Advanced Platform Technology Center
Shawn Kelly, PhD
Retinal prostheses, Neural stimulation, Wireless power and data telemetry for implanted medical devices, Low-power electronics design
Dr. Shawn K. Kelly is an electrical engineer and Senior Systems Scientist in the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Research Biomedical Engineer with the Department of Veterans Affairs, working on the development of a retinal prosthesis for the blind, as well as other implantable medical devices. He received the S.B., M.Eng. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996,1998, and 2003, respectively. He joined the Boston Retinal Implant Project in 1996 and developed a portable retinal stimulator for human trials for his masters and a patented low-power neural stimulator chip for his doctorate. He has joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2003, spent eight years as a Visiting Scientist at MIT, and joined ICES at CMU in early 2012. He leads the design and testing of the electrical systems for the retinal implant. Dr. Kelly’s particular areas of interest include neural stimulator circuit design, the electrode/tissue interface, wireless power and data transmission, power management, and assembly and packaging of implantable medical devices. He teaches a course on neural stimulation and a course on introductory circuits at CMU.