2022 SECD Research Roundup - Jake Greenwood
Jake Greenwood is a Ph.D. student in biological systems engineering who has worked as a research assistant in Steven Barlow's Communication Neuroscience Lab for nearly six years. In this video, he discusses how he first got connected with Dr. Barlow, the research that he's been part of in the lab, and how the experience in the lab will help him in his future.
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[00:00:00.000]So, Dr. Barlow had a project that he
[00:00:02.669]uh, proposed for a Senior Design.
[00:00:05.138]And I thought it was interesting.
[00:00:06.573]It involved hardware.
[00:00:07.774]And so I was like, 'You know what?
[00:00:09.142]I want to, I want to get involved with some hardware.'
[00:00:11.244]And so, that's, that was kind of my introduction
[00:00:13.346]to research. And I kind of didn't know it as research.
[00:00:15.281]It was just
[00:00:16.416]I was working on a Senior Design.
[00:00:18.118]Uh, and then Dr. Barlow
[00:00:20.253]Dr. Barlow said, 'Hey, you should
[00:00:21.921]you should come join the lab
[00:00:22.956]and, and continue to, to do what you're doing.'
[00:00:25.425]So, the, the Senior Design was over ForceWin,
[00:00:28.128]um, which is
[00:00:29.562]a device to measure
[00:00:31.464]uh, force levels of
[00:00:33.533]of like the
[00:00:34.501]pinch force so
[00:00:36.069]how much force you can apply with your fingers,
[00:00:38.171]uh, your lip,
[00:00:38.938]your tongue, your jaw.
[00:00:40.707]So that, that's one of the measures that Dr. Barlow
[00:00:43.076]uh, uses in a lot of his
[00:00:44.944]his studies to
[00:00:48.581]not only where
[00:00:49.916]a muscle system is at,
[00:00:51.618]uh, so the health of a muscle system,
[00:00:53.186]but also to show if there's been
[00:00:55.555]improvement in a muscle system.
[00:00:57.157]I helped update, uh
[00:00:58.191]a device called Vibros,
[00:00:59.793]it's similar to an audio test, um
[00:01:04.130]it detects, uh, sensation,
[00:01:06.733]basically what's the smallest
[00:01:07.867]level of sensation you can feel.
[00:01:09.836]We created a new revision
[00:01:10.937]of something called AeroWin,
[00:01:12.439]which is, um,
[00:01:14.107]generally speaking, it measures
[00:01:16.810]uh, your ability to produce, um, sounds.
[00:01:19.913]Uh, and then the
[00:01:21.281]last big device was pTACS.
[00:01:23.116]So, a whole new somatosensory stimulator
[00:01:25.452]from the ground up.
[00:01:26.519]I've learned a lot through
[00:01:28.555]through this lab and
[00:01:29.989]uh, and it, it's challenged me to
[00:01:32.459]to learn things on my own to
[00:01:35.795]to figure out
[00:01:36.863]problems that I never thought I would
[00:01:38.765]have to solve, and
[00:01:40.433]figure out how to solve them.
[00:01:41.768]And so there's been a lot of
[00:01:43.103]a lot of learning
[00:01:44.571]uh, in that respect.
[00:01:46.339]Um, and it's given me a lot of
[00:01:48.274]tools that I can use to
[00:01:50.343]to hopefully conquer any problem in the future, but uh
[00:01:53.847]uh, you know, generally I I've learned a lot about circuitry.
[00:01:56.616]I've learned a lot about
[00:01:57.984]uh, mechanical design and how to
[00:02:01.054]how to take an idea and actually
[00:02:03.256]bring it into a working device
[00:02:04.824]or working, um,
[00:02:06.960]you know, piece of software or whatever.
[00:02:08.928]Uh, so I think that's something that
[00:02:11.498]that will help
[00:02:12.398]me in every aspect of my, uh, career.
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