Invited Talk

Nick Van Helleputte (imec)

Title: High-density neural interfaces using active silicon probes

Abstract: The human brain is considered the most complex biological structure known, with tens of billions of neurons controlling our thinking, feelings and behaviour. To unravel this complexity, scientists need to measure as many individual neurons as possible, all over the brain and simultaneously. By combining IC design and advanced micro-fabrication, it is possible to develop high-density neural probes that can record the activity of hundreds of individual neurons from multiple brain regions, in real time. This talk provides an overview of such devices and their impact on neuroscience research.

Short Bio: received the MS degree in electrical engineering in 2004 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He received his Ph.D. degree from the same institute in 2009 (MICAS research group). His PhD research focused on low-power ultra-wide-band analog front-end receivers for ranging applications. He joined imec in 2009 as an Analog R&D Design Engineer. He is currently Scientific Director of Circuits & Systems for Health. His research focus is on ultra-low-power circuits for biomedical and life science applications. He has been involved in analog and mixed-signal ASIC design for wearable and implantable healthcare applications. Nick is an IEEE and SSCS member (SSCS Distinguished Lecturer ’17-‘18) and served on the technical program committee of VLSI circuits symposium and ISSCC.