Advanced Neural Science for Engineers

By Prof. Vikas V   |   National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
Learners enrolled: 204
The course is a follow-up course of the NPTEL – Neural Science for Engineers. The main objective is to enable students with neural engineering aspects of recent trends in neuroscience, including rodent experiments, electronic system design and associated signal analyses.

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

PREREQUISITES: Preferable, but not essential, to have taken the NPTEL Neural Science for Engineers.

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Jan 2023
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Computational Neurobiology I: Introduction, basics
Week 2: Compuational Neurobiology II: Modeling cell functions and local networks
Week 3: Computational Neurobiology III: Complex networks and specific cases
Week 4: Compuational Neurobiology IV: Large scale networks, optimisation
Week 5: Microfabrication for neuroscience Applications: Microelectrode Arrays, Fabrication: Thin Film Deposition, Sputtering, E-beam Evaporation.
Week 6: Need for Invasive Techniques to acquire neurological signals, Types of implants, and signal conditioning systems.
Week 7: MEA Characterization, MEA-based neuro potential acquisition system design and applications.
Week 8: Flexible MEA Fabrication, Neurosurgery Demonstration of rodent experiments and relevant signal analysis
Week 9: Deep Brain Stimulation: Need, Experimental Protocol, System Design, Demo, and Application
Week 10: System Design using 3D Printing and COMSOL Simulation for neural engineering system design
Week 11: Non-Invasive BCI, Recent Trends in Brain-Computer Interfaces and applications
Week 12: Epilepsy basics, Epilepsy EEG Test protocols, Approaches for Seizure detection for epilepsy type identification.

Books and references

1. Principles of neural science Kandel, Eric R., et al., eds. . Vol. 4. New York: McGraw-hill, 2000.
2. Introduction to microfabrication Franssila, Sami. . John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
3. The Oxford Handbook of Event-Related Potential Components.
4. The Art of Electronics, Horowitz & Hill, 3rd Edition.

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: 30 April 2023  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. 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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