News 2022
LogoTribute for Prof. Em. Olaf Dössel

Olaf Dössel was appointed Fellow of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the international development of physical and engineering sciences in medicine.
The IUPESM is the worldwide umbrella organization of all scientific societies for biomedical engineering and medical physics.

Logo DGKDGK Annual Meeting

The 88th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Cardiology, which was held for the first time since 2019 in the presence of the Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim, was very well attended. 
More than 7,100 audience members watched the sessions of the 88th Annual Meeting, the majority of them - more than 5,300 people - on site in Mannheim. The IBT was represented with several posters and an invited talk on "Computational Cardiac Modeling - Synergies with Machine Learning" (Axel Loewe).

BildDeborah Nairn, PhD

Deborah Nairn successfully defended her PhD thesis „Multi-Modality Correspondence to Enhance Arrhythmogenic Atrial Substrate Identification - Guiding Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Therapy“ on April 14th, 2022.
Our heartfelt congratulations!

BildSymposium and farewell party for Prof. Dr. Olaf Dössel

After more than 25 years at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Prof. Dr. Olaf Dössel with a symposium on medical technology and with various subsequent celebrations in retirement. Specialist presentations by current and former representatives of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBT) and the Städtisches Klinikum were followed by greetings from the KIT, Division III, professional associations, companions as well as the faculty and student council. At the celebration that followed, the IBT said goodbye to its head of institute with various musical personal contributions and with the traditional, self-made "doctoral hat".
Many thanks to Olaf Dössel and all the best for your retirement!

Logo EHRAEHRA Congress 2022

Carmen Martinez, scientist in the IBT, presented her research results in the EHRA Congress 2022 poster sessions under the title: “Impact of contact force on local impedance measurements in different atrial locations“. The conference took place in Copenhage between the 3rd and the 5th of April. The scientific program of this year was focused on “Getting back to the rhythm!”, referring also to the recovering of on-site conferences after the pandemic.

BildDevelopment environment for sustainable research software

How can the maintenance effort for research software be reduced by clever concepts and automation? The article published in the journal "Bausteine Forschungsdatenmanagement" presents ideas and solutions using the example of openCARP.

BildPhD Laura Unger

Laura Unger successfully defended her PhD thesis „Multimodal Characterization of the Atrial Substrate – Risks and Rewards of Electrogram and Impedance Mapping“ on February 22nd, 2022 and passed the doctoral examination with distinction. Our heartfelt congratulations!

BildAtrial Fibrillation: Technology for Diagnosis, Monitoring, and Treatment

A recent research topic published in the renowned Frontiers in Physiology journal highlights the latest progress in technology for atrial fibrillation diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.
The collection of 38 articles was co-edited by IBT researcher Axel Loewe and features 3 studies in which IBT was involved.

BildWhich atrial fibrillation patients are at increased risk for heart failure?

Together with physicians at Freiburg University Hospital, IBT researchers present a method to non-invasively identify those atrial fibrillation patients at increased risk of heart failure. The method is based on machine learning on the electrocardiogram.

BildWhat ECG can tell us about the events on a molecular scale

Our research is featured in the latest episode of Renal Research Institute's "Frontiers in Kidney Medicine and Biology" in an interview with Axel Loewe. Watch the video, listen to the podcast, or read the transcript.

BildSoftware Carpentry Workshop at KIT

On April 11th and 12th 2022, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering is hosting a workshop which aims at teaching foundational coding to researchers, open to registration for all KIT members.

BildNew research assistant at IBT

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering welcomes Mr. Jonathan Krauß as a new research assistant. Since January 2022, he has been working in the "Computational Cardiac Modeling“ research group on electro-mechanically coupled human heart simulations. For this purpose, efficient and robust coupling schemes will be developed and evaluated. 
Jonathan Krauß completed his studies in mechanical engineering at KIT. His research topics were focused on continuum mechanics and medical robotics.

BildLet's to talk about research software

In the days of Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner, scientific life was characterized solely by laboratory experiments, observations of nature and theoretical considerations, scientific essays and discourses. What has changed in the last 100 years? Nowadays, there is hardly a field in which research can be carried out without software.

BildHybrid machine learning to localize atrial flutter substrates using the surface 12-lead ECG

IBT former researcher Giorgio Luongo, PhD presented a hybrid machine learning-based classification of 12-lead ECG to discriminate between patients with three different kind of atrial flutter (cavotricuspidal-isthmus-dependent vs. peri-mitral vs. other left atrium atrial flutters). This novel algorithm may aid to identify non-invasively the best ablation procedure to terminate the arrhythmia prior to the invasive procedure in the EP labs. This work is the result of a successful collaboration between 5 engineering and clinical groups (Università degli Studi di Milano, University of Leicester, ABC Federal University, Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe and IBT). The paper is published in EP Europace journal and is freely available.

BildBlood flow shows minor effects on the deformation of the healthy heart

Researchers of the IBT and the ISTM (Institute of Fluid Mechanics, KIT) have implemented a sequential coupling approach and found that the influence of the blood flow only slightly changes the deformation of the heart wall.

Atrial Signals LogoProgress - first technical, then clinical

The international "Atrial Signals" congress took place for the fourth time in September 2021 under the patronage of the Karlsruhe Municipal Hospital (Prof. Dr. med. Claus Schmitt) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Olaf Dössel ) including synergy effects.

BildECG Imaging improved

The solution of the inverse problem for ECG imaging (ECGI) is prone to detection of artifacts. A team around IBT researcher Steffen Schuler presented a method to avoid line-of-block artifacts to improve ECGI as a noninvasive diagnostic tool.