Experience

Neuroscience Doctoral Candidate

Brown University
BrainGate Project

Providence, RI
Aug. 2005 - July 2016
  • Developed and implemented neurotechnologies to aid individuals with severe movement disorders, such as cervical spinal cord injury and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
  • Investigated brain-computer interface safety and usability factors essential for translation of BCI technology from a controlled lab environment to the outside world.
  • Analyzed, validated, and verified high volume, high resolution neural data sets across large variable spaces for dissertation study and collaborating projects, requiring precise knowledge of signal conditioning, filtering, aligning, and processing.
  • Thesis title: Volitional Strategies Engaged During Neural Interface Control: The Impact of Watching, Imagining, and Attempting Movement on Neural Activity.
  • Designed and developed thesis project during two major organizational transitions of the BrainGate project, requiring extensive team coordination, but also a high level of independence.
  • Validated and verified data from collaborators at the request of project directors, due to proficiency at all levels of system operation.
  • Presented personal and project-wide research at department, local, national, and international venues.
  • Defended dissertation and completed final examination successfully.

Pharmaceutical Representative

Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Park, IL
Feb. 2002 - Apr. 2005
  • Liaised between medical professionals and Abbott research division, providing medical information related to company products.
  • Increased sales to 125% over quota annually.
  • Developed Excel macros for physician data portability and analysis featuring novel, effective methods of identifying key prescribers. Distributed to coworkers on a multimedia CDROM which included medical information and scientific studies.
  • Led conference calls and meeting presentations as District Mentor and Technology Expert, as well as tutored district counterparts.
  • Advised management on streamlining and enhancing computer systems, while accounting for contracts, budget, and software limitations.

Neurophysiologist/Programmer

Neural Signals, Inc.

Atlanta, GA
May 1999 - Feb. 2002
  • Trained patients with severe movement disorders to communicate through direct brain-computer link as part of the first implantable human neural interface project.
  • Collected and analyzed data leading to published findings.
  • Analyzed, designed, and implemented various programming tasks to aid data collection and analysis, leading to peer-reviewed publications and presented at international conferences.
  • Implemented a fully mobile data analysis rack system to serve as the cornerstone for all future primary research.
  • Co-authored book chapter, two papers, and numerous abstracts presented at various international conferences.
  • Recommended, purchased, installed and configured all business applications, research software, and hardware.
  • Created web site to solicit prospective investors and families of potential patients with degenerative diseases.
  • Full-time position while full-time student.

Community Liaison

Mendeley Ltd.

London, UK
Mar. 2009 - Aug. 2009
  • Founded the Community Liaison Program at Mendeley, a company focused on tracking, organizing, and sharing research literature through a multiplatform desktop application and online cloud syncing service.
  • Connected the company with users and academic institutions.
  • Tested and compiled community feedback on desktop client application.

Senior Editor

DigitalTrends.com

Sherwood, OR
Apr. 2003 - Jan. 2009
  • Reviewed cutting edge consumer and prosumer hardware from technology companies, such as HP, Samsung, and Shure, prior to being released to market.
  • Designed, produced, engineered, and hosted weekly technology news podcast.
  • Addressed questions and comments concerning products through online forums with the 60,000+ unique visitors to the site each day.

Founder / Blogger

Direct Neural Interface Blog

Providence, RI
May 2007 - June 2010
  • Launched and maintained blog on brain-computer interface topics, including human-computer interaction, augmented reality, statistical modeling, robotics, alternative interfaces (touch, pen, computer vision, etc.), and other related biotechnology topics.
  • Maintained lists of recent publications used by many leading labs in the field of brain-computer interface research, in addition to the ~2,000 monthly visitors.

Programmer / Research Assistant

Emory University
Yerkes Primate Research Center

Atlanta, GA
Mar. 1997 - Dec. 1999
  • Designed and implemented a variety of software programs (Java, BASIC-52, etc.) that measured research variables in rat striatum experiments using intracranial self-stimulation system.
  • Designed and implemented experimental protocol to record neurological and eye-tracking data from rhesus monkeys.

Education

Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Brown University
BrainGate project / Lab of John Donoghue

Providence, RI
Aug. 2005 - July 2016
  • Data analysis, statistical inference, and machine learning with large data sets.
  • Programming and analysis in Matlab, Python, Stata, and R.
  • Mentoring, lecturing, and coordinating weekly review sessions as Head TA for the largest undergraduate course at the university, Introduction to Neuroscience.
  • Thesis title: Volitional Strategies Engaged During Neural Interface Control: The Impact of Watching, Imagining, and Attempting Movement on Neural Activity.

B.Sc. in Computer Science
B.Sc. in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Sep. 1996 - May 2001
  • Member of the Dean’s List and Emory Neuroscience honor society, Nu Rho Psi.
  • Computer science course work in Java, C, Lisp, SQL, shell scripting, system architecture, and artificial intelligence.
  • Vice President of Fencing Club and Senior Writer of the Arts & Entertainment Magazine.
  • Minor in Philosophy

Skills

Programming languages:

  • Matlab, LabView, C, Java, HTML, Pascal, BASIC.
    Familiar with: Python, R, XML, C#, C++, SQL, Lisp, CSS, Lua, shell scripting.

Operating systems:

  • Windows, Mac, Linux.

Neural data acquisition:

  • Blackrock Cerebus, Plexon, Datawave, Neuralynx.

Interface technology:

  • Neural data (spike, LFP, MUA, EEG, other field potentials), eye tracking, motion capture, assistive keyboards and devices, cameras, A/V capture, human interface devices, video game controllers.

Scientific and electrical equipment:

  • Oscilloscopes, amplifiers, DACs and A/D converters, signal generators, data recorders.

Other:

  • Consumer, prosumer, and enthusiast electronics and computer components.

Publications and Presentations

Peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, posters, and invited speaker events

Journal Articles

 
Kennedy PR, Kirby MT, Moore MM, King B, Mallory A. “Computer Control Using Human Cortical Local Field Potentials.” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 12.3 (2004).

Kennedy PR, Andreasen D, Ehirim P, King B, Kirby MT, Mao H, Moore MM. “Using Human Extra Cortical Field Potentials to Control a Switch.” Journal of Neural Engineering 1 (2004): 72-77.

(Additional first author manuscript currently in final review.)

 

Book Chapter

 
Kennedy PR, King B. “Dynamic Interplay of Neural Signals during the Emergence of Cursor Related Cortex in a Human Implanted with the Neurotrophic Electrode.” Neural Prostheses for Restoration of Sensory and Motor Function. Ed. John Chapin. Danvers, MA: CRC Press, 2001. 221-233.

 

Conference Posters

 
Kennedy PR, Moore MM, King B. Directionality coding in human cortical area 4: role of phase relationships of individual action potentials. Program No. 590.10. 2000 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. New Orleans, LA: Society for Neuroscience, 2000. Online.

Kennedy PR, King B, Kirby MT, Moore, MM., Blankowski, M. Motor cortical control of a Cyber digit by a patient implanted with the Neurotrophic Electrode. Program No. 63.5. 2001 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2001. Online.

Kennedy PR, King B, Kirby MT, Adams K. Directionality may be inherent in Local Field Potentials (LFPs) recorded via the Neurotrophic Electrode in human cortex. Program No. 357.15. 2002 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Orlando, FL: Society for Neuroscience, 2002. Online.

King B, Truccolo W, Friehs GM, Stein J, Donoghue JP, Hochberg LR. Motor cortex local field potentials and multi-unit activity during intended movements in humans with tetraplegia. Program No. 517.15/VV1. 2007 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2007. Online.

King B, Feldman JM, Hochberg LR, Donoghue JP. Verbal instructions to watch, imagine, or attempt movement differentially engage neurons in the motor cortex of humans with tetraplegia. Program No. 899.4/HHH45. 2010 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2010. Online.

Feldman JM, King B, Truccolo W, Hochberg LR, Donoghue, JP. Decoding neural representations of action from motor cortex ensembles during action observation in humans with tetraplegia. 2011 Neuroscience Meeting Planner (p. 142.14). Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2011. Online.

Hochberg LR, Bacher D, Barefoot L, Berhanu E, Black MJ, Cash SS, King B, …, Donoghue JP. Use of the BrainGate Neural Interface System for more than five years by a woman with tetraplegia. 2011 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience. 2011. Online.

 

Invited Talks

 
King B. “Implantable Neural Interfaces for Interaction and Communication.” Dept. of Neurology, University Campus Bio-Medico. Rome, Italy. Sept. 2007.

King B. “Reconnecting the Brain: Bridging the Gap Between Thought and Action for People with Paralysis.” Taugavísindafélags Íslands (Icelandic Society for Neuroscience). Reykjavík, Iceland. Jan. 2009.

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