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.
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