2020 Introduction to Neural Engineering

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Graduate major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering
Yagi Tohru 
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Course description and aims

Introduction to neural engineering, a technology to link the nervous system to a machine. This course provides a foundation of neuroscience and covers several updated topics in neural engineering.

Student learning outcomes

Students are expected to understand the basic principles of neuroscience and neural engineering.


Anatomy and physiology of brain/nervous system, recording technique of neural signals, electrical stimulation and biological responses, cochlear implant, visual prosthesis, brain machine interface, deep brain stimulation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This is a lecture style class. Sometimes demonstrations will be offered.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Quiz in class
Class 2 BCI Quiz in class
Class 3 BMI Quiz in class
Class 4 DBS Quiz in class
Class 5 FES Quiz in class
Class 6 Cochlear implant Quiz in class
Class 7 Visual prosthesis Quiz in class
Class 8 Presentation Quiz in class

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials can be downloaded from OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Test in class (50 points)
Final presentation (50 points)
Pass:100-60, Fail: 59 or under

Related courses

  • HCB.M463 : Introduction to Biomedical Instrumentation
  • HCB.M463 : Introduction to Biomedical Instrumentation
  • HCB.M464 : Introduction to Neural Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Basic engineering knowledge regarding mechanical, electrical and material engineering. Basic biology.

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