Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Heinz Handels is head of the Research Department Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Lübeck since 2021 and director of the Institute of Medical Informatics at the University of Lübeck since 2010. Previously, he was appointed as C4 professor for Medical Informatics at the University of Hamburg in 2003, where he led the Institute of Medical Informatics located at the Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf until 2010. From 1992–2003 he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Medical Informatics at the University of Lübeck, where he headed the group Image Processing and Pattern Recognition in Medicine. In 1999 he completed his habilitation and received the Venia Legendi for Medical Informatics at the University of Lübeck. In 1991, Prof. Handels received his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) at RWTH Aachen University. In 1987, he successfully completed his diploma studies in computer science as well as his studies in mathematics, physics and computer science for the teaching profession of secondary school I/II at the RWTH Aachen University.
His main research interests at the DFKI and the Institute of Medical Informatics at the University of Lübeck are the development of problem-optimized, adaptive image computing methods and their integration into hybrid image processing systems to support medical diagnostics and therapy. His current methodological work focuses on machine learning methods and deep learning networks for automatic analysis and recognition of different disease patterns, lesions, biomarkers, organs, tissues, etc. in medical images and image sequences, which for medical support are combined with medical image processing methods and visualization techniques. A listing of his publications on Google Scholar can be found at https://scholar.google.de/citations?hl=de&user=39hYEG8AAAAJ.