Overview of the Visual Prosthesis project.
Neural prostheses can be roughly separated into two general classes: sensory and motor. For sensory prostheses the goal is to use an artificial sensor to replace neural input that would normally come from a peripheral biological source such as an ear or eye. Owing to the importance of hearing and sight, for humans, during the past three decades there have been numerous research programs for the development of sensory prostheses to substitute for normal auditory and visual function.
The Laboratory of Neuroprosthetic Research is a team-based collaborative research organization within the Pritzker Institute of Medical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The mission of the laboratory is to design and develop electronic implants to compensate for neurological disease and deficit.
Organizationally, the laboratory is comprised of research facilities housed within the Pritzker Institute, affiliated faculty and researchers, affiliated institutions and companies, and a coordinating director. Affiliated personnel and organizations are those with whom the laboratory either has existing research collaborations, or are part of pending funded-research proposals. Cultivation of these external relationships facilitates active research in projects requiring expertise not normally found within a single organization. The flexibility of the affiliated structure allows for rapid responses to emerging funding opportunities. Graduate students do their research work within the Laboratory of Neuroprosthetic Research and may matriculate in either traditional IIT engineering departments or within the IIT biomedical engineering doctoral program.