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Engineering and Technology

Gizmodo: How Vanderbilt’s secret software lab is saving America

Jan. 14, 2014—On a quiet street just off of Nashville's historic Music Row, a dedicated team of more than 100 researchers are developing software systems that may very well revolutionize the modern world.

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Making waves: In the hunt for invisibility, other benefits seen

Dec. 26, 2013—A new way of assembling things, called metamaterials, may in the not too distant future help to protect a building from earthquakes by bending seismic waves around it, the way invisibility cloaks bend light. Jason Valentine, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.

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Biodegradable scaffold may spur wound healing

Dec. 19, 2013—Biomedical and chemical engineers at Vanderbilt University, working with a pathologist, have constructed a sponge-like, biodegradable tissue “scaffold” that releases an enzyme-blocking molecule to indirectly activate endogenous pathways and enhance tissue regeneration and wound healing.

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Third environmental engineering professor is certified by U.S. academy

Dec. 12, 2013—Eugene LeBoeuf is the third Vanderbilt environmental engineering faculty member in two years to be accepted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a board certified environmental engineering member.

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Two Vanderbilt engineers named 2014 IEEE Fellows

Dec. 9, 2013—School of Engineering faculty members Gautam Biswas and Robert Reed have been named fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Robot Evolution

Dec. 5, 2013—The fall 2013 cover story of "Vanderbilt Magazine" explores research projects involving robots that are making us faster, smarter and safer. From bomb disposal to painless colonoscopies, these precocious partners boldly go where man prefers not to.

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Vanderbilt research institute celebrates regional impact, global reach

Nov. 15, 2013—Founded in 1998, the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt is a key national player in an effort to design the software-integrated systems that have become an integral part of human lives today – in consumer appliances, vehicles, planes, hospitals, schools, design shops, factories, space systems and energy.

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Robotic advances promise artificial legs that emulate healthy limbs

Nov. 7, 2013—Recent advances in robotics technology make it possible to create prosthetics that can duplicate the natural movement of human legs which promises to dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees.

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National Robotics Initiative grant will provide surgical robots with a new level of machine intelligence

Oct. 25, 2013—Providing surgical robots with a new kind of machine intelligence that significantly extends their capabilities and makes them much easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate is the goal of a major new grant announced as part of the National Robotics Initiative.

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Using sound waves for bomb detection

Oct. 23, 2013—A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives.

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New device stores electricity on silicon chips

Oct. 22, 2013—Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7. Cell phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges: These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University.

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Goldfarb named to ‘Popular Mechanics’ top 10 innovators list

Oct. 21, 2013—"Popular Mechanics" named Vanderbilt mechanical engineer Michael Goldfarb one of this year's “Ten Innovators Who Changed The World” for an exoskeleton he developed that helps people with paralysis to stand.

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