Research Program Leader: Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS)
Chair: MARCS Executive Committee
André van Schaik received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering
from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1990 and the Ph.D.
degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
(EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1998.
He has authored more than 200 publications, invented more than 35
patents, and is a founder of three start-up companies: VAST Audio, Personal
Audio, and Heard Systems.
In 1998 he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of
Physiology at the University of Sydney, funded by fellowship from the Garnett
Passe and Rodney Williams memorial foundation. In 1999 he became a Senior
Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the
University of Sydney and promoted to Reader in 2004.
In 2011 he became a research professor at Western Sydney University and
leader of the Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS) Research Program
in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and development. His research
focuses on three main areas: neuromorphic engineering, bioelectronics, and
Reverse engineering the brain
The brain creates a coherent interpretation of the external world based
on input from its senses. Yet data from the senses are unreliable and confused.
How does the brain determine what is out there in the world around it?
BENS conducts neurophysiological and psychophysical investigations
combined with theoretical, computational and electronic modelling studies to
discover how the brain achieves this. The outcomes of this research will then
be applied to create electronics sensors with built in brains.
Neuromorphic Engineering and Intelligent Sensors
Neuromorphic Engineering is a subfield of Electrical Engineering that
aims to apply knowledge of how signals are processed in the brain to build
electronic signal processing systems that vastly outperform current digital
signal processing systems. Current 'smart' sensors are generally sensors with a
built-in computer. BENS aims to develop smart sensors with a built-in brain. He
is one of the pioneers of the field of Neuromorphic Engineering and a
recognised world leader in neuromorphic vision sensors and audio sensors.
BENS is developing several wearable and portable electronic devices for
medical purposes. Some of these devices measure intrinsic body properties such
as blood flow and respiration. Other devices actively interact with the user
with the aim of improving human functions such as balance and sensory
perception. Some of our inventions are currently commercialised.
Qualifications and Honours
- Fellow IEEE, 2014
- ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship 2008-2012
- ARC Research Fellowship 2003-2007
- PhD, Electrical Engineering – Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1998
- MSc, Electrical Engineering – University of
Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, 1990
- Research Program Leader: Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience (BENS)
- Chair, MARCS Executive Committee
For a full listing of my publications please see my personal publications page.(opens in a new window)