Researcher

My Expertise

My expertise is in neuroscience, physiology and bionics, which I apply to the problem of neural coding: understanding the internal language of the brain. I work in sensory systems including touch and hearing in both animal and humans. My work has generated new ideas and IP about how to restore touch to upper limb amputees through a hand prosthesis, and we are exploring its applications to other senses.

Fields of Research (FoR)

Sensory processes, perception and performance, Sensory systems, Neurosciences, Animal physiology - systems

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Biography

I am a researcher and educator focussed on understanding the internal language of the brain: its neural code, to enable us to improve brain-machine interfaces such as a bionic hand.
My broad aim is to understand the neural mechanisms that give rise to sensory perception. I work on tactile perception and cortical coding in the somatosensory system, and on tactile prostheses to restore touch to amputees. I use electrophysiological recordings to...view more

I am a researcher and educator focussed on understanding the internal language of the brain: its neural code, to enable us to improve brain-machine interfaces such as a bionic hand.
My broad aim is to understand the neural mechanisms that give rise to sensory perception. I work on tactile perception and cortical coding in the somatosensory system, and on tactile prostheses to restore touch to amputees. I use electrophysiological recordings to collect real-time neural data, and integrate this with behavioural and psychophysical studies to break the neural code.


My Grants

ARC Discovery Project                                                                 $550 000                                                                                                   2020

Birznieks, Vickery, Potas & Shivdasani

The role of spike patterning in shaping human perception of tactile stimuli.

 

Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, UNSW                      $25 000                                                                                                   2015

Pather, Velan & Vickery

Blended Learning: a framework for selection, implementation, and evaluation.

 

Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, UNSW                      $20 000                                                                                                   2015

Velan, Vickery, Pather, Polly & Harris

Online knowledge maps: automated assessment and feedback to enhance learning in biomedical sciences.

 

Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, UNSW                      $25 000                                                                                                   2015

Polly, Vickery, Cox & Thai

Aligning assessment to track development of graduate capabilities and life-long skills in the biomedical sciences.

 

Smart Sparrow / BEST Network Grant                                        $15 000                                                                                                   2013

Gibson & Vickery

eModule for Regulation of Plasma Osmolality and volume in human subjects.

 

NHMRC Project Grant                                                                 $231 175                                                                                                   2012

Birznieks, Vickery, Macefield & Krishnan

Information encoding by temporal structure of afferent spike trains evoked by complex vibrotactile stimuli.


My Qualifications

BSc Hons (Syd)

PhD (UNSW)


My Awards

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence - General category  (2017)


My Research Activities

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Australian Neuroscience Society, Society for Neuroscience (USA), Grant reviewer for NHMRC, ARC, NIH


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Engineering Thesis, Masters, PhD

Sensory neuroscience, tactile system

 


Currently supervising

Deepak Sharma (PhD)

Naqash Afzal (PhD)

Alwin So (PhD)


My Teaching

I teach medicine, health science, science and engineering students.

My major contributions are to:
PHSL2101 Physiology 1A
NEUR2201 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
NEUR3221 Neurophysiology
MFAC1525 Ageing and Endings A
MFAC1526 Ageing and Endings B

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Location

Wallace Wurth Building (C27), level 3, room 303

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Contact

+61 2 9065 5283