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Head of Institute:
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Olaf Dössel 
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Werner Nahm

Postal address:
Kaiserstr. 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Visitor / Delivery address:
Building 30.33
Fritz-Haber-Weg 1
76131 Karlsruhe

Fon: +49 721 608-42650
Fax: +49 721 608-42789
E-Mail: infoEuv7∂ibt kit edu


Mr cand. el. Michael Reiß:
"Enhancing Accuracy Ascertaining the Time Difference between two Indicator Dilution Curves in Quantitative Fluorescence Angiography using Mathematical Models"
(Bachelor thesis)
Date: 23.Jan.2020 14:00 h

Place: IBT library, building 30.33, room 517

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].



dotnetpro 2020
Heart Simulator 1.0

The issue 1/2020 of the "dotnetpro“ journal features an article about the research of the cardiac modeling group. dotnetpro delivers expert knowledge for software developers, who use Microsoft technologies to write programs for Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms. The idea behind the article is to provide a broader view for the dotnetpro readers, who mostly are software developers. The article introduces and describes the implementation of the multiscale simulation approach (from ion channels via cells and tissue up to the organ) for electrophysiology, which is developed and used at IBT. 

Towards the Digital Twin

Axel Loewe from IBT was invited to present at the 10th "TRM Forum on the Computer Simulation of Cardiac Function“. The meeting brings together leading experts on computational modeling, experimental assessment, and clinical research in the field of cardiac arrhythmias. We contributed to this year’s theme „Towards the Digital Twin“ by presenting work that allows to build a biomechanical twin of an individual patient. In addition, the session "Atrial modeling & experimental data" was chaired by the IBT researcher.

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DFG roundtable discussion on „Sustainability of Research Software in Germany“

On November 7 and 8, 40 members of the German research software community met at the Robert Koch institute in Berlin to work on a position paper on „Sustainability of Research Software in Germany“. On invitation of the DFG, the topics motivation for and selection of research software, funding, best practices, policies, and infrastructure were discussed. The respective demands, challenges, ideas for solutions were formulated and phrases as central recommendations for decision makers. After internal revision, the document will be made available to the public for discussion as part of the process for position papers of the German Society for Research Software Engineering (deRSE).

Atrial Signals 2019
Atrial Signals 2019 in Bordeaux

Six delegates of IBT attended the workshop Atrial Signals in Bordeaux on 14th and 15th October accompanied by their local clinical partners from Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe. Four years ago, the format of the workshop was called into being by Olaf Dössel and Claus Schmitt in Karlsruhe. It brings together physicians and engineers and creates a platform for the vivid exchange of needs, possibilities, and novelties in the context of working with signals from the human atria. Olaf Dössel contributed to the scientific program with two invited talks. Furthermore, IBT was represented with five posters. Laura Unger presented her work as one out of three finalists of the poster competition to the plenum.

The next workshop Atrial Signals will take place in Karlsruhe in 2021.

Labtour O-Phase 2019
Labtour O-Phase 2019

On October 8th, approximately 15 freshmen seized the opportunity of getting to know IBT during the institute tour in their orientation week. Presentations on three topics of current interest in biomedical research gave them an outlook to possible fields of application of their studies in electrical engineering and information technology starting this October. The event concluded with live demonstrations of different medical devices.

Steffen Schuler wins the YIA at CinC 2019

The Computing in Cardiology conference 2019 was hosted in Singapore from 8th to 11th September. Five doctoral students and Olaf Dössel as a member of the board of directors represented IBT. Amongst others, cardiac modelling and signal processing as well as the inverse problem of electrocardiography were discussed.
Steffen Schuler convinced the committee of the Rosanna Degani Young Investigator Award with his paper and oral presentation on the delay-based regularization for ECG imaging of transmembrane voltages and won the renowned competition.