Circuits Challenges in a High-Resolution Artificial Retina

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Abstract: Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) of the future will be used to treat diverse neurological disorders and augment human capabilities. However, to realize this futuristic promise will require a major leap forward in how electronic devices interact with the nervous system. Current BMIs provide coarse communication with the target neural circuitry because they fail to respect its cellular and cell-type specificity. Instead, they indiscriminately activate or record many cells at the same time and provide only partial restoration of lost abilities. A future BMI that may pave the path forward is an artificial retina -- a device that can restore vision to people blinded by retinal degeneration. Because the retina is relatively well understood and easily accessible, it is an ideal neural circuit in which to develop a BMI that can approach or exceed the performance of the biological circuitry. I will summarize the basic neuroscience of vision, identify the requirements for an effective retinal interface, and describe some of the necessary circuits and systems and their challenges.

Bio: Dante Muratore received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Politecnico of Turin in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Pavia, Italy in 2017 working on integrated sensor interfaces. From 2015 to 2016 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2016 to 2020 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, USA. As of October 2020, he is an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on investigating hardware and system solutions for high-bandwidth brain-machine interfaces that can interact with the nervous system at natural resolution. Currently, he is developing neural interfaces to treat blindness, depression, and epilepsy.

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  • Date: 19 May 2023
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
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  • 10800 Torre Avenue Cupertino, CA 95014
  • Cupertino, California
  • United States 95014
  • Building: Cupertino Library
  • Room Number: 201

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  • Starts 01 May 2023 08:24 AM
  • Ends 19 May 2023 05:00 PM
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5:30pm to 6pm --> Welcome, Registration, and Refreshments

6pm to 7pm --> Seminar