Wentai Liu Ph.D

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Distinguished Professor
Department of Bioengineering
5121D Eng V
310-825-9129

http://www.seas.ucla.edu/IBR

Education

  • BS, National Chiao-Tung University
  • MS, National Chiao-Tung University
  • PhD, University of Michigan

Awards and Recognitions

  • IEEE Fellow, 2016
  • Honorary Doctorate, National Chiao-Tung University
  • Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, 2010
  • RD-100 Award, 2009
  • IEEE Outstanding Paper Awards 1986 and 2010
  • Alcoa Foundation’s Distinguished Engineering Research Award
  • NASA Group Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, National Chiao-Tung University
  • Chair Professorship and Founder/Honorary Director of Biomimetic Systems Research Center, National Chiao-Tung University
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Proceedings Special Issue of Biomimetic Systems
  • IEEE-MTT Special Issue of Wireless IC for Biomedical Applications

Research Interests

Professor Liu has been working in the field of neuroengineering, bioelectronics, invasive and non-invasive neural prosthesis, bio-signal processing, brain-machine interface, personalized learning. His recent research focuses on science and technology for

1) regaining the eyesight for the blind;

2) restoring the motor functions for the spinal cord injury;

3) recovering and enhancing the cognition for the cognition impaired;

4) developing theranostics for autonomous nervous system.

He has been successful to restore useful vision for the blind with his research of retinal prosthesis. The research starts in 1988 and finally leads to successful commercial implants (code name as Argus-II) for the blind patients, receiving both CE Mark in 2011 and USA FDA market approval in 2013

(http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=126756). Recently he has been actively collaborating with Dr. Edgerton at UCLA on the implantable technologies for the recovery of motor function for the spinal cord injury. He has demonstrated a unique capability of carrying out interdisciplinary researches from the concept conceiving of unmet medical devices to clinical trials and then receiving the USA FDA approval as a commercial device. He has received numerous awards and recognitions and has been a world leader in the field of neuroengineering.

Publications

Courses

BE260/EE255/NS206 – NeuroEngineering
BE233A – Unmet Medical Device (I)
BE233B – Unmet Medical Device (2)
Be261 – Journal Study of NeuroEngineering