Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Computer Engineering; Deputy Director of Assistive Technologies, Vanderbilt Center for Autism & Innovation

Investigator

Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D.

Contact Info

Phone
(615) 343-7219

Website
http://research.vuse.vanderbilt.edu/rasl/

Email
nilanjan.sarkar@vanderbilt.edu

Address
514 Olin Hall

Overview of Interests

Sarkar’s primary research area is robotics, including developing robotic and computer technology that can aid individuals with disabilities. A current interest is developing emotion-sensing robotic technology for use with people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The idea is to develop a physiological profile of people with ASD that can be used to understand the core symptoms of autism. Furthermore, such physiological profiles could be used to predict social anxiety, which might lead to the design of interventions that can quantitatively analyze the effects of therapy. He is also interested in developing virtual reality technology that can be used to design social tasks for people with ASD and other neuropsychological disorders, as well as new methods of quantifying human interactions during interventions using advanced technology.

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Grants

  • Adaptive Response Technology for Autism Spectrum Disorders Intervention
  • Individualized Adaptive Robot-Mediated Intervention Architecture for Autism
  • NIH R21/R33: Transformative Co-Robotic Technology for Autism Intervention