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Fermilab Lecture Series - Technology for Advanced Neural Prostheses

  • Jul 11, 2014 · 7:45 PM
  • Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium

As the desire for more sophisticated neural prostheses increases, technology is being challenged to meets those needs. In particular, central nervous system prostheses such as those being proposed for the substitution of vision are expected to utilize hundreds of channels of artificial neural connections to the brain.

Current technology for electrodes, transcutaneously powered implants, and neural coding strategies does not begin to fulfill the anticipated needs. Within the Laboratory of Neural Prosthetic Research, fundamental and translational work has broadly tackled the multi-disciplinary problems of researching and developing stable electrode interfaces, designing custom integrated circuit chips, developing novel methods of subminiature packaging, performing key animal experiments, and evolving a multi-modal assessment process, in preparation for the implantation of an intracortical visual prosthesis. However, the same technology is applicable towards several neural prosthesis devices that are presently being planned for human testing including: retinal prostheses, optic nerve prostheses, FES systems, and bio-electric controllers for prosthetic limbs.

This seminar will discuss the range of research that is taking place within the Laboratory of Neural Prosthetic Research, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, combined with the commercial developments in prosthetic technology emerging from Sigenics, Inc.

Additional info: http://www.fnal.gov/culture/NewArts/Lectures/14-15/troyk.shtml

You must purchase your ticket for $7. Use this link (pick TECHNOLOGY FOR ADV NEURAL PROSTHESES):

http://www.centerstageticketing.com/sites/fermilab/events.php

Note: buying tickets in advance is always a good idea, sometimes they get sold out.


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  • Alice B.

    I would have loved to attend this talk, but I have a prior engagement. The next time there is something that interests me at Fermilab on a Friday or the weekend, I can give someone a ride from Chicago.

    July 11, 2014

  • Virginia K.

    Ok. Thanks.

    July 10, 2014

  • Miguel A

    I'll be early at the entrance, wearing a blue shirt and a Meetup badge. If you see me feel free to say hello.

    July 10, 2014

  • Tom

    Hi! I would love to attend this but I'm CTA dependent. Anyone driving there from Chicago that wouldn't mind a passenger? I'd be more than happy to help out with gas.

    July 3, 2014

    • Kirstin

      Hi Tom I could drive from West Town, where will you be coming from?

      July 10, 2014

    • Tom

      Hi Kirstin, thank you! I'll be coming from work in Streeterville. I'm going to try to send you a more detailed e-mail through this website.

      July 10, 2014

  • Kirstin

    I can drive 2-3 people from West Town if you would like to go...

    July 10, 2014

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