Clean air, clean drinking water and an intact natural environment form the basis for a healthy life. However, these very foundations of life are increasingly under threat, and new effects of climate change are becoming visible and tangible every day.

In order to investigate and understand the complex relationships between the environment and health, scientists at TU Ilmenau bring together the expertise of various research areas. Together with colleagues worldwide, they are driving forward research into new technologies and solutions for limiting the consequences of environmental and climate change on our society and protecting our health.

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Vice President Prof. Stefan Sinzinger

In the 2024 Scientific Year "Environment and Health", we invite you to take a closer look at some of these highly exciting and innovative research projects: new approaches in biodiversity research, technologies to reduce emissions in traffic and minimize the population's exposure to radiation, but also innovative possibilities for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare or ideas for effective crisis communication by healthcare facilities.

Through interdisciplinary research, scientists at TU Ilmenau are developing new approaches to enable people to live healthy, self-determined and long lives. Whether it's sensor technology for powerful and energy-saving hearing aids of tomorrow, machine learning (ML) strategies for safer and more accurate medical technology or intelligent surgical robotics: we look forward to giving you an insight into our international research activities and cordially invite you to come and talk to us!

Stefan Sinzinger | Vice President for Research and Young Scientists at TU Ilmenau

News and events in the theme year

Presented: Research at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics

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The TU Ilmenau has a long and successful tradition in the field of biomedical engineering. The Institute of Electromedical and Radiological Engineering was founded back in 1953 and was the first university educational institution in Europe to introduce a degree course in biomedical engineering.

Today, around 45 employees at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics research and teach technology-oriented methods and systems for early detection, diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation. The Institute's educational offerings include a Bachelor's and a Master's degree program in Biomedical Engineering as well as a doctoral program.

The main areas of research

Research projects in the Scientific Year "Environment and Health"

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Better cancer treatment - biomechatronics for precision surgery

In the "Sensorized Surgery" research project, scientists at the Biomedical Engineering Group are developing a method for robotic surgery. The mechanical analysis for the haptic representation of tumor tissue - in combination with modern imaging and artificial intelligence - should enable a much more effective treatment of malignant cancer tumors. Read the article Read more

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Individualized stroke rehab via telemedicine

In a major international research project, researchers at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science are developing a telemedicine method that enables stroke patients to undergo rehabilitation at home. This would mean that people who have suffered motor dysfunction as a result of brain damage would no longer have to go to hospital for rehabilitation. To the articleRead more

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Chronolite: IoT sensors for healthy sleep

In the Chronolite project, researchers want to use an app to adjust the lighting in means of transport to the chronobiological clock of travelers for the first time. To this end, they are developing intelligent sensors that communicate data to a cloud. The app takes into account various everyday situations of people and promotes healthy sleep by regulating light intensity and color. Read the article Read more

Scientists about their research work

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In the "BeesUp" project, scientists at TU Ilmenau are developing a digital planning tool supported by artificial intelligence (AI) for the wild bee-friendly design of open spaces in urban areas. Project manager Dr. Marco Seeland, Philipp Gattung, student assistant in the project, and Prof. Patrick Mäder, head of the Data-intensive Systems and Visualization , talk about their commitment to wild bee-friendly cities:

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Health is one of the most important prerequisites for successful work and research...

...which is why the University Health Management (UGM) at TU Ilmenau supports employees and students in their performance. Based on surveys and health reports, their needs are systematically determined, goals are derived and both individual prevention measures and health-promoting framework conditions are developed and evaluated, taking into account diversity aspects and equal opportunities.t3://page?uid=15939c

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