The Neural Stimulator

Current project

Applications now open for VIP 2022 via a wait-list!


Academics will be in touch throughout the year to arrange an interview 

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! 


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 


The Neural Stimulator VIP Team Video


Research, design or technical ChallENG

  • Miniaturisation of the device and components 
  • Wireless capability 
  • Power management 
  • Recording data accurately and consistently 
  • Ensuring safe neural stimulation 

Desired Background

All degrees are welcome however, students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.

Desired Research Areas Desired Skills
  • Bionics (Neural Prostheses)
  • Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications 
  • Computer Science and Engineering 
  • Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering 
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Mechatronics

Team Academic Lead