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Robot prototype shows promise for microsurgery on eyes and aneurysms

Nov. 14, 2019—A new continuum robot designed by Vanderbilt engineers achieves multi-scale motion and may open up a huge world of previously impossible complex microsurgeries. The robot is capable of providing both a large macro motion workspace as necessary for surgical intervention and a small micro motions workspace with motion resolutions of 1 micron or less. For...

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Peter Cummings is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

Nov. 13, 2019—Peter T. Cummings, John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering and the School of Engineering’s associate dean for research, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The designation FRSC is given to an elected Fellow who has made outstanding contributions to chemistry. Cummings is a globally recognized expert in molecular modeling...

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Chemical engineering undergraduates win top prizes at AIChE annual meeting

Nov. 12, 2019—Four chemical engineering students won top prizes in the 2019 Undergraduate Student Poster Competition Nov. 10, 2019, at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Two students also won special university chapter awards. More than 350 students presented their research in poster format in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Orlando, Florida....

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Clare McCabe elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Nov. 12, 2019—Clare McCabe, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She was recognized today at the 2019 AIChE annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Fellow is the highest grade of membership awarded by the AICHE and is achieved only through election by the organization’s Board...

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Vanderbilt Rocketeers take on the 2020 NASA Space Robotics Challenge

Nov. 7, 2019—NASA is challenging college and university rocket teams to design solutions for its proposed manned and unmanned planetary missions to the Moon and beyond. The agency is committed to landing American astronauts, including the first woman, on the Moon by 2024 through its Artemis exploration program. A 25-member engineering team—13 seniors, 9 undergraduates and three...

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How to fake a medical record in order to mitigate privacy risks

Nov. 4, 2019—In machine learning, generative adversarial networks (GANs) involve two artificial neural networks squaring off, one, the generator, trying to delude the other, the discriminator, into accepting synthetic data as real. Beyond their science and engineering applications, GANs can generate utterly convincing “photographs” of people who do not exist. Unrestricted use on a wide scale of...

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Vanderbilt team wins $1M in DARPA spectrum challenge finale

Oct. 29, 2019—  In a final five-minute flurry, MarmotE watched its lead slip. At the buzzer, the team placed second and won $1 million in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge. The team of four current and former Vanderbilt researchers have worked together since 2016 to create an AI-radio system that can manage the wireless spectrum, finding unused...

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Art-themed, 36-hour hackathon will draw hundreds of students to Vanderbilt Nov. 1-3

Oct. 24, 2019—In a twist that turns hacking into art, VandyHacks VI will engage more than 550 students from Vanderbilt and Southern and Midwest schools in its hackathon—a 36-hour invention marathon—beginning Friday evening on Nov. 1 and ending Sunday, Nov. 3. Hacking in this context brings together creative thinkers, programmers, designers, builders and more for an intense...

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