My name is Matt and I’m a biomedical engineer/researcher/scientist.
Since 2021 I have been a postdoctoral researcher in the Human Motion, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Digital Methods (HOSD) unit at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH).
My current research focuses on digital methods for analyzing movement in health and disease, with a particular focus on high performance sport and orthopaedics.
Previous research of mine focused on quantitative assessments of Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and other neurodegenerative movement disorders.
I’m from Ireland, but have been living and working in Germany and Luxembourg since 2019.
Some of my main research interests include:
Nonlinear signal processing:
Real-world applications of nonlinear dynamics and information theory in biosignal analysis, with particular focus on entropy methods and recurrence quantification analysis.
Modelling, analysing and novel applications of surface electromyography. In particular, I’m interested in novel techniques to examine the dynamical behaviour of motor unit fire patterns and how they may be employed as digital biomarkers of neurodegenerative disease.
Markerless (Monocular) Motion Capture:
Development and application of markerless (monocular) motion capture for the assessment of pathology and real-world monitoring of gait pre and post surgery.
Web Search Infodemiology:
Using open-source internet data (traffic volume, search term frequency, etc.) to identify trends and patterns of behaviour that can inform about public behaviour when seeking medical info online. Currently developing a graph network model to examine correlated search trends for orthopaedic and neuromuscular disease.
Wearable Sensor Applications in Medicine:
Always following latest innovations in the area of wearable sensors and devices for clinical research.
Integrity in Scientific Publication and Modern Scientific Practices:
Supporter of initiatives that make scientific publication open-access, unbiased, and most importantly, trustworthy. We must challenge the predatory practices of journals that function to maximise profit and call out researchers who game the system for self-promotion. I am an advocate of alternative publication models that aim to overcome the shortcomings in scientific publication.
Promoter of the Julia programming language.
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