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Abstract submission

In 2024, the International Society for Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) will hold its 23rd Annual Meeting in Groningen, the Netherlands. In addition to the Society’s traditional strengths in the development and discussion of navigation and robotics technologies, this year’s meeting will continue to strengthen our burgeoning expertise in emerging, broad CAOS domains including novel sensors, machine learning, artificial intelligence, advanced planning, and clinical workflows, to name a few. To step into this new world and as a society dedicated to continuous innovation in orthopaedics, we welcome papers that are opening new doors and new ways of thinking. To see if your work fits with this conference, review the List of Topics below and our past Open Access Proceedings.


Clinical Application Focus

  • Ankle
  • Knee 
  • Hip
  • Spine 
  • Shoulder 
  • Elbow 
  • Wrist 
  • Deformity Correction 
  • Joint Replacement 
  • Revision Surgery 
  • Trauma Surgery 
  • Oncology 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Orthopaedics in general

Technological Focus 

  • Medical Imaging (morphological or functional, CT, MRT, US, Elastography, PET…) 
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine/Deep Learning, Generative AI
  • Image and Signal Processing 
  • Registration and Data Fusion
  • Augmented, mixed, & virtual reality 
  • Mathematical, Statistical, & Computational Modelling (Statistical Models, Biomechanical Models…) 
  • Simulators and Planning Software 
  • Robotics: Soft & Hard 
  • Navigation 
  • Patient-specific instruments and implants
  • Smart/Connected instruments and implants 
  • New Sensors and Actuators
  • Additive manufacturing 
  • Shock Waves and Therapeutic Ultrasound/HIFU 
  • Computer Assisted Laser surgery 
  • Internet of Things (IOT) – Interoperability 
  • Medical Apps 
  • Surgical Process Modelling/Management/Monitoring
  • Digital Operating Room

Research Focus / Type of Contribution

  • New medical and surgical approaches or strategies
  • Experimental and pre-clinical Evaluation
  • Clinical Studies / Reviews of clinical trends
  • Collaborative interdisciplinary studies
  • Multicentre trials
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Education and Training
  • New technologies, approaches, tools and components
  • Open-source software and databases
  • Morpho-functional imaging
  • Multi-sensor fusion
  • Efficient Clinical Pathways
  • Data Mining
  • Personalized Modelling
  • Biomechanics
  • Tele-medicine and at-home medicine
  • Human-Machine-Interaction (HMI), Usability, Design and ergonomics
  • Medical data security
  • Health economics and legislation

Submission guidelines


Papers are expected to demonstrate novelty by arguing that there is a gap in the existing literature that the presented work addresses and to present data to support any conclusions drawn. 

You will be asked to submit two files, for which templates are available: 

  • Main paper (500-1000 words), in PDF or Latex format, see details below and link to templates below.
  • Bone and Joint Journal abstract (250 words), in PDF format, which will be published in their online “Orthopaedic Proceedings” for all accepted podium presentations (see details below)

Please use the Word or Latex template, found here, to ensure your submision adheres to formatting requirements as improperly formatted submissions will require revision. All papers will be required to include at least three references in the Introduction to establish the need for and novelty of the work, and at least two references in the discussion section to establish the significance of the findings compared with the existing literature. Papers should be 500-1000 words in length (excluding references and title block). Only two graphics are allowed, each of which can be a picture, a diagram or a table. The use of collages (multi-part figures) is permitted, as long as the text is legible and the graphics are clear. Please try to limit formatting complexity and make sure to embed text labels within diagrams and pictures. These images will be used without change in the final digital proceedings.

We especially encourage young researchers to take part in the conference. Accordingly, some preference will be given to presenting authors who do not yet hold (or have only very recently taken up) faculty appointments or post-graduation industry. Furthermore, in the case of contributions with a first author who also presents the work at the conference, the Society will again be offering the ISTELAR Emerging Researchers Awards.