Neural Stimulator

Current project

VIP Snapshot

We bring biology and electronics together to make a difference. We’re developing a state-of-the-art bionic neural stimulator to help ease people’s suffering worldwide! 

Stim

VIP ChallENG research goals

We’ll design and create a miniature, wirelessly controlled neural stimulator that can help restore lost senses such as hearing or vision as well as provide treatment to people living with conditions like Parkinson’s disease, depression, epilepsy and chronic pain.

 The device will:  

  • Be able to choose any combination of active electrodes  
  • Be capable of high frequency stimulation 
  • Use as many current sources as possible and be capable of independent simultaneous stimulation on several electrodes  
  • Be fully wireless to control stimulation parameters   
  • Have user-friendly and intuitive software  
  • Be able to record voltages on electrodes and settings at various times 
  • Be adaptable to multiple bionic applications 
  • Be suitably enclosed and connected to an electrode assembly for the target application

Research Areas:

  • Bionics (Neural Prostheses)
  • Miniaturisation of the device and components 
  • Wireless capability 
  • Power management 
  • Recording data accurately and consistently 
  • Ensuring safe neural stimulation
  • Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications 
  • Computer Science and Engineering 
  • Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering 
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Mechatronics

2021 VIP Consortium Innovation Competition - Project Video

The Neural Stimulator

With the goal of “Unlocking the full potential of neural stimulator technology”, the “STIMPACT” team are developing an easily accessible and low cost neural stimulator! Breaking the boundaries of current research, their battery powered and compact design paves the path for future innovation! 

Team Academic Lead