Helmut Hutten
Graz University of Technology, Austria

Helmut Hutten was born in Germany in 1936. He received his “Dipl. Ing.” degree from the now Technical University in Karlsruhe in 1961, and his “Dr.-Ing.” degree from the now Technical University Darmstadt in 1969. Between 1961 and 1964 he was working in a company before leaving to the Institute of Physiology at the University in Mainz. He completed his Habilitation with the venia legendi in “Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics” in 1972 and became a professor in the Medical Faculty of the University of Mainz. 1991 he was nominated the chair professor for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology in Graz and retired in 2004 as professor emeritus. At present he is still active as external examiner for foreign universities and as consultant for companies.

He has served in many functions in different organizations. He was member of the AC of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering for more than 10 years, president from 1991 until 1993, and past-president from 1993 until 1995. From 1994 until 2000 he was member of the AC of IFMBE and chairing the Working Group for European Activities. In recognition of his merits he was elected as fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. From 2000 until 2003 he was member of the AC of IUPESM and chairing the Regional Development Committee. As consultant he was active in more than 100 projects for different governmental and non-governmental research funding organizations. From 1975 until 1996 he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical Progress through Technology and reviewer for many national and international journals. He was organizer of different national and international conferences, primarily the 1st and 2nd European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference EMBEC in Vienna in 1999 and 2002, respectively. 2005 he was Honorary President of the EMBEC’05 in Prague. Since 1999 he is president of the non-profit organization EMBEC. He was member of the EAMBES Protem group and the first treasurer of EAMBES after its launching. He was the preliminary chair of the EAMBES fellows division. He was member in the German DKE standardizing committee for medical equipment for more than 10 years and head of the Notified Body 0636 until 2004. He and his students have received different awards. He was distinguished by a honorary doctor and by lifelong honorary membership in different organizations.

He has published more than 100 articles in reviewed journals and 21 books or book chapters. He is author or co-author of more than 280 published presentations in proceedings and of more than 220 other publications. He is author or editor of several books. His scientific topics are medical electronics and instrumentation, pacemaker technology, blood flow measurement and microcirculation, analysis of physiological systems, computer-assisted modelling and computer-assisted therapy management with special regard to diabetes mellitus, dialysis and cardiomyopathy, biotelemetry and telemedicine, and health care technology assessment. He has more than 10 patents primarily in the field of cardiac pacemakers.