Prof Rikky Muller
Smart and connected medical implants are the next frontier in the Internet of Things (IoT) and are set to revolutionize healthcare.For example Brain Machine Interface (BMI) systems have enabled control of artificial limbs through electronic signals recorded from the brain, providing hope for patients with spinal cord injuries. However, today’s large and wired neural interfaces require substantial improvements in size, safety and longevity to transition from research labs to clinical practice. In this talk, I will discuss how integrated circuit and microsystem‐based implants greatly reduce size, infection risk and surgical complications, while enabling a lifetime of safe chronic use.
Rikky Muller 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. She is also the Co‐founder of Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc a medical device company founded in 2013 where she previously held positions as CEO and CTO.She specializes in the research and commercialization of miniaturized implantable medical devices 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 Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Prior to her Ph.D. she worked as an integrated circuit designer at Analog Devices, Inc. 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 and the ChanZuckerberg Biohub Investigatorship.