Lectures

Loud Clothing and Noise-Enhanced Sensorimotor Function

Smart Clothes Lecture Series

A lecture by James J. Collins, William F. Warren Distinguished Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Medicine, Boston University; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Founding Core Faculty Member and Platform Lead of Anticipatory Medical and Cellular Devices, Wyss Institute, Harvard University

Lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.; lecture begins at 5 p.m.


Researchers have traditionally viewed noise as a detriment to signal detection and information transmission.  They have recently demonstrated, however, that noise can enhance the detection and transmission of weak signals in certain nonlinear systems, via a mechanism known as stochastic resonance. In this talk, Collins will discuss how noise-based techniques and devices, incorporated into clothing, might prove useful in overcoming age- and disease-related losses in sensorimotor function, as well as in enhancing human performance in athletics.

The smart clothes science lecture series is part of the Academic Ventures program at the Radcliffe Institute and examines the science and ethics of designing materials that improve and protect lives. A larger, one-day public symposium on the topic took place on Friday, November 15, 2013.