Research Focus

Biomedical Engineering

Lübeck's program on Biomedical Engineering addresses signal and image computing for diagnostics and therapeutic solutions at cellular and organ levels.

This interdisciplinary field at the Universität zu Lübeck has emerged from a variety of projects in medicine, computer science, medical engineering and the Medical Laser Centre and its successor, the Institute for Biomedical Optics.

In the beginning, partnerships were established with the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences, the Leibniz Research Center Borstel and with companies like Dräger AG. And recently, this circle was expanded by addition of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology (EMB).

The outcome is a successful but thematically heterogeneous field of research, which currently encompasses anaesthesiology, imaging, signal and image computing, biosignal processing, neuroprosthetics, biophotonics, laser medicine, robotics/navigation and cellular engineering.

The most important joint projects are:

Medical imaging is an engineering discipline that investigates the interaction between energy and tissues that facilitates acquisition of signals released into space by cells or organs, which characterize the shape and/or function of an organ. Imaging is a cross-disciplinary field that drives the technology for advancement of equipment for application in biochemistry, physiology, physics, mathematics, computer science, metrology, and surgical courses.

Signal and image computing allows one to extract information contained in physical measurement signals and images, process it for evaluation, or automatically assess and interpret it. This is also an interdisciplinary field that depends on application of mathematics, computer science and all areas of medicine. Nowadays, medical imaging and processing makes it feasible to visualise changes in organs in 3-D, which means major improvements in diagnostics, selection of therapies, and image-driven and/or robot-backed intervention. The ability to automatically track single cells is a technique that will also be of great significance for future therapeutic and industrial cell cultures.

The fastest growing field now is molecular imaging. Advances in imaging and real time image processing now allow visualisation of biological processes at the molecular level, which enables even more specific diagnostics and application of local molecular biology therapies.

Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Buzug & Prof. Dr. Alfred Vogel




Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thorsten Buzug Institute for Medical Engineering

Dr.-Ing. Tobias Knopp                      Institute for Medical Engineering

Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Barkhausen        Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

PD Dr. med. Florian Vogt                   Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Technology and Engineering in Medicine