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Professor Peter Seligman, Senior Scientific Mentor

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 and 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.

In 2018 Peter received the inaugural “Bionics Institute award for Excellence in Medical Device Innovation” for his significant contribution to the development of Cochlear Implants.

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Research projects


Bionic eye

Recent publications

Sikder, M. K. U., M. N. Shivdasani, J. B. Fallon, P. Seligman, K. Ganesan, J. Villalobos, S. Prawer, and D. J. Garrett. 2019. Electrically conducting diamond films grown on platinum foil for neural stimulation, Journal of Neural Engineering: [epub ahead of print].

Shepherd RK, Seligman PM, Shivdasani, M. Auditory and visual neural prostheses. In: Shepherd RK, Neurobionics: The Biomedical Engineering of Neural Prostheses. John Wiley & Sons. Hoboken, New Jersey, 2016, p189-212.

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): 191-199.

See other publications by Peter Seligman in PubMed

Further information

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