Wroclaw University of Technology

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The Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology of the Wroclaw University of Technology consists of three Institutes: Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation, Mathematics and Informatics, and Physics. The faculty has many years experience in application of optics and optical methods in biomedical investigations.

Prof. Halina Podbielska, is a Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation (http://www.ibp.pwr.wroc.pl/eng/) and simultaneously, she is the Head of the Biomedical Optics Group at this Institute. Currently, the group consist if one full professor and 3 coworkers with Ph.D. (Adjuncts), 5 Ph.D. students and 10 M.Sc. students. The main research activities are concerned with laser applications in medicine, including photodynamic medicine and photodynamic antibacterial activity, bacteria characterization by optical methods, photoactive materials, fiberoptics sensors and optical fibers in medicine, computer aided analysis of medical images, sol gel based nanomaterials, the optical and physico-chemical properties of various photosensitive dyes, transillumination methods for rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, thermal imaging in medical diagnosis and pattern recognition methods.

The Bio-Optics Group has an active cooperation on national and international basis, among others with the Division of Optical Spectroscopy of the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Epizootiology and Veterinary Administration with Clinic of Wrocław University of Enviromental and Life Sciences, Institut für Optik und Atomare Physik, Technische Universität Berlin and Laser-und Medizin-Technologie GmbH, Berlin, Materials & Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Various projects are realized currently in the Bio-Optics Group, funded by the national and European grants: Electrically Modified Biomaterials' surface: From Atoms to Applications, BioElectricSurface, (7. Framework Program), Nanomaterials and their optical and biological properties (Polish Ministry of Science), Dosimetry in photodynamic diagnosis and therapy (Polish Ministry of Science).

Prof. Henryk Kasprzak works in the Institute of Physics and he is a deputy Dean of the Faculty. Many years he is a chairman of Visual Optics Group (http://www.vog.if.pwr.wroc.pl/). We use modern optical methods (interferometry, image polarimetry, optical tomography etc.) in investigation of eye properties and in creation of new non-invasive diagnosis method of the eye.

In modern Ophthalmology and Visual Optics exists still many non-solved, important problems of eye diagnosis and measurements such as e.g.

  • non-invasive, quantitative measurements of the tear film stability for dry eye diagnosis,
  • non-invasive method of measurement of the Intraocular Pressure and amplitude of its variation,
  • early diagnosis of glaucoma and hemodynamics of the eye,
  • quantitative measurements of biomechanical properties of the individual eye tissue, which can be used in preparation of custom procedure of refractive surgery,
  • influence of very fast eye movements (up to around 100Hz) and deformations on visual process and on quality of vision,
  • etc.

We have already proposed some novel optical, non-invasive, quantitative methods of measurement and diagnosis of eye properties. We developed new prototype of interferometer for tear film investigation and measurement on the cornea and the contact lens new, fast pupilometer for pupil reflex measurement, image polarimeter for measurement of optical anisotropy of the cornea.

There were already 8 PhD dissertation defended in our group and we cooperate with different research groups in Alicante, Brisbane, Goeteborg, Heraklion, Madrid, Tokyo.


Wroclaw University of Technology,
Institute of Physics
Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology,
Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27,
50-370 Wroclaw




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Prof. Dr. Henryk Kasprzak


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