Electronics for Life-Sciences

Mission & Goals

"Ambient Assisted Living" (AAL) stands for concepts, products and services that introduce new technologies into everyday life in order to improve the quality of life for people in all phases of life. The Electronics for Life-Sciences research field examines the diverse application possibilities of electronic and micromechatronic components in aids that can, for example, enable independent living into old age. These include new types of sensor systems, but also implantable medication dosing systems. In view of the rising costs of patient care and the needs of an aging society, we want to make a contribution to the wide range of possibilities of electronic and micromechatronic components in assistance systems, as well as improved therapy methods, such as implantable monitors, which help to both improve treatment and reduce costs Life Sciences also accompanies the transfer of research results into products such as the approval of sensors for biomedical test systems.

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


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Martin Brischwein, Dr. rer. nat. habil.

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    Vasilis Ntziachristos, Prof. Dr.

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      Angela Otto, PD Dr. rer. nat.


        • 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


        • 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