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Nation’s most senior African-American female roboticist in higher ed to deliver Chambers Lecture Sept. 25

Sep. 15, 2017—As one of the nation’s most recognized female roboticists, Ayanna Howard has designed SnoMote robots to study the impact of global warming on Antarctic ice shelves and created artificial intelligence-powered STEM apps to teach children with autism how to play Angry Birds. She has overseen nearly 50 projects in a dozen years at Georgia Tech....

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Vanderbilt engineer: Rethinking where/if to rebuild after Hurricanes Irma, Harvey

Sep. 14, 2017—Media Note: Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio. The studio is free for Vanderbilt experts, other than reserving fiber time. More information » Though our natural instinct is to put everything back exactly where it was before a disaster, Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Center...

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NSF Convergence grant to improve insight, data on learner-technology interaction

Sep. 13, 2017—Learning is layered, with cognitive, physiological, emotional and societal components. Technology, especially the increasing use of new sensing devices and interactive machines, adds complexity as well as opportunity – yet little research has been done on how best to measure what works. A collaboration between Vanderbilt School of Engineering and North Carolina State University aims...

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AI that thinks like people with autism will benefit software and learning tools

Sep. 6, 2017—A computer on the third floor of Vanderbilt’s Featheringill Hall scans geometric patterns, deciding which missing shapes would most likely fit in. It fills in those blanks about as well as a human 17-year-old would, and it’s getting smarter, thanks to a study of the way certain people on the autism spectrum see the world....

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Valentine wins Chancellor’s research award; Paschal recognized for 25 years of service

Aug. 26, 2017—Jason Valentine, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was one of five Vanderbilt professors who won a Chancellor’s Award for Research this week. The award recognizes excellence in works published or presented in the last three calendar years. Recipients also received $2,000 and an engraved pewter julep cup. Associate Dean Cynthia Paschal was among about 30 faculty members...

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Racing the eclipse, backup balloon sends striking video

Aug. 22, 2017—A second high-altitude weather balloon rose yesterday from a Vanderbilt garage rooftop to the edge of space to live-stream video of the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. After losing the first balloon to high winds, mechanical engineering graduate student Adam Jarrell and the NASA eclipse project team quickly attached the...

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Cancer-fighting T cells smarter, stronger than experts thought

Aug. 20, 2017—Vanderbilt engineers have made a significant leap toward developing killer T cells to attack cancer tumors by “nudging” them into action with far less evidence of disease than previously thought. Now, researchers will look for T cells that demonstrate potential for the strongest binding when they’re flung at damaged cells. The work by Vanderbilt University...

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Engineering professor builds his own super suit to reduce back stress

Aug. 1, 2017—TV infomercials offer a world of potential solutions for back pain, but most of them have at least one of three problems — they’re unproven, unworkable or just plain unattractive. A team of Vanderbilt University engineers is changing that with a design that combines the science of biomechanics and advances in wearable tech to create...

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