Who we are

The bionic glasses project is based at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, at the University of Oxford. The principle people working on it are:

Dr Stephen Hicks

Stephen is the neuroscientist leading the project, although he's also pretty hot at coding. He has been working on the visual system for ten years, starting with a PhD studying how guinea pigs detect movement, and moving on to work relating to healthy brain and eye function, rehabilitation of sight after strokes, and improvement of technologies relating to visual prosthetics. He is originally from Australia, which is quite disarming.

Iain Wilson

Iain is the chief software and hardware engineer working on the bionic glasses. He is an expert computer programmer, with experience in the development of medical experimentation and instrumentation. Previously, he worked as the primary hardware and software engineer at the Functional Magnetic Imaging of the Brain Centre at the University of Oxford. He is fun to drink with.

Prof Christopher Kennard

Chris (PhD, FRCP, FMedSci, etc) is a Professor of Clinical Neurology and Head of the Department of Clinical Neurology at the University of Oxford, which makes him the big boss of the research group Stephen and Iain are in. He studies how the nerves and the eyes work, and has done a lot of work on visual and eye-movement problems, and how to improve them.

Additional helpers:

Kate Oliver


Kate is responsible for much of the content on this site, and also does some real-world explaining of the project. Although sadly not a doctor, Kate did study a proper science at university, honest, and has subsequently made a career of explaining it to others. As a friend of Stephen, she regularly interrogates him about his work and can be found at a number of science outreach events posing as a scientist. She currently manages communications for the Faculty of Engineering at UCL, blogs at www.schrodingerskitten.co.uk and writes for Physics World and The Sky At Night Magazine.


Mr Sean Batir

Sean read about this work when in America, where he has lived all his life - and asked to come over and work in the group for a few months. He has helped with lab work and outreach work, explaining the project to many people with boundless enthusiasm. He is trying to come to terms with Britain.