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Medical Physics and Metrological Information Technology

Division 8

Developing measuring methods and measuring procedures in medicine is one major task of Division 8. Furthermore, the other is information technology - from mathematical modelling and software testing to the approval of gaming machines.








Colloquia of Division 8

„Medical Physics and Metrological IT“




Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Institut Berlin,

Abbestraße 2-12

10587 Berlin (Charlottenburg)



annett.weiland(at)ptb.de , Tel.: (0049 30) 3481 7254,

English: bjoern.brinkmann(at) ptb.de Tel.: (0049 30) 3481 7668

The aim of the colloquium is the inderdisciplinary exchange between fundamental and application-oriented research in the fields of medical physics and metrological IT. The colloquium hopes to support a dialogue between researchers, clinicians and representatives of industry. To this end, experts from various disciplines are invited to relay new theoretical and experimental approaches, and to discuss mutual fields of research from differing viewpoints. The colloquium is open to all PTB employees and guests.


Programme 2017:


January 16

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Dr. Sascha Sauer, Head of Scientific Genomics Technology Platform and Laboratory of Functional Genomics, Nutrigenomics and Systems Biology, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine:

„Trends in Nucleic Acids Research“

January 18

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Dr. Michal Or-Guil, Systems Immunology Lab, Research Center ImmunoSciences, Charité, Institut für Biologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:

„Development of a flow cytometry-based multiplex suspension bead array for quantification of peptide-antibody interactions in diagnostics“

February 8

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Oliver Paschereit, Chair of Fluid Dynamics, Hermann-Föttinger-Institut (HFI), Technische Universität Berlin

„Low drag, high lift, low emissions and noise - taming turbulent flows“

February 15

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Piotr Kisała, Lublin University of Technology, Poland:

„Development of Optical Fiber Sensors: Emerging Concepts and New Structures “

February 17

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Dr. Antonino M. Cassará, Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society (IT IS), Zurich, Switzerland:

Modeling in support of personalised medicine: from MRI to Neurostimulation

February 27

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Prof. Hans Lehrach, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics; Dahlem Centre for Genome Research and Medical Systems Biology; Alacris Theranostics GmbH:

„Making unavoidable mistakes in-silico: the virtual self as the basis for truly personalised therapy and prevention“

March 1

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Prof. Dr. Arno Ehresmann, Institute of Physics and Center for Interdisciplinary Nanostructure Science and Technology (CINSaT), University of Kassel, Germany:

„Magnetic Stray-Field Landscapes in Exchange-Bias Layers for Magnetic Particle Transport“

March 15

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Prof Dr. Frank F. Bier, Head of Department Biosystems Integration and Process Automation, Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI), Branch Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses Potsdam-Golm (IZI-BB):

Systemintegration in der Bioanalytik: Vom Mikroarray zum Lab-on-Chip für die Analytik vor Ort"

April 5

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Dr.-Ing. Matthieu Schapranow, Program MAnager E-Health & Life Sciences; Chair of Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner; Hasso Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik GmbH, Potsdam:

„Analyze Genomes: A Federated In-Memory Database for Life Sciences“

April 19

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany Korea University, Seoul, South Korea:

„Machine learning and AI for the sciences - towards understanding“

May 3

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Dr. Michel Eisenblätter , O Translational Research Imaging Center; Institut für Klinische Radiologie, Universitätsklinikum Münster und Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre, Division of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, King’s College London:

Molecular imaging strategies to approach the tumour microenvironment

May 4

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gallinat; Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie,
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE):

Glutamat-Dopamin Interaktion: Neue Evidenz aus PET und MRS Untersuchungen im Humanmodell

(on the occasion of the retirement of Dr. Florian Schubert, head of AG 8.12 „In-vivo-MRT“)
May 23

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Assist.Prof. Yosuke Ito, Ph.D., Kyoto University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyoto, Japan:

„Development of Optically Pumped Atomic Magnetometers and their Application to Biomedical Measurements“

May 30

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Prof. John Clarke, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, USA:

„Ultralow-Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging“

June 7

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Dr.-Ing. Kilian Oberleithner, Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische Akustik, TU-Berlin:

„Identification and control of large-scale coherent structures in turbulent flows and flames“

July 3

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Dr. Ricardo Jiménez-Martínez, ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain:

Initiates file downloadOptimal detection of precessing spin ensembles"

July 5

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Dr. Oleg Aslanidi, Department of Biomedical Engineering, King's College London:

Initiates file downloadComputational Modelling of Anti-Arrhythmic Treatments for Arterial Fibrillation"

July 13

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Dr. Caio Quini, Department of Physics and Biophysics, Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Botucatu, Sao Paulo, Brazil:

Initiates file downloadReal-time liver uptake and biodistribution of magnetic nanoparticles determined by AC biosusceptometry

August 16

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Prof. Dr. Serkan Gugercin, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA:

Initiates file downloadInterpolatory model reduction with applications to flow control and nonlinear inversion

September 21

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wilrich, Rechtsanwalt und Autor; Professor für Wirtschaftsprivatrecht und Arbeitsrecht; Fakultät Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen; Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften München:

Initiates file downloadSicherheitsverantwortung, Arbeitsschutzpflichten, Betriebsorganisation und Führungskräftehaftung - mit Erläuterung zahlreicher Gerichtsurteile

October 19

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Prof. Dr. Leslie Pendrill, RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, SP Metrology Division:

Initiates file downloadMetrological quality assurance in person-centered healthcare and other qualitative observations

November 1

Lecture hall, Helmholtz building

Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Dieter Volk, Institut für Medizinische Immunologie, Charité Berlin:

„ Immunocheck – experiences from an academic biomarker core unit for test development, validation, and application in clinical trials“

December 1

Cuppola room (502), Siemens building

Dr. Annelies Coene, Department of Electrical Energy, Systems and Automation, Ghent University, Belgium:

„Toward theranostic applications of magnetic nanoparticles“


Dr. Jonathan Leliart, DyNaMat group, Department of Solid State Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium:

„Thermal fluctuations in nanomagnetic systems“

December 11

Conference room (310), Siemens building

Prof. Dr. Rolf Michel, Institut für Radioökologie und Strahlenschutz, Leibniz Universität Hannover:

Initiates file downloadGeschichte, Grundlagen und zukünftige Entwicklung von ISO 11929 "Determination of the characteristic limits (decision threshold, detection limit and limits of the coverage interval) for measurements of ionizing radiation"“


Improvement in accuracy and reliability of

  • measuring methods and testing procedures in medicine for quality assurance in diagnostics and therapy
  • information processing components of scientific, industrial, and consumer protection oriented metrology.

Medical physics: Development of new measuring techniques and testing procedures for medical diagnostics, in particular laser-assisted measuring techniques, NMR-tomography and -spectroscopy, magneto cardiography and -encephalography (PTB Biomagnetic Center in Berlin), development and calibration of testing devices and reference materials.

Metrological information technology: Quality assurance for the use of information-technological means in metrology, especially in data acquisition , storage and processing. The area of work covers hard- and software problems as well as mathematical problems, the focuses being methods of digitizing, interfaces, communication components, software quality assurance, databases, numerical modelling and mathematical algorithms of measurement data processing, including relevant testing methods and tools. Pattern evaluation of cash gaming machines and voting machines in accordance with legal regulations.



Head of Division

Tobias Schaeffter studied electrical engineering at TU-Berlin until 1993 and did his PhD in magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) at University Bremen (Prof. Leibfritz) in 1996. From 1996-2006, he worked as a Principal Scientist at the Philips Research Laboratories in Hamburg (Germany), where he created an internationally recognised research team. He was responsible for the development of new MR-methods, reconstruction and MT-compatible devices for quantitative and interventional MRI. He managed research projects of new MR-techniques with their clinical evaluation and product integration. During this time he also worked as a part-time lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg.

In April 2006, Professor Schaeffter took up the post as the Philip Harris Professor of Imaging Sciences at King’s College London. A major aim of his research was the investigation of fast and quantitative MR-techniques for cardiovascular applications MRI. In addition, he also investigated new multi-modality approaches like X-MR and PET-MR. Tobias Schaeffter’s research focuses on rapid translation of new methodology into clinical practice to evaluate the benefit for the patient. He taught in the MSc programme of Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London. He was the director of the doctorial training centre in medical imaging and has supervised over 20 PhD students. From 2102, he was department head of biomedical engineering. and deputy head of the division . Since beginning of 2015 Prof. Schaeffter heads the division of medical physics and metrological IT at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Berlin. Prof. Schaeffter has attracted over €10M in grants over the last 5 years. The results of his work have been published in over 170 peer-reviewed papers, 9 book chapters, 300 conference abstracts and 30 international patents.

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