Computer Science & Communications

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System and Methods for Contact Detection and Localization in Continuum Robots

This technology expands the capabilities of continuum robots with a system and method that enables them to detect instances of contact and to estimate the position of the contact. This framework allows the motion of the robot to be constrained so as to ensure the robot doesn't damage itself, another robot arm, or surrounding environments. Applications for this technology include enhanced safe telemanipulation for multi-arm continuum robots in surgery, micro-assembly in confined spaces, and exploration in unknown environments.


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Masood Machingal

615.343.3548

Compliant Insertion, Motion, and Force Control of Continuum Robots

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a framework for compliant insertion with hybrid motion and force control of continuum robots. This technology expands the capabilities of robotic surgery by providing continuum robots with the ability to autonomously discern, locate, and react to contact along their length and calculate forces at the tip, thus enabling quick and safe deployment of snake-like robots into deep anatomical passages or unknown environments.


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Masood Machingal

615.343.3548

BCL::Commons

BCL::Commons:: (BioChemistry Library Commons) is an object oriented C++ programming library. The library is designed to simulate biological molecules - proteins and peptides in particular - as well as small chemicals such as therapeutics. It comprises mathematical methods to evaluate the energy of these molecules in their natural environment. BCL::Jufo is the first publicly released BCL::Commons module.


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Masood Machingal

615.343.3548

Inventors

Jens Meiler

MemoryMonitor: A real-time neuroscientific learning monitor that knows whether you will later remember something you see

We all wish that we could know if we were going to later remember something, the moment that new information enters our brain. For example, if we could predict whether our children would later remember a vocabulary word, then we could have them spend more time on the words they will not remember. A group of neuroscientists at Vanderbilt University has developed a way of measuring and analyzing brain activity that achieves this goal of predicting later memory as we study and view new information. The procedure involves measuring brainwaves from just two electrodes on the head as people view pictures, words, or virtually any kind of information that a person hopes to remember later.


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Masood Machingal

615.343.3548

Dual Interlocked Logic (DIL) Circuit

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a novel combinatorial logic circuit that prevents the propagation of signal glitches such as those caused by radiation-induced transients. The interlocked-feedback circuit accomplishes this without the loss of any speed. The circuit is designed for robustness in both combinatorial and sequential logic applications.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503

Marker Enrichment Modeling (MEM) Software for Automated Cell Population Characterization and Identification in Complex Tissue Microenvironments

Marker enrichment modeling (MEM) provides a crucial missing piece for true machine learning analysis of cell identities and phenotypes in complex tissue microenvironments, including human immune disorders and cancer.


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Masood Machingal

615.343.3548

Wireless Tablet Application for Remote Collaboration and Training in Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the world. During patient screenings for populations at risk, polyp detection rates depend on the endoscopist's ability to identify the lesions, which takes years of practice and training. Endoscopic training can be challenging for the trainee and preceptor. Frustration can result from ineffective communication regarding areas of interest. Our team developed a novel tablet application for real-time mirroring of the colonoscopy examination that allows preceptors to make annotations directly on the viewing monitor that facilitates medical training and enables collaboration among several endoscopists during a procedure.


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Masood Machingal

615.343.3548

Relative GPS Tracking for Improved Accuracy

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a new method for use with GPS that improves tracking accuracy. The approach uses relative motions of multiple nodes (phones, vehicles, etc. that contain GPS chips) in the same network to pinpoint location as opposed to computing absolute coordinates. This method significantly improves accuracy, enabling sub-meter location accuracy at a sampling rate of one hertz. Current GPS methods can be off by more than 10 meters due to signal interference or multipath effects.


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Ashok Choudhury

615.322.2503

Driving Skills Improvements in Teenagers with ASD using Virtual Reality

Various aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have been under study for many years. While the emphasis has been on early identification and early treatment of children with ASD, a sometimes overlooked fact is that ASD children grow up to be teenagers. An essential life skill for teenagers is the ability to drive. However, ASD teens and adults are often prone to certain mistakes in driving and gaze patterns required for driving. Collaborators at Vanderbilt's School of Engineering and the Kennedy Center have created a simulator that is meant to teach ASD teenagers these critical skills.


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Masood Machingal

615.343.3548

Robust Learning Algorithms in Adversarial Environments

Vanderbilt engineers have developed an algorithmic framework for machine learning under the threat of adversarial evasion. The framework leverages a game theoretic model of interaction between the learner and an evading attacker, and makes use of modern optimization tools to increase robustness of learning algorithms as they are used in operational settings.


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Yiorgos Kostoulas

615.322.9790