Academic journal article Teaching Science

Working on the Frontier: Meet Two Researchers at the Cutting Edge of Wearable Tech

Academic journal article Teaching Science

Working on the Frontier: Meet Two Researchers at the Cutting Edge of Wearable Tech

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DR JULIEN EPPS

Associate Professor in Signal Processing, University of NSW

What do you work on? Wearables worn on the head. I love sensors, and a great place to put sensors is on the face, because that's where a lot of interesting things happen. I've been working on understanding human emotional and mental states by tracking behavioural signals; things like speech, eye activity and body movement. I love it.

How did you get here? My background is electrical engineering at UNSW.

Advice for people wanting to work in your area? It's surprising how quickly you can learn by using online tools. Be curious. Start investigating things. Wearables are a huge world of opportunity, because there are so many things you could do.

What do you see for the future? Entire industry sectors will be invented because of wearables. Within a generation, a lot of the things well be wearing will be electronic, or have functionality embedded in them. A lot of the things we're going to take for granted haven't been invented yet. There's a huge revolution about to happen.

DR JASMINE PROUD

Biomechatronics engineer, Victoria University, Melbourne

What's your focus? Research into wearable robotics: I have a passion for assistive and rehabilitation technology. I'm looking at electroactive polymers [materials that change size or shape when activated by electricity] and whether they can be used in hand exoskeleton applications [artificial hands]. …

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