Faculty

NilanjanSarkarNilanjan Sarkar

  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Director, Robotics & Autonomous Systems Lab (RASL)
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Zachary Warren, Ph.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center TRIADphotos by susan urmyZachary Warren

AmyWAmy Weitlauf

 

Research Associates

AmySwansonAmy Swanson

Joshua WadeJoshWade

  • Research Assistant II, Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lab (RASL)
  • Research Area: Virtual Reality, Embedded Systems, Machine Learning

 

Graduate Students

DayiDayi Bian

  • Dayi Bian got his B.S. degree in automation from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, in 2009 and M.S. degree in instrumentation from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 2012. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. His Research interests include Affective Computing, Human Computer Interaction, and Machine Learning
JingJing Fan

    • Jing Fan received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering, in 2012, from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering, in 2014, from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. She is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. Her research interests include Human-robot Interaction, Socially Assistive Robotics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Affective Computing, Virtual Reality, and Brain-computer Interface.
JazetteJazette Johnson

  • Jazette Johnson got her B.S. degree in Computer Science from Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, in 2015. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in Computer Science. Her research interests include Human Computer Interaction, Human Robot Interaction, Robotics, and Technology for Social Impact.
Guangtao Nie

  • 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.
LianLian Zhang

  • Lian Zhang received the B.S. degree and M.S. degree from Beihang University, Beijing, China. She is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. Her current research areas include Machine Learning, Affective Computing, and Virtual Reality.
HuanHuan Zhao

  • 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.
KevinZhaobo (Kevin) Zheng

  • 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.

 

Undergraduate Students

HarrisonHarrison Yan

 

Former Members

 

 

Zhi (Jenny) Zheng

Research Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Esube Bekele

Postdoctoral Researcher, United States Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC
Min Lei
Visiting Scholar, Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  Zheng Zhang, MS 2004
Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University
  Meng Ji, MS 2004
Earnst & Young
  Yong Cui, MS 2004
  Vikash Gupta, MS 2008
Ph.D. student in France
  Robert Brackin, MS 2002
Vought Aerospace
  Jessica Steinmann-Hermsen
Teach for America
  Furui Wang, Ph.D. 2012
Senior Engineer,  Abbott Point of Care
  Uttama Lahiri, Ph.D 2011
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology
  Jadav Das, Ph.D. 2010
Senior Engineer, Lockheed Martin
  Yu Tian, Ph.D. 2010
Senior Engineer, GE
  Karla Conn, Ph.D. 2010
Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
  Changchun Liu, Ph.D. 2009
Senior Engineer, MathWorks
  Vishnu Mallapragrada, Ph.D. 2008
Senior Engineer, Skystriker
  Naim Sidek, Ph.D. 2008
Associate Professor, International Islamic University, Malaysia
  Duygun Erol, Ph.D. 2007
Associate Professor, Yeditepe University, Turkey
  Bibhrajit Halder, Ph.D. 2006
Senior Engineer, Caterpillar
  Pramila Rani, Ph.D. 2005
Vice President,  Loomis Sayles
  Tarun Kanti Podder, Ph.D. 2001
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University
  Eric Young (Dual BS/MS)
  Miles Baer
  Zach Armento