Student Projects Offered
Student projects are available at the Honours, Masters and PhD level.
BIONIC HEARING STUDENT RESEARCH
The bionic ear has been one of the most successful medical bionics devices; there are now over 450,000 recipients worldwide. However, the bionic ear has some shortcomings – particularly its performance for understanding speech in noisy environments and listening to music. Therefore, a substantial part of our research is aimed at improving the quality of hearing that can be provided with a cochlear implant, as well as with hearing aids.
Using a multidisciplinary approach, our research program encompasses auditory neuroscience, development of new sound-processing strategies, and development of techniques that promote and maintain the surviving auditory neurons in cochlear implant recipients.
BIONIC VISION STUDENT RESEARCH
The overall goal is to develop a bionic implant capable of restoring useful vision to people suffering from eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa (a degenerative genetic condition). The bionic eye consists of an array of electrodes implanted in the retina to stimulate the optic nerve in the eye, acting as a substitute for the photoreceptors that have degenerated or been badly damaged and no longer function effectively.
Our research group includes neuroscientists and engineers, and active collaborations with ophthalmologists and surgeons.
NEUROBIONICS STUDENT RESEARCH
Implantable devices are being developed to detect, predict, and suppress abnormal activity in the brain. Such devices incorporate many of the successful elements of the bionic ear, but provide solutions for different medical disorders that would otherwise be intractable.
Our current focus is the treatment of Parkinson's disease and epilepsy; however, over the next few years, our aim is to expand this research and create a flexible neurobionics system that can be applied to a range of neurological disorders.