Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Knopp

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)
Sektion für Biomedizinische Bildgebung
Lottestraße 55
2ter Stock, Raum 209
22529 Hamburg
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Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH)
Institut für Biomedizinische Bildgebung
Gebäude E, Raum 4.044
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3
21073 Hamburg

Tel.: 040 / 7410 56794
Fax: 040 / 7410 45811
E-Mail: t.knopp(at)
E-Mail: tobias.knopp(at)



  • Head of the Institute for Biomedical Imaging
  • Editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Magnetic Particle Imaging (IJMPI)

Consulting Hours

  • On appointment

Research Interests

  • Tomographic Imaging
  • Image Reconstruction
  • Signal- and Image Processing
  • Magnetic Particle Imaging

Curriculum Vitae

Tobias Knopp received his Diplom degree in computer science in 2007 and his PhD in 2010, both from the University of Lübeck with highest distinction. For his PHD on the tomographic imaging method Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) he was awarded with the Klee award from the DGBMT (VDE) in 2011. From 2010 until 2011 he led the MAPIT project at the University of Lübeck and published the first scientific book on MPI. In 2011 he joined Bruker Biospin to work on the first commercially available MPI system. From 2012 until 2014 he worked at Thorlabs in the field of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) as a software developer. In 2014 he has been appointed as Professor for experimental Biomedical Imaging at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and the Hamburg University of Technology.


Title: OpenMPIData: An initiative for freely accessible magnetic particle imaging data.
Written by: T. Knopp, P. Szwargulski, F. Griese, M. Gräser
in: <em>Data in Brief</em>. 2 (2020).
Volume: <strong>28</strong>. Number:
on pages: 104971
how published:


Note: article, opendata

Abstract: Magnetic particle imaging is a tomographic imaging technique capable of measuring the local concentration of magnetic nanoparticles that can be used as tracers in biomedical applications. Since MPI is still at a very early stage of development, there are only a few MPI systems worldwide that are primarily operated by technical research groups that develop the systems themselves. It is therefore difficult for researchers without direct access to an MPI system to obtain experimental MPI data. The purpose of the OpenMPIData initiative is to make experimental MPI data freely accessible via a web platform. Measurements are performed with multiple phantoms and different image sequences from 1D to 3D. The datasets are stored in the magnetic particle image data format (MDF), an open document standard for storing MPI data. The open data is mainly intended for mathematicians and algorithm developers working on new reconstruction algorithms. Each dataset is designed to pose a specific challenge to image reconstruction. In addition to the measurement data, computer aided design (CAD) drawings of the phantoms are also provided so that the exact dimensions of the particle concentrations are known. Thus, the phantoms can be reproduced by other research groups using additive manufacturing. These reproduced phantoms can be used to compare different MPI systems.