The Next Generation Neural Interfaces (NGNI) Lab is creating innovative neurotechnologies to enable communication between the nervous system and electronic devices. Our ultimate goal is to develop medical devices that interface with neural pathways for restoring lost function in sensory, cognitive and motor impaired patients.

Our current projects are supported by the EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, DRI, and industry. We previously also received funding from EU FP7. All our projects are collaborative, multidisciplinary and endeavour to explore the limits, extend current capabilities and develop next generation neural interface technology.

Ongoing/Current Projects

Short TitleFull Title and DescriptionDurationFunded by
EIDA Engineering Integrated Dementia Care
Developing new ways of caring for people with dementia through advanced technologies − measuring real behaviour in the home, rather than clinical measures in the hospital.
2019- DRI (MRC, Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer's Research UK)
FORTE Functional Oxide Reconfigurable Technologies
Harnessing the capability of CMOS microelectronics to enable efficient & effective ReRAM technology integration, providing new opportunity for IC design by exploiting new nano-scale memory primitives. 
2018- EPSRC Programme Grant
ENGINI Empowering Next Generation Implantable Neural Interfaces
Engineering a new technology platform encompassing a family of innovations that together aim to tackle key challenges (i.e. long term stability, energy efficiency, and scalability) with existing implantable brain machine interfaces.
2015- EPSRC Early Career Fellowship
CANDO Controlling Abnormal Network Dynamics using Optogenetics
A world-class, multi-site, cross-disciplinary project to develop a cortical implant for optogenetic neural control. The aim is to create a first-in-human trial in the 7th year in patients with focal epilepsy.
2014- Wellcome Trust/EPSRC Innovative Engineering for Health

Completed/Past Projects

Short TitleFull Title and DescriptionDurationFunded by
SenseBack
Enabling Technologies for Sensory Feedback in Next-Gen Assistive Devices
Developing technologies for next generation assistive devices to provide truly natural control through sensory feedback. Key aims are: (1) to generate artificial signals that mimic those of the natural arm and hand; and (2) provide a means of delivering those signals to the nervous system of a prosthesis user. 
 
 2016-18 EPSRC Project
AnaeWARE Monitoring awareness during anaesthesia – a multi-modal approach
Investigating the effect of anaesthetics on biological signals monitored during surgery to: (1) understand the general mechanisms of anaesthetic action; (2) determine whether such changes provide increased discriminatory power between wakefulness and anesthesia.
2014-16 EU FP7 Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (IEF)
iPROBE in-vivo Platform for the Real-time Observation of Brain Extracellular activity
Developing extendable architectures for multi-channel, multi-site neural recording by exploiting standard digital communication protocols; and implementing in ultra-low power, compact integrated circuits for implantable, near-probe applications.
2013-16 EPSRC Project

NGNI

Ultralow Power Implantable Platform for Next-Gen Neural Interfaces
Creating a platform technology that converts the raw signal from electrodes into a digital stream of identified spike events. This can enable efficient storage, analysis and/or realtime feedback, and is suitable for incorporation into implantable devices.
2010-14 EPSRC Project