On September 4th, 2014,a joint seminar on "Big Data and Healthcare Analytics" was held featuring speakers from Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine (ISMMS) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). The event was webcast and the video can be found at RPI's media website . Talks available Include
What is Data Exploration? This web site and accompanying video from EMPAC give a great example of how Rensselaer is exploring the interaction of data and perceptualization to let scientists and engineers gain key insights into their own data and systems.
President Jackson has announced the appointment of Professor James Hendler as director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA).
Hendler, senior constellation chair and former department head, has assumed responsibility for leveraging the wealth of data science, high performance computing, predictive analytics, data visualization, and cognitive computing research being done at Rensselaer. The Rensselaer IDEA will be the hub for these and other multidisciplinary data-related programs and projects on campus, which range from health care, to business analytics, to smart buildings, to cybersecurity, according to President Jackson’s announcement.
Professors Berman, Garde, and Wang Selected as 2014 AAAS FellowsNovember 25, 2014 -
NSF Awards $15 Million to DataONE Environmental Science ProjectOctober 10, 2014 -
The National Science Foundation has awarded $15 million to a team of environmental and earth science data researchers, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who are providing tools and infrastructure that improve access to vast amounts of scientific data.
Landmark Report on the State of Lake George Water Quality Reveals ThreatsAugust 15, 2014 -
A major new report—The State of the Lake: Thirty Years of Water Quality Monitoring on Lake George—details three decades of continuous monitoring that found Lake George to be in “remarkably good condition.”
AMOS Ranks 1st Among Supercomputers at Private American UniversitiesAugust 4, 2014 -
The AMOS petascale supercomputing system at Rensselaer clocks in at a top peak processing speed of 1048.6 teraflops, making it the most powerful supercomputer at a American private university.
Professor Jose Holguín-Veras Elected Fellow of ASCEJuly 25, 2014 -
What Data Science NeedsJune 23, 2014 -
To meet its potential for driving discovery and knowledge acquisition, data science must address the key challenges posed by “Big Data,” assert Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professors James Hendler and Peter Fox in a commentary appearing in the June edition of the journal Big Data.
Nature Climate Change CommentaryJune 19, 2014 -
Tracking data provenance using Semantic Web technology offers a solution for decision makers considering results contained in such science-based documents, argue a group of researchers in a commentary published in the June edition of Nature Climate Change.
IBM Partners With 28 Business Schools and Universities To Help Train Tomorrow’s Data ScientistsMay 30, 2014 -
Jefferson Project at Lake George Continues Scientific Study of LakeMay 19, 2014 -
An aerial survey of Lake George, begun last fall as part of the Jefferson Project at Lake George, will resume the week of May 19, weather dependent.
Enhanced Autopilot System Could Help Prevent AccidentsApril 1, 2014 -
Thirty lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447, and 228 passengers and crew aboard.
In The Media
What is 4chan and where did it come from?November 13, 2014 -
"Generally the rules are as light as they can keep them," said Jim Hendler, a computer science professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York ... The site's "random" board gets the most notoriety, but it's just a "small part of a much larger entity," Hendler said. "Despite the infamy, it really does some positive things. It creates community," he said, adding that 4chan remains very much user-focused in the most basic sense of the term. The site "wanted to stay most true to the notion that you could be anonymous, you could talk about whatever you wanted, that you could control the conversation."
Private effort aims to wire Lake George into world’s ‘smartest lake’November 7, 2014 -
The project aims to instrument New York’s Lake George with five vertical profilers, 12 tributary stream monitors, eight acoustic Doppler current profilers and 11 weather stations by 2015. Organizers say the effort will make it the world’s “smartest lake.”
“IBM, as part of their Smarter Planet effort to use cutting-edge tech, is using Lake George as a proving ground for their sensors,” said Rick Relyea, scientific lead of the Jefferson Project at RPI. “So we do have sensors from YSI (deployed), but on top of that, IBM uses its own computer boards to make them smarter.”
ScienceLives Interview with Francine BermanNovember 7, 2014 -
Francine Berman is a professor of computer ccience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She serves on a broad spectrum of national and international leadership groups and committees, including the newly-established Research Data Alliance, which involves more than 120 U.S. and international participants, and enables researchers around the world to share and collaboratively use scientific data to speed up innovation. She also serves as a member of the National Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Advisory Committee.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Alan Turing and EnigmaOctober 27, 2014 -
Jim Hendler, professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, has taught a course on Turing. He called Turing's work in the 1940s "stunning." "He revolutionized cryptography, the modern field of computer science, [and] the subfield of artificial intelligence," Hendler said. "A lot of the math with those things goes right back to Turing."
RPI shows off promise of robots as aidesSeptember 30, 2014 -
RPI has robots designed for industrial use. Whalen approached experts there with a question: Could they help me in some way? Thus was born an idea inching closer to reality: converting a fixed industrial robot one would find in a factory into an affordable, mobile, in-home aide for the elderly and others, including those with paralysis of multiple limbs. The result was on display Monday in the Low Center for Industrial Innovations on the RPI campus.
RPI faculty, students building cost-effective robotSeptember 30, 2014 -
RPI faculty and students are working to build a cost-effective robotic caregiver. Robotic caregivers can offer assistance to the elderly and physically disabled individuals, but many cost $400,000 and are not affordable. But now faculty and students at RPI are hoping to make them less expensive. The team has started down a path of industrial assembly line designed robotics. They believe they have found the answer in Jamster: a dual-arm mobile assistive robot.
STEM gives an 'arm' and a 'leg' to those who really need itSeptember 30, 2014 -
Robots can do all sorts of things. They work on assembly lines helping build cars and also on high tech jobs. “The robots stay away from humans or humans stay away from robots because robots can hurt humans.
RPI Showcases Helper RobotsSeptember 30, 2014 -
RPI students are getting involved as well. "We're building projects to help people. Other research I've done, it stayed in the lab, so it's amazing to me that I can take people's feedback and then use my technical expertise to design and help people and it's just a really satisfying line of work,” RPI senior Andrew Cunningham said.
A big assist from JamsterSeptember 30, 2014 -
Individuals who've suffered spinal cord injuries and older people who aren't as mobile as they once were are among those who one day might benefit from the work being done by a team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Professors John Wen and
The New Polytechnic: Preparing to Lead in the Digital EconomySeptember 22, 2014 -
By Shirley Ann Jackson | In the “New Polytechnic,” universities must collaborate more effectively with businesses and governments to link the capabilities of advanced information technologies, communications, and networking – to the life sciences, and the physical, materials, environmental, social, cognitive, and computational sciences. We also must prepare the next generation to succeed and lead in this new world. Students need to acquire new skills for this digitally interconnected environment, including the ability to “translate” between and among disciplines and sectors.