IEEE Leadership Seminar: "The Industry of the Brain," Ashley Eidsmore, US ARL
Friday, February 15, 2019
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
2460 A.V. Williams Building
301 405 4471
The Industry of the Brain
Electrical Engineer, Army Research Laboratory
Abstract: The brain, the single most important organ for making you who you are, is a vastly complex system with a networked mesh of billions of individual neurons, which communicate electrically at the mercy of metabolism, biochemistry, and physiology. As with any system, even small outside disruptions can lead to widespread and even fatal changes. In this session, we will discuss how research efforts surrounding brain injuries and the changes they induce are shaping a new “industry of the brain” — an industry where novel technologies are developed in effort to protect, repair, integrate with, and even augment the mind and scientific discoveries pave the road for advanced AI and next generation computing.
Bio: Ashley Eidsmore is an electrical engineer and brain injury researcher at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and has over 10 years of experience working with the Department of Defense on brain injury-centric technologies. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University with a focus in biomedical imaging and sensing. Her thesis work focused on the development of a theory for the establishment and maintenance of neural communication within plastic brain regions based on finite-state machine ad-hoc network routing and stability convergence. The application of her theory included using electric-field generation-based reparative methods for restoring neural synchrony and reversing the effects of blast injury. Her current interests involve investigating and systematically representing how injurious states evolve at the ultrastructural level in direct response to head trauma and the manner by which these alterations evoke negative feedback cycles, which lead to a pathological response and presentation on the cellular and/or macroscopic level. Ashley additionally has a history in entrepreneurship and is working with a company, Digital Brain Technologies, to bring federally supported cloud-based brain-modeling technologies to the consumer market.