Prof Peter Seligman – Bionics Institute

Prof Peter Seligman

Research Engineer/Mentor BEng, PhD, DEng

Prof Peter Seligman

Peter Seligman is an honorary Professor of the University of Melbourne, a biomedical engineer at the Bionics Institute, and an associate of the Melbourne Energy Institute.

Peter was a key member of the team that developed the Melbourne/Cochlear multiple-channel cochlear implant. He worked in the field for 30 years and was particularly responsible for the development and improvement of speech processors.  In 1979 he designed the first portable Speech Processor for the University of Melbourne device. He joined Cochlear Ltd (Nucleus) in 1983 and was instrumental in speech processor miniaturisation and improvement, including the development of custom microchips to implement new speech processing strategies. He holds 21 patents. His special interest was the development of smaller behind-the-ear speech processors and totally implanted cochlear implants.

In 2009 Peter retired from Cochlear Ltd. In that year he was awarded a Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa). He presently spends one day per week mentoring at the Bionics Institute.

Research fields of interest

  • novel stimulator design

  • electrical modelling of electrodes

  • eye tracking for visual prosthesis

Research Projects

  • hybrid voltage/current stimulator

Selected Publications

  1. Sikder, M. K. U., J. Fallon, M. N. Shivdasani, K. Ganesan, P. Seligman, and D. J. Garrett. 2017. Wireless induction coils embedded in diamond for power transfer in medical implants. Biomedical microdevices. 19(4): 79.
  2. Newbold, C., S. Mergen, R. Richardson, P. Seligman, R. Millard, R. Cowan, and R. Shepherd. 2014. Impedance changes in chronically implanted and stimulated cochlear implant electrodes. Cochlear Implants International. 15(4): 191-9.
  3. Newbold, C., R. Richardson, R. Millard, P. Seligman, R. Cowan, and R. Shepherd. 2011. Electrical stimulation causes rapid changes in electrode impedance of cell-covered electrodes. Journal of Neural Engineering. 8(3): 036029. doi: 10.1088/1741-2560/8/3/036029. Full Text
  4. Seligman, P. 2009. Prototype to product-developing a commercially viable neural prosthesis. Journal of Neural Engineering. 6(6): 065006. doi: 10.1088/1741-2560/6/6/065006.
  5. Briggs, R. J., H. C. Eder, P. M. Seligman, R. S. Cowan, K. L. Plant, J. Dalton, D. K. Money, and J. F. Patrick. 2008. Initial clinical experience with a totally implantable cochlear implant research device. Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology. 29(2): 114-9.

See other publications by Peter Seligman in PubMed

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