The Neuropixels Platform

We welcome you to join us in-person and on Zoom for our March eWEAR Seminar.

Date: Friday, March 22nd from 10:30 am to 11:30 am PDT

Location: Stanford University (Shriram Center, Room 104; parking details below) & on Zoom

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(Please note this seminar will not be recorded)

“The Neuropixels Platform: An active integrated CMOS-MEMS neural interface platform enabling large scale high resolution electrophysiology  and multi-modal neural modulation”

Barun Dutta

Chief Scientist of Semiconductor Technology and Systems, IMEC

Bio: Barun Dutta is Chief Scientist of Semiconductor Technology and Systems (STS) at imec where he has been since 2010, and serves as a Program Director, initiating and leading various new R&D programs semiconductor materials and device technology and more recently in Neurotechnology.  He conceived and has led the Neuropixels program at imec since its inception. As a venture capitalist and General Partner at Sevin Rosen-Alta Berkeley, between 1998-2010, he worked with over 20 immensely successful founding teams in semiconductors and networking systems, incubating, mentoring, and/or as a Board Member. He spent the first decade of his career at Bellcore/Bell Labs and as an assignee at imec. He was educated at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. 

Abstract: Recent advances in integration of CMOS and MEMS on a 200/300mm platform, has enabled the realization of active integrated neural devices, and increased routine extracellular electrophysiology recording capability and capacity from dozens to thousands of neurons. Applying “a active CMOS-MEMS scaling platform approach”, the Neuropixels platforms, will enable next generation of systems to visualize 10’s to 100’s of thousand neurons.

I will review our work to develop a very high channel count electrophysiology probe device: “the Neuropixels probe”, and the associated system and the prospect for another 10-50X increase \in neural recording capacity, and address progress towards “large scale recording form large brains”.

In addition, I will show early results and demonstrating the power of a CMOS integrated platform to co-integrate different modalities such as integrated optics/photonics and show exploratory results in a specific neuro-modulation application and a roadmap to address different modulation options.

Furthermore, I will highlight the power of the Neuropixels ecosystem which is a new way to enable collaborative science between advanced tool builders and scientists, with transformational impact.

Parking Details:

Seminar Location: Shriram Center, Room 104 (443 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305, Shriram Center) Enter the room from the street side of the building

Garage/Lot Options (click here for more)
Via Ortega Garage: 498 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305 (Map from garage to seminar location enter room 104 from the street side of the building)

Rates (click here for more)
Per hour = $4.46
Day pass = $35.68 

The following three options are available to pay for parking

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  2. Use ParkMobile’s Zone parking option: no app download or account needed. You can check out as a guest without setting up an account.
    1. Simply navigate to or text PARK to 77223
    2. Enter the zone number, and
    3. Follow the prompts. 
  3. Pay-By-Phone if you don’t have a smartphone or prefer an automated voice system, call ParkMobile at 877.727.5718 to start your parking session.

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