Vanderbilt is the first university to sign an Educational Partnership Agreement with the Army Futures Command for soldier-inspired innovation.
Dozens of Vanderbilt faculty rank in the top 2 percent of Stanford University’s systematic study of the most influential scientists by field, including cyber security and artificial intelligence researchers Janos Sztipanovits, Xenofon Koutsoukos, Gabor Karsai, Douglas Schmidt and Doug Fisher.
United States Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond visits Vanderbilt to learn about the university’s pioneering aerospace engineering projects at VU research institutes.
The School of Engineering creates a new Department of Computer Science, housed on Nashville’s Music Row adjacent to interdisciplinary partners, including Vanderbilt’s ACCRE supercomputing facility, the Institute for Software Integrated Systems and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics.
VANDERBILT LABS AND INSTITUTES
Through these top flight research labs and institutes, Vanderbilt is trailblazing pathways to a more secure future:
- The Institute is intentionally designed to address defense needs and translate high-impact solutions in collaboration with national security and armed forces end-users. Members of the Institute’s team are organizationally engaged to make key scientific and thought leadership contributions to national security.
- The Institute is a key national player for software-integrated systems sponsored by DARPA, Air Force, Army, Navy, NSF, NSA, DOE, Department of Education and NASA.
- The Institute was recently selected as Air Force Center for Excellence and major contributor to the radiation hardening system for the Navy Trident D5 Life Extension Program.
- It is the only academic program in the U.S. directly supporting DoD strategic applications for radiation effects and one of very few programs involved in microelectronics research for space applications.
Vanderbilt Expertise in Emerging Biochemical Threats and Soldier-Inspired Rapid Innovation Technologies
- Vanderbilt faculty extensively specialize in biochemical threat detection, pandemic response and enhancing human performance in partnership with industry leaders and DoD.
Vanderbilt Leaders in Human Terrain, Alliance and Economic Politics, and Conflicts
- Vanderbilt faculty have expertise in public policy, global politics and the impacts of conflicts on the economy.
Cybersecurity and Cyber-Physical Systems
- Leads a multi-institutional $14M NSA-sponsored Science of Security (SoS) Lablet focused on increasing knowledge around the security of cyber-physical systems, developing foundational principles and proactively designing resilient systems. His $9M transinstitutional NSF Foundations of Resilient CybER-Physical Systems project focuses on the resilient design and operation of large-scale networked cyber-physical systems that directly interface with humans.
- Won $7.4M DARPA funding for Assurance-based Learning-enabled Cyber-Physical Systems in collaboration with Northrop Grumman. The team is engineering an assured autonomous vehicle control system.
- Vanderbilt-lead for a $4.8M project under the U.S. Department of Energy’s high-impact, high-risk Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
- Leads a $2.5M DoD Environmental Security Technology Certification Program project to develop novel software tools for the secure and create resilient control of microgrids that power installations at military bases nationwide and overseas.
- Transforming regular smartphones into secure military and disaster recovery communication devices with the $17.2M DARPA “Android Mobile Middleware Objects (AMMO2)” project.
- Currently Program Manager at DARPA I2O.
- He is the co-principal investigator on several cyber-physical systems research projects funded by DoE, NSF, NSA, and DARPA and specializes in model-based approaches.
- Former Program Director in Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart and Connected Communities at the National Science Foundation in the CISE Directorate.
- Vanderbilt-lead for the $20M NSF AI Institute for Engaged Learning to develop highly interactive learning tools dynamically adapted to the needs of individuals and groups.
- Vanderbilt-lead for a NASA project on electrical autonomous aircraft safety for advanced inter-city mobility through pilotless risk evaluation and decision-making in fault situations.
- Developing the Smart Transit project, efficient transit operation algorithms for smart and connected communities in collaboration with Nashville WeGo and Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority.
- Enhancing emergency response management through the StatResp project by using statistical modeling for dynamic environments and informing first-responders on where and when incidents are expected to occur.
- The I-24 Mobility Technology Interstate Observation Network (MOTION) project is an integrated corridor management strategy and unique four-mile real-world testbed section designed to mitigate traffic congestion
- The I-24 Smart Corridor project utilizes an AI-based decision support system to manage traffic by coordinating traffic lights and arterial signals leading up to a highway entry point and set dynamic speed limits that facilitate less overall traffic.
- Developing AI-assisted design automation tools for unmanned underwater and aerial vehicles with $8.7M in DARPA funding.
- Highly integrated engineered systems that leverage sensors and AI algorithms to develop more capable and secure software radios for communicating on the battlefield and for Army/5th Group in highly contested environments.
- Led the Vanderbilt team winning $1M in DARPA Spectrum Challenge.
- Won IBM’s NLC2CMD competition in 2020 with a deep-learning AI capable of writing computer software based on translations from natural language.
- In collaboration with NOAH Basketball, he recently used machine learning to identify the best shot types in basketball for different athletes.
Emerging Biochemical Threats and Soldier-Inspired Rapid Innovation Technologies
- Leads the $6M NSF convergence accelerator research project, “Computing the Biome” to develop a global surveillance system for biological threats and predict disease outbreaks in real-time
- Leads a $4M, 5-year effort funded by the NSF to create an adaptive Internet of Things to enable IoT devices to operate within socially acceptable frameworks in different countries.
- Served as member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (2006-2010) and as program manager and acting deputy director of DARPA ITO (1999-2002)
- As the co-director of the Data Science Institute, he focuses on big data project applications from critical analysis of the data collection practices by tech companies to creating visualization and prediction models of pandemic surge effects for operations of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
- He was Deputy Director for the DARPA Information Technology Office (2001-2002).
- Specializes in next generation antibody science to transform infectious disease prevention.
- As the chief scientist of the Advanced Human Epidemic Antibody Defenses he has developed a long-acting antibody combination for COVID-19 infections.
- Elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of The National Academies.
- Instrumental to DARPA’s $16.5M Rapid Threat Assessment project to quickly detect and predict effects of toxic agents on human cells even at very small volumes.
- Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2021.
- Specializes in development of intelligent systems using sensors, data analysis, and controls for support of DoD applications and leads the Army Futures Command funded Pathfinder efforts at Vanderbilt.
- Military applications of his work including next generation precision attack missiles, vehicle armor and composite rotorcraft.
Katherine Blue Carroll
- Worked as a social scientist on a Human Terrain Team in Baghdad, Iraq to provide expert social and political advice to brigade commanders and soldiers on the ground in war zones
- Director of the public policy program at Vanderbilt.
- As historian of 20th- and 21st-century Europe his most recent book is Planet in Peril: Humanity’s Four Greatest Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them focuses on the existential risks posed by climate change, nuclear weapons, pandemics and artificial intelligence
- Political science expert researching why states opt to resort to gray zone measures to achieve military objectives rather than conventional war fighting options for coercing opponents.
- Expert in alliance politics, military cooperation and wars over commerce and resources alongside Brad Smith.
- Working on a project that analyzes types of economic dependencies that could result in the eruption of war such as resource wars, wars over sizable markets, and wars to try to halt economic decline. He is also involved in a research project related to China-Taiwan relations and security.