James Snyder

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Ph. D.

James is currently working on applying techniques developed for Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) to Active Electrosense for underwater localization and tracking of objects.  This particular application works by placing a set of transceiver electrodes on the surface of an underwater sensory platform then controlling current emission and measuring potentials to estimate the conductivity of the fluid around the sensors.  This conductivity data provides an image of the surrounding environment and allows for accurate localization and tracking of objects through time.

Previous work includes simulation and modeling of weakly electric fish and robotic sensor platform fields, development of active electrosense electronics, using electrosensory data to estimate sizes and depths of holes in sandstone, and modeling of primary afferent response in weakly electric fish during prey capture to estimate sensory volume capabilities.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Spring 2009 - Teaching Assistant, BME307: Quantitative Experimentation and Design, Northwestern Univeristy, Evanston, IL
  • Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2011 - Teaching Assistant/Lab Coordinator, ME224: Experimental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL