News of the Division of Computer Assisted Medical Interventions

BVM-Award 2017 for the best PhD dissertation


The dissertation with the title

Computer-Assisted Quantitative Mitral Valve Surgery


Dr. sc. hum. Sandy Engelhardt

has been awarded the

BVM-Award 2017 for the best PhD thesis

on the Workshop „Bildverarbeitung für die Medizin“ in Heidelberg, 12-14 March 2017.

The prize is sponsored with 500 Euro by the Chili GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany.

Dr. Emil Salzer-Prize 2016


PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Lena Maier-Hein

is granted


the Dr. Emil Salzer-Prize 2016


form the German Cancer Research Center

Poster Prize Young Sciene 2016


The junior group leader Lena Maier-Hein wins occasion of

IV. Interdisciplinary Congress Young Science and Practice

the poster prize for the poster on

"From eminence-based to evidence-based medicine".

PhD Poster Presentation Award 2016


Esther Wild

 is granted the

2016 PhD Poster Presentation Award

 for the Poster

“Robust augmented reality guidance with fluorescent farkers in laparoscopic surgery”

Successful participation at the Heidelberger Hackathon


Christoph Kolb, Matthias Eisenmann, Christian Weber and Jens Petersen participated in the {Life Science} meets IT Hackathon ( and won both the audience award and the award for "Best Business Case". Together with their colleagues from the surgical department of the Heidelberg University Hospital they developed a system that greatly simplifies teaching of minimally invasive/laparoscopic surgery. The system allows experienced surgeons to virtually interact with the instruments of a learning surgeon and to guide them similar to classical surgery. The awards include participation in a Europe-wide startup contest and a comprehensive founding package.

Article in DKFZ Einblick


You can find the article here

Potrait in German Research


You can find the article here

European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) - Techno-College Innovation


Raffaele De Simone, Sandy Engelhardt, Sameer Al-Maisary, Jörg Rodrian, Hans-Peter Meinzer, Matthias Karck und Ivo Wolf were selected as Runner-up for the EACTS Techno-College Innovation Award 2015 for their contribution : "From intraoperative empirical mitral valve inspection towards quantitative analysis using optical tracking". An article about their work was published in the Daily News Conference Newspaper  of the 29th EACTS Annual Meeting 2015).

Friedrich Wingert Scholarship 2015

Our students Silvio Kolb and Nico Riecker received a scholarship from the "Friedrich Wingert Foundation" (5,000€) . The scholarship is dedicated to young academics in the field of medical informatics and linguistics.

German-Korean Workshop


Form 15th to the 18th of September we successfully hosted the 2nd International Workshop on Medical Imaging and Cognition Guided Surgery. In this second iteration of the German-Korean workshop, existing contacts were intensified and possible furture collaboration investigated.

conhIT Young Academics Award 2015


Silvio Kolb was decorated with the runner-up young academics award at the IT healthcare trade fair conhIT in Berlin for his bachelor thesis with the title "Surgical suture tracking for automatic prostheses selection to assist mitral valve reconstructions".
The thesis was supervised by Prof. Ivo Wolf (University of Applied Sciences Mannheim) and Sandy Engelhardt (DKFZ) in close cooperation with Prof. Raffaele De Simone (Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg).


More information here.

ERC Starting Grant for Lena Maier-Hein

Lena Maier-Hein, head of the junior group computer-assisted interventions, was awarded an European Research Council (ERC) starting grant. Her project "Computational Biophotonics for Endoscopic Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy" is funded with 1.5 Mio Euros.

Press release ERC Starting Grant Project COMBIOSCOPY

Presentation at the open day

Keno März, Michael Müller and Thomas Kilgus presented different scientific works of the department at the open day on 19-10-2014 in DKFZ. Thomas Kilgus was interviewed by a reporter of the Rhein-Necker-Zeitung.

More Informations here.

MICCAI Award 2014


Sebastian Wirkert, Neil T. Clancy, Danail Stoyanov, Shobhit Arya, George B. Hanna, Heinz-Peter Schlemmer, Peter Sauer, Daniel S. Elson and Lena Maier-Hein are granted the KUKA Best Paper Award MICCAI 2014 for the Paper "Endoscopic Sheffield Index for Unsuspervised In Vivo Spectral Band Selection".

MICCAI-AE Award 2014


Sandy Engelhardt, Raffaele De Simone, Norbert Zimmermann, Sameer Al Maisary, Diana Nabers, Matthias Karck, Hans-Peter Meinzer und Ivo Wolf are granted theMICCAI-Augmented Environments Best Paper Award 2014 for the paper Augmented Reality-Enhanced Endoscopic Images for Annuloplasty Ring Sizing.

Review Paper on Electromagnetic Tracking in Medicine

In close collaboration with international research groups from USA (Washington), Canada (London), Austria (Vienna) und Hungary (Budapest) a review paper titled "Electromagnetic Tracking in Medicine - a Review of Technology, Validation and Applications" was published in IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging in May 2014.

More information here.

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