Faculty

 

Nilanjan Sarkar

·         Professor & Chair of Mechanical Engineering

·         Professor Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

·         Director, Robotics & Autonomous Systems Lab (RASL)

·         Deputy Director, Assistive Technologies, Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

·         CTO, Adaptive Technology Consulting, LLC

·         Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  Zachary Warren

·         Executive Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)

·         Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Special Education, Vanderbilt University

·         Director, Autism Clinical Services

·         Deputy Director, Community Engagement, Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

  Amy Weitlauf

·         Clinical Psychologist

·         Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University

·         Instructor, Division of Developmental Medicine

·         Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)

  Lorraine Mion

·         Research Professor, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University

·         Geriatrics

·         Cognitive Impairment

  Sohee Park

·         Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University

·         Director, Park Clinical Neuroscience Lab

Research Associates

  Amy Swanson

·         STAT Project Manager, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD)

Graduate Students

  Zhaobo (Kevin) Zheng got his B.S. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, in 2015 and he is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include Robotics Manipulation, Mechatronics Systems, Embedded Systems and Multi-sensory Human Interaction.
  Ashwaq Zaini Amat earned her Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2009. After working as an IT consultant for four years, she went on to complete her MS degree in Embedded Systems Engineering at University of Leeds, UK in 2014. She is now in her second year of her Ph.D. studies in electrical engineering. Her research interests include Machine Learning, Human Computer Interaction and Robotics.
  Akshith Ullal got his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from VTU, Belgaum, India, in 2015 and M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA, in 2018. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer engineering. His research interests include Rehabilitation Robotics, Human-Computer Interaction and Machine Learning.
 Dex-6 - Copy (2) Cadence Watkins (she/her) received her Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2013. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests include rehabilitation robotics, cyber-physical systems, augmented reality, and haptic interfaces.
 deeksha Deeksha Adiani got her B.S. in Computer Science from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, USA in 2019. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, TN, USA. Her research interests include Mathematics, Algorithms, Robotics, and UI development for software.
 Mira Miroslava Migovich received her Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May of 2019. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests include human-robot interactions, human-computer interactions, and virtual reality.
 Ritam Ritam Ghosh received his B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata, India in 2017. After working for a year and a half as a Programmer Analyst at Cognizant Technology Solutions, India, he is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include IoT, UAVs, robotics and machine learning.
 Nibraas Nibraas Khan received his B.S. in Computer Science from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN in May 2020. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. His research interests include Machine Learning, Robotics, Human-Computer Interactions, and Quantitative Finance.
 Mahrukh Mahrukh Tauseef graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering in May 2020. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Her research interests include Haptic Technology, Deep Learning, and Human-Computer Interaction.
 IMG_2172_Original Abigale Plunk received her B.S. in Engineering with a concentration in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee at Martin in May 2021. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Her research interests include rehabilitation robotics, machine learning, and human-computer interaction.

Undergraduate Interns

 Michael Michael Breen
 Spencer Spencer Hunt
 Dave Dave Ghosh
 Alex Alex Korman
 Harrison Harrison Katz

Alumni & Former Graduate Students

  Guangtao Nie received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, in 2015, from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. His research interests include Human Computer Interaction.
 

Huan Zhao received her B.S. degree in automation from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, in 2012, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, in 2016. From 2012 to 2014, she did research at Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. Her research interests lie in the design and development of systems for special needs using the technologies of Virtual Reality, Human-machine Interaction, and Robotics.
 Josh Joshua Wade

·         Research Assistant II, Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lab (RASL)

·         CEO, Adaptive Technology Consulting, LLC

  Dayi Bian
Data Scientist, Biofourmis Inc.
 

Jing Fan 

Software Engineer, Google

  Lian Zhang

Software Engineer, Facebook

  Zhi (Jenny) Zheng

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

  Esube Bekele

Postdoctoral Researcher, United States Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC

  Min Lei

Professor, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China

  Zheng Zhang

Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University

  Meng Ji

Earnst & Young

  Yong Cui

Sr. Controls Engineer, IMA North America Inc.

  Vikash Gupta

Research Scientist, Laboratory for Augmented Intelligence in Imaging, Radiology at The Ohio State University

  Robert Brackin

Engineer III, Vought Aerospace

  Jessica Steinmann-Hermsen

Teach for America

  Furui Wang

Senior Engineer, Abbott Point of Care

  Uttama Lahiri

Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology

  Jadav Das

Research Engineer, Rockwell Automation

  Yu Tian

Quality Engineer, MathWorks

  Karla Conn

Associate Professor, University of Louisville

  Changchun Liu

Senior Engineer, MathWorks

  Vishnu Mallapragrada

Senior Engineer, Skystriker

  Naim Sidek

Associate Professor, International Islamic University, Malaysia

  Duygun Erol

Professor, Yeditepe University, Turkey

  Bibhrajit Halder

CEO & Co-Founder Stealth Startup

  Pramila Agrawal

Portfolio Manager at Loomis, Sayles & Company

  Tarun Podder

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Former Undgrads

 

Harrison Yan

Harrison is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with minors in computer science and engineering management. He currently works as the mechanical design engineer at Motorized Precision, a cinematography robot startup.

 

Eric Young

PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania