The HEAR-EU consortium is multidisciplinar group composed of six partners, three universities, two small/medium enterprises and a large enterprise. 


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Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain, leader)




Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona is a young, public and modern university founded in 1990 and called to become one of the leading European universities. Despite its short history, it has grown to become the best Spanish university in virtually all internationally reputed rankings. The Department of Information and Communication Technologies was selected as one of the top 100 computer science departments in the world (ARWU/Shanghai ranking). Within the department, two groups contribute to HEAR-EU: SIMBIOSYS, focused on medical image processing, modelling and simulation, and PHYSENSE, which develops novel computer methods to better understand human physiology.



Alma Medical Imaging (Spain, leader) 




Alma Medical Imaging is an SME based in Barcelona, Spain. Created in 2005, it currently has a staff of 24 people, most of them working at the development and research groups. Alma develops and commercialises advanced computer software for medical diagnosis and surgery. Our products include radiological systems for visualization of medical image data sets (2D, 3D, MPR), computer-aided diagnosis (breast and colon cancer, as well as cardiovascular diseases), and surgical planning modules (orthopaedics, dental and plastic surgery). Alma works in close collaboration with an extensive network of clinical and technical collaborators, not least academic research centres, in the definition, implementation and standardisation of the future generation of software tools for in-silico based medicine.




Universität Bern (Switzerland)


The University of Bern, through the Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics and the ARTORG Center for Computer Aided Surgery, is one of the pioneers and world leading institutions in the field of computer-assisted surgery, and a reference site for research on biomechanics. Its research specializes on surgical navigation, medical image analysis, smart surgical instruments, experimental biomechanics, computational bioengineering and tissue mechanobiology. The department of ENT surgery at the University Hospital Inselspital, University of Bern, is one of the early adopters of computer assisted and image guided procedures around the head. Early work in the field dates back to 1995, where some of the first of such interventions have been carried out. Today, the department's research focuses on the advancement of such technologies towards novel indications and to combine it with the latest developments in hearing aid technology and physiological measurements.


MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH (Austria)


MED-EL is a leading manufacturer of innovative implantable hearing solutions to treat various degrees of hearing loss, including cochlear, middle ear and bone conduction implant systems.

MED-EL's mission is to "overcome hearing loss as a barrier to communication and quality of life" in children and adults. The company's products are the result of over 30 years of focused research and development, and a commitment to fostering close relationships with users as well as clinics and research organisations around the world. Currently, MED-EL is working in close collaboration with more than 30 research institutes worldwide in all aspects of technology and clinical related research.

MED-EL's Headquarters are based in Innsbruck, Austria. With more than 1400 employees, MED-EL is present in more than 100 countries.


Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark) 


The section for image analysis and computer graphics (IACG) at the Department of Informatics and Mathematical Modelling (DTU Informatics), The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has a long tradition for research in medical image analysis with a strong statistical foundation. In addition to medical image analysis, the group is known for application oriented research in light-matter interactions from both a computer graphics and synthesis viewpoint and from non-invasive industrial inspection as for example rapid food quality estimation.


SCANCO Medical A.G.(Switzerland) 


SCANCO Medical is a Swiss company that specializes in the development of state-of-the-art micro-computed tomography systems. These systems integrate high-quality imaging with powerful 3D analysis tools. SCANCO Medical AG has more than 20 years experience in development of highest resolution CT scanners in the biomedical field. SCANCO Medical is the worldwide market leader of microCT systems, preclinical animal systems and patient systems for bone research. We were the first company worldwide to offer a commercial desktop microCT scanner, and the XtremeCT is still the only device worldwide capable of microarchitecture assessment in vivo. Leading academic, industrial and healthcare institutions worldwide employ SCANCO Medical microCT systems in a wide range of applications.


HEAR-EU is a collaborative project supported by the European Union under the Health Cooperation Work Programme of the 7th Framework Programme

FP7(c) 2013 - HEAR-EUEuropeanCommission


Miguel A. González Ballester