Prof. Dr. Oliver Amft

  • Job title: Director
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-23601
  • Fax number: +49 9131 85-23602
  • Address:
    Room 375


Short biography

Oliver Amft is the founding director of the Chair of Digital Health at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). He received the Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) from Chemnitz Technical University in 1999 and the Dr. sc. ETH (Ph.D.) from ETH Zurich in 2008, both in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. In 2011, he obtained the university teaching qualification from TU Eindhoven. Until 2004, he was a R&D project manager with ABB, Inc. Oliver Amft was an assistant professor at TU Eindhoven between 2009 and 2013, tenured since 2011. In 2014, he was appointed full professor and established the Chair of Sensor Technology at University of Passau, Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics. Since 2017, Oliver Amft is a full professor at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Faculty of Medicine. He holds a secondary appointment at FAU’s Faculty of Technology.

Oliver has co-authored over 200 scientific publications on context recognition, biomedical sensor technology, wearable computing, digital health, and embedded systems. Oliver is an Editorial Board member of IEEE Pervasive Computing, co-editing the Wearable Computing department and a founding editorial board member of the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology (OJEMB). He is an associate editor of Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Frontiers in Computer Science, and the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. He has been a associate editor for Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) between 2017-19. Oliver is a member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS) Society, the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (VDE DGBMT), the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), and the IEEE EMBS Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems Technical Committee. Oliver Amft coordinated European research consortia (GreenerBuildings, iCareNet) and has been a PI in several other European and national projects. Oliver Amft is a business strategy and technology advisor/mentor for several spinoff and startup businesses as well as a jury member of the Medical Valley Award and expert coach of the TUM MedTech Bootcamp.


Short chronological biography

1994            Abitur

1999            M.Sc. in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), TU Chemnitz

2000-2002   R&D engineer / senior engineer, ABB, Inc., Switzerland

2002-2004   R&D project manager, ABB, Inc., Switzerland

2004-2008   Research assistant, ETH Zurich

2008            Ph.D. in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (Dr. sc. ETHZ), ETH Zurich

2009-2014   Senior Visiting Scientitist at ETH Zurich

2009-2013   Assistant Professor, TU Eindhoven

2011            University Teaching Qualification (‘BKO’), TU Eindhoven

2014-2017   Full Professor, established the Chair of Sensor Technology, University of Passau

2017-now    Full Professor, established the Chair of Digital Health, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

2019-now    Jury Member of the Medical Valley Award startup fund (


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg