International Conferences on Neuroprosthetic Devices (ICNPD)

This is a legacy site for a series of ICNPD conferences held from 2009 to 2013

For the list of Key Challenges identified at these conferences, click here


1st International Conference on Neuroprosthetic Devices

March 19-20, 2009

National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Co-chaired by Prof. Wentai Liu and Dr. Victor Pikov

Session 1. Deep brain stimulation for treatment of Parkinson’s disease

DBS neuromodulation for treatment of Parkinson’s disease – Dr. H. L. Lin, China Medical Univ., Taiwan

DBS neuromodulation for treatment of Parkinson’s disease – Prof. Kendall Lee, Mayo Clinic

Microelectrodes for stimulation and recording in the deep brain – Dr. Douglas McCreery, HMRI

Session 2. Deep brain stimulation and recording for treatment of epilepsy

Clinical diagnostics and surgery for epilepsy – Dr. Yue-Loong Hsin, Tzu Chi Medical Center, Hwalien, Taiwan

Deep brain activity monitoring for seizure prediction – Prof. Richard Staba, UCLA

Cortical activity monitoring for seizure prediction and suppression – Dr. Sydney Cash, Mass. General Hospital

Session 3. Prosthetic devices for restoration of hearing

Design of simplified inexpensive cochlear implant – Prof. Sung June Kim, Seoul National Univ.

Stimulation of auditory brainstem for neurofibromatosis 2 – Dr. Douglas McCreery, HMRI

Session 4. Prosthetic devices for muscle paralysis

Controlling posture and movement with cortical and spinal electrodes – Prof. Jiping He, Arizona State U.

Sensing the motor commands in the spinal cord tracts – Prof. Mesut Sahin, NJIT

Controlling bladder reflexes with intraspinal penetrating electrodes – Dr. Victor Pikov, HMRI

Session 5. Microelectrode biocompatibility

Prof. Philippe Renaud, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Jin-Ye Wang, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, PR China

Noriyuki Taniguchi, University of Tokyo, Japan

Session 6. Novel microelectrodes

Carbon nanotube-based multi-electrode arrays for neuronal interfacing – Prof. Yael Hanein, Tel-Aviv Univ., Israel

Integration and miniaturization of 3D electrode – Prof. C. J. Chiou, National Chiao Tung Univ., Taiwan Electrode-embedded CMOS image sensor – Prof. Jun Ohta, Nara Inst. Science Tech, Japan


2nd International Conference on Neuroprosthetic Devices

February 27-28, 2010

Park Plaza Beijing Science Park, Beijing, China

Co-chaired by Prof. Qiushi Ren and Dr. Victor Pikov

Session 1: Prosthetics for muscle paralysis

Jiping He (Arizona State University, USA)

Adaptation in Cortical Control of Movement: Implication for Neuroprosthetic System

Mesut Sahin (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)

Floating Light Activated Micro-Electrical Stimulators

Zhi-Gong Wang (Southeast University, China)

Microelectronics-based Sensorimotor Prostheses and Experiments

Keyong Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

Facial Nerve Prosthetic Devices

Session 2: Deep Brain Stimulation

Kevin Bennet and Kendall Lee (Mayo Clinic, USA)

Next Generation Deep Brain Stimulation: Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry and Smart Neural Prosthesis

Jue Wang (Xi’an Jiao Tong University, China)

Development of Deep Brain Stimulator and MEMS Brain Electrode for Parkinson’s Disease

Luming Li (Tsinghua University, China)

From Implantable Neuro-Stimulation to Implantable Acupuncture

Bomin Sun (Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Ruijin Hospital, China)

Deep brain stimulation for refractory anorexia nervosa

Session 3: Vision prosthetics

Eberhart Zrenner (University of Tuebingen, Germany)

Subretinal Microelectrode Arrays Allow Blind Retinitis Pigmentosa Patients to Recognize Letters and Combine them to Words

David Zhou (Second Sight Medical Products, USA)

Progress and Challenges of Artificial Retinas

Shelley Fried (Harvard Medical School, USA)

Creating physiological patterns of neural activity with prosthetic stimulation

Gregg Suaning (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Biostability of Neural Prostheses

Rolf Eckmiller (University of Bonn, Germany)

Towards Learning Hybrid Retina Implants with Stimulation- and Drug-Delivery Capabilities for Retinitis Pigmentosa and Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration

Qiushi Ren (Peking University, China)

Current Progress of C-Sight Visual Prosthesis Based on Penetrating Optic Nerve Electrical Stimulation

Liming Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

Electrophysiological study of a visual prosthesis based on optic nerve stimulation in rabbits

Philip Troyk (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)

Assessing the Suitability of Available Technology for an Intracortical Visual Prosthesis

Session 4: Opportunities for pre-clinical testing of neuroprosthetics in China

Ray Jiao (Tarcine BioMed & Capital Medical University)

Animal Models for Neurological Disorders at the Capital Primate Research Center

Weizhi Ji (Kunming Biomed International)

Primate models of human diseases at Kunming Biomed and Yunnan NRC-BAS

Session 5: Auditory prosthetics 

Fan-Gang Zeng (University of California Irvine, USA)

Cochlear Implants and Beyond: From Conceptualization to Commercialization

Sung June Kim (Seoul National University, Korea)

Integrated Neural Prosthetic Devices using LCP

Lisheng Yu (Peking University People’s Hospital, China)

Cochlear Implants in China

Session 6: Biocompatible coating of neuroprosthetics   

Ravi Bellamkonda (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

Challenges To Realizing Seamless Neural Interfaces – Musings From a Bioengineering Perspective

Xinyan Tracy Cui (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Improving Neural Implant Biocompatibility via Biomimetic Surface Design

Session 7: Novel neuroprosthetic electrodes

Yanwen Duan (Wuhan University, China)

Evaluation on Hydrogel-Coated Motor Cortical Implants In Vivo

ZhiHong Li (Peking University, China)

Three-Dimensional Microelectrode Array on Parylene Substrate for Retinal Prosthesis

Seung Woo Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)

Flexible Microelectrode Arrays for Retinal Prostheses

Joe Schulman (Mann Medical Research Organization)

Small Hermetic Electronic Package for Implantable Multiple Electrode Systems

Session 8: Signal processing and modeling in neuroprosthetics

Karim Oweiss (Michigan State University, USA)

Synergistic Neural Coding: Implications for Neuroprosthetic Devices and Brain Machine Interfaces

Xin Tian (Tianjin Medical University, China)

Entropy coding of neuronal ensemble activity during cognitive task in the rat

Wensheng Hou (Bioengineering College of Chongqing University, China)

A simulation study on the electrical stimulation of visual cortex through dura mater

Yao Chen (Shanghai Jiaotong University, China)

Task difficulty modulates the activity of distinct populations of V1 neurons

Session 9: Data and power telemetry in neuroprosthetics

Wentai Liu (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)

Miniaturization and integration of neural implants

Erik Nilsen (Blackrock Microsystems, USA)

Next generation wireless neural interfaces for chronic applications and multi channel electrophysiology

Zhihua Wang (Tsinghua University, China)

Wireless power transmission for implants: dream and reality

Xuecheng Su (Shandong University of Science and Technology, China)

Development of Implantable IC Controller Chip for Robo-bird Research

Lei Wang (Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, China)

Low-Frequency Low-Noise Lower-Power ASIC Design for Pervasive Healthcare


3rd International Conference on Neuroprosthetic Devices

November 25-26, 2011

UNSW, Sydney, Australia

Co-chaired by Prof. Gregg Suaning and Dr. Victor Pikov

Keynote Talks

Ethan Cohen, PhD (Center for Devices & Radiological Health, FDA, USA)

Safety of retinal stimulation: development of novel methods for imaging overstimulation of neural tissue in real time

Helmut Sachs, MD, Priv.Doz. (Dresden-Friedrichstadt Clinic, Germany)

Considerations for a successful placement of retinal stimulating devices

Session 1: Vision Prosthetics

Gregg Suaning, PhD (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Visual Prosthesis in the Supra-choroidal Space

Philip Troyk, PhD (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)

The intracortical visual prosthesis: Looking towards a human trial

Jong-Mo Seo, PhD (Seoul National University, Korea)

Update on the Seoul Artificial Retina Project

Session 2: Signal processing and power telemetry in neuroprosthetics

Wentai Liu, PhD & Zhi Yang, PhD (UC Santa Cruz, USA & National University of Singapore)

Toward High Density In-vivo Neural Recording

Luming Li, PhD (Tsinghua University, China)

Reducing tissue heating during wireless power charging of a DBS device

Session 3: Vestibular prosthetics

Alan Brichta, PhD (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Understanding Signals from ‘Inner Space’: recreating our sense of balance

Charley Della Santina, PhD, MD (John Hopkins University, USA)

Restoring the Sixth Sense in 3D: Progress, Challenges and Controversies in Development of a Multichannel Vestibular Prosthesis

Americo Migliaccio, PhD (Univ. New South Wales, Australia)

Panel discussion on vestibular prosthetics

Session 4: Neuromodulation for Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, hyperreflexia and chronic pain

Kevin Bennet (Mayo Clinic, USA)

Exploring DBS mechanism of action with fMRI and neurochemical sensing

Herming Chiueh, PhD (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Closed-loop epileptic seizure detection

Nick Donaldson, PhD (University College London, UK)

Toward a conditional neuromodulator for bladder control after spinal cord injury

John Parker, PhD ONICTA & UNSW, Australia)

Closing the loop in spinal neuromodulation therapies

Session 5: Neuroprosthetic electrodes

Stuart F. Cogan, ScD (EIC Laboratories, USA)

Charge-injection properties of chronically implanted microelectrodes

Douglas McCreery, PhD (Huntington Medical Research Institutes, USA)

High resolution microstimulation – The challenge to device fabrication technology

Session 6: Electrical stimulation and drug delivery for hearing

Andrew Wise, PhD (Bionics Institute, Australia)

Drug delivery systems for inner ear protection and regeneration

Brett Swanson, PhD (Cochlear Ltd., Australia)

Challenges in cochlear implant sound perception

Paul Carter, PhD (Cochlear Ltd., Australia)

Current paths in cochlear implant stimulation

Gary Housley, PhD (University of New South Wales, Australia) Discussion

Session 7: Prosthetics for muscle paralysis

Winnie Jensen, PhD (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Transverse, Intrafascicular Multi-Electrode (TIME) system for induction of sensation and treatment of phantom limb pain in amputees

Glen Davis, PhD (University of Sydney, Australia)

FES-evoked leg exercise: is this the best way to promote aerobic fitness and general health after spinal cord injury?

Karim Oweiss, PhD (Michigan State University, USA)

Bi-directional Neural Interfaces for Optimizing Stimulation

Ranu Jung, PhD (Florida International University, USA)

Biohybrid Systems: Nerves, Machines and Interfaces


4th International Conference on Neuroprosthetic Devices

November 19-20, 2012

IMTEK, University of Freiburg, Germany

Co-chaired by Prof. Thomas Stieglitz and Dr. Victor Pikov

Panel Session 1: Packaging Challenge: packaging of miniature (< 50 mm3) implantable active electronic devices

Gregg J. Suaning (UNSW, Sydney, Australia)

Martin Schuettler (IMTEK, University of Freiburg)

Philip Troyk (Illinois Institute of Technology)

Anne Vanhoestenberghe (University College London)

Bryan McLaughlin (Draper Laboratory)

Thomas Guenther (University of New South Wales)

Panel Session 2: Stimulation Challenge: Electrode modifications to increase the charge injection density

Stuart Cogan (EIC Laboratories, Norwood, MA, USA)

Yael Hanein (Tel Aviv University)

Edward Keefer (Plexon Inc.)

Nishant Lawand (Delft University of Technology)

Gene Fridman (Johns Hopkins University)

Panel Session 3: Electrode Assessment Challenge: Relevance of impedance-based analytical techniques, in-vitro and in-vivo, for determining stability of chronic electrode-tissue interface

Nathalia Peixoto (George Mason University)

Nick Donaldson (University College London)

Stuart Cogan (EIC Laboratories)

Pavel Takmakov (Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA)

André Mercanzini (Aleva Neurotherapeutics SA)

Panel Session 4: Intra-cortical Implantation Challenge: Reducing the tissue response with novel electrode designs

Jack Judy (DARPA)

Ellis Meng (University of Southern California)

André Mercanzini (Aleva Neurotherapeutics SA)

Aryeh Taub (Tel Aviv University)

Cecilia Eriksson Linsmeier (Lund University)

Lohitash Karumbaiah (Georgia Tech)

Panel Session 5: Retinal Prosthesis Challenge: Improving spatial and temporal resolution with novel electrodes designs and stimulation patterns

Nigel Lovell (University of New South Wales)

Takashi Tokuda (Nara Institute of Science & Technology)

Philippe Bergonzo (CEA LIST Institute)

Eberhart Zrenner (University of Tuebingen)

Shelley Fried (Boston VA Medical Center)

Jong-Mo Seo (Seoul National University)

Panel Session 6: Intra-neural Recording and Stimulation Challenge: Improving selectivity and bandwidth for limb prosthesis control and sensory feedback

Silvestro Micera (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Karim Oweiss (Michigan State University)

Florian Solzbacher (University of Utah)

Ranu Jung (Florida International University)

Warren Grill (Duke University)


Symposium on Grand Challenges in Neural Technology

December 4-5, 2013

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Co-chaired by Prof. Nitish Thakor and Dr. Victor Pikov

Session 1: Peripheral Nerve Interfaces

Silvestro Micera (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

The quest for a bionic hand: recent achievements and future perspectives

Thomas Stieglitz (IMTEK, University of Freiburg and CorTec)

Stability and Selectivity of PNS implants

John Tsang (Institute for Microelectronics, A*STAR, Singapore)

Flexible Neural Interface for the Peripheral Nervous System

Session 2: Central Nervous System Interfaces

Jit Muthuswamy (Arizona State University, USA)

Microscale robots for stable neural interfaces

David Holder (University College London, UK)

Imaging of fast neural activity during  evoked responses or seizures in rat cerebral cortex using Electrical Impedance Tomography

Session 3: Circuits for neural interfaces

Zhi Yang (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

On-chip neural signal processing

Yong-Ping Xu (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Peripheral Nerve Repair – A Bionic Approach

Je Minkyu (Institute for Microelectronics and A*STAR, Singapore)

Neural Recording Front-End with Analog Buffer, Digital Delay, and Spike Detection

Shih-Cheng Yen (National University of Singapore)

Peripheral Nerve Prostheses in the Non-Human Primate

Session 4: Retinal implants

Nigel Lovell (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Challenges in Improving the Performance of a Retinal Prosthesis: Neural Interfacing and Current Steering

Jun Ohta (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)

Challenges for high performance stimulation in a retinal prosthesis

Jong-Mo Seo (Seoul National University, Korea)

Challenges for Improving the Safety of a Retinal Implant

Session 5: Neuromodulation devices

Herming Chiueh (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Closed-loop epileptic seizure detection in rats

Luming Li (Tsinghua University, China)

Rechargeable DBS: from prototype to clinical use

Session 6: Panel on Translation and Commercialization

Florian Solzbacher (University of Utah, USA)

Building the R&D teams for commercialization of neural interfaces

Thomas Stieglitz (IMTEK, University of Freiburg and CorTec, Germany)

From prototypes to approved devices: challenges to setup a production

Gerald Loeb (University of Southern California, USA)

Regulation and Reimbursement Challenges for Novel Class III Devices

Session 7: Neuromorphic Engineering

Arindam Basu (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Neuromorphic Circuits for Scalable Neuroprosthetics

Shoushun Chen (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Temporal Feature Extraction in Spike-based Image Processing

Christoph Posch (Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, France)

Neuromorphic vision – sensing and encoding for temporal resolution, dynamic range and power efficiency

Ryad Benosman (Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, France)

Bio-Inspired Event-based Computation

Jack Gallant (University of California Berkeley, USA)

A Reverse-Engineering Approach for Understanding Computation in the Human Brain

Session 8: EEG-Based Brain-Machine Interfaces

Cuntai Guan (A*STAR, Singapore)

Brain-Computer Interfaces for Medical Applications

José del R. Millán (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

Translating Brain-Machine Interfaces to End-Users: Lessons and Challenges

Anastasios Bezerianos (SINAPSE, Singapore and University of Patras, Greece)

Investigation of brain function through connectivity mapping: A tool towards next generation Brain Computer Interface

Session 9: Short presentations

Ivan Minev (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

Stimulation of the spinal cord using mechanically soft materials

Justin Dauwels (Nanyang Technological University)

Theoretical framework for controlling absence seizures

Ignacio Delgado-Martínez (SINAPSE, National University of Singapore) 

Decoding of motor information in non-human primates using a chronic implantable system


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