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  • SFB/Transregio 125 "Cognition-Guided Surgery"

  • Operating room of the future

  • Exploration of functional imaging


The German Research Foundation (DFG) established the Transregional Collaborative Research Center 125 “Cognition-Guided Surgery” in the year 2012.

Our interdisciplinary consortium is working on our vision of a technical-cognitive assistance system that will support surgeons in finding the best possible therapy for individual patients and putting it to use in the greatest possible quality.

In a joint effort with scientist from clinical disciplines (visceral and cardiac surgery, radiotherapy, radiology), engineering science disciplines (computer science, robotics, web science) as well as scientific-technical disciplines (medical physics, mathematics), we are exploring new methods and possible solutions for knowledge- and model-based surgery.

On this website, we would like to give you a brief insight into our efforts.
If you are interested in further information or cooperation, please contact us anytime!

Prof. Dr. med. Markus W. Büchler
Spokesperson of Transregional Collaborative Research Center 125
Managing Director of the Surgical Department
Chairman for General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery
at the University Hospital Heidelberg

Facts and figures

Cognitive Model

The aim of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre (TCRC) 'Cognition-Guided Surgery' is to create a technical, cognitive system to support the surgeon. It will act in a similar way to a human assistant while permanently retaining vital knowledge to be transferred, accumulated and reused for future operations. The system will be able to

  • amass and combine preoperative, perioperative and post-operative information and interpret it through a knowledge base,
  • continuously follow the operational procedure and gather relevant information ('perception'),
  • incorporate both factual and practical knowledge ('knowledge base') and use this information to assess the current situation ('interpretation'), recommending, when necessary, an appropriate course of action ('action'),
  • return the results to the database as part of the learning progress and store the information to be made available for future use.

The surgeon is therefore able to carry out future therapy more effectively, providing the upmost quality.