Professor of Engineering, University of Melbourne

Professor Anthony Burkitt is the Director of Bionic Vision Australia, a national consortium working on developing a bionic eye that can restore the sense of vision to people with degenerative vision conditions.

Professor Burkitt is the Head of the Neuro-Engineering Group at Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne, where he also holds the Chair in Bio-Signals and Bio-Systems.

Professor Burkitt’s expertise is in the area of neuro-engineering. For over a decade, he has worked in cochlear-implant speech processing and computational auditory neuroscience, investigating various mechanisms for information processing particular to the auditory system, and associated with speech perception. He is now working on applying these techniques to the development of retinal prosthesis for bionic vision.

Professor Burkitt has honorary appointments with the Bionic Ear Institute and NICTA.


  • 2010–present
    Director, Bionic Vision Australia
  • 2006–2008
    Assistant Director, Bionic Ear Institute


  • 1996 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Science - Psychology
  • 1983 
    The University of Edinburgh, Doctor of Philosophy - Theoretical Physics
  • 1979 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Science - Theoretical Physics

Research Areas

  • Biomedical Engineering (0903)