ARM NEUROPROSTHESIS

Research Project Team

Team Leaders

Lars-Cyril Blystad
Associate Professor
Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences
Department of Microsystems
University of South-Eastern Norway
Short Bio
Lars-Cyril Blystad received his MSc degree in physics from the University of Oslo in 2000 and his PhD degree in applied micro- and nanosystems from the University of Oslo in 2012. His PhD work focused on ”Micro Energy Harvesting from Ambient Motion – Modelling, Simulation and Design”. As an Associate professor at USN his research activities are now focusing on electronics development for bidirectional closed-loop arm neuroprostheses. Previous experience include more than 10 years as a Research Scientist within the fields of microelectronics, electronics and integrated circuit design at SINTEF research institute, and 4 years as CTO in Next Signal focusing on Indoor Navigation and Positioning systems technology development.
Birgitte Kasin Hønsvall
Head Engineer
Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences
Department of Microsystems
University of South-Eastern Norway
Short Bio
Birgitte is a biologist with specialty within cell- and molecular biology, and has included this knowledge in her PhD in microsystem technology. She has special interest for microbiology and molecular biology, and has experience with microfluidic systems.
Per Alfred Øhlckers
Professor
Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences
Department of Microsystems
University of South-Eastern Norway
Short Bio
Per Ohlckers is Professor at Department of Microsystems, University of South-Eastern Norway, Campus Vestfold, Horten, Norway from September 2005. He is also Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Oslo from 2014. He received his M.Sc. degree in Physical Electronics from Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH, now NTNU) in 1974. Per Ohlckers has contributed to the development of several successful commercial products and he has a large number of international publications with a focus on silicon sensor technology and micro- & nanotechnologies, including two patents. He is supervising PhD students and lecturing in a master course in semiconductor devices at Buskerud and Vestfold University College. He has co-authored a textbook on Packaging & Interconnection Technology for Electronic Systems and have earlier lectured in this field at University College of Southeast Norway and at University of Oslo. He is in the core team of Norwegian Centre of Expertise, Nano- and Microtechnology (NCE MNT), coordinating R&D activities in this industry cluster.
Sanda Knutson
Project Manager
Rector’s staff
University of South-Eastern Norway
Short Bio
Sanda Knutson has a Master degree in Organizational and Leadership from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and Project Management from the Norwegian Business School (BI). She works with connecting together industry and research; in particular helping entrepreneurs incorporate research into their companies through collaboration with research institutions.

Kristin Imenes
Associate Professor
Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences
Department of Microsystems
University of South-Eastern Norway
Short Bio
Kristin Imenes received her MSc degree in Process Control Engineering in 1993, from Telemark University College. From 1993 to 2002 she worked for automation engineering companies with design, development and programming. In 2008 she received her PhD degree in “Assembling and Encapsulation of an Implantable Microsensor for Heart Monitoring” from the University of Oslo. Being an associate professor at USN since 2008, her research field is within fabrication, integration and packaging of microsystems with focus on medical/biological related applications. Moreover, she has been project manager in research projects as well as educational related projects, with both industry partners and international academic partners.
Luca Marchetti
Postdoctoral Fellow
Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences
Department of Microsystems
University of South-Eastern Norway
Short Bio
Luca Marchetti is a Post Doc. at University of Southeastern Norway. He got his bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering at “universita’ politecnica delle Marche” (Italy), his master degree in Electronic engineering and specialized in power electronics at “politecnico di Torino” (Italy), and his Ph.D. degree in Micro and Nano Systems at University College Southeastern Norway (USN) in October 2017. At the moment he is currently pursuing his research on “design and analysis of sensor front-end” with particular emphasis on resonant sensors.

Young Researchers

Phillip Varpe
Short Bio
Bachelor project with the title “Hand prosthesis with movable fingers”. Special focus on developing finger structure based on a skeleton design. Analysis, considerations and concept design. 3D printing and fabricating of finger structures. Testing and verification of the final product.
Messay Tafesse Tamire
Short Bio
Master Internship project (SSI) with the title “MEMS electrode design and (Sensor front-end) electronics”. The focus of the work conducted in this project were related to the electronics connected to the sensor front-end electronics, and specifically the microcontroller and the RF transceiver link. During the project it was programmed an ADC reading of analog signals using a microcontroller, and subsequent recreating the analog signal at the output side using a DAC. Analysis of the output signals were done. At the end of the project a pattern recognition algorithm suitable to resolve for the various gestures where suggested.

Hanna Gjærde Borchgrevink
Short Bio
Bachelor project with the title “Hand prosthesis with movable fingers”. Special focus on developing finger structure based on a skeleton design. Analysis, considerations and concept design. 3D printing and fabricating of finger structures. Testing and verification of the final product.
Saad Rabbani
Short Bio
Master project with the title “MEMS implantable neural electrode for use in neuroprosthesis”. This master project focus on the neural interface, including development of implantable electrodes that are to be in contact with nerve fascicles in the forearm. Another essential part of the project is the integration of the neural interfaces with the electronic signal-processing unit, which handles the neural signals and controls the hand motion.
Sara Isabel Garcés Hernández
Short Bio
Master Internship project (SSI) with the title “MEMS electrode design and (Sensor front-end) electronics”. This internship project focused on the fabrication of an implantable electrode to be used in personalized arm neuroprosthesis. Different approaches were tested, amongst them cuff electrodes that wraps around the nerve as a cuff to ensure contact. These cuff electrodes were fabricated in the project using PDMS as substrate and with a deposited gold electrode. Several wafers with fabricated electrodes were used for different experiments and testing of the proposed fabrication methodologies.
Samarbir Singh
Short Bio
Master project with title “Pattern recognition for acquired motor neural signals and tactile feedback to sensory nerves”. This master project focus on the signal post-processing of both the acquired motor neural signals and sensor signals for tactile feedback. More specifically it consist of developing pattern recognition algorithms, modelling and simulation of neural and sensor signals; and microcontroller implementation of the algorithms.

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