Numerical Methods used in Biomedical Technology

Klaus Liefeith
Institut für Bioprozess- und Analysemesstechnik e.V.

Breakthroughs in biomedicine and IT have provided a wealth (mountain) of data where the key post-genomic challenge is to transform this data into information that can be used to determine biomaterial function. Biomaterial functions arise from complex nonlinear interactions between biological processes occurring over multiple spatial and temporal scales

Gaining an understanding of these processes is only possible via an iterative interplay between experimental data (in vivo and in vitro), mathematical modelling, and simulation

Keynote speaker's biography: Klaus Liefeith studied from 1977 to 1982 technology, mechanics and material sciences at the university of Jena. In his diploma thesis he handled the calculation of the complex Young’s modulus of glasses. He continued his studies about the behaviour of glasses with his Ph.D. in 1988 with a contribution for the determination of temperature and frequency dependence of optical materials. From 1987 to 1992, Klaus Liefeith was project manager for material research at the centre for scientific equipment design mytron in Heiligenstadt. Since 1992 he is manager of the department of biomaterials in the Institute for Bioprocessing and Analytical Measurement Techniques (iba). His topics of research are the interactions between biological systems and technical material surfaces, as bio-adhesion, bio-corrosion, bio-fouling and the application of FEA in biomechanics.

Klaus Liefeith was one of the keynote speakers at the COMSOL User's Conference, fall 2005 in Frankfurt