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New $20 million AI Institute targets engaged learning and education

Jul. 29, 2021—Multi-institute NSF-funded project to create AI tools to radically improve STEM learning  Vanderbilt University engineering and education faculty are part of a new $20 million research institute funded by the National Science Foundation that aims to create artificial intelligence tools to advance human learning and education. The NSF AI Institute for Engaged Learning is one...

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$2.5 million NASA project will develop and test safety management for ‘air taxis’

Jun. 28, 2021—Multi-university team tackles safety systems for autonomous eVTOLs Vanderbilt engineers are part of a NASA-funded, multi-institution effort to develop safety systems for a mode of transportation that doesn’t exist yet—small, commercial, autonomous planes that move people by air between locations in large, crowded cities. The task is a formidable one with machine learning at its...

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Michael Goldfarb elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 8, 2020—Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. The NAI Fellows Selection Committee chose Goldfarb, also, a professor of electrical engineering and physical and medical rehabilitation, for demonstrating “a highly prolific spirit of...

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Researchers develop unique process for producing light-matter mixture

Dec. 7, 2020—Discovery provides insight for developing next generation optoelectronic and infrared devices In groundbreaking new research, an international team that includes a Vanderbilt engineer has developed a unique process for producing a quantum state that is part light and part matter. The discovery provides fundamental new insights for more efficiently developing the next generation of quantum-based...

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Vanderbilt-developed exosuit spotlighted at annual D.C. showcase

Dec. 6, 2020—A back-assist exoskeleton developed at Vanderbilt University that blends comfort, ease of use and accessibility for all and is built for maximum range of motion is being recognized by the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities for their annual innovation showcase. The maker of the exosuit, HeroWear, is one of...

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NSF seed grant supports biomanufacturing of new drug delivery technologies

Oct. 2, 2020—Vanderbilt researchers awarded one of NSF’s 24 new projects to drive future manufacturing One of the challenges of drug delivery systems is to optimize their targeting properties so therapeutic compounds used in smaller amounts reach only a specific area of the body and result in little or no side effects. The ability to engineer the...

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Vanderbilt computer scientists awarded NSF grant to restructure research’s road to the public

Sep. 22, 2020—Vanderbilt researchers have been awarded a National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator 2020 Cohort Phase 1 grant to create a standardized platform that will streamline the development, testing and dissemination of technology that can improve human health. The nine-month project, “Scalable, Traceable AI for Imaging Translation: Innovation to Implementation for Accelerated Impact (STRAIT I3),” looks specifically...

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Vanderbilt leads project to study applications of new Microsoft biothreat monitoring tech

Sep. 22, 2020—NSF Convergence grant involves data from global sensor network to predict pathogen outbreaks  Vanderbilt engineers are leading the academic component of a massive Microsoft project that combines robotics, genomics, big data collection—and mosquitos—to monitor the environment and detect potential pandemics and other threats before they cause widespread outbreaks. Microsoft announced today expansion of its PREMONITION program...

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