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July, 2022

Artificial intelligence researchers win international “social good” award for tool designed to optimize childhood vaccinations in Nigeria

Jul. 29, 2022—A team of Vanderbilt computer scientists, working in collaboration with Google Research and a global aid organization, HelpMum, received top honors in the “social good” category for a paper describing a new tool designed to optimize childhood health and wellness in Nigeria at the 2022 International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Organization (IJCAI). Institute for...

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Janey Camp to lead Vanderbilt Engineering center focused on transportation research

Jul. 28, 2022—Janey Camp has been named the director of the Vanderbilt Engineering Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR) where interdisciplinary groups work on a variety of transportation and infrastructure resilience projects using groundbreaking applications and risk management practices. “It is an absolute honor to move into this leadership role for VECTOR at such an exciting time...

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Vanderbilt computer science professor seeks to make existing car systems smarter as part of $6 million NSF grant

Jul. 27, 2022—Jonathan Sprinkle, a computer science professor at Vanderbilt University, is among seven principal investigators using a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to explore a new way to engineer cyber-physical systems (CPS). Examples of CPSs—which involve algorithms, networks and physical components—include smart power grids, implantable medical devices and transportation technology such as self-driving...

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Simaan tapped as co-editor of IEEE special issue on surgical robots

Jul. 27, 2022—Mechanical Engineering Professor Nabil Simaan was named a co-editor of a special issue on surgical robotics for Proceedings of the IEEE. The July 2022 special issue, “Surgical Robotics and Computer-Integrated Interventional Medicine,” provides a research overview of the major applications and enabling technologies in the growing field of surgical robotics. In the 15 years since...

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Benjamin Dysart was a leader in the nation’s conservation community

Jul. 13, 2022—Scientific adviser to federal and international agencies and former president of the National Wildlife Federation, Benjamin C. Dysart III, BE ‘61, MS ’64 in civil engineering, died July 9 in Nashville, Tennessee. Dysart, 82, was a professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University from 1968 to 1990, when he...

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Sanjiv Gokhale named Engineering Endowed Director of Construction Management

Jul. 11, 2022—Sanjiv Gokhale, professor of the practice of civil engineering and longtime director of the Construction Management graduate program, has been named the Engineering Endowed Director of Construction Management, effective July 1, 2022. Gokhale joined the Vanderbilt civil engineering faculty as a visiting associate professor in 2001. In 2003, he was appointed associate professor of the...

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Vanderbilt named No. 1 in Fortune’s 2022 Best Online Master’s in Computer Science Programs

Jul. 11, 2022—The online master’s program in the School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science ranked No. 1 in Fortune magazine’s inaugural survey of online CS graduate programs. The 2022 list was released July 8. Fortune ranked 13 online CS master’s across the U.S. based on three components: selectivity (50%); successful completion (30%); and demand (20%).  Vanderbilt’s 30 credit-hour program had one...

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Paul Laibinis is chair of the Department Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Jul. 5, 2022—Paul E. Laibinis has been named chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, effective July 1. He succeeds Professor Kane Jennings, who served as department chair for nine years. Laibinis, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has served as associate chair and director of undergraduate studies in the department. He is a faculty...

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