Dr Yan Wong

  • Room: Level: 01 Room:
  • Building: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Bionic Eye (Vision processing, bionics, neuroengineering)
  • Brain-Machine Interfaces (Brain-computer interfaces, bionics, neuroengineering)
  • Systems Neuroscience (Motor planning, decision making, LFP, spike-field interactions)


Dr Yan Wong received his PhD for work towards the design and development of a vision prosthetic microchip and novel electrode organizations for current focusing from the University of New South Wales in 2009. For his postdoctoral work, he joined the Center for Neural Science at New York University studying the role of spike-LFP interactions in the Parietal cortex on movement planning, as well as developing a Brain Machine Interface for high-dimensional upper limb control. He is now a part of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department at the University of Melbourne and NVRI working on the development of neural prostheses and the understanding of neural circuit dynamics.

Recent publications

  1. Wong Y, Feleppa T, Mohan A, Browne D, Szlawski J, Rosenfeld J, Lowery A. CMOS stimulating chips capable of wirelessly driving 473 electrodes for a cortical vision prosthesis. JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2019, Vol. 16, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1088/1741-2552/ab021b
  2. Mao D, Innes-Brown H, Petoe M, Wong Y, McKay C. Fully objective hearing threshold estimation in cochlear implant users using phase-locking value growth functions.. Hear Res. 2019, Vol. 377. DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2019.02.013
  3. Hsieh H-L, Wong Y, Pesaran B, Shanechi MM. Multiscale modeling and decoding algorithms for spike-field activity.. J Neural Eng. 2019, Vol. 16, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1088/1741-2552/aaeb1a
  4. Bighamian R, Wong Y, Pesaran B, Shanechi MM. Sparse model-based estimation of functional dependence in high-dimensional field and spike multiscale networks.. J Neural Eng. 2019. DOI: 10.1088/1741-2552/ab225b
  5. Mao D, Innes-Brown H, Petoe M, Wong Y, McKay C. Cortical auditory evoked potential time-frequency growth functions for fully objective hearing threshold estimation. HEARING RESEARCH. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 370. DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2018.09.006
  6. Gerboni G, John S, Ronayne S, Rind G, May C, Oxley T, Grayden D, Opie N, Wong Y. Cortical Brain Stimulation with Endovascular Electrodes.. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2018, Vol. 2018. DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2018.8512971
  7. Yoo PE, Oxley T, John S, Opie N, Ordidge R, O'Brien T, Hagan MA, Wong Y, Moffat B. Feasibility of identifying the ideal locations for motor intention decoding using unimodal and multimodal classification at 7T-fMRI. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-33839-4
  8. Wong Y, Ahnood A, Maturana M, Kentler W, Ganesan K, Grayden D, Meffin H, Prawer S, Ibbotson M, Burkitt A. Feasibility of Nitrogen Doped Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Microelectrodes for Electrophysiological Recording From Neural Tissue. FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY. 2018, Vol. 6. DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2018.00085
  9. Opie N, John S, Rind G, Ronayne S, Wong Y, Gerboni G, Yoo P, Lovell T, Scordas TCM, Wilson SL, Dornom A, Vale T, O'Brien T, Grayden D, May C, Oxley T. Focal stimulation of the sheep motor cortex with a chronically implanted minimally invasive electrode array mounted on an endovascular stent. NATURE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 2, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1038/s41551-018-0321-z
  10. John S, Opie N, Wong Y, Rind G, Ronayne S, Gerboni G, Bauquier S, O'Brien T, May C, Grayden D, Oxley T. Signal quality of simultaneously recorded endovascular, subdural and epidural signals are comparable. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-26457-7
  11. Mao D, Innes-Brown H, Petoe M, Wong Y, McKay C. Towards more efficient objective tests of hearing thresholds: Phase based detection of cortical auditory responses. 2017 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS). IEEE. 2018, Vol. 2018-January. DOI: 10.1109/BIOCAS.2017.8325144
  12. Gerboni G, John S, Rind G, Ronayne S, May C, Oxley T, Grayden D, Opie N, Wong Y. Visual evoked potentials determine chronic signal quality in a stent-electrode endovascular neural interface. BIOMEDICAL PHYSICS & ENGINEERING EXPRESS. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2018, Vol. 4, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1088/2057-1976/aad714
  13. Ahnood A, Meffin H, Garrett D, Fox K, Ganesan K, Stacey A, Apollo N, Wong Y, Lichter S, Kentler W, Kavehei O, Greferath U, Vessey K, Ibbotson M, Fletcher E, Burkitt A, Prawer S. Diamond Devices for High Acuity Prosthetic Vision. ADVANCED BIOSYSTEMS. Wiley-VCH. 2017, Vol. 1, Issue 1-2. DOI: 10.1002/adbi.201600003
  14. Hsieh H-L, Wong Y, Pesaran B, Shanechi MM. Multiscale Decoding for Reliable Brain-Machine Interface Performance Over Time. 2017 39TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY (EMBC). IEEE. 2017. DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2017.8036796
  15. Rosenfeld JV, Wong Y. Neurobionics and the brain-computer interface: current applications and future horizons. MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA. Australasian Medical Publishing Co Ltd. 2017, Vol. 206, Issue 8. DOI: 10.5694/mja16.01011

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