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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Software Carpentry Workshop at KIT

On October 28th and 29th 2021, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering is hosting a workshop which aims at teaching foundational coding to researchers, open to registration for all KIT members.

Statistical Shape Model of the Atria

Claudia Nagel, Steffen Schuler, Olaf Dössel and Axel Loewe published a paper on a bi-atrial statisical shape model. The model includes the anatomical shape variations of the atria in the study population and was analyzed with standard evaluation criteria. The shape model and 100 exemplary atrial geometries suitable for electrophysiological simulations are openly available online.

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Research Software - Sustainable Development and Support

IAMO Policy Brief 42 focuses on the needs and strategies for sustainable research software practices based on a position paper.

Review article on the calculation of the ECG with the help of computer models of the heart published

Olaf Dössel, Giorgio Luongo, Claudia Nagel and Axel Loewe have written a review article that deals with the calculation of the ECG from computer models of the heart. Both the healthy heart and simulations of various heart diseases are considered. It becomes clear how computer modeling can contribute to a better interpretation of the EKG.

Mechanisms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy impairs cardiac mechanics but the differential effects of a thicker wall, reduced active force, fiber disarray and increased tissue stiffness are not clear. IBT researchers could elucidate their contribution to deformation, strain, strain rate and wall thickening using a computational model of the heart.

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iHeart conference 2021

During the iHeart conference from July 1-3, about 200 participants virtually presented and discussed their research. The IBT was successfully involved with two presentations.