Faculty

 

Nilanjan Sarkar

·         Professor & Chair of Mechanical Engineering

·         Professor Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

·         Director, Robotics & Autonomous Systems Lab (RASL)

·         Deputy Director, Assistive Technologies, Initiative for Autism, Innovation, and the Workforce

·         CTO, Adaptive Technology Consulting, LLC

·         Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  Zachary Warren

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

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

·         Director, Autism Clinical Services

·         Deputy Director, Community Engagement, Initiative for Autism, Innovation, and the Workforce

  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)

  Joshua Wade

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

·         CEO, Adaptive Technology Consulting, LLC

Graduate Students

  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
Dexter Watkins
  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.

Alumni & Former Members

  Jazette Johnson

PhD Candidate, University of California Davis

  Lian Zhang

Software Engineer, Facebook

  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.

  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

  Eric Young

PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania