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Data science workshops open to Vanderbilt community

Sep. 17, 2021—The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute is offering a number of workshops this fall open to students, faculty and community members to familiarize them with data science tools. Workshops take place in Classroom 2001A of the Sony Building located at 1400 18th Avenue South. Some sessions also may have a virtual Zoom option. The workshops are:...

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School of Engineering announces 14 faculty appointments

Sep. 16, 2021—Ten CS faculty join school in first year of Destination Vanderbilt: Computer Science initiative The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering announces the appointment of 14 faculty members to its full-time teaching staff, which includes 10 new computer science faculty members appointed during the first year of the Destination Vanderbilt: Computer Science initiative, part of a $100 million university...

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Technologies can help drivers maintain the two-second rule to improve road safety and traffic flow

Sep. 16, 2021—By Marissa Shapiro The two-second rule, taught in driver’s ed classes across the country, is a rule of thumb that helps drivers maintain a safe distance from the car ahead at any speed. Adhering to the two-second rule can be difficult. A team of engineers led by Dan Work, associate professor of civil and environmental...

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Landmark study examines decarbonization of U.S. inland waterways

Sep. 7, 2021—Sept. 23 webinar to cover challenges, options for inland fleet A landmark new report by Vanderbilt transportation and environmental engineers looks toward decarbonization of U.S. waterways and evaluates the potential for possible future propulsion technologies and alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions. The comprehensive study, the first to examine the U.S. inland waterway system through...

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Vanderbilt, TDOT partner to make 6 miles of I-24 the world’s smartest roadway

Sep. 2, 2021—Project to test automated vehicles, use 3D image processing, improve traffic flow Dan Work, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, leads the technical element in collaboration with Vanderbilt, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and transportation consulting firm Gresham Smith to build the smartest roadway in the world along a six-mile stretch of I-24. The...

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Tennessee flash floods are an example of climate change impacts to come

Aug. 25, 2021—The historic rain and flash flooding that swept central Tennessee on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, devastated the small city of Waverly, about 60 miles west of Nashville. A flash flood watch issued Friday quickly became a “flash flood emergency” Saturday. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Humphreys County officials said 20 people died and all those missing had been accounted...

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Research Snapshot: How will the global community react if vulnerable nations pioneer solar radiation geoengineering

Aug. 24, 2021—By Marissa Shapiro THE IDEA Jonathan Gilligan (John Russell) Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences and civil and environmental engineering, and a group of international researchers have illustrated potential international conflicts over climate change. One of a larger group of studies, this work engaged in a role-playing scenario set in 2040 in...

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$1.2 million Pathfinder Project award expands VU-Army partnership

Aug. 23, 2021—Army Futures Command backs development of soft exoskeleton for soldiers Army Futures Command recently awarded Vanderbilt University its inaugural Pathfinder Project, a one-year, $1.2 million investment from the Army Research Laboratory and the Civil-Military Innovation Institute Inc. to support collaborations between researchers and creative soldiers to rapidly innovate high-impact, research-based technologies with a path to commercialization and...

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