Here are Some of our scientific research projects
RWTH Aachen / Intitute for automatic controls / GERMANY
If the position of a tumor varies during irradiation as a consequence of physiological processes, such as by breathing, heartbeat or digestion, the calculation and application of an optimal dose distribution gets more and more complicate. In current medical practice, adjusting the focus range of the radiation beam to the statistical distribution of the position to be destroyed tumor tissue is often practiced. This means an extension of the target region of the irradiation to ensure that the tumor tissue is within in this area all the time. This practice has the consequence that also healthy tissue is exposed to high radiation doses. To overcome this conflict, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from research institutes and the German medical technology companies has formed at the RWTH. Core of the approach is a robot-controlled patient support, allowing to individually compensated tumor motion through the corresponding counter-movement of the table. Thus, the target volume can be reduced and set as close as possible around the tumor.
The development of robot-guided patient bed will be held in cooperation with industrial companies and research institutes, the interdisciplinary contribute their skills. "In recent years we have managed at RWTH to initiate numerous research projects, which are characterized by an interdisciplinary team. Now we have to go one step further and also the fundamental sciences such as mathematics and physics in our research projects with industry to integrate, "said Professor Dirk Abel, director of the Institute of Automatic Control.
Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics / Germany
The “Einstein on Tour” project sponsored by the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Tübingen seeks to introduce Einstein’s theory of relativity directly to students through interactive experiences. Drives generating high- and low-frequency vibrations were added to the gravity chair developed by BEC. Through superposition of the excitation, the phenomenon of Einstein’s gravitational wave can now be experienced.
Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) / Chile
The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) is a 6-meter radio telescope for the study the cosmic microwave background, located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The telescope and instrumentation are designed for the investigation of irregularities in the cosmic microwave background and are used to discover clusters of galaxies through the local change in their microwave background caused by the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect. BEC was entrusted with this project, which involved the compilation of the complex requirements for the telescope control under extreme conditions (an altitude of 5,200 m, wind speed of 65 m/s, temperatures between -60°C and +40°C), and the implementation phase of the project, with supervision and project management by the control manufacturer.
Max Planck Institut / Germany
In the PanoLab at the Max Planck Institute, experiments are conducted on spatial perception, spatial orientation and perception-based actions. An important aspect in realistic simulation is the size of the illuminated field of vision. With the large-screen projection in the PanoLab, a simulation of almost the entire human field of vision can be created. BEC was responsible for the construction of projector mounts and the alignment and adjustment of the six high-performance projectors.