Professor Anthony Burkitt 

Professor Anthony Burkitt is the Head of the Neuro-Engineering Group at Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne, where he also holds the Chair in Bio-Signals and Bio-Systems.

Professor Burkitt’s expertise is in the area of neuro-engineering. For over a decade, he has worked in cochlear-implant speech processing and computational auditory neuroscience, investigating various mechanisms for information processing particular to the auditory system, and associated with speech perception. From 2006 to 2008, Professor Burkitt was the Assistant Director of the Bionic Ear Institute (now the Bionics Institute). 

Research interests

Professor Burkitt’s research into the physiological neural processing mechanisms associated with speech that involve specialised networks within the auditory brainstem has been instrumental to his development of new cochlear-implant speech-processing strategies, which have been patented and are currently undergoing pilot clinical trials. His recent research interests have involved extending these concepts from the auditory system to the visual system, in order to develop visual-stimulation paradigms for retinal implants.

Professor Burkitt’s research in the neural modelling of biological systems has had an impact upon the development and understanding of neural models of information processing, i.e. how information is encoded, transmitted and decoded within neural systems. He has worked on understanding the neural basis of epileptic seizures and on methods for detecting and predicting seizures. At present, he is researching the use of electrical stimulation in epilepsy seizure-abatement.

Qualifications

BSc (Psychology) (ANU), BSc (Theoretical Physics) (ANU), PhD (Theoretical Physics) (Edinburgh)

Publications 

Professor Burkitt has published papers on physiological neural-processing mechanisms associated with speech that involve specialised networks within the auditory brainstem and has over 90 refereed publications. He regularly reviews both numerous international journals in his area of expertise as well as grant applications for the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council.