Biomedical Engineering Institute

The projects carried out at KTU’s Biomedical Engineering Institute specialise in applying rapidly progressing electronics, sensoric, computer science and knowledge engineering technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems.

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Our mission

To create and to transfer knowledge and innovative technologies in the field of biomedical engineering, to provide open and inspiring environment encouraging creativity and cultivating talents and leaders, to carry out high-level interdisciplinary research in biomedical engineering, to contribute to the study at the international level, to provide high-quality research services to Lithuanian and international business.

Our vision

To become well-known institution highly valued globally for the quality of its scientific production in the field of biomedical engineering sciences, attracting the most talented and motivated Lithuanian and foreign researchers, students, postgraduates, doctoral students and undergraduate students, renowned business partners and medical institutions.

Our values

We value creativity – in order to discover we are not afraid to take risks, we embrace continuous improvement – we constantly strive for knowledge and cooperation, and we value respect – we respect our colleagues and partners in creating common ecosystem of creative work.

Being a part of both study and research processes at KTU, Biomedical Engineering Institute is competitive on national and international level in the field of biomedical engineering, such as biomedical electronics, sensors, wearing systems, ultrasound diagnostics, deep biomedical signals and image processing. The staff of the Institute is constantly refreshed by new doctoral students joining in. The institute is small, therefore, dynamic, and, due to its accumulated competence, is capable of transforming the idea into reality in a short period of time. Available infrastructure, human resources and experience allow implementation of biomedical engineering ideas from modelling, algorithm development to prototype realisation and testing in practice. The versatility and synergy between the design and implementation of excellence in electronics prototypes and the processing of signals, images and information is a unique advantage of the Institute, which has been emphasised by former and existing project and cooperation partners.

The projects carried out at KTU’s Biomedical Engineering Institute specialise in applying rapidly progressing electronics, sensoric, computer science and knowledge engineering technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems. The research outputs are applied for different fields in medical practice, such as ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology and for solving general medical and population problems, such as primary and preventive healthcare and rehabilitation technologies, technologies associated with assisting aging population, and with creating and implementing E-Health systems.

The staff of the Institute apply their skills in the study process by coordinating undergraduate and postgraduate biomedical electronics and biomedical engineering study programmes. For 17 years, the Institute has been organising annual international biomedical engineering conferences.

The Institute is proud of:

Prof Habil Dr Arūnas Lukoševičius – a laureate of Lithuanian Science Award, 1999

Dr Andrius Petrėnas – a laureate of „The Best Doctoral Thesis of Lithuania in 2015“, awarded by Lithuanian Young Scientists Union.

Prof Vaidotas Marozas and Dr Andrius Sakalauskas – the winners of the interinstitutional competition “The best scientific projects of Kaunas University of Technology and the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in 2016”.

Prof Vaidotas Marozas – KTU nomination “The Most Prospective Scientist in 2016”.

Project analyst Birutė Paliakaitė – a winner of the competition Student Research 2016 of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

KTU has been conducting research in biomedical engineering field for almost 40 years. In 1975 ultrasonic biomedical engineering research started. In 1991 scientists and researchers working on this topic formed a scientific group, and training laboratory was established.

1995 the Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering was founded, a base for scientific work of students and doctoral students. Further work was developed in the directions of bio signals and medical images, diagnostics, health monitoring technologies, and in 1999 the Biomedical Engineering Institute was established as an autonomous unit of KTU. In the same year Professor Arūnas Lukoševičius for the work in this field together with Professor R.J. Kažys has been awarded the Lithuanian Science Award.

Since 1996 the first international conference on biomedical engineering has been organised on the initiative and efforts of employees. This conference has been held annually for 20 consecutive years, 20 volumes of this conference’s proceedings were published.

In 1999 the Institute has started to actively take part in international research projects with the EU BP5 project TelemediCare, active international projects BP5-7, COST, INTERREG, EUROSTARS.

On 2 July 2014, the Biomedical Engineering Institute moved to the Santaka Valley KTU Science and Technology Centre and Technological Business Incubator.

Here in 2014 four laboratories dedicated for different research areas have been established:

  • Laboratory of multimodal bio signal flows, (headed by Dr Andrius Petrėnas).
  • Medical Image and Information Processing Laboratory (Head Assoc Prof Dr Darius Jegelevicius).
  • Laboratory of Biomedical Electronics and Sensory (Head Dr Saulius Daukantas).
  • Laboratory of Medical Diagnostic and Ultrasonic Technologies (Head Dr Rytis Jurkonis).

On 1 December 2016 Prof Dr Vaidotas Marozas took the office of Director of the Institute, replacing its founder Prof Habil Dr Arūnas Lukoševičius.

 

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