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Richard Foulds

Foulds, Richard A.
Emeritus Professor, Biomedical Engineering
617 Fenster Hall
About Dr. Foulds

Richard Foulds, PhD, is an associate professor and associate chair for research in the department of biomedical engineering at NJIT. His research interests include neuromusular/rehabilitation engineering; neural control of human movement; machine recognition of human gesture; gesture dynamics; telemanipulation; haptic and kinesthetic systems; multimodal human/machine interaction; and mechatronics.

Foulds, who is a prominent figure in the emerging field of biomedical engineering, has pioneered a new way to educate engineers known as the studio method, in which professors teach the fundamentals of engineering not by theoretical lecture and dry recitation but by active learning. Using the studio method, a professor starts class with a mini-lecture that touches upon the assigned reading. The lecture is followed by in-class studio exercises.

His innovative teaching has not gone unnoticed. The NJIT Student Senate recently named him Teacher of the Year. In addition, he is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of America.

Foulds was so pleased with having introduced the studio method to NJIT that he, along with two colleagues, published a paper, “Integrated Biomedical Engineering Education Using Studio-Based Learning,” in the August 2003 issue of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine.

  • Tufts University, PhD 1985
  • Tufts University, MS 1972
  • Tufts University, BS 1972
Honors and Awards
  • Annual Award for Research Accomplishment in Engineering, Tufts University, Department of Mechanical Engineering May 1996
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, January, 1992
  • Fellow, Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America, June, 1991
  • Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson Award for Rehabilitation Research, May, 1990
  • The United Cerebral Palsy National Research Foundation
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar, July-December, 1986
  • Robotics and Communication Research at the Institute for Rehabilitation Research, The Netherlands
Research Interests
  • Neuromusular/Rehabilitation Engineering,
  • Neural Control of Human Movement
  • Machine Recognition of Human Gesture
  • Gesture Dynamics
  • Telemanipulation
  • Haptic and Kinesthetic Systems
  • Multimodal Human/Machine Interaction
  • Mechatronics
  • Kazi, Z. Foulds, R. (1998) Knowledge-based Telemanipulation in an Unstructured Environment. Roboticav. 16.
  • Chen, S., Kazi, Z., Foulds, R., Chester, D., (1998) Color and 3D-based Telemanipulation. Image and Vision Computing Journal , 16, pp. 265-274.
  • Chen, S., Rahman, T., Foulds, R. Heredia, E. Harwin, W., (1998) Virtual Headstick for People with Spinal Cord Injuries. Robotica v. 16, pp. 499-507.
  • Kazi, Z., Chen, S., Beitler, M., Chester, D., and Foulds, R., (1998) Speech and Gesture Mediated Intelligent Teleoperation, In Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence: Assistive Technology and Artificial Intelligence, Edited by Mittal, V.O., Yanko, H., Aronis, J., and Simpson, R.. Springer-Verlag
  • Saxe, D., Foulds, R., Joyce, A., (1998) Dual Level Intraframe Coding for Increased Video Telecommunication Bandwidth, In ASSETS ‘98- Proceedings of the Third International ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies, pp. 130-135.
  • Foulds, R., Joyce, A., (1998) Expanded Interactions: Broadening Human-Centered Computing, In ASSETS ‘98- Proceedings of the Third International ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies, pp. 49-50.
  • Erenshteyn, R., Laskov, P., Foulds, R., (1997) Human Gesture Recognition Using Neural Networks and Multiclass Encoding. Proceedings of the Artificial Neural Networks in Engineering, St. Louis, MO. (Nov. 1997)
  • Harwin, W., Rahman, T., Foulds, R. (1995) A Review of Design Issues in Rehabilitation Robotics with Reference to North American Research. IEEE Transaction on Rehabilitation Engineering. v 3, n 1, Pp. 3-13.
  • Erenshteyn, R., Foulds, R., Galuska, S. (1994), Is Designing a Neural Network Application an Art or a Science?. SIGCHI Bulletin, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 23-29.
  • Foulds, R., (1994) The Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories at he University of Delaware and the A.I. duPont Institute, Technology and Disability, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 291-306.
  • Roy, D.M., Panayi, M., Foulds, R., Erenshteyn, R., Harwin, W., Fawcus, R. (1994). The Enhancement of Interaction for People with Severe Speech and Physical Impairment through the Computer Recognition of Gesture and Manipulation. Presence - Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, Vol. 3, No. 3, MIT Press, pp. 227-235.