Professor Anthony N. Burkitt

Professor Anthony N. Burkitt

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Professor Anthony Burkitt holds the Chair in Bio-signals and Bio-systems in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne and was the Director of Bionic Vision Australia (1010-2016), in which he also led the team developing electrical stimulation strategies for the High-Acuity retinal implant. For over a decade previously, Professor Burkitt has worked in a number of areas of medical bionics, including cochlear-implant speech processing, neuroengineering, computational neuroscience and bio-signal processing for epilepsy. His research has been instrumental in the development of new cochlear implant speech processing strategies and, more recently, developing visual stimulation paradigms for retinal implants. His research in neural modelling of biological systems has had an impact upon the development and understanding of neural models  of information processing, namely how information is encoded, transmitted and decoded within neural systems. In addition, he has carried out work on understanding the neural basis of epileptic seizures, methods for detecting and predicting seizures, and the use of electrical stimulation for seizure abatement in epilepsy. Professor Burkitt was previously the Deputy Director of the Bionic Ear Institute (now the Bionics Institute) and held research positions at the Australian National University and Universities in Britain and Germany. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1980 in Physics and the Australian National University and his PhD in 1983 in Theoretical Physics at Edinburgh University.

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