Associate Professor in the Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems (BENS) (opens in a new window) research program at The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development.
Associate Professor Breen received his B.Eng. Degree in Computer Engineering (First Class Honours) in 2003 and his Ph.D. Degree in 2007, both from the University of Limerick. He also has a Postgrad Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from NUI Galway (2008). He was awarded a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2007 from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.
He has worked as a researcher in various laboratories and departments around the world including the University of Twente/Roessingh Research & Development, The Netherlands; Harvard Medical School and the School of Medicine, WSU.
In 2013, he was appointed Senior Research Lecturer in the Biomedical Engineering & Neuromorphic Systems group, The MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University. Since then, he has been awarded 9 research grants, bringing his combined total research budget to date, to $15.5 million. These funds were awarded by the US Department of Defence, NHMRC, NSW and National Australian Departments of Industry and the Australian Association of Gerontology. Key to these successes has been a focus on transdisciplinary research with real-world impact and collaboration with industry.
Since joining WSU in 2013, two Australian start-up companies have been formed based on his collaborative work. Medical Monitoring Solutions, commercialises specific purpose wearable technologies. PAYO Scientific, which he is a Founder/Director, manufactures an incubation system for tissue samples (Braincubator).
- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
- Neural Facilitation
- Computational Neuroscience
- Wearable Sensing
Qualifications and Recognition
- B.Eng. (Computer Engineering)
- Ph.D. (Bioelectronics)
- PG.Cert (Higher Education)
Research & Publications