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Top 10 research stories of 2013

Dec. 23, 2013—This year’s most popular research stories plumbed mysteries of the brain, examined complex social phenomena, shed light on dark matter, uncovered a surprising link between our three greatest health threats and more.

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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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Expert: Strategic role for IT would have helped avoid health care website troubles

Nov. 1, 2013—Government leaders did not properly recognize the strategic role of IT in defining and implementing policy in rolling out the online insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act, according to Douglas C. Schmidt, a professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University.

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Vanderbilt wins top prize in second hurdle of Spectrum Challenge

Oct. 9, 2013—After two days of live competition, a team of engineers from Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems emerged as a top winner for their prototype software-defined radio that can communicate in adverse spectrum environments, and earned a $25,000 prize.

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Constant innovation helped early MOOC course succeed

Sep. 17, 2013—Constant innovation helped make one of the first massive open online courses, or MOOCs, at Vanderbilt more like a “real class” and benefited faculty and students by improving on-campus teaching, according to Douglas Schmidt, professor of computer science and of computer engineering at Vanderbilt.

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Nashville Scene Innovations 2013: Tankstarter

Aug. 9, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) was awarded a $9.3 million contract to develop a collaborative software so that other non-government teams could design a new amphibious tank for the Marine Corps. Sandeep Neema, research associate professor of electrical engineering, is quoted.

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Engineers, designers show off creativity at Make-a-Thon

Aug. 7, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Featheringill Hall was the site of a three-day Make-a-Thon sponsored by Motorola and hosted by the Vanderbilt Institute for Software Integrated Systems.

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Students to design smartphone of the future at Music City Make-a-Thon

Aug. 2, 2013—Area high school and college students will convene on the Vanderbilt University campus Aug. 2-4 for a Make-a-Thon sponsored by Motorola and hosted by the Vanderbilt Institute for Software Integrated Systems.

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Be a ‘First Friend’ and explore the cultures of the world

Jul. 19, 2013—First Friends connects Vanderbilt's international students with Americans for friendship and cross-cultural exchange.

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Summer interns produce aids for amateur inventors

Jul. 18, 2013—Seven Nashville high school students spent their summer working on introductory manuals for a new suite of software developed at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems to democratize the vehicle design process.

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Vanderbilt wins $9.3M DARPA contract to evolve tools for military vehicle design

May. 1, 2013—Vanderbilt University engineers in the Institute for Software Integrated Systems have been awarded a $9.3 million contract over two years to continue their work to mature META tools that are part of a flagship Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) program.

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Tracking gunfire with a smartphone

Apr. 25, 2013—A team of computer engineers from Vanderbilt University’s Institute of Software Integrated Systems has developed an inexpensive hardware module and related software that can transform an Android smartphone into a simple shooter location system.

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