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October 2020 Category

Minimizing risks in wind and solar power forecasts

Oct. 1, 2020—RISK, RELIABILITY AND RESILIANCE Team will model time horizons from 15 minutes to 24 hours The price for electricity on the wholesale market fluctuates every five minutes based on demand. Adding renewable energy to the mix greatly complicates matters. Historical methods that predict supply and demand are not accurate. Supply varies as the wind blows,...

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Customized CI programming targets improved auditory nerve stimulation

Oct. 1, 2020—Cochlear implants can help someone with serious hearing loss better understand human speech, converse on the phone, enjoy music and watch television. When successful, the device allows a user to perceive different types of sounds, such as doors slamming and dogs barking. In the United States, however, it is estimated that only 10 percent of...

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Electronics institute advances employer partnerships and undergraduate training

Oct. 1, 2020—The Institute for Space and Defense Electronics is answering a market need for highly specialized knowledge at two distinct but vital points—training for radiation effects engineers and internships for undergraduates in a subject usually reserved for graduate students. As the largest academic program of its kind in the U.S., ISDE is uniquely positioned to meet such...

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Evaluating maritime transportation amid climate uncertainty

Oct. 1, 2020—As the Arctic ocean responds to a warming climate it becomes a less icy, more viable and eventually more convenient shipping route. Maybe. Vanderbilt researchers are analyzing whether the Northern Sea Route that runs along the border of northern Russia is quicker and less costly to shippers, and weighing environmental concerns that could exacerbate already...

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Run 50% faster—with a spring in your step 

Oct. 1, 2020—Running feet take turns hovering in the air for the briefest of moments. During that time, the airborne foot does nothing to advance the cause of running. But what if it could? A pair of Vanderbilt engineers has proposed a pogo stick-like device that takes advantage of the airtime, allowing humans to run nearly twice...

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Closing out Navy project shows the many moving parts

Oct. 1, 2020—For her summer internship, a civil engineering major helped close out a huge construction project for the U.S. Navy.

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NIH backs team’s sustained work in T-cell immune response with $11 million P01 grant

Oct. 1, 2020—REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Parsing T-cell activation is precursor to manipulating immune response to better fight diseases For more than a decade Matt Lang and collaborators across the U.S. have worked to recreate key components of T-cells and how they know when to start fighting disease. Conventional wisdom suggested that T-cells formed regular, force-free bonds with infected...

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Automating CPS Engineering with AI co-designers

Oct. 1, 2020—Future cyber-physical systems will rely less on human control and more machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence processors. Smart grid, driver-assist and autonomous automobile systems, health and biomedical monitoring, smart cities, robotics systems, and new agricultural technologies are just a few CPS that interact with users in a lot of ways that change with context....

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