University of Lübeck  /  Departments of Computer Science  /  Graduate School Lübeck

Institute for Robotics and Cognitive Systems

Address: Ratzeburger Allee 160
  Haus 64, EG
  23538 Lübeck
Phone: +49 451 5005201
Fax: +49 451 5005202
email: Office

The institute of robotics and cognitive systems at the university of Lübeck works in medical robotics. This field of research is interdisciplinary between medicine, computer science, physics, mathematics and engineering. Likewise, the work group is interdisciplinary with scientists from these disciplines. Scientists from our group have designed the first medical robotics systems worldwide. Specifically, methods for robotic radiosurgery developed by our group have started to replace conventional radiosurgery, and by now over 130000 cancer patients worldwide have been treated with our methods. Beyond radiosurgery, applications of the methods developed arise in orthopedic surgery, cardiology and neurology. The main topics of current research are mathematical methods for motion correlation and prediction, as well as methods for image-guided navigation and inverse planning. Members of the institute have initiated large-scale and nationwide research efforts, such as the national research program ‘medical navigation and robotics’, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the Graduate School of Computing in Medicine and Life Science, funded under the recent program ‘Exzellenzinitiative des Bundes und der Länder’.

Today’s most advanced methods for navigation in radiosurgery have originated in methods developed by our group. In this case, requirements with respect to accuracy and temporal resolution are very high. For functional interventions in the brain, these requirements are even higher. In addition, the interpretation of the data acquired during functional procedures is a major challenge. Major goals of research are the minimally-invasive and non-invasive acquisition of electro-physiological data from the brain in vivo, the interpretation of the data, and their correlation to external motion. This gives rise to very basic research questions, and also a large potential for novel clinical procedures.