Autonomous Implantable Systems

Autonomous Implantable Systems


Implantable devices are known for being too impacted with wires and batteries, causing the devices to be larger than necessary. When people hear “implant,” they think of older devices like pacemakers and cochlear implants. This course will examine how modern and future implants will revolutionize healthcare in the coming years, relying less on external power sources and more on energy self-reliance. Implants will be applied to drug delivery, locomotion and medical robots to perform delicate surgeries with precision. As research into this biotechnology grows, the more extensive its applications will be. The focus of this course will be the power source of implantable devices, its applications and its future.


EE252 or equivalent.

Topics include

  • Energy subsystems such as energy harvesting methods and power conversion
  • Actuators and sensors
  • Communication such as passive versus active sensing
  • Neural prosthesis for restoring and enhancing memory
  • Other implantable and ingestible applications
  • Safety regulations and FDA approval

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