Jenny and Josh Discuss Tech-based Health Research with Students at Glencliff High School

Glencliff High School, Nashville, TN

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 Presents 4 Papers at HCII 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. Best Paper Award for Zhi Zheng!

RASL Members at HCII 2015 Keynote

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!

  1. Design of a Computer-assisted System for Teaching Attentional Skills to Toddlers with Autism (Best Paper Award)
  2. Multimodal Fusion for Cognitive Load Measurement in an Adaptive Virtual Reality Driving Task for Autism Intervention
  3. A Virtual Reality Driving Environment for Training Safe Gaze Patterns: Applications in Individuals with ASD
  4. Understanding and Improving Collaborative Skills among Individuals with Asd in a Distributed Virtual Environment

More photos can be found at the RASL Facebook page.

Zhi Zheng awarded for Best Paper!

Zhi Zheng awarded Best Paper!

Zhi Zheng presenting paper

Lian Zhang presenting paper

Josh Wade presenting paper


RASL Invention Presented at SEMDA 2015

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.