Welcome to the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory (RASL) at Vanderbilt University. We are located at rooms 518 and 010 of Olin Hall.

We are developing new generations of robots and computer-based intelligent systems such as virtual reality systems that can sense human emotion from various implicit signals and cues such as one’s physiology, gestures, facial expressions and so on, to be able to interact with people in a smooth and natural way. The applications of this research range from helping individuals with autism, schizophrenia, dementia and other developmental disabilities in learning skills, aiding stroke patients to regain some of their movement abilities through robot-assisted rehabilitation, and providing more autonomy in robots for a variety of tasks.

Faculty, students, and research staff from various backgrounds such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, psychology and human development, nursing and medical school participate in the research projects of RASL. Although this is primarily a graduate research lab, we encourage and provide research experience to both undergraduate and high school students.

Please take a look at our website and send any comments and questions to:

Nilanjan Sarkar at nilanjan.sarkar@vanderbilt.edu