Our current research portfolio is funded by the EPSRC, and the Wellcome Trust. All our projects are collaborative, multidisciplinary and endeavour to explore the limits, extend current capabilities and develop next generation neural interface technology.
|Project Title||Brief Description||Duration||Funded by|
|CANDO: Controlling Abnormal Network Dynamics with Optogenetics||A world-class, multi-site, cross-disciplinary project to develop a cortical implant for optogenetic neural control. Over seven years the project will progress through several phases. Initial phases focus on technology design and development, followed by rigorous testing of performance and safety. The aim is to create a first-in-human-trial in the seventh year in patients with focal epilepsy.||2014-21||Wellcome Trust/EPSRC Innovative Engineering for Health|
|ENGINI: Empowering Next Generation Implantable Neural Interfaces||Neural interfaces will in the future need to observe the activity of many thousands of neurons. This will improve the effectiveness of neural decoding strategies by increasing the underlying information transfer rate. The availability of such a technology would be a true game changer, enabling new scientific and prosthetic applications. Our vision is that to achieve this, neural interfaces need to be distributed across multiple devices, each being autonomous and fully wireless. ENGINI is developing a new breed of mm-scale neural microsystems that directly tackle the grand challenges of long term stability, energy efficiency, and scalability.||2015-20||EPSRC Early Career Fellowship|
|FORTE: Functional Oxide Reconfigurable Technologies||Our vision is to rejuvenate modern electronics by developing and enabling a new approach to electronic systems where reconfigurability, scalability, operational flexibility/resilience, power efficiency and cost-effectiveness are combined. This vision will be delivered by breaking out of the large, but comprehensively explored realm of CMOS technology upon which virtually all modern electronics are based; consumer and non-consumer alike.||2018-23||EPSRC Programme Grant|
|Challenges and opportunities of using coherent ultra-wideband radar-on-chip for medical sensing and imaging||The recent innovation of a UWB radar-on-chip, at the size of a finger nail, provides the opportunity of in-body radar imaging with extremely small and low-cost electronics. The goal of this research is to investigate the challenges and opportunities of using coherent UWB radar-on-chip for medical sensing and imaging.||2015-||EPSRC DTA|
|Microdevices to Investigate Sleep and Temperature Regulation in Mice||Sleep is essential for all animals, yet its specific function is unknown. Moreover, the overlap between the neuronal circuitry underlying sleep, the actions of sedative drugs, and temperature regulation is a mystery. Because of the power of genetics, mice are ideal animals to investigate sleep and temperature regulation, yet their small size makes recording brain waves and temperature a challenge. This project will develop two microdevices, one that will allow continuous recording of these parameters over many days, and the other will allow the brain temperature to be clamped, so that the impact of temperature can be investigated in both sleep and sedation.||2016-2019||EPSRC DTC Neurotechnology|