Medical Augmented Reality 2021

International Summer School and Competition

Medical Augmented Reality Summer School 2021

In August 2021 we hosted the second edition of the Medical Augmented Reality Summer School, again bringing together the world's experts in Medical AR, clinicians, companies and talented academic researchers from all around the world, foster cooperation, and hopefully push the boundaries of Medical Augmented Reality.

The summer school was be held as an online event, organized by a consortium of scientists and clinicians from Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, Technical University, Munich, Germany, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, and University of Zurich, Switzerland, which are among the leading centers for cutting-edge research in Medical Augmented Reality.

The event consisted of daily sessions, streamed from August 30th to September 10th 2021, including exciting keynotes of renowned speakers from research, hospital, and industry, as well as panel discussions and live surgery. After the keynote part of the event, the participants of the competition developed a project idea together with respective mentors in group breakout sessions and pitched their final concept at the end of the two-week workshop. In the next months, the 13 teams participating in the MARSS2021 competition developed and implemented individual Medical AR project solutions and prototypes in two tracks with the topics:

  1. AR for Computer Aided Interventions in Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery (CAI Track)
  2. Surgical Education and Training (EDU Track)

The winners of the MARSS2021 competition were selected by an independent jury after the final presentations on March 14th, 2022.


This event is endorsed by the MICCAI society and covered by the MICCAI Code of Conduct.

The MARSS2021 Award Winners

CAI Track
  1. Augmented reality guided osteotomies using HoloLens 2
  2. SALAD: Novel surgical applications of galvanic tongue displays
  3. VISION 42
EDU Track
  1. ARTFM: Augmented Reality Visualization of Tool Functionality Manuals in Operating Room
  2. CAL-Tutor: A mixed reality platform for training in obstetric sonography
  3. RISP: The Remote Interactive Surgical Platform
International Cooperation Award
SALAD: Novel surgical applications of galvanic tongue displays

Innovation Award
SALAD: Novel surgical applications of galvanic tongue displays

Best Presentation Award

The MARSS2021 Jury

Prof. Dr. Stefanie


Prof. Dr. Philippe


Prof. Dr. Marta


Prof. Lee

Swanström, MD

Prof. Dr. Christoph


Worldwide Participation

Industry Partners

Agenda Virtual MAR Summer School 2021

First week

Time Monday 30th Tuesday 31st Wednesday 1st Thursday 2nd Friday 3rd
Slot 1 Opening
Research Keynote
Prof. Dr. Navab
Industry Keynote
Group Breakout
Slot 2 Research Keynote
Prof. Dr. Furness
Clinical Keynote
Prof. Osgood, MD
Group Breakout
Research Keynote
Prof. Dr. Jannin
Group Breakout
Slot 3 Research Keynote
Prof. Dr. Peters
Industry Keynote
Zimmer Biomet
Group Breakout
Research Keynote
Prof. Dr. Fairhurst
Navid Navab
Dr. Alexandra Supper
Dr. Alfredo Illanes
Group Breakout
Slot 4 Research Keynote
Prof. Dr. Fürnstahl
Research Keynote
Prof. Dr. Pollefeys
Group Breakout
Research Keynote
Audio Applications in
Medical AR
Group Breakout
Slot 5 Panel Discussion
Evolution and
Future of AR
Group Breakout
Group Breakout

Second week

Time Monday 6th Tuesday 7th Wednesday 8th Thursday 9th Friday 10th
Slot 1 Live

Prof. Farshad, MD, MPH
Group Breakout
Research Keynote
Dr. Chenyang Xu
& Christopher Stapleton
Industry Keynote
Project Pitches
& Kickoff
Slot 2 Clinical Keynote
Prof. Dr. Parratte, MD
Group Breakout
Clinical Keynote
Prof. Johnson, MD
Clinical Keynote
Prof. De Ribaupierre, MD
Project Pitches
& Kickoff
Slot 3 Research Keynote
Prof. Dr. Joskowicz
Group Breakout
Industry Keynote
Research Keynote
Prof. Dr. Eagleson
Project Pitches
& Kickoff
Slot 4 Industry Keynote
Siemens Healthineers
Group Breakout
Industry Keynte
Panel Discussion
How to validate AR?
Project Pitches
& Kickoff

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Tom A. Furness

Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering with adjunct professorships in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Prof. Dr. Terry Peters

Professor Medical Imaging, Medical Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering, Robarts Research Institute, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
Head of the laboratory for Virtual Augmentation and Simulation for Surgery and Therapy (VASST Lab)

Prof. Dr. Leo Joskowicz

Professor of Computer Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Head of the Computer Aided Surgery and Medical Image Processing (CASMIP) laboratory

Prof. Dr. Marc Pollefeys

Director of Science at Microsoft HoloLens and Full Professor in the Institute for Visual Computing of the Dept. of Computer Science, ETH Zürich

Prof. Dr. Nassir Navab

Head of the Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality, Department of Computer Science, TU Munich

Prof. Mazda Farshad, MD, MPH

Medical Director at Balgrist Hospital
Professor for Orthopedics at Universität Zürich

Prof. Greg Osgood, MD

Chief, Orthopaedic Trauma, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, JHU Baltimore

Prof. Dr. Philipp Fürnstahl

Professor in Orthopedic Computer Science
Head of ROCS (Research in Orthopedic Computer Science), Balgrist, University Hospital, University of Zurich.

Dr. Chenyang Xu

Partner at the Corporate Innovators Huddle, in Menlo Park, California, USA
Managing Partner at Perception Vision Medical Technologies, Guangzhou, China

Prof. Alex Johnson, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, JHU Baltimore

Prof. Sandrine De Ribaupierre, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

Prof. Dr. Roy Eagleson

Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, Associate Scientist at the Robarts Research Institute, Scientist and Principal Investigator at CSTAR, Canada

Prof. Dr. Pierre Jannin

Head of the MediCIS group at the LTSI institute, University of Rennes, France
DR2 INSERM Research Director

Prof. Dr. Merle Fairhurst

Professor Biological Psychology, Insitute of Psychology, Universität der Bundeswehr München

Prof. Dr. Sebastien Parratte, MD

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon at International Knee and Joint Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Christopher Stapleton

Senior Creative Producer & Experience Architect, SIMIOSYS LLC
Co-Founder Virtual World Society

Dr. Alexandra Supper

Assistant professor in the Department of Society Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University

Dr. Alfredo Illanes

INKA – Innovation Laboratory for Image Guided Therapy
Medical Faculty, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany

Navid Navab

Associate Director in Responsive Media, Topological Media Lab, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Industry Keynotes

Costa Nikou

Senior Principal Robotics Engineer at Smith & Nephew

Nissan Elimelech

Founder & CEO at Augmedics

Dr. Linda Bruetzel

Product Manager at Brainlab

Dr. Joern Seebeck

Director Research at Zimmer Biomet

Dr. Martin Berger

Research Project Lead – Advanced Therapies at Siemens Healthineers

Florian Hager

Principal Key Expert AR/VR/XR technology at Siemens Healthineers

Jonathan Knopf

Principal Designer - Global User Experience / Augmented Reality at Arthrex

Group Support

  • Christoph Laux, MD
  • Armando Hoch, MD
  • Dr. Martin Osswald
  • Dr. Christoph Leuze
  • Dr. Hooman Esfandiari
  • Dr. Ehsan Azimi
  • Dr. Fabio Carrillo
  • Megha Kalia
  • Florentin Liebmann
  • Marco Von Atzigen
  • Sascha Jecklin
  • Matthias Seibold
  • Kevin Yu
  • Sasan Matinfar
  • Jonas Hein
  • Sebastian Andress
  • Alejandro Martin Gomez
  • Alex Winkler
  • Christina Gsaxner
  • Aidana Massalimova
  • Shervin Dehghani
  • Daniel Suter, MD
  • Sandro Hodel, MD