RASL PhD students Akshith Ullal and Cadence Watkins have won the “Best student paper award” for their paper titled “A Dynamically Weighted Multi-Objective Optimization Approach to Positional Interactions in Remote-Local Augmented/Mixed Reality” at the 2021 IEEE Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality (AIVR) conference held at Taichung, Taiwan. Their paper was also selected as one of the final four papers nominated for the “Best paper award”. The paper describes a dynamically weighted multi-objective optimization approach for dealing with object-human interactions in remote-local augmented/mixed reality that is more efficient than current state of the art algorithms.
Vanderbilt’s efforts towards the development of systems to facilitate the recruitment of talent on the Autism Spectrum was featured in the 60 Minutes episode that aired on 4th October on CBS News. Anderson Cooper led the reporting on the story.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a highly competitive $5 million grant to Vanderbilt University that greatly expands a School of Engineering-led project for creating novel AI technology and tools and platforms that train and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the workplace.
The significant federal investment follows a successful $1 million, nine-month pilot grant to the same team that forged partnerships with employers and other stakeholders and produced viable prototypes through immersive, human-centric design.
The effort is led by David K. Wilson Professor of Engineering Nilanjan Sarkar with Yale University, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt University Medical Center as academic partners.
The grant, made through NSF’s Convergence Accelerator program, advances the School of Engineering’s focus on Inclusion Engineering,® which uses the disciplines within engineering to broaden meaningful participation for people who have been marginalized.
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.