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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: infoCne8∂ibt kit edu


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Welcome to the home page of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since more than 50 years we do research and teaching in the field of Biomedical Engineering.

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

Main focus of the research program of Prof. Dr. Olaf Doessel is the analysis of biosignals from the heart (ECG and electrograms), the imaging of electrophysiological sources in the heart (ECG Imaging), computer modelling of the heart and numerical field calculation in human body.

A second focus is currently established by Prof. Dr. Werner Nahm: it’s the research on optical systems in medicine and life sciences, e.g. new intraoperative applications of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and confocal microscopy in neurosurgery.



Laura Unger
New research assistant at IBT

We would like to welcome Ms. Laura Anna Unger as a research assistant at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering as of October 1st, 2017. As a member of the biosignals group, Laura Unger is working on the analysis of intraatrial signals in close cooperation with electrophysiologists in clinical practice. The projects focus on novel methods in the diagnosis and therapy of atrial tachycardia such as atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.

Laura Unger completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at KIT. She has already built up a background in modeling and processing of intraatrial signals during her final theses and her work as a student research assistant at IBT.

Atrial Signals 2017 in Valencia

Three members of IBT, Olaf Dössel, Tobias Oesterlein, and Laura Unger, attended this year’s workshop Atrial Signals in Valencia from October 5th through 7th. We were happy to witness the successful continuation of the workshop after IBT and the Städtisches Klinikum had created and hosted the first Atrial Signals conference in Karlsruhe in 2015. The philosophy of bringing together engineers and physicians once again triggered fruitful panel discussions after each series of talks. As co-founders of the event, both Olaf Dössel and Tobias Oesterlein had the honor of being invited speakers amongst other well-known personalities.

CinC 2017
Successful participation in Computing in Cardiology (CinC) conference

Members of IBT presented 8 scientific contributions at the CinC conference in Rennes, France. Two contributions were awarded prizes: The work "ECG as a tool to estimate potassium and calcium concentrations in the extracellular space“ entered the semi-final of the Young Investigators Award. The work "An Interactive Virtual Reality Environment for the Analysis of Clinical Atrial Arrhythmias and Ablation Planning" was honoured with a poster award. Furthermore, members of IBT were involved in the organisation of the conference being session chairs and organisators of the hackathon for inverse problem at this conference.

Potyagaylo news
Klee-Award 2017 of DGBMT goes to Dr.-Ing. Danila Potyagaylo

Danila Potyagaylo introduces new algorithms for the localization of ventricular extrasystoles in his dissertation "Non-invasive Electrocardiographical Imaging of Ventricular Activities", which he has developed at the Institute for Biomedical Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

We welcome Mr. Tobias Gerach


We welcome Mr. Tobias Gerach as a new member at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Inside the framework of the Collaborative Research Centre 1173: Wave phenomena, Mr. Gerach is working with the cardiac modeling group at IBT on the dynamics of electro-cardiac depolarization waves.

Mr. Gerach received his bachelor and master degrees in geophysics from the Karlsruher Institute of Technology. His research topics at the Geophysical Institute were focused on the simulation of seismic wave fields and the full waveform inversion of seismic waves in maritime environments.

DGBMT 2017
IBT strongly represented at the joint annual conference of the Society of Biomedical Engineering and of the Society of Medical Physics

The annual conference of the Society of Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT) 2017 took place in Dresden together with the Society of Medical Physics (DGMP).
Among 700 scientific contributions, the IBT was represented with 19 contributions and was one of the strongest groups at the annual conference. Furthermore, Areg Noshadi, Michael Stritt and Christian Marzi won the 1st, 2nd and 7th prize in the student competition of the DGBMT.