Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Computer Engineering

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(615) 343-7219


514 Olin Hall


Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D.


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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  • Adaptive Response Technology for Autism Spectrum Disorders Intervention

Nilanjan Sarkar, Ph.D. is recruiting participants for research studies (4/25/201)

Much of the research completed at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is made possible by the generous contributions of the people and families who participate in research studies. This researcher needs research subjects to complete the studies listed below.

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