Engineering for Health

Welcome to the web page of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBT) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). For more than 50 years we have been active in research and teaching in the field of biomedical engineering.

In interdisciplinary projects together with medical doctors and medical industry, we investigate new technical systems that help to diagnose diseases earlier and more accurately as well as systems that make therapies more successful.

The main focus of the research program of Prof. Dr. Werner Nahm's group is optical systems in medicine and life sciences. Current projects are focussing on surgical visualization and optical diagnosis [more].

The group of PD Dr. Axel Loewe develops computational models of the heart and applies them to cardiological problems. We focus on cardiac electrophysiology and elastomechanics to contribute to answer clinical questions such as the genesis of e.g. cardiac arrhythmias and appropriate treatment strategies [more].

The main focus of the research program of Prof. Dr. Olaf Dössel was the analysis of biosignals from the heart (ECG and electrograms) and the imaging of electrophysiological sources in the heart (ECG imaging) [more].

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Claudia Nagel, PhD

Claudia Nagel successfully defended her PhD thesis „Multiscale Cohort Modeling of Atrial Electrophysiology - Risk Stratification for Atrial Fibrillation through Machine Learning on Electrocardiograms“ on November 17th, 2022. Our heartfelt congratulations!

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What makes our heart beat?

IBT researchers present the first functional 3D computer model of the human sinus node in the renowned Biophysical Journal. 
The structure of this natural pacemaker is crucial for successfully exciting the surrounding heart tissue.

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IBT at BMT2022

From September 28 to September 30 the IBT took part at BMT2022 ("Joint Annual Conference of the Austrian, German and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering") in Innsbruck. 3 students and 4 PhDs were responsible for 5 presentations and 2 posters in total. Jule Bender won second place in the student's competition for her paper "A Large-Scale Virtual Patient Cohort to Study ECG Features of Interatrial Conduction Block". Congratulations!
Additionally, two former PhDs were awarded retrospectively for their PhD theses. Congratulations to Giorgio Luongo for getting third place in the Klee Award as well as to Ady Naber for winning the first place award for patient security.

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„Modeling the Cardiac Function“ Conferece

The „Modeling the Cardiac Function“ conference hosted by the iHeart project took place in Cetraro from 30.9 to 2.10. An IBT member was there and presented our studies on the influence of boundary conditions on fluid dynamics simulations.

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CinC 2022

The 49th edition of Computing in Cardiology (CinC) took place in Tampere, Finland from 04-07 Sep, 2022. 5 current PhD students from the IBT as well as Albert Dasí who is visiting our lab presented their recent work. Carmen Martínez was recognized as a semi-finalist for the Young Investigators Award and former postdoc Jorge Sánchez took home the Poster Award for the work he did while still at the IBT. Congratulations, Carmen and Jorge!

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Comparison of propagation models and forward calculation methods in atrial electrophysiology

IBT members and collaborators from the Medical University of Graz investigated if and to what extent simplified methods and models can yield physiologically accurate results in electrophysiological atrial simulations regarding activation times and electrocardiograms (ECG) while reducing computational cost markedly at the same time. These analyses form the basis for extensive ECG-based simulation studies to e.g., generate large-scale datasets for machine learning approaches.

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