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Catheter Technologies + Image Guided Therapies



Thomas Sühn

M. Sc.


Gebäude 53, Raum 213
Rötgerstraße 9
39104 Magdeburg
Phone: +49 391 6757232


Research interests

  • intelligent sensor systems for medical implants, surgical tools, instruments and robots
  • energy harvesting for medical implants and wearable devices
  • robotics-assisted minimally invasive surgery and robotics in healthcare
  • signal acquisition and signal / image processing


I received my M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering with focus on signal processing and measurement electronics in 2016 from the Technische Universität Ilmenau. During studies I was working as HiWi / working student in signal and image processing at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science and the Neuroinformatics and Cognitive Robotics Lab.

Currently I am working at Prof. Michael Friebe's Chair for Catheter Technologies and Image Guided Therapies at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OvGU) where I am part of the INKA project team which is funded by the BMBF. Furthermore, I am member of the graduate school Technology Innovations in Therapies and Imaging (T²I²) as part of the medical faculty of OvGU and treasurer of the IEEE EMBS student chapter Magdeburg.




Below you can find exemplary some open topics for student projects. Depending on type and scope of the project work (Bachelor / Master thesis, research track project, team project, ...) and on your background / interests, it is possible to adapt the respective topics / goals and to put focus on either the HW / electronics or the SW / programming part. Do not hesitate to contact me or drop in at our INKA chair if you are interested in one of the topics or if you have any queries. Of course you can also come up with an own project proposal and we can discuss the possibility to work on it at the INKA chair and its associated labs (,,1050.html).


  1. Design and implementation of a system (sensors, control unit / µC, power supply, case, ...) for acquisition, processing, storing and transmitting of data of ≥2 inertial measurement units (IMU) for various applications. [Thomas Sühn]


  1. Design and evaluation of an audio / vibration signal acquisition system (≥2 audio sensors, control unit / µC, data transmission / storage unit, power supply, case, ...) for use as attachment for various surgical tools (needle, laparoscopic device, ...) and application in the operating room. [Thomas Sühn, Ivan Maldonado Zambrano]


  1. Design and implementation of a miniaturized thermoelectric energy-harvesting system (thermoelectric energy generator, harvesting circuitry, energy storage, ...) for the application in hip implants and test / evaluation of the system in a simulator for artificial hip joints ( [Thomas Sühn]


  1. Equipment of a simulator for artificial hip joints ( with additional sensory (e.g. audio, vibration, pressure, temperature, ...), transfer to a storage and processing unit (National Instruments) and visualization (LabView). [Thomas Sühn]


  1. Design and implementation of an adjustable and wearable sensing device for acoustic emissions and signals for health and condition monitoring of hip joints and hip implants. [Thomas Sühn]


  1. Implementation (Matlab / C / C++) of an algorithm for joint angle calculation based on data of 2 arbitrary placed inertial measurement units (IMU) and transferring to a µC. [Thomas Sühn, David Chien-Hsi Chen]


  1. Development of a control program / interface (C / C++, using provided libraries) for a 7-DOF arm type robot ( to control / move a miniaturized X-Ray tube along a predefined trajectory. [Thomas Sühn, Sathish Balakrishnan]

  2. Design of a wearable device (adjustable knee bandage) with integrated acoustic sensors (MEMS microphones) for the repeatable and convenient measurement of acoustic signals of the joint during movements. [Thomas Sühn]