Medical Devices

The "person" level of NICTA's Health research and development involves bringing together NICTA's expertise in Microelectronics, Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition and Wireless Communications to build devices that can measure, monitor and aide patients in varied environments and situations.  Our four programs address different modalities.  Namely:

 

Assistive bionics:

  • Refers to the modelling of sensory-motor functions and the development of new devices that optimise the use of computer-based sensing, data interpretation and control with the actual device. 

  • This program covers the development of wireless 3D kinetic sensors for the measurement and monitoring of patients in clinics, at home or most normal environments.  Current work involves the monitoring of Parkinson patients but the applications are very broad and apply to the aged, home care and even rehabilitation.

 

Bionic eye:

  • This program involves the development of implant electrodes for spinal and retinal stimulation to manage pain and contribute to sight restoration.  The latter is part of a larger Australian Research Council (ARC) Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) grant.

  • The Implant Systems programme is developing a range of technologies for use in new and improved neuromodulation devices.  Key among these technologies is the Neural Response Telemetry (NRT) technology which allows for the direct measurement of a nerve's response to electrical stimulation, enabling a range of schemes for the intelligent modulation of neural stimulation for therapeutic benefit.