Summary: Neural Engineering:
Fundamentals of interfacing with Brain
E SC 597D Fall 2008
Lectures: Tuesday/Thursday 9:45-11:00 AM, 116 Earth Eng. Sciences Blg.
Instructor: Bruce Gluckman, 302B EES Building, 865-0178, BruceGluckman@psu.edu
Office Hours: By appointment
Neural Engineering, edited by Bin He (2005, Kluwer Academic Press);
BIOELECTROMAGNETISM: Principles and Applications of Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Fields.
Jaakko Malmivuo and Robert Plonsey (1995, Oxford University Press).
Course Description: Brain is one of the most complex systems about which we know. Exciting
advances have been made in methodologies for detecting neural signals, modeling neural dynamics, and
constructing bidirectional interfaces for prosthetic applications such as restoring sensory input, providing
neural control of devices, and controlling disease states. This course will give an overview of the field of
neural engineering with a focus on the fundamentals of neural interfaces and their applications.
Course Objectives: The course objectives are to describe the biophysical basis of neural function, the
origin of measurable signals, electrical interactions used for neural stimulation, and the fundamentals of
hardware-brain interfaces. Special attention will be given to the electrochemical nature of the electrode
Prerequisites: Electromagnetism (ESC400H or equivalent), Partial Differential Equations (Math 251 or