RASL members Zhi (Jenny) Zheng and Josh Wade spoke on Wednesday to students at Glencliff High School in southern Nashville. The students in Dr. Robert Jordan‘s Health Science classes learned about ways that technology can be used to help improve outcomes for people with a variety of medical conditions, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and gait disability following stroke or due to Parkinson’s disease.
Jenny explains how robots can be used to teach social communication skills to children with ASD
The students were also encouraged to look into opportunities for Summer research through the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach program. RASL has previously worked with high school students involved in this program who have since gone on to universities around the country to earn degrees in STEM fields.
RASL members presented four papers at this year’s Human-Computer Interaction International conference (HCII 2015).
Zhi Zheng, Lian Zhang, and Josh Wade presented at this year’s conference held in Los Angeles, CA. Zhi Zheng’s paper entitled Design of a Computer-assisted System for Teaching Attentional Skills to Toddlers with Autism received the award for best paper!
Licensing officers from Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer (CTTC) showcased two medical device prototypes from Vanderbilt engineering students at this year’s Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) conference. The photo below shows Ray Lathrop (left) and Joshua Wade of RASL (right) at the presentation.
From left to right: Yiorgos Kostoulas, Taylor Jordan, Ashok Choudhury, Ray Lathrop, Joshua Wade, and Masood Machingal.
You can download the poster here or read more about the event here.
Dr. Min Lei has returned home to Shanghai, China after a year in Nashville working in
our lab. Dr. Lei worked on machine learning algorithms for processing and understanding physiological signals. She will continue as a faculty member at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.