According to “Neos Kosmos”, part of the research staff of the Institute is Professor of Digital Technology, Stan Skafidas, who currently is the head of NICTA research centre of the University of Melbourne, which is working directly with the “Bionic Vision Australia” institute.
The pioneer invention of the Australian scientists consists of a camera mounted on glasses, which captures images. Then, these images are converted into electrical signals which stimulate the neurons in the retina.
Stan Skafidas and his research team in the NICTA centre, have been developing for over three years the so called “magic” microchip, a catalyst for the right functioning of the bionic eye. The microchip will be implanted in the patient and will convert the images captured by the small camera to electrical signals which in turn stimulate the neurons in the retina.
The success of research was welcomed by the Federal Government, which funded the research activities a few days ago by providing a grant of 42million AUD (28.5 EUR), in order to speed up the research process for the first bionic eye in the planet.
Professor Efstratios (Stan) Skafidas received the Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1997 at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining NICTA he co-founded Bandspeed, an Austin Texas based company that designs and manufactures semiconductor products for enterprise class wireless systems. In his role as Chief Technology Officer at Bandspeed he was responsible for research and new product development. At Bandspeed he co-invented Adaptive Frequency Hopping a coexistence mechanism that is an important part of the Bluetooth standard. This technology is part of every Bluetooth device (ver 1.2 and later).
In July 2004 he joined NICTA as program leader of sensor networks at the Victorian Research Laboratory. Professor Skafidas is now Research Group Manager – Embedded Systems. He is a member of the IEEE 802.11/802.15 standard committees for Wireless Local and Personal Area networks.
In February this 2008, Stan and his team were the first in the world to announce the development of an integrated transceiver using the Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor process which is capable of wirelessly delivering data multi gigabit per second data rates. This next generation wireless technology will enable the truly wireless office and home of the future.