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. Olaf Dössel is the analysis of biosignals from the heart (ECG and electrograms), the imaging of electrophysiological sources in the heart (ECG imaging). Moreover, we are working on impedance tomography for lung perfusion and hypothermia in stroke patients [more].

The area of research 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 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].


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Computational hearts for success of therapy

KIT's Institute of Biomedical Engineering develops, based on mathematical equations, a computational heart model to enable targeted therapy of cardiac arrhythmias. The model supports medical research and development in the fields of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

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Estimating Cardiac Active Tension from Wall Motion - An Inverse Problem of Cardiac Biomechanics

IBT researches have published a paper, which presents a model-based method for solving an inverse problem of the heart biomechanics.

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Cycle Length Statistics during ongoing Atrial Fibrillation Yield Refractory Measure

Researchers at IBT showed that the statistical analysis of cycle lengths during atrial fibrillation allows to estimate refractory periods of the underlying substrate. The study combines a broad set of simulations with clinical acquisitions and was published in Europace EP.

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Graduation Nicolas Pilia

Nicolas Pilia defended his dissertation „Electrocardiogram Signal Analysis and Simulations for Non-Invasive Diagnosis - Model-Based and Data-Driven Approaches for the Estimation of Ionic Concentrations and Localization of Excitation Origins“ on February 18th 2021 and graduated with distinction. Congratulations!

Whitepaper on sustainable development of research software in Germany

The Paper describes the environment for the development of sustainable research software in Germany, identifies challenges and calls for action.

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Comparison of Unipolar and Bipolar Voltage Mapping

IBT researches in collaboration with the University Heart Centre Freiburg have published a paper comparing unipolar and bipolar voltage mapping for localisation of atrial substrate.


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