28 February 2020 (13:40):  IEEE AP/MTT/EMC/ED Turkey Seminar Series (S.66)

Speaker: Prof. Haluk Külah, Middle East Technical University

Topic: "Microsystems for Biomedical Applications: BioMEMS & Fully Implantable Cochlear Implants Enabled by BioMEMS: FLAMENCO"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: This presentation will introduce microsystems for biomedical applications and related projects at BioMEMS Research Group. The first part of the presentation will cover microfluidics and uTAS related projects focused on cell separation and cell counting (dielectrophoresis chips for cell separation, gravimetric sensors for cancer cell detection, microvalves and pumps for lab-on-a-chip systems, and electrochemical sensors for bacteria and toxin detection). The second part will introduce the ERC supported FLAMENCO project on next generation cochlear implants, and the progress up to date.

FLAMENCO has a ground-breaking nature as it revolutionizes the operation principle of the conventional Cochlear Implants (CI). The overall objective of FLAMENCO is to develop a fully implantable, low-power, energy harvesting (self-powered), next generation CI mimicking the natural hearing mechanism of the ear. Fully Implantable Cochlear Implant (FICI) has the potential to eliminate the aforementioned concerns, but a reliable internal power source and an implantable acoustic sensor that can fit into a small volume are the main bottlenecks. In FLAMENCO project, we are working towards overcoming these challenges to improve the lives of people with sensorineural impairment.

Bio: Prof. Dr. Haluk Külah received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from METU, Ankara, Turkey, in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He received Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003. From 2003 to 2004, he was employed as a Research Fellow at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the University of Michigan.  Dr. Külah joined the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of METU as a faculty member in 2004. His research interests include MEMS, MEMS-based energy scavenging, microsystems for biomedical applications (BioMEMS), and mixed-signal interface electronics design for MEMS sensors. Dr. Külah is member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee of METU MEMS Research Center. He has been awarded with 2009 Research Encouragement Award by Prof. Mustafa PARLAR Education and Research Foundation, 2013 Research Encouragement Award by TÜBİTAK, 2013 IBM Faculty Award, and 2015 Young Scientist Award by The Science Academy, Turkey. Dr. Külah has received EU Horizon 2020 2015 ERC Consolidator Grant by FLAMENCO project, which is on autonomous and fully implantable cochlear implants. (

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  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey



Prof. Haluk Kulah


Microsystems for Biomedical Applications: BioMEMS & Fully Implantable Cochlear Implants Enabled by BioMEMS: FLAMENCO