ECE 52800 - Measurement and Stimulation of the Nervous System

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Counts as:
CMPE Special Content Elective
EE Elective

Normally Offered: Each Spring

Requisites:
ECE 30100 and 30200 and must be enrolled as a junior, senior or graduate classification.

Catalog Description:
Introduction to the use of engineering principles to address questions of clinical significance in the nervous system. Topics include: neuroanatomy, fundamental properties of excitable tissues, sensory-motor function, electrical and magnetic stimulation, functional neuroimaging, disorders of the nervous system, development and refinement of sensory prostheses.

Required Text(s):
  1. Neuroengineering, 1st Edition, D. DiLorenzo, CRC Press, 2007, ISBN No. 9780849381744.
Recommended Text(s):
  1. Cellular Biophysics (Volume 2): Electrical Properties, 1st Edition, T. F. Weiss, MIT Press, 1995, ISBN No. 0-262-23184-0.
  2. From Neuron to Brain, 4th Edition, J. G. Nicholls, A. R. Martin, B. G. Wallace, P. A. Fuchs, Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2001, 2001, ISBN No. 0-87893-439-1.
  3. The Human Brain Coloring Book, M.C. Diamond, A. B. Scheibel, and L.M. Elson, Harper Perennial, 1985, ISBN No. 0-06-460306-7.

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. the ability to design and utilize models of neural systems to explain or predict physiologic behavior. [1,2,6]
  2. the ability to verbally present information related to measurement of the nervous system. [3,4]
  3. a systems-level understanding of the organization and operation of sensory-motor function. [1,4]
  4. an understanding of the ethical constraints on the development and testing of sensory prostheses. [4]
  5. the ability to examine the literature, summarize and present current and past research directed toward the improvement or replacement of impaired sensory function. [1,2,3,4,6,7]

Lecture Outline:

Week(s) Topics
1 Overview of the nervous system; basic neuroanatomy
3 Neurophysiology (cellular models; stochastic operation)
2 Overview of neural systems
1 Student presentations on nervous system measurement and stimulation
2 Neural measurement and stimulation techniques
2 Operation, measurement and correction of auditory system
2 Operation, measurement and correction of motor system
2 Student research paper presentations

Engineering Design Content:

Establishment of Objectives and Criteria
Analysis

Engineering Design Consideration(s):

Economic
Ethical
Health/Safety