Autonomous Implantable Systems


Stanford School of Engineering



Implantable devices are known for being too impacted with wires and batteries, causing the devices to be larger than necessary. When people hear “implant,” they think of older devices like pacemakers and cochlear implants. This course will examine how modern and future implants will revolutionize healthcare in the coming years, relying less on external power sources and more on energy self-reliance. Implants will be applied to drug delivery, locomotion and medical robots to perform delicate surgeries with precision. As research into this biotechnology grows, the more extensive its applications will be. The focus of this course will be the power source of implantable devices, its applications and its future.


EE252 or equivalent.

Topics include

  • Energy subsystems such as energy harvesting methods and power conversion
  • Actuators and sensors
  • Communication such as passive versus active sensing
  • Neural prosthesis for restoring and enhancing memory
  • Other implantable and ingestible applications
  • Safety regulations and FDA approval

Course Availability

The course schedule is displayed for planning purposes – courses can be modified, changed, or cancelled. Course availability will be considered finalized on the first day of open enrollment. For quarterly enrollment dates, please refer to our graduate education section.

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Dates:March 29 - June 4, 2021
Units: 3.00
Instructors: Ada Poon
Delivery Option:
For Credit $4,056.00
Notes: Pre-registration Dates: February 1, 2021 at 9:00am to March 12, 2021 at 5:00pm

Pre-registration for this course will secure your enrollment request and ensure timely processing of your application for potential course approval. Please note: course enrollment will be confirmed after March 19, 2021; after completing your pre-registration, no further action is required on your part.


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