Towards a smart experimental arena for long-term electrophysiology experiments

Uei Ming Jow, Mehdi Kiani, Xueliang Huo, Maysam Ghovanloo

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Abstract

Advancements in wireless power and data transmission have raised the prospects of using a variety of low power microelectronic devices such as biosensors, stimulators, and actuators in long-term uninterrupted electrophysiology experiments on small freely behaving animal subjects in large experimental arenas. This paper presents our progress towards developing such a system, called the EnerCage. This system includes a stationary unit for inductive power transmission through a scalable array of overlapping hexagonal coils, which are optimized using an accurate inductive link model and an iterative optimization process. Furthermore, the EnerCage system is equipped with an array of 3-D magnetic sensors and a smart tracking algorithm for non-line-of-sight positioning of the animal subject. EnerCage also has a small mobile unit, which is either attached to or implanted in the subject's body. This unit includes a magnetic tracer and an efficient power management block, which is capable of closed-loop regulated inductive power delivery to the experimental device(s) of interest. An early prototype of the EnerCage system with six coils has been presented here. The coil array achieves a power efficiency of 17.8% at the worst-case horizontal misalignment of 42 mm (half of the coil radius) at a coupling distance of 70 mm with the mobile unit coil of 20 mm in radius.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2011
Pages121-124
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2011 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 10 2011Nov 12 2011

Publication series

Name2011 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2011

Other

Other2011 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period11/10/1111/12/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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