Professor David Grayden

Head of Biomedical Engineering
Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Professor David Grayden is Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering and Leader of the Bionics Laboratory in the Centre for Neural Engineering, The University of Melbourne.

Prof Grayden's main research interests are in understanding how the brain processes information, how best to present information to the brain using medical bionics, such as the bionic ear and bionic eye, and how to record information from the brain, such as for brain-machine interfaces. He is also conducting research in epileptic seizure prediction and electrical stimulation to prevent or stop epileptic seizures, and in electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve to control inflammatory bowel disease. He has research linkages with the Bionics Institute, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of South Australia, Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, and University of Maryland, USA.

Dr Stefan Harrer

Manager Brain-Inspired Computing Research
IBM Research - Australia

Stefan received the B.Sc., Diploma, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with majors in Medical Engineering, Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics from the Technical University of Munich and an Honours Masters Degree in Technology Management from the Technical University of Munich and the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. He also studied Technology Management at the Center for Digital Technology and Management and as a Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. As a Visiting Graduate Student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he was involved in implementing new nanoimprint lithography and nanotransfer lithography techniques before joining IBM Research as a Process Development Engineer in the Advanced Lithography Group at IBM AlbanyNanotech, NY. There he developed novel nanofabrication technologies in the areas of nanoimprint lithography, immersion lithography, and directed self-assembly technology.

He then became a Research Scientist in the Systems Biology and Functional Genomics Group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, where he worked on novel DNA-sequencing technologies as an Investigator of the National Human Genome Research Institute Grant “Nanopore-based Electrical Device for DNA Sequencing”.

In 2011 he founded the Bionanotechnology Research Program and Team of IBM Research - Australia, Melbourne and lead it until 2014. In 2014 he founded the Brain-Inspired Computing Research Program and Team of IBM Research-Australia which he leads to date, since 2017 as its Manager.

Stefan has also held positions as the Head of the Lab Innovation Development Team, Science Technical Assistant to the Lab Director and Technical Assistant to the VP Cognitive Computing in 2017. He is currently a member of the Senior Lab Leadership Team of IBM Research - Australia and holds an Adjunct Professor position in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Technology Sydney as well as an Honorary Research Fellow position in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Center for Neural Engineering, at the University of Melbourne.

He has authored or co-authored over 40 technical publications, acts as Member of the IEEE Computer Society Steering Committee and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, and was named Master Inventor by IBM in 2017 for holding 36 issued and over 50 pending patents. Stefan is a regular invited and keynote speaker and has held various committee and chair roles at international conferences including IJCAI, IEEE Nano, IEEE EMBC and SPIE. He is the recipient of a Research Scholarship from UC Berkeley, a Karl Chang Innovation Fund Grant from MIT, an Honorary Principal Research Fellowship from the University of Melbourne and Research Grants from the NIH and the Australian Research Council.

Stefan is a Senior Member of the IEEE, as well as a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the IBM Academy of Technology, the Management Committee of the Australian Nanotechnology Network, and the Steering Committee of the IBM Australia/New Zealand Technical Experts Council. His work was featured in WIRED Magazine, The World Economic Forum, Popular Science, Tech Times, Engadget, R&D Magazine, Fast Company, the Scientific American, IF**LoveSciene, and ZDnet amongst others.