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Researchers to test wearable tech to detect problem behaviors in children with disabilities and offer intervention strategies

Oct. 27, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have won a National Science Foundation grant to use wearable technologies to detect problem behaviors in children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and offer strategies to protect them from potential harm. Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are at increased risk of showing problem behavior that expose them to being...

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Novel advanced light design and fabrication process could revolutionize sensing technologies

Oct. 21, 2021—Vanderbilt and Penn State engineers have developed a novel approach to design and fabricate thin-film infrared light sources with near-arbitrary spectral output driven by heat, along with a machine learning methodology called inverse design that reduced the optimization time for these devices from weeks or months on a multi-core computer to a few minutes on...

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Landman awarded $2.6 million grant to improve Alzheimer’s patient management

Oct. 15, 2021—An electrical and computer engineering professor has received a $2.6 million NIH grant to improve the understanding of structural changes in the brains of people who have Alzheimer’s Disease. The goal is to identify opportunities for early intervention by developing more effective interventional strategies. Bennett Landman, who chairs the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,...

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New drug targets vascular inflammation, drastically improves vascular procedures’ long-term effectiveness

Oct. 12, 2021—By Aran Sullivan THE IDEA Cardiovascular procedures like bypass grafting and vessel stenting are some of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, but about half of them will require additional corrective measures, according to Craig Duvall, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and undergraduate director of biomedical engineering. The need for follow-up procedures is often...

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Chang receives $1.1 million grant to investigate brain-body connections, advance understanding of how brains age

Oct. 11, 2021—An assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering has received a $1.1 million NIH grant to investigate brain-body connections and advance understanding of aging in normal and pathological brains. Catie Chang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, leads the research team, which will focus on developing machine learning methods that can automatically reconstruct physiological...

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Vanderbilt and University of Tennessee-Knoxville win NSF Sustainable Regional Systems Research Network grant

Sep. 30, 2021—Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences, and Janey Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, have won a Sustainable Regional Systems Research Network grant from the National Science Foundation. Jonathan M. Gilligan (Vanderbilt University) Janey Camp (Vanderbilt University) With a grant of nearly $150,000, they and researchers from the University...

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Vanderbilt-led team selected by NSF Convergence Accelerator to continue developing predictive technology against biothreats

Sep. 23, 2021—Professor Janos Sztipanovits’ “Computing the Biome” convergent research team has been awarded a $5 million cooperative agreement to advance to phase 2 of the National Science Foundation’s 2020 Convergence Accelerator program. His team is developing technology to detect biological threats and predict disease outbreaks in major U.S. cities. Janos Sztipanovits (Daniel Dubois) “The Computing the...

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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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