Dr. Hausdorff received his Masters degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1988 and his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Boston University in 1995. For his thesis work in MIT's biomechanics laboratory, he developed and experimentally evaluated non-linear models of the neuromuscular control system. For his Ph.D. research, he developed and successfully validated a novel method for studying the step-to-step changes in human walking (J Biomech 28: 347-351, 1995) and discovered the presence of power-law scaling in the apparently random fluctuations in the stride interval (J Appl Physiol 78: 349-358, 1995). Of particular note, the Biomedical Engineering Society of North America honored Dr. Hausdorff with the 1996 Whitaker Young Investigator Award ``in recognition of originality and ingenuity in biomedical research'' for his work on the bio-dynamics of human gait.
Since 1990, Dr. Hausdorff has worked in the Departments of Gerontology and Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has investigated cardiovascular regulation and its changes with aging and disease (e.g., Am J Cardiol 72: 1077-1079, 1993; J Gerontol 50: M169-M172, 1995) and has been developing new ways to study and analyze heart rate dynamics and related physiologic signals (e.g., Phys Rev Lett 70: 1343-1346, 1993; IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 42: 411-415, 1995). In 1992, he began development of a system for simultaneous monitoring of the ECG and walking rate ( Am J Cardiol 70: 1064-1071, 1992).