Dr Hamish Meffin

Hamish is a Senior Researcher with the Victorian Research Laboratory of the National Information and Communication Technology Australia (NICTA) in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

He is also an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

He was involved with the Bionic Vision Australia coordination of the development of a second-generation retinal prosthesis – a high-acuity prosthesis with 1000 electrodes that allows patients to recognise faces and read large print, implanted inside the eye on the inner surface of the retina.

Hamish is also actively involved in research to devise strategies for communicating information on visual scenes to the brain using electrical neural stimulation.

His work contributes to our understanding of how the brain processes information.

With a background in mathematics, physics and neuroscience, Hamish has worked in theoretic and experimental neuroscience in cross-disciplinary institutions such as the Bionic Ear Institute (Australia) and the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience (Germany). He has co-authored 12 publications in international journals and is co-inventor of one patent.

Why does consciousness research matter?

An understanding of consciousness, and the mechanisms that create our experience of the world and our place within it, is more important than ever before. Significant to our everyday lives, consciousness research has far reaching implications for: