Sam Titchener (Jan 2016- current)

Sam began his PhD studies with the Bionics Institute in 2016, after completing a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Hons I), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and working in Taiwan developing computer vision applications.

Sam’s PhD is titled Oculomotor behaviour and the effects of eye tracker feedback in retinal implants; or in other words, eye movement and eye tracking for the bionic eye.

Following several visits to the Bionics Institute, Sam decided to apply to study his PhD here because of our exciting range of projects. The people he spoke to seemed passionate and very engaged in their research.

When asked what he is hoping to achieve whilst completing his PhD with the team at the Bionics Institute, Sam says he is hoping to learn to apply his engineering and research skills to a broad range of problems and make a few friends along the way.

“I’ve had the extraordinary opportunity to work with the participants in a clinical trial of a bionic eye. There are very few places in the world where this would be possible.”

Sam Titchener