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Hundreds of students produce tech marvels at VandyHacks IV

Oct. 23, 2017—From a digital walking stick that uses sound and vibrations to a cyber security program dubbed Magnifirewall, from a better bank bot to interactive games, the projects at VandyHacks IV ranged from practical to whimsical to horrifying. The horror was intentional as several teams produced shiver-inducing programs for popular virtual reality and gaming platforms. Seventy...

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CPS verification expert wins Air Force young investigator research award

Oct. 20, 2017—Taylor T. Johnson, an assistant professor of computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering, has been recognized with an early career award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He will receive a three-year grant to work on formal verification for cyber-physical systems (CPS) that is understandable and reusable. The $450,000 grant is part...

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Collaborative efforts attract Stanford chemical engineer to Vanderbilt

Oct. 20, 2017—The regimen is all too familiar for those battling breast cancer and for their loved ones: tough rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The patient goes on to live a long, cancer-free life when that regimen works. Marjan Rafat studies when it doesn’t. The assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering comes to Vanderbilt in...

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Wikswo group tech licensed by UK company for organ-on-chip products

Oct. 18, 2017—A biotechnology company based in the United Kingdom has licensed three patents and applications from Vanderbilt University for its Organs-on-Chips products. CN Bio Innovations Ltd., a spinoff from Oxford University, secured a combination of exclusive and non-exclusive rights to microfluid technologies developed by Professor John Wikswo, Gordon A. Cain University and his group. Wikswo, a...

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VISE team wins $1.4 million NIH grant to reboot robotic surgery system

Oct. 17, 2017—A Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) team is developing an image guidance interface for the da Vinci robotic surgery system to make partial kidney removal a less invasive “gold standard” when small tumors are involved. In such cases, removing part of a kidney with minimally invasive robotic surgery is often best for a...

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Autism & Innovation center to help people with ASD find meaningful work

Oct. 16, 2017—A new Vanderbilt center that includes the dean of the School of Engineering aims to create a model pipeline to assist adults on the autism spectrum find meaningful and gainful employment while enhancing local business innovation. The Center for Autism & Innovation (VCAI) brings together academic researchers, educators, employers, philanthropists and community organizers to address one of...

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Sztipanovits co-leads international effort to build social values into the Internet of Things

Oct. 11, 2017—The proliferation of smart devices has jump-started another profound technological transformation and created an opportunity to better marry these cyber physical systems with societal norms to minimize social disruption. That’s the idea behind an ambitious new international, interdisciplinary project to develop and test the concept of incorporating social norms, policies and values into the basic...

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Opening more doors for computer science majors to study around the world

Oct. 10, 2017—A surge in computer science majors has sparked a concerted effort to review more CS programs abroad. “Our CS program is exploding,” said Engineering Associate Dean Cynthia Paschal. “We’ve spent the better part of a year working Isabelle Crist, assistant director of operations in the Vanderbilt’s Global Education Office, on course reviews and program evaluations...

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