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Nilanjan Sarkar

VU engineers lead $1M NSF pilot to develop tech for workforce inclusion of people with autism

Oct. 16, 2019—A Vanderbilt mechanical engineering professor is leading an ambitious pilot project that will develop prototypes of new AI-based technology and tools to train, connect and support people with autism spectrum disorders in finding jobs and succeeding in the workforce.

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Robot-guided video game gets older adults out of comfort zone, learning and working together

Mar. 18, 2019—The video game isn’t about talking robots or colorful books. It’s about getting seniors in the early stages of dementia out of their rooms, moving their bodies and, most importantly, working together.

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The Innovation of Autism: The newly endowed Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeks to unlock unique talents

Feb. 19, 2019—The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeks to transform workplaces by developing new technologies based on the specific skills and talents of people with autism, effectively inspiring advances that can lead to meaningful employment and a fuller life.

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‘Smart cane’ could one day help flag gait problems, falling risks more quickly

Feb. 12, 2018—Falling is no joke when you're a senior citizen or have other balance issues. Vanderbilt engineers are working on a 'smart cane' that could help physical therapists spot and treat problems sooner.

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Vanderbilt joins 40 academic partners to create, deploy robotic technology in critical manufacturing sectors

Apr. 25, 2017—The Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub will promote robotics in small and medium enterprises and in critical manufacturing sectors like aerospace, automotive, electronics and textiles.

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Using virtual reality to help teenagers with autism learn how to drive

Jul. 21, 2016—A team of engineers and psychologists have developed a virtual reality driving simulator designed to help teenagers with autism spectrum disorder learn to drive, a key skill in allowing them to live independent and productive lives.

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Russell the Robot goes to Washington

May. 23, 2014—Russell the Robot, the two-foot humanoid that has demonstrated robots can help young children diagnosed with autism spread disorder learn basic social skills, was featured at the 20th annual Coalition for National Science Funding exhibit.

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Nashville Scene Innovations 2013: How soon is NAO

Aug. 9, 2013—Vanderbilt researchers reprogrammed a humanoid robot and an XBox Kinect to help autistic children improve their abilities to engage in social interactions. Nilanjan Sarkar, professor of mechanical and computer engineering, is quoted.

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VUCast: Robot helps kids with autism; plus Billy Joel, Vandy-style

Mar. 28, 2013—How a robot helps kids with autism Hear from a student who played with Billy Joel Nashville Predators warm the youngest of hearts All this and more in this week’s VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast.

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May grants announced by Division of Sponsored Research

Jul. 11, 2011—The Division of Sponsored Research received notification in May that the following grants in excess of $25,000 had been awarded.

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