The development of the Monash University bionic vision device

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The development of the Monash University bionic vision device

29th October 2015


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Many people with profound vision loss can’t benefit from retinal prostheses for bionic vision due to damage to their retinas, optic nerves and neural pathways.  To help these people, the Monash Vision Group is developing a direct-to-brain cortical implant system. The project started in 2009 with funding from the ARC’s Special Research Initiative in Bionic Vision Sciences and Technology.

The MVG bionic vision system comprises a small head-mounted digital camera, a miniature vision-processing computer that converts these images into pixelated patterns, a wireless transmitter, and a set of small ‘tiles’ implanted into the visual cortex, each with 43 electrodes to stimulate the brain with electric pulses.

This talk will present recent progress towards Monash Vision Group’s planned ‘first-in-human’ clinical trial in 2016.  The speakers will discuss the selection of potential candidates, the type of surgery required, the technical challenges of developing this device and the possibilities for creating a more general Brain Machine Interface.


  • Professor Jeffrey V Rosenfeld AM, OBE, Monash Institute of Medical Engineering
  • Professor Arthur Lowery, Monash Vision Group
  • Associate Professor John Forsythe, Monash Institute of Medical Engineering

About the Monash Institute for Medical Engineering

The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) was formed a year ago to foster and grow innovative interdisciplinary research in engineering, medicine and science at Monash University. Its goal is to develop or improve new medical technologies. MIME is based in the Engineering precinct at Monash’s Clayton campus, but there are staff engaged in MIME-affiliated projects across the University. MIME is increasing collaborations between clinicians at the Monash-affiliated hospitals and clinical schools, and engineers and scientists working in cardiovascular, pulmonary, bone and joint, neural and regenerative medicine and therapeutics.

When: 6-7:15pm, 29 October 2015 (refreshments from 5pm)

Where: Charles Pearson Lecture Theatre, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052

Cost: Free but please register for a ticket as seats are limited.