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Valentine named Vanderbilt faculty liaison with ORNL

Nov. 8, 2019—The Oak Ridge National Laboratory collaboration with Vanderbilt University will grow stronger through a new faculty liaison—a School of Engineering professor—and enhanced management of travel assistance awards. Jason Valentine, associate professor of mechanical and electrical engineering, is the new faculty liaison and will carry on the collaborations established by Carlos Lopez, assistant professor of biochemistry and biomedical informatics....

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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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Biophotonics device for parathyroid ID wins R&D 100 Award

Oct. 28, 2019—An optical imaging technology developed by Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Biomedical Engineering Anita Mahadevan-Jansen and her group, in partnership with a medical device company, has won a 2019 R&D 100 Award. The R&D 100 Awards honor 100 top innovations of the prior year, as selected by a panel of expert judges, and is in...

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Alert system for failing nuclear plant pipes uses thin films and sound vibrations

Oct. 24, 2019—A failing pipe can be tough to spot. It may cause a puddle, produce another sign of damage, or simply burst before detection. A flooded kitchen or laundry room is messy and inconvenient, but the stakes are much, much higher in nuclear power plants – which on average contain many miles of pipeline. As concern...

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Vanderbilt team ready for live DARPA spectrum challenge championship in L.A.; Winner will get $2 million

Oct. 17, 2019—Top prize in round one in 2017, second place in round two in 2018, and a prediction to cinch one of the top three spots in the live championship round of the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge, Vanderbilt’s MarmotE team will be ready to match radios and wits with nine other finalists. Learn More MarmotE With...

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Smart City project gives Nashville data-based planning tools

Oct. 17, 2019—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a vortex—and this one has nothing to do with icy, polar weather. Working with the Nashville Fire Department and Davidson County Information Technology Services, a team of Vanderbilt computer scientists and engineers analyzed more than three years of NFD incident data. The team looked at location, time and type of incidents...

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