Using XR technology in biomedicine to improve medical accuracy


Research Area

Professor Meboldt’s main research focuses on the development of new products at the intersection of mechanical engineering and biomedical applications. By supporting complex surgical procedures with simulators, augmented reality and virtual reality, physicians are more efficient and more precise. This allows them not only to specialise, but also to broaden the scope of their fields.


Biomedical Systems
In the Biomedical Systems group we create, test and improve biomedical devices and bioengineering processes. Our developments and research results provide the first step towards translation into clinical practice.

Design for New Technologies
New technologies offer great opportunities to improve production processes as well as to increase the product’s value to the customer. Design for New Technologies develops tools and methods for engineers to benefit from the advantages of new technologies.

Human Behavior
Eye tracking technology provides the opportunity to closly investigate human behavior during product interaction even in real environments. We utilize eye tracking data to improve the usablity of products and to reveal the strategies of experts.


Build Expertise. Create Value.
Success in product development depends heavily on the competence and skills of teams and individuals. This is why we dedicate our research to create knowledge that enables the value-adding use of new technologies – and to make this knowledge tangible and teachable. Industrial and clinical needs are the driving forces for our interdisciplinary research. A variety of methods shapes our work and ranges from simulations to the validation of real applications. Our work is distinguished by a variety of methods, ranging from simulation to validation of real applications. Our research changes the way we develop products, and our expertise changes the way we create sustainable value.



Mirko Meboldt was born in Mannheim, Germany. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) and launched his academic career at the Institute of Product Engineering Karlsruhe (IPEK), where he completed a doctorate in the field of product development. He embarked on his industrial career at Hilti AG in Liechtenstein, where he was globally responsible for CAD/PDM systems, standardisation and development methods. In his last position at Hilti, he was responsible for global technology and product development processes. In 2012 he was appointed as a full professor of product development and engineering design at ETH Zurich.

His main research focuses on the development of new products in the field of mechanical engineering industries, biomedical applications and associated technologies. He regards the impact on the education of young engineers and its relevance for industry as a key motivation and benchmark for his research. He currently works in the field of engineering design and product development, specialising in user-oriented product innovations, new production technologies and challenging applications.