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].


Radiomics and Machine Learning for prognosis in rare tumors

In collaboration with University Magna Graecia (Italy), Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and our Clinical Partner at San Raffaele Hospital of Milan (Italy), we proved that the prognostic value of radiomics features extracted from MR images of PCNSL patients overcomes the current prediction model based on clinical features. These results pave the way for further investigations on the potential role of image features to drive treatment choice.

What’s the role of pulse timing in cardiac defibrillation?

In collaboration with the Biomedical Physics group at the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization, we investigated time series of the success rates for cardiac defibrillation. Using a simplified 2D model for chaotic excitation dynamics, we got some interesting insights, especially for the success of low-energy pulses.

Gordon Research Conference 2023: memories from the space city

Last week the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms was held in Galveston (Texas, USA). Patricia Martínez and Albert Dasí won first prize in the student poster competition.

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Podcast on atrial fibrillation research in Karlsruhe

In the latest episode of the Signals for Life podcast of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT) in the VDE, Laura Unger from IBT and Armin Luik from the Karlsruhe Municipal Hospital present their joint research on atrial fibrillation. Another episode will follow soon!

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Software Carpentry Workshop at KIT

On March 29th and 30th 2023, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering is hosting a workshop which aims to teach foundational coding to researchers, open to registration for all KIT members.

Recommender system for ablation lines of atrial tachycardia

Together with researchers from the Università degli Studi di Milano and the Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe, we present a recommendation system for the ablation treatment of atrial flutter. Based on graph theoretic methods, the optimal configuration of the ablation scars to be applied is automatically determined with the help of optimization algorithms.