Oliver Saunders Wilder*, Ph.D.


Northeastern University Boston, MA

Bouvé College of Health Science & College of Computer and Information Science

Ph.D. in Personal Health Informatics — 2012 to 2017

Transdisciplinary Ph.D. program joint between Bouvé College of Health Science and College of Computer and Information Science combining, health, computer science, and design

  • Research interests: Computational Behavioral Science, Wearable Sensing, Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Dissertation: Quantitative Assessment of Socio-Affective Dynamics in Autism Using Interpersonal Physiology
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Advisor Professor Matthew S. Goodwin

Harvard University Cambridge, MA

Bachelor of Liberal Arts, in Extension Studies (cum laude) — June, 2009

  • Concentration in Psychology
  • Citation (minor) in Engineering
  • Member of Phi Beta Honor Society

Special Student, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences — 2007 to 2009

Simons Postdoctoral Fellow MIT Media Lab & Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT — 2017 to Present

Continuing my doctoral work leveraging innovative technology for psychological and neuroscience research, I am working to further develop, validate, and disseminate tools and methods to enable the use of interpersonal physiological synchrony measures by researchers conducting both basic and translational research into social and affective functioning in ASD.

Founder and Principal Intuitools — 2009 to 2012

Design and develop iOS software for education, with a focus on supporting child and teacher development. Recent projects include iScaffold for iPad, an interactive multimedia application for teachers and educational coaches for the Tools of the Mind curriculum to access curriculum content. For more information see iScaffold.net

Product Manager Affectiva, Inc. — 2009 to 2012

Building on technology I helped to develop as part of the iCalm project, I was hired by Affectiva's founders as the first employee to oversee all aspects of taking the iCalm technology from a university prototype to a high-quality commercial product sold to hundreds of researchers and clinicians around the world. Through this process I redesigned and re-engineered the device to make it robust, affordable to manufacture, comfortable, easy-to-use, and oversaw the design and deployment of software tools to simplify management, viewing, and analysis of physiology data recorded by the newly branded Q Sensor. As the company grew, I assumed the role of Product Manager for the entire Q Sensor product line, overseeing a five person engineering team that included electrical engineers, software engineers, and digital signal processing scientists. As Product Manager, I also worked closely with customers including researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Stanford University, the Palo Alto Veterans Administration, Yale University, and the Sensory Processing Foundation to determine requirements and design features to serve a diverse customer base, including many autism researchers, and to provide guidance on best practices in ambulatory psychophysiology research.

Research Assistant Affective Computing Group, MIT Media Lab — 2008 to 2009

Part of a small engineering team designing and implementing wearable wireless physiological sensing system (iCalm) for use in psychological research on emotion. Duties included circuit design, circuit board layout, design for manufacture, and testing and assembly of physiological sensing units. This work led to a journal article on which I am a co-author, a utility patent on which I am an inventor, and a an MIT spin-out company of which I was a founding employee.

* Formerly Oliver Wilder-Smith

Teaching Assistant Harvard Extension School — 2004 to Present

Teaching Assistant for E-123a Analog Electronic Design, ENSC E-123 Digital Electronic Design courses. Responsibilities include leading review sections, assisting in weekly lab sessions, responding to student questions, and grading and commenting on weekly homework and exams.

Research Assistant Gilbert Lab, Psychology Department Harvard University — 2007 to 2008

Assisted with research on affective forecasting and decision-making under the supervision of Professor Daniel Gilbert. Responsibilities included conducting experiments, entering and analyzing data using SPSS.

Assistant Counselor Academy of Physical and Social Development — 2004 to 2009

Worked with children grades 1-6 with special needs (including children on the autism spectrum, and children diagnosed with ADHD) leading cooperative games designed to support social and emotional development. One year of internship, then hired as a paid employee in 2005. For more information about this organization see http://www.academymetrowest.com/.

Teaching Assistant Harvard College — 2006 to 2009

Teaching Assistant for P-123 Analog and Digital Electronic Circuit Design course. Responsibilities included leading review sections, assisting in weekly lab sessions, responding to student questions, and grading and commenting on weekly homework and exams.

Teaching Assistant Harvard Summer School — 2006 to 2009

Teaching Assistant for S-123 Analog and Digital Electronic Circuit Design Course. Responsibilities included leading review sections, running weekly lab sessions, responding to student questions, and grading and commenting on weekly homework and exams.

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching — April, 2008

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

Dean's List — 2004 to 2008

Harvard Extension School

Derek Bok Public Service Prize — June, 2006

Harvard Extension School

Washable, Wearable, Biosensor — US Pat. App. No. 12/386,348 Issued March 20, 2012

Biosensor With Pressure Compensation — US Pat. App. No. 12/905,636, Issued November, 13 2012

Method for Biosensor Usage With Pressure Compensation — US Pat. App. No. 13/674,325, Issued March, 12 2013

Analysis of physiology based on electrodermal activity — US Pat. App. No. 13/624,894, Filed September 22, 2012

Mental State Analysis Using Web Services — US Pat. App. No. 61/352,166, Filed June 7, 2010

Biosensor Module with Automatic Power On Capability — US Pat. App. No. 12/840,074, Filed July 20, 2010

Biosensor Module with Leadless Contacts — US Pat. App. No. 12/905,560, Filed October, 15 2010

Sharing Affect Data Across a Social Network — US Pat. App. No. 61/414,451, Filed November 17, 2010

Using Affect Within a Gaming Context — US Pat. App. No. 1336648, Filed February 12, 2012

Visualization of Affect Responses to Videos — US Pat. App. No. 61/447,089 Filed February 27, 2011

Video Recommendation Based On Affect — US Pat. App. No. 61/447,464 Filed February 28, 2011

Clinical Analysis Using Electrodermal Activity — US Pat. App. No. 13/624,898 Filed September 22, 2012

Journal Publications

Fletcher R.R., Dobson K., Goodwin M.S., Eydgahi H., Wilder-Smith O., Fernholz D., Kuboyama Y., Hedman E., Poh M.-Z., Picard R.W. iCalm: wearable sensor and network architecture for wirelessly communicating and logging autonomic activity — IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 2010 14(2): 215‐223

Hedman, E., Wilder-Smith, O., Goodwin, M.S., Poh, M.-Z., Fletcher, R., Picard, R. iCalm: Measuring electrodermal activity in almost any setting — 3rd International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, 2009 pp.1-2, 10-12

Chaspari, T., Goodwin, M., Wilder-Smith, O., Gulsrud, A., Mucchetti, C., Kasari, C., & Narayanan, S. (2014, May). A non-homogeneous Poisson process model of skin conductance responses integrated with observed regulatory behaviors for Autism intervention. In Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2014 IEEE International Conference on (pp. 1611-1615). IEEE.

Palumbo, R. V, Marraccini, M., Weyandt, L., Wilder-Smith, O., Liu, S., McGee, H., & Goodwin, M. S. (2016). Interpersonal Physiology: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Personality and Social Psychology Review.

Conference Presentations

Wilder-Smith, O., J. C. Sullivan, R. V. Palumbo, C. DiStefano, A. Gulsrud, C. K. McCracken, C. Kasari and M.S. Goodwin, Quantitative Assessment of Socio-Affective Dynamics in Autism Using Interpersonal Physiology International Meeting For Autism Research, Baltimore, MD. May, 2016

O. Saunders Wilder, J. Sullivan, R. V. Palumbo, & M. S. Goodwin, Physiological Synchrony and Interpersonal Processes: How Shared Physiology Shapes Interaction. Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention 2018, Atlanta, GA. March, 2018

Wilder-Smith, O. & Goodwin, M.S. EDA Toolkit: A browser-based tool for viewing multimodal physiological and behavioral data 4th Annual Meeting of NSF Expeditions in Computer Science: Computational Behavioral Science. October, 2013

O. Saunders Wilder, J. Sullivan, K. Johnson, R. V. Palumbo, C. Cumpanasiou, R. Picard and M. S. Goodwin, Dyadic Physiological Interdependence And Social Reciprocity In ASD International Meeting For Autism Research, Rotterdam, Netherlands. May, 2018 (accepted)

O. Saunders Wilder, Social Emotional Differences in ASD, Guest Lecture for Autism Theory & Technology Course, MIT. March 2018

O. Saunders Wilder, Affective Computing in the Classroom: Theory, Methods, and Technology, Measuring and Assessing Skills Conference, Center for the Economics of Human Development, University of Chicago, February 2018

O. Saunders Wilder, Measuring Emotion and Its Physiology In Social Interaction, Guest Lecture for Affective Computing Course, MIT. November 2017

Wilder-Smith, O. (March, 2013) Physiological Measurement In Empirical Research: Theory, Technology, & Best Practices Guest lecture for Empirical Research Methods, Northeastern University.

Wilder-Smith, O. (April, 2011) An Introduction to Measuring Emotion: Theory, Technology, and Best Practices. Guest lecture for Measuring the User Experience, Bentley University.

Embedded Systems Design/Prototyping

Skill Experience Level
Microcontrollers (AVR, ARM)6 Years
Analog/digital electronics (wireless, filtering, mixed signal)6 Years
PCB layout and design (2 and 4 layer boards)3 Years
Reflow soldering3 Years


Skill Experience Level
C, C for Embedded Targets (AVR, ARM7)6 Years
Assembler (Intel)6 Years
Javascript, HTML, CSS4 Years
ActionScript w/ Flex Framework1 Year
Objective C, iOS development4 Years
Android Development1 Year
Python4 Years
Ruby on Rails1 Year
Java1 Year


Skill Experience Level
Laser Cutting6 Months
Water Jet6 Months


Skill Experience Level
Adobe Illustrator CS53 Years
Adobe Photoshop CS53 Years
Adobe InDesign CS51 Year
  • PSY E-15 Introduction to Psychology— 2003
  • PSY E-1240 Abnormal Psychology— 2005
  • PSY E-2488 Theories of Psychotherapy— 2006
  • PSY E-1604a Foundations of Neuropsychology— 2006
  • PSY E-1410 Psychopharmacology of Drug and Alcohol Abuse— 2006
  • PSY 16 Developmental Psychology: Psychology of Early Childhood— 2007
  • PSY 1150 Perception— 2007
  • BIOL E-106 Neurobiology— 2006
  • STAT E-102 Introduction to Biostatistics— 2006
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • PHYS 123 Introduction to Analog and Digital Electronic Design— 2003
  • CS E-50a Introduction to Computer Science Using Java— 2005
  • 6.976 Nextlab: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users (at MIT)— 2008
  • CS 263 Wireless Sensor Networks— 2009
User Experience Design
  • 6.813 User Interface Design (at MIT)— 2009