Olaf Doessel
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Olaf Doessel is Professor and head of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He was born in Luebeck, Germany, studied Physics at the University of Kiel and made his PhD in 1982. Then he worked at the Philips Research Laboratory Hamburg where he did research on sensors for low-cost and industrial applications. In 1985 he became head of the research department “Measuring Techniques”. He managed research and development of a multichannel SQUID magnetometer for medical diagnostics. In 1996 he became full Professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His main interests are bioelectric signals and fields in human body, computer modeling of the heart, elastomechanics of the heart, the inverse problem of Electrocardiography, ECG biosignal processing, the impedance of tissue, numerical field calculation in the human body and new methods of medical imaging.

Olaf Doessel is member of the IEEE and of the German Association of Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT) where he is member of the board and where he served as president from 2004 to 2006. He is member of the advisory board “Medical Technology” of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In 2003 he was awarded the Ragnar Granit Prize of the Ragnar Granit Foundation, Helsinki, Finland. In 2006 he was awarded to become member of the Academy of Science of Berlin-Brandenburg (BBAW) and of the German Academy of Technical Sciences “acatech” where he is co-speaker of the theme “Health Technologies”. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal “Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik” (Walter de Gruyter) and member of the editorial board of the journal “Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing” (Springer). In 2007 Olaf Doessel became member of the advisory board of the “Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt” (PTB), the German National Metrology Institute, and of the management board of the VDE, the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies.

Olaf Doessel published more than 400 scientific articles (http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-3203-2011) and a book on “Medical Imaging”. He is coauthor of the survey “Medical Engineering in Germany” initiated by the German Ministry of Education and Research BMBF (published in 2005). Together with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schlegel he was chairman of the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2009 in Munich, which attracted 3400 scientists from all over the world.