Mission & Goals

In view of the ever increasing costs for medical care and, in particular, the needs of the aging society, it is our goal to foster and innovate the manifold uses of electronic and micro-mechatronic components in this area with higher cost-efficiency. Such components are embedded in appliances for Ambient Assisted Living such as sensors for telemonitoring, hearing aids, and other systems that can support an autonomous and self-dependent way of living up to an advanced age. Innovation in this area also includes development of therapeutic methods, e.g. by using implantable monitors combined with devices for drug delivery. This will not only improve therapy, but will also decrease costs. R&D in this field is, moreover, aimed at supporting certification and accreditation of these devices e.g. for clinical use and use as biomedical test systems. This is part of the task to accompany the transfer of the R&D results and developments into products.

Core Competencies

  • Multiparametric electronic sensor systems, cell-based bio-sensors, Lab-on-Chip systems
  • Electronic and micromechatronic components, packaging technology, microfluidics
  • Technological development of novel sensors and actors
    an example are Cellristors, which are cell-based sensors for environmental and food analysis
  • Electronic circuits (analog, mixed signal, power management) for sensor read-out and signal processing
  • Auditory and neuronal information processing (modelling and experimental investigations), perceptual quality
  • Acoustics, audio technology, hearing aids, devices implantable into the inner ear
  • Development of bioelectronic systems to attain mature commercial products including certification and admission

Research

  • Acoustics, sound analysis and synthesis, audio signal processing, information processing in the auditory system
  • Hearing aids, devices implantable into the inner ear
  • Neuronal information processing
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Bioelectronic sensors, biohybrid micro-sensor supported Lab-on-Chip systems, intelligent microphysiological medical implants
  • Telemedicine and ambient medicine

Projects

  • Development of novel coding strategies for devices implantable into the inner ear (Hemmert, Seeber)
  • Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Munich:
    A2: Dissecting the role of ionic currents in object localization using an advanced dynamic-clamp system. Benda (Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen), Hemmert, Polder (npi, Tamm)
    B-T2: Learning the reflection characteristics of rooms. Seeber, Kleinsteuber
    C1: Direct approach to study temporal processing in the auditory system: electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve in cochlear implant patients. Hemmert, Wiegrebe (LMU), Seeber
    C2: Novel coding strategies for cochlear implants: from fine time structures to sparse neural representations. Nopp (MED-EL), Wiegrebe (LMU), Hemmert, Seeber
    C5: Auditory scene analysis in normal hearing listeners and users of cochlear implants. Seeber, Hemmert
  • DFG Priority Programme 1608: Ultra-precise temporal coding and feature extraction by “high-sync” neurons in the auditory brainstem. Hemmert