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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Steffen Leonhardt

Chair holder

  • Building: Helmholtz-Institute
  • Room: 0.04

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education

1982 - 1989

Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering, with a major in Control Engineering, from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

1985 - 1987

M.S. in Computer Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA

1989 - 1998

Medical School (part-time), Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. Final year rotations at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands (supervised by Prof. Burkhard Lachmann, M.D., Ph.D.).


Dr.-Ing. degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Supervisor: Prof. Rolf Isermann, Ph.D.
Topic: "Model-based Fault Detection using Neural Networks - Supervision of Shock Absorbers and Diesel-Injection Systems" (in German), Fortschritt-Berichte VDI, Series 12: automotive technologies, No 295, VDI Verlag, Düsseldorf, 1996


Dr. med. degree from the Medical Faculty of Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.
Topic: "Automated Lung Function Diagnosis of spontaneously breathing infants" (in German, short version). Medizintechnik, ISBN: 978-3-8265-7850-2, Shaker Verlag, Aachen, 2000.

Professional Career

1990 - 1998

Ph.D. student and research assistant, later Post-Doc at the Institute for Automatic Control (Prof. Rolf Isermann), Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

1999 - 2003

R&D Manager at Dräger Medical AG & Co. KG, Lübeck, Germany.

since 2003

Philips endowed Chair of Medical Information Technology, Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germany


Prizes and Awards



Admission to the German "National Academy of Scince and Engineering" (acatech)


Appointment as "Distinguished Professor" at the IIT Madras, Chennai, India


Doctor honoris causa of CTU Prague, Article

2015 - 2016

Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)


Fellow of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts


Member of the board of trustee of the Eduard-Rhein-Foundation


BMBF-Innovation price for Medical Engineering 2009 (together with the Chair of Medical Engineering)


Faculty Price: Best Medical Thesis of the Year 2001, Award of the Medical Faculty


1. Price in the medical software challenge "Medical Software '97" at MEDICA fair 1997, Düsseldorf, Germany


2. Price in the medical software challenge "Medical Software '92" at MEDICA fair 1992, Düsseldorf, Germany

Stipends and Research Visits


Sabbatical at the IMES of MIT in Boston


Sabbatical at the Clinic for Surgical Intensive Care Medicine of the UK Aachen (May - July 2019)


Sabbatical at IIT Madras, Chennai (March-April 2019)


Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) - Scholarship, Guest Lecturer at the IIT Madras, Chennai, India


Sabbatical, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London, U.K. (April – Aug. 2010)


Research scholarship, Heinrich-Hertz-Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany

1985 - 1988

Student grant of the German National Academic Foundation ("Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes")

1985 - 1987

Fulbright Scholarship for studying in the U.S.


Scientific Societies

Scientific Positions and Duties

since 2024

Member of the DFG Review Board 407 "Systems Engineering", subject area 4.41-06 "Biomedical Systems Technology"

since 2021:

International Acadmic Committee, School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiatong University (SJTU)

since 2021:

Member of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee of Cardiopulmonary Systems and Physiology-Based Engineering

since 2019:

Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Bioprocessing and Analytical Measurement Techniques (iba)


President of the International Society for Bioelectromagnetism

since 2013:

Symposium Intensive Medicine + Intensive Care, Bremen: Member of the program committee, design of the technology track

since 2010

Bremer Symposium Intensivmedizin + Intensivpflege, Member of the program committee, responsible for the track “technology

since 2011:

Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (TBCAS)

since 2009:

Affiliate Faculty at the School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA, USA

since 2008:

Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI), formely IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (TITB)
Steering Committee of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems

since 2006:

Associate Editor of the German Biomedical Engineering Journal "Biomedizinische Technik"

since 2004:

Liason Officer of the German National Academic Foundation at RWTH Aachen University

since 2000:

Scientific Advisory Board of the German VDI/VDE-Society for Measurement and Automatic Control (GMA)
2007-2019 head of department 7 ("Anwendungen der Automation"),
seit 2019 head of department 4 "Autonome Systeme und Mechatronik"