/interventional-surgical-sciences/events
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