Research Groups


Biomedical Network Science Lab

Prof. Dr. David B. Blumenthal

The Biomedical Network Science (BIONETS) lab investigates molecular disease mechanisms using techniques from network science, combinatorial optimization, and artificial intelligence. We develop algorithms and tools to mine multi-omics data for such mechanisms and to individuate novel strategies for mechanistically grounded drug repurposing and causally effective treatments of complex diseases. We also develop privacy-preserving decentralized biomedical AI solutions, which enable cross-institutional studies on sensitive data.


Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Lab

Prof. Dr. Katharina Breininger

The Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging (AIMI@FAU) lab aims at combining machine learning approaches and medical imaging for different applications. A particular focus is on understanding what data is needed for efficient learning, robustness, and transferability. In particular, we are interested in applications in interventional imaging, multimodal data, and digital pathology.


Assistive Intelligent Robotics Lab

Prof. Dr. Claudio Castellini

The Chair deals with Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics, from the discovery and implementation of biocompatible sensing and stimulating techniques, through the design and testing of adaptive human-machine interfaces, to user-studies and deployment in the clinics and hospitals. Our grand goal is that of providing all-round novel and effective translational solutions to the society.


Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab

Prof. Dr. Bjoern Eskofier

The researchers in the Machine Learning and Data Analytics (MaD) lab conduct theoretical and applied research for wearable computing systems and machine learning algorithms for engineering applications at the intersection of sports and health care. Our motivation is generating a positive impact on human wellbeing, be it through increasing performance, maintaining health, improving rehabilitation, or monitoring disease.


Image Data Exploration and Analysis Lab

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kainz

The Image data exploration and analysis group addresses some of the most important issues facing the world today. Data science is revolutionising how medicine is understood, how biomedical research is conducted and how healthcare is delivered. Our mission is to reduce health inequalities, democratize rare healthcare expertise, and to develop novel, computationally efficient techniques for the analysis of health data.
We focus on pursuing algorithmic blue-sky research, including:

  • Machine representation learning from heterogeneous data,
  • automated medical image analysis and algorithms for smart image acquisition, and
  • computer-aided detection and diagnosis of disease.


Artificial Intelligence in Communication Disorders (anki lab)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Kist

Our lab focuses on the development and application of artificial intelligence in medicine, particularily in communication disorders. Our main aim is to provide generalized, clinical applicable solutions to support diagnosis and therapy monitoring. To achieve this, we use genuine approaches to optimize deep neural networks and mine novel AI-specific hardware accelerators. We encourage open science and provide an environment allowing students to thrive.


Computational Imaging Lab

Prof. Dr. Florian Knoll

The research goal of the Biomedical Imaging Lab is the development and application of machine learning methods to medical imaging, and their translation into clinical practice so that they can help patients on a day-to-day level. We are working on projects in the areas of accelerated MR imaging, machine learning for MRI data acquisition and image reconstruction, the development of quantitative imaging biomarkers for disease processes and towards the increase of the global availability of imaging technology in second and third world countries.


Biomechanical motion analysis and Creation group (BioMAC)

Prof. Dr. Anne Koelewijn

Our group aims to develop methods for accurate analysis and simulation of human motion, focused on gait. Movement simulations are created by solving trajectory optimization problems, using an objective related to energy, a musculoskeletal model to model the body and muscle dynamics, and constraints to define the movement task. Experimental studies are used to capture human motion for tracking and as reference. With our research, we aim to better understand human motion, and design better devices, such as prostheses, exoskeletons, and running shoes, as well as prevent injuries, such as knee osteoarthritis. Thereby, we focus on wearables and the combination of physics-based models with machine learning methods.


Chair of Sensory Neuroengineering

Prof. Dr. Tobias Reichenbach

The multidisciplinary research team of the Chair of Sensory Neuroengineering combines methods from artificial intelligence with computational neuroscience and neuroimaging to advance our understanding of the neural processing of complex natural signals. Research findings are applied to develop novel bio-inspired technology as well as towards better diagnosis and rehabilitation of neurological impairments.


Professorship for Human-Centered Computing and Extended Reality

Prof. Dr. Daniel Roth

Our research is centered around the exploration of technological solutions and interaction metaphors for human-machine interfaces that improve the way we work, interact, and communicate. A majority of our research considers Extended Reality user interfaces in the context of physical and mental health, such as Virtual-, Mixed- or Augmented Reality systems.


Neuromuscular Physiology and Neural Interfacing (N-squared) lab

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Del Vecchio

The Neuromuscular Physiology and Neural Interfacing (N-squared) laboratory aims at deciphering neuromuscular function and developing human-machine interfaces for neurorehabilitation, restoring of motor function, and motor augmentation. Our lab activities are focused on the acquisition and analysis of neural signals with high spatial and temporal resolution (high-density arrays) from the central and peripheral nervous system in healthy volunteers and in subjects with motor impairments.


Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Speech Processing

Prof. Dr. Seung Hee Yang

Our research focuses on speech and language-inspired AI in biomedical engineering. We mainly use digital speech signal processing and machine learning to build computational models, which are then used to solve real-world problems in digital health applications. At the intersection of speech and healthcare, we perform innovative research with the university clinic and engineering, in order to discover more interesting problems in intelligent digital healthcare.


Surgical Planning and Robotic Cognition Lab (SPARC)

Prof. Dr. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich

The Surgical Planning and Robotic Cognition Lab (SPARC) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), led by Prof. Dr. Franziska Mathis-Ullrich, researches cognition guided robots for surgical assistance in minimally invasive procedures, intelligent and flexible surgical instruments, and intuitive interfaces between humans and robots in the operating room. The SPARC Laboratory conducts interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with national and international partners that contributes to building a healthcare system that enables optimal and personalized treatment of patients through targeted interactions between surgical experts and the next generation of minimally invasive and learning surgical robots and assistance systems.