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‘Cyber-Physical Systems’

$5 million award boosts disease projection collaboration

Oct. 18, 2021—A massive collaboration to show how sensors and data streams can detect biological threats and predict future disease outbreaks has advanced with $5 million in federal funding over the next two years. The NSF Convergence Accelerator approved Computing the Biome for Phase 2 funding in September 2021. Vanderbilt School of Engineering has a lead role...

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Reinforcement Learning and data drive NASA air taxi project

Oct. 18, 2021—Before urban commuters take to the skies, a multi-institution team with Vanderbilt engineers and funded by NASA will develop and test the foundations of safety management for commercial, self-piloted air taxis. Such aircraft must communicate with each other. They must respond to hazards, from weather to equipment malfunction to “uncooperative” other aircraft to prevent collisions...

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$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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