Professor Anthony Burkitt

  • Room: Level: 01 Room: 102
  • Building: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Computational Neuroscience (Neural plasticity, Neural Information Processing, Neural Modelling, Epilepsy, Visual neuroscience, Auditory neuroscience)
  • Medical Bionics (Neuroengineering, Retinal implants; Cochlear implants; Brain-Computer Interfaces, Bionic Ear, Bionic Eye)
  • Medical Bionics (Neuroengineering, Retinal implants; Cochlear implants; Brain-Computer Interfaces, Bionic Ear, Bionic Eye)

Personal webpage

http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/aburkitt/

Biography

Professor Anthony Burkitt holds the Chair in Bio-Signals and Bio-Systems in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Prof Burkitt's main research interests are in understanding how the brain both processes and learns information.His research in computational neuroscience has contributed to understanding the behaviour and function of neural information processing in the brain, encompassing both neural coding and spike-timing synaptic plasticity. He also investigates how electrical stimulation can be used for neurological disorders, including conditions such as blindness and deafness, through the development of visual stimulation paradigms for retinal implants and speech processing strategies for cochlear implants, and epilepsy, through the development of methods for detecting and predicting seizures and the use of electrical stimulation for seizure abatement.

Professor Burkitt was the Director of Bionic Vision Australia (2010-2016), a Special Research Initiative in Bionic Vision Science and Technology of the Australian Research Council (ARC). He successfully led the project through all of its phases: Project conception, securing $50 million in ARC funding, the research and development of a prototype bionic eye (suprachroidal retinal implant), the successful implantation in three patients, and the establishment of the company Bionic Vision Technologies (BVT) with US$18 million of venture capital for the ongoing clinical and commercial development of the technology.

Recent publications

  1. Chambers J, Elgueda D, Fritz JB, Shamma SA, Burkitt A, Grayden D. Computational Neural Modeling of Auditory Cortical Receptive Fields. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Frontiers Research Foundation. 2019, Vol. 13. DOI: 10.3389/fncom.2019.00028
  2. Spencer M, Kameneva T, Grayden D, Meffin H, Burkitt A. Global activity shaping strategies for a retinal implant. Journal of Neural Engineering. IOP Publishing. 2019, Vol. 16, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1088/1741-2552/aaf071
  3. Spencer M, Kameneva T, Grayden D, Meffin H, Burkitt A. Global activity shaping strategies for a retinal implant (vol 16, 026008, 2019). JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2019, Vol. 16, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1088/1741-2552/ab2541
  4. Zarei Eskikand P, Kameneva T, Burkitt A, Grayden D, Ibbotson M. Pattern Motion Processing by MT Neurons. Frontiers in Neural Circuits. Frontiers Research Foundation. 2019, Vol. 13. DOI: 10.3389/fncir.2019.00043
  5. Hogendoorn J, Burkitt A. Predictive Coding with Neural Transmission Delays: A Real-Time Temporal Alignment Hypothesis. eNeuro. 2019, Vol. 6, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1523/ENEURO.0412-18.2019
  6. Lian Y, Grayden D, Kameneva T, Meffin H, Burkitt A. Toward a Biologically Plausible Model of LGN-V1 Pathways Based on Efficient Coding. Frontiers in Neural Circuits. Frontiers Research Foundation. 2019, Vol. 13. DOI: 10.3389/fncir.2019.00013
  7. Zarei Eskikand P, Kameneva T, Ibbotson M, Burkitt A, Grayden D. A biologically-based computational model of visual cortex that overcomes the X-junction illusion. NEURAL NETWORKS. Pergamon Press. 2018, Vol. 102. DOI: 10.1016/j.neunet.2018.02.008
  8. Esler T, Maturana M, Kerr R, Grayden D, Burkitt A, Meffin H. Biophysical basis of the linear electrical receptive fields of retinal ganglion cells. JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2018, Vol. 15, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1088/1741-2552/aacbaa
  9. Kameneva T, Meffin H, Burkitt A, Grayden D. Bistability in Hodgkin-Huxley-type equations. 2018 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2018, Vol. 2018. DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2018.8513233
  10. Spencer M, Meffin H, Burkitt A, Grayden D. Compensation for Traveling Wave Delay Through Selection of Dendritic Delays Using Spike-Timing-Dependent Plasticity in a Model of the Auditory Brainstem. FRONTIERS IN COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE. Frontiers Research Foundation. 2018, Vol. 12. DOI: 10.3389/fncom.2018.00036
  11. Maturana M, Apollo N, Garrett D, Kameneva T, Cloherty SL, Grayden D, Burkitt A, Ibbotson M, Meffin H. Electrical receptive fields of retinal ganglion cells: Influence of presynaptic neurons. PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY. Public Library of Science. 2018, Vol. 14, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005997
  12. Wong Y, Ahnood A, Maturana M, Kentler W, Ganesan K, Grayden D, Meffin H, Prawer S, Ibbotson M, Burkitt A. Feasibility of Nitrogen Doped Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Microelectrodes for Electrophysiological Recording From Neural Tissue. FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY. 2018, Vol. 6. DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2018.00085
  13. Esler T, Kerr R, Tahayori B, Grayden D, Meffin H, Burkitt A. Minimizing activation of overlying axons with epiretinal stimulation: The role of fiber orientation and electrode configuration. PLOS ONE. Public Library of Science. 2018, Vol. 13, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193598
  14. Esler T, Kerr R, Tahayori B, Grayden D, Meffin H, Burkitt A. Minimizing activation of overlying axons with epiretinal stimulation: The role of fiber orientation and electrode configuration. PLoS ONE. 2018. DOI: 10.1101/245266
  15. Hogendoorn J, Burkitt A. Predictive coding of visual object position ahead of moving objects revealed by time-resolved EEG decoding. NEUROIMAGE. Academic Press. 2018, Vol. 171. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.12.063

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