Biswas appointed to Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada committee

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), a federal agency which administers funding for university-based research, has appointed Gautam Biswas, professor of computer science and computer engineering, to a three-year term as a member of the Computer Science Evaluation Group.

In this role, Biswas will participate in the peer review process devoting considerable time and effort to reviewing applications and making award recommendations.

Vanderbilt plays role in contests to build Marine combat vehicle

FANG stands for Fast, Adaptive, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle and it’s a challenge.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently launched FANG Challenges, a set of three next-generation military vehicle design competitions with up to $4 million in prizes to build a new amphibious combat vehicle specifically for the Marine Corps. Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) is playing a significant role in the contests.

State’s high-tech challenge: Turn Tennessee Valley into a Silicon Valley

Securing the future of Tennessee-based technology endeavors requires stronger appreciation and support for scientific research and development within the state, says Janos Sztipanovits, director of Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems.

Undergraduates manipulate model car prototype for fast design changes

A half dozen undergraduates gathered in the Featheringill Hall cyber-physical lab on a Wednesday afternoon to figure out ways to make a radio-controlled car do some pretty cool stuff. Students manipulated computer-aided design models on multiple screens near a table strewn with car parts and molded plastic models. What seemed like child’s play was so much more.

Build a Swimming Tank for Darpa and Make a Million Dollars

The Pentagon’s blue-sky researchers are gambling that you can build a swimming tank for the Marines in a fraction of the time it takes the military’s lumbering acquisitions process. All you need are the relevant data and a set of web-based collaborative tools. And its gamble will pay you a million dollars if you’re part of the winning design team.

EECS graduate student receives top award for paper presented at AIAA conference

Doctoral candidate Chetan S. Kulkarni, electrical engineering and computer science department, received the “Best Student Paper Award” at an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) conference June 19-21 in Garden Grove, Calif.

The paper – “Physics-based Modeling and Prognostics of Electrolytic Capacitors” – is co-authored with his adviser, Professor Gautam Biswas, along with Dr. José R. Celaya and Dr. Kai Goebel from the Prognostics Centre of Excellence, NASA Ames Research Centre.

New data mining benefits learning science, earns award

A new exploratory data mining technique for identifying important student learning behaviors and strategies is grabbing entrepreneurial interest and kudos from the international community.

John Kinnebrew, a research associate at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems, and Professor Gautam Biswas in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, received the “Best Paper Award” at the recent International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM 2012) in Chania, Greece.

Schmidt to offer online computer science class through Coursera

Douglas C. Schmidt, professor of computer science and associate chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Program, will teach “Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures for Concurrent and Networked Software” in spring 2013 via the digital learning consortium Coursera.

ISIS software project receives $17.2M contract from DARPA

The Vanderbilt Institute for Software Integrated Systems has been awarded a $17.2 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to accelerate the Android Mobile Middleware Objects (AMMO2) project. The contract was announced Sept. 19.

Sandeep Neema, research associate professor of electrical engineering, is the principal investigator.

Google Research Award goes to engineering team for pinpoint location accuracy using smartphones

A novel approach to improve location information to centimeter scale accuracy using the global positioning system has earned a Google Research Award for an engineering professor and his team.

The approach being developed by computer engineering associate professor Akos Ledeczi, graduate student Will Hedgecock, research scientist Peter Volgyesi, and visiting scholar, professor Miklos Maroti, uses GPS to derive relative location information for multiple receivers.