Work, Technology and Participation

Integrated neurotechnological architecture for contactless screening of virus-related respiratory diseases" (VI-Screen)

Project description

The interdisciplinary joint project "Integrated neurotechnological architecture for contactless screening of virus-related respiratory diseases", "VI-Screen" for short, is developing and testing a monitoring system for detecting infectious respiratory diseases with the aim of better protecting clinics and other critical infrastructures in the entrance area. The joint project, in which the Saarland University Hospital, Saarland University and the Technical University of Berlin are conducting joint research, is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of "User - Innovative: Research for Civil Security II".

The contactless measuring system uses optical and acoustic sensors and parameters such as heart rate, blinking, skin properties, eye reddening, voice and breathing noises from visitors, staff and patients to diagnose possible respiratory diseases and identify infected people at an early stage. Against the background of the corona pandemic, but also in view of possible future epidemics or pandemics, this medical monitoring system could offer a practicable screening, similar to that at the airport, for example. This also raises a whole series of ethical and legal questions, such as data protection and data security, and questions about technology acceptance.

From the Technical University of Berlin, the Department of Applied Mathematics and the Department of Work Studies/Technology and Participation are involved in the project. The task of the Department of Work Studies/Technology and Participation is to deal with ethical and legal questions and involve randomly selected citizens and clinic staff, who are to develop recommendations for the framework conditions of the monitoring system in planning cells based on information. During the project, the recommendations from the citizens' report will be incorporated into the development of the framework conditions for the monitoring system and published.

Project team

Prof. Dr. Hans-Liudger Dienel

Dr. Birgit Böhm

Friederike Tautz

Tobias Biehle

Funded by

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project duration: August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2023 (extended to December 31, 2023)

Project partner

Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes – Klinik für Allgemeine Pädiatrie
und Neonatologie, Homburg

Universität des Saarlandes - Systemische Neurowissenschaften und
Neurotechnologie, Homburg

Technische Universität Berlin – Fakultät II – Mathematik und Natur-
wissenschaften – Institut für Mathematik – Fachgebiet Angewandte
Mathematik (SEKR MA 4-3), Berlin

Associated partners:

audEERING GmbH, Gilching
IS Predict GmbH, Saarbrücken
Kassenärztliche Vereinigung des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen


Kick-off press release of Saarland University with project description:

Download link for the citizen report:
Kontaktlose Infektionskontrolle an der Kliniktür