Luke Hallum

B.E. (Computer), Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering)


Luke Hallum is a biomedical engineer interested in the brain, behaviour, and neural prosthetics. He was awarded a B.E. (Computer) by the University of Wollongong, and a Ph. D. (Biomedical Engineering) by the University of New South Wales, prior to postdoctoral training at New York University’s Center for Neural Science. He was appointed Research Assistant Professor at NYU, and in 2018 joined Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland.

Research | Current

Hallum LE, Cloherty SL. Liquid-crystal display (LCD) of achromatic, mean-modulated flicker in clinical assessment and experimental studies of visual systems. Submitted. arXiv:2007.11151 [q-bio.NC]

Hallum LE, Dakin SC. Retinal implantation of electronic vision prostheses to treat retinitis pigmentosa: A systematic review. Submitted. medRxiv:10.1101/2020.11.30.20234476

Yan L, Hallum LE. Low-cost, microcontroller-based, two-channel piezoelectric bender device for somatosensory experiments. Submitted.

Teaching | Current

Design of Real-Time Software (MECHENG 313): Introduces the principles of software design in a real-time environment. Main topics include computer/microcontroller architecture, programming in a real-time environment, software design and data acquisition systems.

Advanced Biomechatronic Systems (MECHENG 736): Mechatronic principles and techniques for measuring, assisting, augmenting and mimicking biological systems. Topics include: brain machine interfaces, sensors and actuators, biomechanics and motion control, wearable and assistive devices, bioinstrumentation, soft robotic technologies, human factors, safety/ethical aspects, and biomechatronic design principles. Significant hands-on experience through the design, modelling and development of paradigmatic biomechatronic systems.

Medical Device and Technology Development (ENGGEN 770): Clinical and technical aspects of medical device development. Identification and definition of a medical device, examples and case studies. Evidence based technology, justification and motivation for developing medical devices. Techniques and issues concerning medical device research and design processes.

How We See (OPTOM 101G): Overview of the interdisciplinary study of human vision. The course introduces the biological/physiological organisation of the visual system, discusses the subjective nature of perception, and the implications of studies of biological visual systems for machine vision. Interdisciplinary understandings of vision will be enriched by the examination of historical paintings and artists’ visual experiences.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Ziemba, C. M., Perez, R. K., Pai, J., Kelly, J. G., Hallum, L. E., Shooner, C., & Movshon, J. A. (2019). Laminar differences in responses to naturalistic texture in macaque V1 and V2. Journal of Neuroscience, 39 (49)10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1743-19.2019
  • Shooner, C., Hallum, L. E., Kumbhani, R. D., García-Marín V, Kelly, J. G., Majaj, N. J., ... Kiorpes, L. (2017). Asymmetric dichoptic masking in visual cortex of amblyopic macaque monkeys. Journal of Neuroscience, 37 (36), 8734-8741. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1760-17.2017
  • Hallum, L. E., Shooner, C., Kumbhani, R. D., Kelly, J. G., García-Marín V, Majaj, N. J., ... Kiorpes, L. (2017). Altered balance of receptive field excitation and suppression in visual cortex of amblyopic macaque monkeys. Journal of Neuroscience, 37 (34)10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0449-17.2017
  • Shooner, C., Hallum, L. E., Kumbhani, R. D., Ziemba, C. M., Garcia-Marin, V., Kelly, J. G., ... Kiorpes, L. (2015). Population representation of visual information in areas V1 and V2 of amblyopic macaques. Vision Research, 114, 56-67. 10.1016/j.visres.2015.01.012
  • Hallum, L. E., & Movshon, J. A. (2014). Surround suppression supports second-order feature encoding by macaque V1 and V2 neurons. Vision Research, 104, 24-35. 10.1016/j.visres.2014.10.004
  • Hallum, L. E., Landy, M. S., & Heeger, D. J. (2011). Human primary visual cortex (V1) is selective for second-order spatial frequency. Journal of neurophysiology, 105 (5), 2121-2131. 10.1152/jn.01007.2010
  • Hallum, L. E., Cloherty, S. L., & Lovell, N. H. (2008). Image analysis for microelectronic retinal prosthesis. IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering, 55 (1), 344-346. 10.1109/tbme.2007.903713
  • Hallum, L. E., Dagnelie, G., Suaning, G. J., & Lovell, N. H. (2007). Simulating auditory and visual sensorineural prostheses: a comparative review. Journal of neural engineering, 4 (1), S58-S71. 10.1088/1741-2560/4/1/s08


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