The Neural Stimulator (Wait-list only)

Current project

 

The 2021 Neural Stimulator VIP team is now full.

You can join the WAIT-LIST however we recommend you apply 

for another exciting VIP team as there are many places available on other teams.

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

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, 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