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New Professorships in Digitalization Research

Einstein Center Digital Future created four new positions for research on computer-assisted medicine, the transformation of the world of work, and biomedical imaging procedures


News from Feb 18, 2019

The Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) is driving forward digitalization research with four new professorships in Berlin, while at the same time bringing some of the most diverse disciplines into contact with one another. Academic research areas will include computer-assisted medicine, the transformation of the world of work, and biomedical imaging procedures.

Philipp Staab was appointed Professor of Sociology of the Future of Work at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research interests are technology studies, social inequality, digitalization, and social security.

Technische Universität Berlin has appointed two new professors: Michael Gensch is Professor of Terahertz and Laser Spectroscopy at the Institute of Optics and Atomic Physics. He also heads the department of Terahertz and Laser Spectroscopy at the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). His research focuses on instrument development for customized laser-based spectroscopy methods with applications in materials analysis, diagnostics at acceleration-based light sources and, in the future, robotic missions to explore the solar system.
Tobias Schaeffter
is Professor of Biomedical Imaging and a division head at the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB). His main interests are biomedical imaging, including recording and reconstruction procedures within magnetic resonance imaging in order to measure the biophysical parameters that are used in the diagnosis and therapy monitoring of cardiovascular disease.

Leonid Goubergrits holds the professorship of Cardiovascular Modeling and Simulation at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His focus is on the strengthening of research into cardiovascular computer-assisted medicine in connection with patient-specific modeling for diagnosis and therapy of cardiovascular pathologies.

The ECDF is an interdisciplinary project involving Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and Universität der Künste Berlin. It was conceived as a cross-institutional nucleus for research and the promotion of digital structures in science, the economy, and society. The interdisciplinary project creates links within the field of digitalization. It tests new forms of cooperation and concentrates on innovative interdisciplinary top-level research. The ECDF was approved by the Einstein Foundation Berlin in September 2016 after an elaborate review process.

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