Prof. Higgins is the author of more than 50 publications and has been honored as a member of the 2012 and 2013 "Nifty fifty", a "Leading Edge" researcher, a da Vinci
Fellow, and a visiting faculty member at a number of institutions. Prof. Higgins has received multiple teaching awards, and has been interviewed countless times for television, radio, and newspaper articles.
His research involves an intersection between neuroscience (study of the brain) and electrical engineering (electronic circuits) which sometimes involves interfacing living brains with robots. You can read more in this 2012 bio from the Nifty Fifty.