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Frist Center Researchers Seeking to Aid Neurodiverse Adults Receive Prestigious NSF CIVIC Stage 2 Award

Posted by on Thursday, September 21, 2023 in FCAI News, News.

Two Frist Center researchers are part of a collaborative effort receiving a distinguished Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) Stage 2 Award from the National Science Foundation that the team will use to improve equity for neurodiverse adults by completing and commercializing a novel virtual reality driving instruction system that will help autistic adults have the independence they need to commute to and from work.

Principal Investigator for the team is Nilanjan Sarkar, David K. Wilson, Professor of Engineering and chair of the mechanical engineering department. Other team members include Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, professor of computer science and director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, and Mary Baker-Ericzen, a research professor in the College of Education at San Diego State University. 

Read the full Vanderbilt Press Release here.