Christin Bald


M. Sc. Christin Bald

Room D-016
Kaiserstraße 2, 24143 Kiel, Germany
Phone: +49 431 880-6129
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Research: Real-time Signal Processing for Magnetoelectric Sensors

To measure signals emitted by bio-medical sources like the heart or a skeleton muscle with a high temporal resolution, the generated electrical potentials on the body surface or the generated magnetic flux are usually measured. One big difference between the two measurement types (and the main advantage of the measurement of the magnetic flux) is that the magnetically measured signals are less distorted by surrounding materials of the source compared to their electric counterparts. Unfortunately, the operation of suitable state-of-the-art sensors, which are mainly based on super-conducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs), is in general very expensive.

Sensors based on the magneto-electric (ME) effect have the potential to be a suitable alternative. During the last years the new ME sensors, developed in collaborative research groups at Kiel University, reached a sensitivity level which makes it possible to detect the human heart beat. Since no cooling is required for this sensor type, the operational cost are relative low. This could lead to an increased number of magnetic measurements for medical diagnostics in the future. In addition the sensors can be placed closer to the measured object and arrays of higher sensor probability can be built up, because the sensors are smaller in size.

The challenging part arises, because these sensors also record mechanical vibrations, whereby the desired signals are superimposed by unwanted signal components. To reduce this coupling effect and increase the usability of such sensors in measurement environments signal processing techniques are applied. Approaches are based on adaptive noise cancellers using non-magnetic noise reference sensors or intelligent sensor read-out schemes.

Related topics:

  • Noise cancellation and suppression
  • Signal combination
  • Beamforming
  • Signal analysis
  • Biomagnetic measurements

Further interests:

  • Real-time digital signal processing
  • Localization

Short CV

2017 - current   Research assistant at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
2016 - 2017   M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
2012 - 2016   B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany


  1. C. Bald, E. Elzenheimer, J. Reermann, T. Sander-Thömmes, G. Schmidt: Amplitudenverlauf des Herzmagnetfeldes als Funktion des Abstandes, Biosignale Workshop, 2018, Erfurt, Germany

  2. J. Reermann, C. Bald, P. Durdaut, A.Piorra, D. Meyners, E. Quandt, M. Höft, and G. Schmidt: Adaptive mehrkanalige Geräuschkompensation für magnetoelektrische Sensoren, Proc. DAGA, Kiel, Germany, open access, 2017

  3. J. Reermann, C. Bald, S. Salzer, P. Durdaut, A. Piorra, D. Meyners, E. Quandt, M. Höft, and Gerhard Schmidt: Comparison of Reference Sensors for Noise Cancellation of Magnetoelectric Sensors, IEEE Sensors 2016, Orlando, November 2016

Internal PhD Students


Rasool Al-Mafrachi
Christin Bald
Real-time Signal Processing for Magnetoelectric Sensors
Eric Elzenheimer
Medical Signal Processing
Marco Gimm
Tobias Hübschen
Instrumental Quality Assessment for Speech Communication Systems
Alexej Namenas
Cognitive-adaptive Target Detection and Tracking for SONAR Systems
Anton Namenas
Acoustic Environments and Evaluation of Communication Systems
Thorben Kaak
Real-time MIMO Signal Processing for Active SONAR Systems
Finn Spitz
Speech Analysis and Therapy for Parkinson Patients
Owe Wisch
Underwater Communication in Real-time MIMO-SONAR-Systems


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Schmidt


Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Faculty of Engineering
Institute for Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering
Digital Signal Processing and System Theory

Kaiserstr. 2
24143 Kiel, Germany

Recent News

Summer Event 2018

Last Friday we clebrated our yearly summer event in combinantion with the summer meeting of the Gesellschaft für angewandte Signalverarbeitung e.V. First, the year was reviewed from the perspective of the professors (talk from Gerhard Schmidt), the Ph.D. students (talk from Finn Spitz), and the bachelor and master students (talk from Jonas Weiss and Alexander Wilbrandt). Afterwards Eric ...

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