Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering
at RWTH Aachen University

Summer 2021

Lecturer of the Course: Professor Jaakko Malmivuo

The course is based on the book:
Jaakko Malmivuo and Robert Plonsey: Bioelectromagnetism -
Principles and Applications of Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Fields

Oxford University Press, New York, 1995. Contents of the book.

   The course provides a general view of bioelectromagnetism and describes it as an independent discipline. It begins with a historical account of the many innovations and innovators on whose work the field rests. This is accompanied by a discussion of both the theories and experiments which were contributed to the development of the field.
   The physiological origin of bioelectric and biomagnetic signals is discussed in detail. The sensitivity in a given measurement situation, the energy distribution in stimulation with the same electrodes, and the measurement of impedance are related and described by the electrode lead field. It is shown that, based on the reciprocity theorem, these are identical and further, that these procedures apply equally well for biomagnetic considerations.
   The difference between corresponding bioelectric and biomagnetic methods is discussed. It is shown, that all subfields of bioelectromagnetism obey the same basic laws and they are closely tied together through the principle of reciprocity. Thus the course helps the student to understand the properties of existing bioelectric and biomagnetic measurements and stimulation methods and to design new systems.

The course will be lectured in English and delivered digitally with the ZOOM video system.
  The book is also available on the Internet.       Download the book as a zip file.

The lectures will be supported with e-Learning material on the Internet.
The examination will also be arranged on the Internet. Please see: Examination Info

      Interview of Jaakko Malmivuo as Theodore von Kármán Fellow