We are pleased to announce that Kristin Bennet has been appointed the Associate Director of The Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications. A leader in both data analytics and education in data science, She will be helping to make sure the Rensselaer IDEA maximized its impact both on and beyond campus. See this news article for more information about Dr. Bennett and her new role at Rensselaer.
Directed by Professor Jim Hendler the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) is a campus-wide institute that supports data-centric, interdisciplinary activities.
Rensselaer Launches Initiative on Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development Knowledge: Semantic and Data Analytic SupportAugust 3, 2015 -
Rensselaer has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the purpose of supporting the Healthy birth, growth and development (HBGD) initiative.
Business Insider Ranks Rensselaer 12th Best Computer Science and Engineering SchoolJuly 31, 2015 -
Business Insider ranked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute among the top 50 computer science and engineering schools in the United States. According to the website, the ranking is based on a survey of Business Insider readers asking which degrees they deem most valuable.
Peter Fox Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical UnionJuly 28, 2015 -
Research Data Expert Francine Berman on Gender Diversity in Data ScienceJuly 27, 2015 -
Rensselaer Professor Francine Berman is featured in the July 27 issue PLOS Biology in an article titled “Let’s Make Gender Diversity in Data Science a Priority Right from the Start.
Rensselaer IDEA and College Factual Host DatathonJuly 23, 2015 -
The Datathon was an early indicator of the potential of an NSF-sponsored initiative to teach basic data analytics to most math majors.
Rensselaer Researchers Model Global Risk Across Multiple SystemsJune 24, 2015 -
Using data from the World Economic Forum annual assessment of global risks, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed a computational quantitative model of global risk network dynamics.
New Vice President for Enrollment Management NamedMay 15, 2015 -
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. today named Vice President for Enrollment Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Jonathan D. Wexler, Vice President for Enrollment Management, effective July 15, 2015.
Neuromorphic: Designing the Next-Generation SupercomputerApril 6, 2015 -
With support from the Air Force Research Laboratory, researchers at Rensselaer will explore supercomputers that incorporate a highly efficient “neuromorphic” processor, which more closely represents the human brain in its architectural design.
The Science of Magic: Rensselaer and Walt Disney CollaborateMarch 19, 2015 -
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is collaborating with Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc., part of the theme park design and development arm of The Walt Disney Company.
Francine Berman and James Hendler Advise New Open Access JournalFebruary 3, 2015 -
Rensselaer computer and data science experts Francine Berman and James Hendler will help guide a new open access computer science journal which launched today.
Professors Hendler, Gray, and Ji Receive 2014 IBM Faculty AwardsDecember 19, 2014 -
Three professors at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been selected to receive prestigious 2014 Faculty Awards from IBM.
Bulent Yener Selected as Fellow of the IEEEDecember 11, 2014 -
Troy, N.Y. — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Bulent Yener has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Yener is a professor of computer science and founding director of the Data Science Research Center.
Professors Berman, Garde, and Wang Selected as 2014 AAAS FellowsNovember 25, 2014 -
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.
In The Media
IBM Pushes Deep Learning with a Watson UpgradeJuly 31, 2015 -
“A key challenge for modern AI is putting back together a field that has almost splintered among these methodologies,” says James Hendler, director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for Data Exploration and Applications in Troy, New York.
A Robot Passed the Self-Awareness Test and This Is How It Did ItJuly 20, 2015 -
When talking about robots and self-awareness, I think most people would just freak out, but there are some people who would be extremely excited and interested about these things. But I don’t think freaking out would be the case here, even though a robot just passed the first self-awareness test ever.
Local developers, businesses contribute to Internet of Things revolutionJune 19, 2015 -
Cars that drive themselves, phones that find empty parking meters, and wind turbines that talk to one another.
These are all possibilities in the near future under what is known as the Internet of Things.
So what is the Internet of Things?
It doesn't have so much to do with the Internet that we know, which we typically use to search for news, connect with friends and shop online.
Neuromorphic Processors Leading a New Double LifeApril 16, 2015 -
A team of researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute led by Christopher Carothers, Director of the institute’s Center for Computational Innovations described for The Platform how True North is finding a new life as a lightweight snap-in on each node that can take in sensor data from the many components that are prone to failure inside, say for example, an 50,000 dense-node supercomputer (like this one coming online in 2018 at Argonne National Lab) and alert administrators (and the scheduler) of potential failures This can minimize downtime and more important, allow for the scheduler to route around where the possible failures lie, thus shutting down only part of a system versus an entire rack.
Children Learn Cursive by Teaching RobotsMarch 18, 2015 -
"One of the breakthrough technologies we're seeing in robotics is an increasing ability for robots to be trained, rather than programmed, by humans thanks to new sensor- and machine-learning technology," Hendler pointed out.
New AAAS Fellows Recognized for Their Contributions to Advancing ScienceDecember 11, 2014 -
Francine Berman, a professor in the computer science department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was elected a AAAS Fellow "for distinguished contributions to the field of computer science and community leadership in data cyber-infrastructure, digital data preservation, and high performance computing." A former chair of the AAAS section representing Information, Computing, and Communication, Berman was delighted to learn that she has been elected a AAAS Fellow.
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