Eugene C. Goldfield
Program in Neuroscience
Children's Hospital Boston
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering Harvard University
Challenges in Designing Cyberphysical Devices For Restoring Body and Brain Function Throughout the Lifespan
This talk outlines the principles of bio-inspired design and discusses their application to in the Second Skin project. Second Skin is a wearable cyber-physical system for restoring complex behaviors following brain injury.
Dr. Goldfield received a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and was a postdoctoral fellow in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. He is currently Staff Scientist in the Program in Neuroscience at Children’s Hospital Boston, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Faculty at The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. His major research interest has been in neuromotor function in typically developing infants, and infants with perinatal brain injury due to prematurity or congenital heart disease. He has been developing medical devices that attempt to promote more typical development in the brain injured infants, including a computer controlled feeding system for infants who have difficulty coordinating sucking, swallowing, and breathing. Most recently he has been working with engineers at the Wyss Institute to develop a new technology, called a second skin, that may help restore brain function in infants with perinatal brain injury.