Current Projects


Facilitation of communication and orientation for ventilated intensive care patients (BMBF)

Ventilated and non-speaking patients need help in communicating with caregivers, attendants and relatives. The ACTIVATE system is designed to assist in this situation and is controlled by a ball-shaped, easy-to-use input device called BIRDY. With the help of the input device, patients can specifically communicate needs to therapeutic staff during the recovery process.

Ambient Care

User-centered development and testing of a socio-technical system (CISCO)

The project aims at the user-centered development and testing of a socio-technical system for the context-sensitive provision and communication of professional or clinical, i.e. patient- or resident-related information.

Big data analytics of multimorbid patients

Complementation in Health Services Research (CISCO)

As part of the "Big Data" subproject, several work packages will address the question of whether the analysis of complex patient data can help to improve patient care. The process evaluation of this work package will also address the data protection and ethical issues that this procedure raises.

DISH - Digital & Innovation Skills Helix in Health

Digital solutions in healthcare (ERASMUS+)

Digital solutions or so-called "e-health" approaches are intended to support healthcare workers, e.g. by ensuring more transparent communication channels and enabling patients and relatives to better participate in their own healthcare. The aim of the EU-funded ERASMUS+ project "Digital & Innovation Skills Helix in Health" (DISH) is to investigate current and future skills needs in order to successfully advance the necessary digitalization in this sector.

DNA Computing

Useful building material in nano size

According to current knowledge, DNA has unique properties that make it a useful nanoscale building material. The use of DNA makes it possible to perform computations to implement conditional behavior of particles. This can be used to develop efficient methods to detect and possibly treat diseases in a smart way.


Mobile medical technology for integrated emergency care and accident medicine (BMBF)

The aim of the MOMENTUM project is to develop and evaluate suitable concepts and technologies for networking emergency medical treatment along the process chain from the emergency scene to the hospital. The motivation of the project lies in an improvement of the information flow between the helpers at the emergency scene and specialists in the emergency room or the operations center.


Connecting in-body nano communication with body area networks (DFG)

The project focuses on the integration of nano-communication systems inside the human body with IT infrastructures outside the body, leading to the so-called Internet of Nano Things (IoNT).


Multimodal platform for pain monitoring in physiotherapy (BMBF)

Although accurate pain management is essential in a wide variety of medical contexts, pain assessment often remains an obstacle (for example, in coma patients). The PainMonit project seeks to create an automated objective system for detecting a level of pain based on physiological sensor data to provide assistance to patients, physicians, and clinicians.


Training program for Parkinson's patients (G-BA innovation fund)

In this project, a tablet-based training program is implemented, which is carried out during and after inpatient treatment. It supports Parkinson's patients in continuing the learned physical-activating exercises independently on a regular basis under guidance in everyday life at home.


Patient-oriented smartphone-based diagnostics (Joachim Herz Foundation)

The PASBADIA project is investigating the extent to which a general practitioner can use a diagnosis tool supported by artificial intelligence (AI) to support the care of eye diseases close to home.The aim of the project is the diagnosis of eye diseases close to home by general practitioners in order to optimize ophthalmological care in rural areas.

Primary Doctor's Office of the Future

Telemedicine approaches for the primary care of the future (CISCO)

In this project, telemedical approaches for the primary care practice of the future will be scientifically evaluated. For this purpose, it will first be determined which telemedical solutions can bring additional benefits to care from the perspective of the users. At the same time, determinants for a demand-oriented implementation of these solutions in care close to home will be identified.


The aftercare app for breast cancer patients

Mobile health offers, i.e. offers that support healthcare electronically with the help of mobile devices, are increasingly becoming the focus of (research) interest. The aftercare app for breast cancer patients is based on the evaluated aftercare concept 'new credo' and supports breast cancer patients in continuing the physical activities learned in rehabilitation in everyday life at home.

Routing with nanobots

Medical treatment with nanobots in the body

Medical treatment with nanobots in the body promises a wide range of new possibilities. One advantage of nanobots is their locality: they can act very precisely at a specific point in the body without burdening the rest of the system. However, their size is also a challenge, as a single nanobot can only have very limited capabilities, both technical and physical. To accomplish large tasks, nanobots must work together.


Systemic nutritional medicine (DAMP-foundation)

Advances in biomedical research allow precision medicine approaches in a plethora of different disease entities. So far, nutritional medicine has not benefited sufficiently from this development, despite the high relevance of nutrition as a pathophysiological factor for diseases of civilization. The SENSE project aims to demonstrate that it is possible to predict the individual body's response to defined foods and meals.


Research on body-internal networks

While research and development in the field of sensor networks and body area networks has reached increasing maturity in recent years, networks of nanodevices in the body represent a new and fascinating research direction. The vision of these networks is that nanodevices patrol the body, taking measurements wherever necessary and sending the collected data to the outside world. In this project, building on the established network simulator ns-3, a simulation framework is developed that integrates certain aspects in its model.