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‘Cyber-Physical Systems’

$8.7 million DARPA grant advances AI-assisted CPS design work

Oct. 4, 2020—A new, $8.7 million project—Design. R–AI-assisted CPS Design—involves pathbreaking work for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as 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...

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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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Adjusting bus capacity for COVID-19 protocols

Oct. 1, 2020—COVID-19 concerns pose distinct challenges for public transit providers. In an NSF-funded project, Vanderbilt engineers are applying artificial intelligence to analyze Nashville and Chattanooga bus occupancy as well as changes in overall demand for public transit. The goal is a real-time map of available seats within physical distancing protocols available for public use. Abhishek Dubey,...

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Vanderbilt leads green energy project to better manage microgrids and local energy systems

Oct. 1, 2020—Microgrids can be major sources of renewable energy—if they are managed properly. Solving energy management is more than flipping a switch or connecting and disconnecting to the main grid when necessary. Such actions require a high degree of precision, involving complex computer controls and logic. Gabor Karsai, professor of electrical engineering, computer science and computer...

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Rewriting how complex software evolves 

Oct. 1, 2020—Vanderbilt computer engineers are leading a nearly $9 million project to fundamentally change how complex software systems such as those used in airplanes, logistics, satellites, nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure evolve. They want to develop technologies that capture the intentions of software engineers and enable rapid code generation that supports continual adaptation and...

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Microtransit with major impact

Oct. 1, 2020—Two federal grants, $2.1 million from the NSF and $1.8 million from the DOE, are enabling engineers to reimagine how regional transit systems operate, making them more accessible and efficient. Both projects, headed by Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, are with the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority. As agencies attempt...

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Alumni brothers take on cybersecurity’s moving target

Aug. 7, 2020—Without warning, freezing-cold air blasts from the vents, the stereo screams heavy metal music at deafening decibels, your transmission dies and the doors won’t unlock. The good news is that your brand-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is not a lemon. The bad news is that you have been attacked by a hacker sitting on his living...

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Five graduate students named Eisenhower Fellows

Jan. 21, 2020—Five engineering Ph.D. students have received prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships and one of them was named the top Eisenhower Fellow in the U.S. The fellows were selected through a competitive process that included university panels and a national selection panel. The awards, up to $30,000 each, are made by the U.S. Department of...

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