Neural Science for Engineers

By Prof. Vikas V   |   National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
Learners enrolled: 248
Several branches of engineering involve the study of the nervous system. Engineering students of various branches are expected to understand the nervous system. The module is designed for students to understand the functioning of the nervous system without a detailed understanding of biology. Further, the students will be exposed to engineering opportunities in developing technologies for understanding the functioning of the nervous system.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Engineering Students, Faculty from Engineering Colleges, Medical Students, Faculty from Medical Colleges

PRE-REQUISITE: Preferable, but not essential, to have taken the NPTEL Sensors and Actuators

MathWorks, Open BCI, Neruoscan, Neuroelectrics
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Biosciences
  • Bioengineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to the Nervous System and Basic Structure of the Nervous System
Week 2: Evolutionary Lessons in Nervous System Function and Hierarchy of Neural Function from the Cell to Large Networks
Week 3: Signal Transmission, Analog Signal Processing, and Digital Signal Processing in the Nervous System
Week 4: The OS, Servomechanisms, and Control Systems in the Nervous System
Week 5: Theories of Learning and Mechanisms of Learning
Week 6: Biological Basis of Contemporary Neural Networks and Neural Substrates for Contemporary Neural Networks
Week 7: Computational Neurobiology, Brain-Computer Interfaces: Neuromodulation and Recordings: Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) Devices and Systems, Introduction to BCI Devices for Neural Recording and Stimulation.
Week 8: Introduction to Neuro-biopotentials: EEG, EMG and ECoG: Introduction to biopotentials, Data Acquisition, Signal Acquisition, Conditioning, and Processing.
Week 9: Introduction to the development of BCI devices I
Week 10: Introduction to the development of BCI devices II
Week 11: Microdevices for Neural Stimulation and Recording: Flexible Devices for ECoG Recordings and Neural Stimulation, Microneedles for Measuring Local Field Potentials (LFPs), and Bioresorbable Devices for ECoG Recordings.
Week 12: Demonstration of BCI Devices: Packaging, Implantation, and Recording: Packaging Techniques for BCI devices, Implantation of BCI devices, Interfacing with Read-out Electronics and Recording ECoG Signals.

Books and references

1. Fundamentals of Microfabrication by Madou Marc J.
2. Silicon VLSI Technology: Fundamentals, Practice, and Modeling by James D. Plummer, Michael Deal, and Peter D. Griffin.
3. Fundamentals of Semiconductor Fabrication by S M Sze
4. VLSI Fabrication Principles: Silicon and Gallium Arsenide by S K Gandhi
5. VLSI Technology by S M Sze
6. Fundamentals of Microelectronics by B Razavi
7. Franco, S., 2002. Design with operational amplifiers and analog integrated circuits. New York: McGraw-Hill.
8. Pallas-Areny, R. and Webster, J.G., 2012. Sensors and signal conditioning. John Wiley & Sons.
9. An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique
10. The Oxford Handbook of Event-Related Potential Components
11. The Art of Electronics, Horowitz & Hill, 3rd Edition.
12. Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition. Eric R. Kandel, Edited, James H. Schwartz, Edited, Thomas M. Jessell, Edited, Steven A. Siegelbaum, Edited, A. J. Hudspeth, Edited, Sarah Mack, Art Editor

Instructor bio

Prof. Vikas V

National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
Dr. Vikas is a Professor of Neurosurgery at NIMHANS, Bangalore. He has been working at NIMHANS for over a decade. He completed his MCh in 2008 from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram. Following MCh, he has obtained DNB in Neurosurgery and a fellowship in cerebrovascular surgery. Apart from clinical work, he also has a deep interest in Deep tech development. He pursues independent programs on neurosurgical robotics, autonomic neurosurgery, novel imaging techniques and is pursuing a Ph.D. in data sciences at IIIT-B. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings in the field of neurosurgery and biomedical engineering. These include comprehensive clinical studies as well as engineering solutions for brain tumor management. He has developed machine learning models based on MR spectroscopy for the classification of gliomas. He has also developed devices for neurosurgical applications and rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders. He is an expert in intraoperative ultrasound for neurosurgery.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IISc Bangalore & Nimhans .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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