University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) Leipzig, Germany

The Leipzig University of Applied Sciences Leipzig (HTWK Leipzig) is the most important University of Applied Sciences in Saxony.

The origins of the “HTWK Leipzig” go back to 1875 (Ludwig Nieper) and since 1954 the ancestor schools of the HTWK Leipzig have graduated more than 16,000 engineers and awarded more than 1,200 doctorates in engineering. In 1992, the different schools were unified and comprise today’s Leipzig University of Applied Sciences. Currently more than 6,200 students are enrolled at the HTWK Leipzig. As the only technological/applied university in Leipzig, the HTWK is also the centre of innovative engineering science in the region.

The rapid increase in the importance of engineering science is directly connected to the increasing importance of life science and medicine in Leipzig. Life sciences and medicine is becoming one of the main engines of science and economy in this region. HTWK cooperates with more than 80 partner universities worldwide and is member of the European University Association (EUA).

Innovative Surgical Training Technologies (ISTT)
ISTT, at the Research Center of HTWK, researches and develops innovative solutions for surgical training with the following sub-objectives:


Our interdisciplinary team works on simulation systems that allow a realistic surgical training. Our work focuses on the research & development of realistic anatomical structures made of plastics, electromechanical systems for the control and measurement of simulation systems and manufacturing processes for the mass production of those simulation systems.
We handle and implement solutions for training and testing operating rooms. These operating rooms correspond to real operating rooms under the pretence of flexible usability. On the one hand the training operating room can be equipped with practice areas. It can also be used as workshop or seminar room for medical students and/or medical device engineers. Our research focuses (1) on the simulation of medical technology to optimize the future didactic instructions of the use of medical devices, as well as (2) the storage, synchronization and visualization of multimedia information for their use in training and ergonomic studies.
The development of training concepts is based on the combination of modern adult educational and psychological knowledge and precise observation of clinical practice. Solutions for the continuing education and Train-the-Trainer programs will be developed and evaluated. Elementary components of each concept are the development and promotion of surgical and didactical competences and knowledge of instrument technology in its practical context.
We explore concepts and solutions for the testing and design of surgical special technology taking into account ergonomic aspects. Furthermore ISTT concentrates on training and consulting in the field of medical device safety and quality assurance of clinical workflows.