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Equitable and Inclusive Communities

Responsive, Transparent and Engaged Safe Cities

Adaptive, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Mobility and Transportation

Session Leads: 

Jonathan Sprinkle, Computer Science, Faculty

Research Focus: Cyber-Physical Systems specifically autonomous vehicles

Prior relevant work: Department of Energy EERE/VTO, and National Science Foundation Cyber-Physical Systems 

Daniel Work, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty

Participants: 

Mark Abkowitz, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Civil Infrastructure Systems

Research Focus: extreme weather and climate change adaptation and resilience, smart cities - transportation mobility and safety

Prior relevant work: CMAQ awards to implement integrated transportation demand management, resilience vulnerability assessments, mainstreaming resilience in agency planning and operations, applying innovative information technologies to support risk assessment, management and communication

Aniruddha Gokhale, Computer Science, Faculty

Research Focus: Cloud computing, Distributed Systems, Cyber physical systems

Prior relevant work: Dynamic resource management for cloud and edge computing; model-driven engineering of large systems

Craig Philip, Director Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resilience (VECTOR)

Research Focus: Transport and infrastructure planning, sustainable resilience practices, Freight and Maritime Operations

Prior relevant work: Assessment of Pathways to Decarbonization in Transport sector, Port Resilience Guide

Corey Brady, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching & Learning, Peabody College

Research Focus: Interim Director LIVE Initiative (a collaboration between Education and Computer Science, focusing on supporting and studying learning in and of organizations and communities)

Prior relevant work: Agent-Based Modeling, Participatory Modeling and Simulation

Gautam Biswas, Computer Science, Professor

Research Focus: Smart Buildings and Buildings Energy Management, Fault-Tolerant Control of Complex Systems, STEM Education initiatives

Prior relevant work: Have worked on developing energy-efficient control for Vanderbilt office Buildings, Participated in a number of STEM educational studies at Metro Nashville Public schools

Michael Briggs, Transportation & Mobility (MoveVU), Assistant Director of Mobility

Research Focus: Vanderbilt's strategic transportation and mobility plan that supports the FutureVU comprehensive campus planning efforts. 

Prior relevant work: Implementation of MoveVU

Andrew Hostetler, Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor of the Practice of Social Studies Education, Secondary Education and Learning and Design programs

Research Focus: Teacher Education for Prospective Middle and High School Teachers; engaging young people in learning for social change in their community, and exploring public history in the community

Prior relevant work: Space Learning and Mobility Lab Research Team; Navigating Difficult Discourses

Meiyi Ma, Computer Science, Assistant Professor 

Research Focus: Developing safe, reliable, and robust AI systems for Smart Cities and Healthcare by integrating formal methods and deep learning approaches

Prior relevant work: develop safe, reliable, and robust AI systems for Smart Cities and Healthcare, including decision-making support systems, city service conflict detection and resolution, social-aware fairness and equity, cognitive assistant systems for human-in-the-loop smart cities, etc. 

Abhishek Dubey, Computer Science, Assistant Professor 

Research Focus: Transit Systems, Incident detection and Response, Sensor Integration, Big Data and Machine learning for urban infrastructure

Prior Relevant work: Transit-hub, Camera Monitoring of Traffic, Occupancy Prediction for Transit, Microtransit Algorithms, Incident detection and response across highways

Ahmad F. Taha, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Focus: Real-time control and monitoring of urban infrastructure (water, energy, transportation) with a focus on climate change, resilience, security, and efficiency of such infrastructure

Prior Relevant work: Designing computational algorithms to better understand how urban infrastructure operators in real-time, regulating water quality in drinking water networks, monitoring highways with connected and autonomous vehicles, traffic control on roads, to ensuring stable operations of renewables-heavy power systems

Ayan Mukhopadhyay, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Research Scientist

Research Focus: decision-making under uncertainty, robust machine learning, and fairness in data-driven modeling in the context of smart cities

Prior relevant work: applying AI to real-world problems, using AI to aid proactive emergency response, designing decentralized decision-making systems for emergency response, understanding how crowdsourced reports can be used to infer emergency scenarios, optimizing para-transit routing, evaluating fairness in micro-mobility and other forms of transit, and optimizing emergency response

Janey Camp, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Research Professor

Research Focus: applied, interdisciplinary research on infrastructure systems (transportation and water) and community resilience

Prior relevant work: work with all levels of government on a range of topics which are ultimately focused on improving resilience for communities. Key areas include flood hazard risk assessments and mitigation approach evaluations, multi-modal transportation infrastructure systems, water treatment plant operations under a changing climate, inland waterway disruption and resilience analysis

Erin Hafkenschiel, Executive Director of Mobility 

Research Focus: Mobility and transit planning and policy development. Issues of campus mobility infrastructure, parking policy and pricing, transportation behavior change, transportation demand management, and environmental sustainability.

Equitable and Inclusive Communities

Session Leads: 

Gautam Biswas, Computer Science, Professor

Research Focus: Smart Buildings and Buildings Energy Management, Fault-Tolerant Control of Complex Systems, STEM Education initiatives

Prior relevant work: Have worked on developing energy-efficient control for Vanderbilt office Buildings, Participated in a number of STEM educational studies at Metro Nashville Public schools

Akos Ledeczi, Professor, Computer Science

Research Focus: Introductory Computer Science Education and Broadening Participation in Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks with emphasis on acoustic shot detection and localization

Participants: 

Rogers Hall, Teaching and Learning, Professor

Research Focus: Participatory design research on space, learning, and mobility

Prior relevant work: In the SLaM Lab we have been developing "digital spatial story lines" that overlay city neighborhoods with media concerning public history (oral history, song, image and text related to cultural arts and social activism). This is a form of narrative mapping that invites community residents and youth to learn about the history of neighborhoods and to capture and share under-told stories. We have collaborated with the Jefferson Street Sound Museum, the Nashville Public Library, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Mark Abkowitz, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Civil Infrastructure Systems

Research Focus: extreme weather and climate change adaptation and resilience, smart cities - transportation mobility and safety

Prior relevant work: CMAQ awards to implement integrated transportation demand management, resilience vulnerability assessments, mainstreaming resilience in agency planning and operations, applying innovative information technologies to support risk assessment, management and communication

Craig Philip, Director Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resilience (VECTOR)

Research Focus: Transport and infrastructure planning, sustainable resilience practices, Freight and Maritime Operations

Prior relevant work: Assessment of Pathways to Decarbonization in Transport sector, Port Resilience Guide

Hasina Mohyuddin, HOD, Asst. Dean, Peabody EDI; Research Assoc.; Lecturer

Prior relevant work: Digital Inclusion Needs Assessment with the Nashville Digital Inclusion Taskforce

Corey Brady, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching & Learning, Peabody College

Research Focus: Interim Director LIVE Initiative (a collaboration between Education and Computer Science, focusing on supporting and studying learning in and of organizations and communities)

Prior relevant work: Agent-Based Modeling, Participatory Modeling and Simulation

Andrew Hostetler, Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor of the Practice of Social Studies Education, Secondary Education and Learning and Design programs

Research Focus: Teacher Education for Prospective Middle and High School Teachers; engaging young people in learning for social change in their community, and exploring public history in the community

Prior relevant work: Space Learning and Mobility Lab Research Team; Navigating Difficult Discourses

Meiyi Ma, Computer Science, Assistant Professor 

Research Focus: Developing safe, reliable, and robust AI systems for Smart Cities and Healthcare by integrating formal methods and deep learning approaches

Prior relevant work: develop safe, reliable, and robust AI systems for Smart Cities and Healthcare, including decision-making support systems, city service conflict detection and resolution, social-aware fairness and equity, cognitive assistant systems for human-in-the-loop smart cities, etc. 

Ayan Mukhopadhyay, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Research Scientist

Research Focus: decision-making under uncertainty, robust machine learning, and fairness in data-driven modeling in the context of smart cities

Prior relevant work: applying AI to real-world problems, using AI to aid proactive emergency response, designing decentralized decision-making systems for emergency response, understanding how crowdsourced reports can be used to infer emergency scenarios, optimizing para-transit routing, evaluating fairness in micro-mobility and other forms of transit, and optimizing emergency response

Janey Camp, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Research Professor

Research Focus: applied, interdisciplinary research on infrastructure systems (transportation and water) and community resilience

Prior relevant work: work with all levels of government on a range of topics which are ultimately focused on improving resilience for communities. Key areas include flood hazard risk assessments and mitigation approach evaluations, multi-modal transportation infrastructure systems, water treatment plant operations under a changing climate, inland waterway disruption and resilience analysis

Responsive, Transparent and Engaged Safe Cities

Session Leads: 

Abhishek Dubey, Computer Science, Assistant Professor 

Research Focus: Transit Systems, Incident detection and Response, Sensor Integration, Big Data and Machine learning for urban infrastructure

Prior Relevant Work: Crowd-sourced Incident detection, Incident Prediction across highways, Incident and emergency response management

Hiba Baroud, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Assistant Professor

Research: Risk analysis, machine learning, network analysis. Applications in infrastructure risk and resilience modeling.

Prior relevant work: prediction of highway incidents, risk-based decision making for pedestrian safety, infrastructure interdependencies, disaster management. 

Participants: 

Rogers Hall, Teaching and Learning, Professor

Research Focus: Participatory design research on space, learning, and mobility

Prior relevant work: In the SLaM Lab we have been developing "digital spatial story lines" that overlay city neighborhoods with media concerning public history (oral history, song, image and text related to cultural arts and social activism). This is a form of narrative mapping that invites community residents and youth to learn about the history of neighborhoods and to capture and share under-told stories. We have collaborated with the Jefferson Street Sound Museum, the Nashville Public Library, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Mark Abkowitz, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Civil Infrastructure Systems

Research Focus: extreme weather and climate change adaptation and resilience, smart cities - transportation mobility and safety

Prior relevant work: CMAQ awards to implement integrated transportation demand management, resilience vulnerability assessments, mainstreaming resilience in agency planning and operations, applying innovative information technologies to support risk assessment, management and communication

Akos Ledeczi, Professor, Computer Science

Research Focus: Introductory Computer Science Education and Broadening Participation in Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks with emphasis on acoustic shot detection and localization

Craig Philip, Director Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resilience (VECTOR)

Research Focus: Transport and infrastructure planning, sustainable resilience practices, Freight and Maritime Operations

Prior relevant work: Assessment of Pathways to Decarbonization in Transport sector, Port Resilience Guide

Hasina Mohyuddin, HOD, Asst. Dean, Peabody EDI; Research Assoc.; Lecturer

Prior relevant work: Digital Inclusion Needs Assessment with the Nashville Digital Inclusion Taskforce

Meiyi Ma, Computer Science, Assistant Professor 

Research Focus: Developing safe, reliable, and robust AI systems for Smart Cities and Healthcare by integrating formal methods and deep learning approaches

Prior relevant work: develop safe, reliable, and robust AI systems for Smart Cities and Healthcare, including decision-making support systems, city service conflict detection and resolution, social-aware fairness and equity, cognitive assistant systems for human-in-the-loop smart cities, etc. 

Paul W. Speer, Professor and Chair, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Ayan Mukhopadhyay, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Research Scientist

Research Focus: decision-making under uncertainty, robust machine learning, and fairness in data-driven modeling in the context of smart cities

Prior relevant work: applying AI to real-world problems, using AI to aid proactive emergency response, designing decentralized decision-making systems for emergency response, understanding how crowdsourced reports can be used to infer emergency scenarios, optimizing para-transit routing, evaluating fairness in micro-mobility and other forms of transit, and optimizing emergency response

Adaptive, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Session Leads: 

Janey Camp, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Research Professor

Research Focus: applied, interdisciplinary research on infrastructure systems (transportation and water) and community resilience

Prior relevant work: work with all levels of government on a range of topics which are ultimately focused on improving resilience for communities. Key areas include flood hazard risk assessments and mitigation approach evaluations, multi-modal transportation infrastructure systems, water treatment plant operations under a changing climate, inland waterway disruption and resilience analysis

Jonathan Gilligan , Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor

Participants: 

Mark Abkowitz, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Civil Infrastructure Systems

Research Focus: extreme weather and climate change adaptation and resilience, smart cities - transportation mobility and safety

Prior relevant work: CMAQ awards to implement integrated transportation demand management, resilience vulnerability assessments, mainstreaming resilience in agency planning and operations, applying innovative information technologies to support risk assessment, management and communication

Chris Vanags, Peabody College Dean's Office - Director Peabody Research Office and Department of Earth and Environmental Science - Research Assistant Professor

Research Focus: catchment-scale hydrology and soil management, focusing on non-invasive imaging and sensing systems to predict and model floodplain water table dynamics and translation of scientific research findings into formal and informal eduction 

Prior relevant work: Develop educational programs to connect Vanderbilt faculty with formal and informal educational opportunities by creating educational programs such as the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, Interdisciplinary Science and Research and the Day of Discovery which have impacted thousands of students using hundreds of faculty from across the Vanderbilt campus; Understanding soil and water table dynamics in a local context through monitoring wetland water table dynamics on the floodplains of the Cumberland River 

Aniruddha Gokhale, Computer Science, Faculty

Research Focus: Cloud computing, Distributed Systems, Cyber physical systems

Prior relevant work: Dynamic resource management for cloud and edge computing; model-driven engineering of large systems

Craig Philip, Director Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resilience (VECTOR)

Research Focus: Transport and infrastructure planning, sustainable resilience practices, Freight and Maritime Operations

Prior relevant work: Assessment of Pathways to Decarbonization in Transport sector, Port Resilience Guide

Jesus Gomez-Velez, CEE, Assistant Professor

Research Focus: understanding hydrologic processes and nutrient/contaminant transport in natural and urban systems; the effect of rainfall structure on flood events and salinization of freshwater systems

Prior relevant work: understanding the role of inland freshwater salinization, proposing novel modeling techniques to describe and predict flow and transport in natural river systems and sewersheds, developing frameworks to better understand and characterize extreme floods, development of large-scale water quality models to predict the fate and transport of nutrients 

Corey Brady, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching & Learning, Peabody College

Research Focus: Interim Director LIVE Initiative (a collaboration between Education and Computer Science, focusing on supporting and studying learning in and of organizations and communities)

Prior relevant work: Agent-Based Modeling, Participatory Modeling and Simulation

Meiyi Ma, Computer Science, Assistant Professor 

Research Focus: Developing safe, reliable, and robust AI systems for Smart Cities and Healthcare by integrating formal methods and deep learning approaches

Prior relevant work: develop safe, reliable, and robust AI systems for Smart Cities and Healthcare, including decision-making support systems, city service conflict detection and resolution, social-aware fairness and equity, cognitive assistant systems for human-in-the-loop smart cities, etc. 

Xenofon Koutsoukos, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

Research Focus: Research is in the area of cyber-physical systems with emphasis on learning-enabled systems, security and resilience, control, diagnosis and fault tolerance, formal methods, and adaptive resource management.

Prior relevant work: Recent advances in information and micro-scale technologies are enabling a new generation of cyber-physical systems with large numbers of sensors, actuators, and integrated computation that can sense the world around them and respond to it. 

Abhishek Dubey, Computer Science, Assistant Professor 

Research Focus: Transit Systems, Incident detection and Response, Sensor Integration, Big Data and Machine learning for urban infrastructure

Prior Relevant Work: Smart Grid, Electric Vehicle, Energy optimization of Public Transit

Ahmad F. Taha, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Focus: Real-time control and monitoring of urban infrastructure (water, energy, transportation) with a focus on climate change, resilience, security, and efficiency of such infrastructure

Prior Relevant work: Designing computational algorithms to better understand how urban infrastructure operators in real-time, regulating water quality in drinking water networks, monitoring highways with connected and autonomous vehicles, traffic control on roads, to ensuring stable operations of renewables-heavy power systems