Vanderbilt’s Radical Collaboration With Army Pathfinder Program

Vanderbilt is moving tech from the lab to the front lines with solutions tailored to real-world Army challenges


Vanderbilt University, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory and the Civil-Military Innovation Institute, is looking to the future with the Pathfinder program, an initiative that has yielded innovative technology projects focused on addressing the real-world needs of soldiers.  

Launched in 2021, Pathfinder encourages academics to work closely with soldiers to co-design technological solutions tailored to real-world Army challenges. Projects to date include a lift-assist exosuit to reduce back strain that is now being sold by startup HeroWearsuggested behavior protocols and improved aircraft designs to enhance soldier performanceAI-enabled Advanced Dynamic Spectrum Reconnaissance to mitigate enemy radio jamming, catalyzing startup Xtremis, and many more. 

“Vanderbilt is proud to be the first university to advance the Pathfinder program,” Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Padma Raghavan said. “The innovations we are co-developing with our Army partners speak to our culture of use-inspired research and radical collaboration for real-world impact.  Together, we are providing new capabilities for our soldiers as well as boosting the innovation economy in Tennessee.” 

Learn more about this partnership by reading the full, original story here.

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