In the area of medical image processing, our work is primarily directed towards solutions for microscopy and digital pathology as well as endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery. Special emphasis is placed on the development of both microscopy and scanning systems in association with automated image analysis of cells and tissues as well as on assisting doctors in laboratories and hospitals with diagnosis.
Our innovations in medical sensing are mostly aimed at capturing vital signs and body movements for mostly mobile medical applications as well as for exercise testing in sports and leisure. A closely related area is that of biosignal processing and medical communications. Our work in this area is largely concerned with sophisticated software for analysis of sensor data, identification of critical physiological states and computer-aided diagnosis as well as with protocols, formats and interoperability standards for telehealth services, where the goal is semantic integration from sensor signals through to medical expert systems.
Complementing our technological development work, we support the evaluation of medical systems and solutions through clinical studies and trials. For this purpose, we have the Medical Technology Test and Application Center METEAN at our disposal, an extremely efficient interdisciplinary facility housed at Erlangen University Hospital.