The Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research (VIPER) is a unique collaborative venture which combines world-class talent and state-of-the-art testing and development assets with the research capabilities of both Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University to provide performance engineering services to a broad spectrum of customers. This shot shows how VIPER has assembled the expertise and resources to advance state-of-the-art simulation in both vehicle simulation as well as driver simulation.
The Virginia Smart Road is a unique, state-of-the-art, full-scale, closed test-bed research facility managed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Smart Road is a 2.2-mile two-lane road that features weather-making capabilities (rain, snow, and fog), a variable lighting test bed, pavement markings, an on-site data acquisition system, road weather information systems, differential GPS system, road access and surveillance, and a signalized intersection. Since its opening, transportation scientists and product developers have spent thousands of hours conducting research on this high-tech highway. This shot shows the computer-equipped control center where dispatchers monitor the Smart Road 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From here, researchers can observe highway traffic and driver performance, both directly and indirectly using surveillance cameras. Engineers also can control the lighting and the weather on the Smart Road.
The School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech offers an expansive undergraduate education in fine art, art history, visual and digital design, embracing contemporary and traditional techniques. Through our Studio Art and Visual Communication Design Programs we offer an inclusive approach toward educating artists, implementing new and established technologies in analog and virtual realms that are uniquely available at Virginia Tech. Four Design is a faculty-led, student-run digital and print design agency that creates rich media experiences to help a diverse range of organizations build stronger relationships with their customers.
CHARLI is a 5-foot tall humanoid robot built by graduate and undergraduate students with the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory. CHARLI (that’s for Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence) is historic. CHARLI is the first untethered, autonomous, full-sized, walking, humanoid robot with four moving limbs and a head, built in the United States. His two long legs and arms can move and gesture thanks to a combination of pulleys, springs, carbon fiber rods, and actuators. CHARLI can also talk.
Collectively called Virginia Tech Carilion, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute opened its doors to the first charter class in August 2010. Virginia Tech Carilion leverages Virginia Tech’s world-class strength in basic sciences, bioinformatics, and engineering with Carilion Clinic’s highly experienced medical staff and rich history in medical education. Virginia Tech Carilion improves human health and quality of life by providing leadership in medical education and biomedical and clinical research.
Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is a premier full-service equine hospital located in Leesburg, Va., that offers advanced specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment and diagnostic services for all ages and breeds of horses. One of three campuses that comprise the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, the center and its team of equine specialists are committed to providing exceptional treatment for patients, superior service to clients and cutting-edge research to the equine industry.
As part of a multi-university research initiative, Virginia Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering is working to create a robotic jellyfish which will look and act as closely as possible to its natural counterpart. The ultimate goal is to develop a vehicle for the U.S. Navy which will be used for surveillance in military or civilian applications. This vehicle will be able to be autonomous for long distance and extended amounts of time.
The Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research (VIPER) is a unique collaborative venture which combines world class talent and state-of-the-art testing and development assets with the research capabilities of both Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University to provide performance engineering services to a broad spectrum of customers. VIPER assists clients in optimizing a vehicle's suspension system through scalable test programs that suit every budget.
The School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech offers an expansive undergraduate education in fine art, art history, visual and digital design, embracing contemporary and traditional techniques. The Studio Arts Program encourages innovative approaches to making art by exploring areas in which different media and disciplines might overlap or intersect. The Studio Arts Program fully equips the emerging artist with the tools to communicate ideas, and to explore expanded aesthetic possibilities, to discover new boundaries in artistic expression and to address the impact of art and creative technologies on our lived experience. The Studio Program invents the future from a solid experience in the traditions of studio practice. This student draws in the Hahn Horticulture Garden on Virginia Tech's campus.
Virginia Tech's Lumenhaus won the 2010 Solar Decathlon in Madrid, Spain, by showing how its design can contribute to helping the environment while offering a comfortable living style. A team of faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students from four Virginia Tech colleges — the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the College of Engineering, the Pamplin College of Business, and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences – designed and built the solar house.