Rikky Muller - Minimally Invasive Wireless Neural Interfaces

Plenary 1: Applications & Markets I

Minimally Invasive, Wireless Neural Interfaces
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
8:45 AM - 9:10 AM

Clinically viable and minimally invasive neural interfaces stand to revolutionize disease care for patients of neurological conditions. For example, recently there has been an explosion of research in Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMI) that has shown incredible results in using electronic signals from the motor cortex of the brain to control artificial limbs, providing hope for patients with paralysis. Yet, a major impediment to both the study of motor disorders as well as clinical translation of such technology is that state-of-the-art neural interfaces are large, wired and require open-skull operation, which leave the patients at risk of infection and unable to move. Future, less invasive interfaces with increased numbers of electrodes, computation and learning, and wireless connectivity will enable advanced prosthetics, disease control and completely new user-computer interfaces. In this talk, I will discuss how emerging devices that combine advanced electronic design with flexible electronics can improve functionality while greatly reducing size, infection risk and surgical complications, enabling a lifetime of safe chronic use.

Speaker's Biography

Rikky Muller, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at the University of California, Berkeley. She is Co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center, a Core Member of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses and an Investigator at the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub. She is also the Co-founder of Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc. a medical device company founded in 2013 where she held positions as CEO and CTO. Her expertise is in the research and commercialization of implantable medical devices and in developing microelectronic and integrated systems for neurological applications. Prof. Muller received her BS and MS degrees from MIT and her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley all in EECS. After her graduate studies, she was a McKenzie Fellow and Lecturer of EE at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Prior to her Ph.D. she worked as an IC designer at Analog Devices. Prof. Muller was named one of MIT Technology Review's top 35 global innovators under the age of 35 (TR35) in 2015, and one of MedTech Boston's top 40 healthcare innovators Under 40 in 2016. In 2017, she received the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lectureship, the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigatorship, and the Keysight Early Career Professorship.


Rikky Muller
Co-Founder & CTO
Cortera Neurotechnologies