We live in an increasingly data-driven, supercomputer powered, globally interconnected world. That poses significant challenges for scientists and engineers across every discipline. According to Prof. James Hendler, solving these problems will require new technologies that will be used to collect and analyze data, perform simulations, and then use the results in solving these problems.
Prof. Hendler shares information about the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in general and their Institute for Data Exploration & Application (I.D.E.A.). He also informs us why every University needs a required data analytics course for all students, regardless of major.
The Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences are excited to announce a joint Distinguished Speaker Series on Ethics and Policy of Big Data, AI and other Emerging Technologies
Our first speaker will be:
February 7, 2018 -- Jeanna Matthews, Clarkson University - Algorithms, Platforms and our Social Context
Troy, N.Y. — A team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been selected by Amazon to receive sponsorship for competing in the inaugural $2.5 million Amazon Alexa Prize competition. The 2016-2017 competition focuses on the challenge of building a socialbot that can converse coherently and engagingly with users. In October 2016 Amazon received over 100 applications from leading universities across 22 countries, and selected 12 teams based on “the potential scientific contribution to the field, the technical merit of the approach, the novelty of the idea, and the team’s ability to execute against their plan.” Each of the 12 sponsored teams will receive a $100,000 stipend, Alexa-enabled devices, free Amazon Web Services (AWS) to support their development efforts, and support from the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) team. The RPI team, “Wise Macaw,” (previously named BAKA bot) is aimed at building a chatbot that can leverage “storytelling technologies” to engage in long-term social interactions with users. In a statement, the team explained its project as follows: “Our motivation stems from companionship as a fundamental human desire.
James Hendler, director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA), has been appointed to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. The committee provides scientific and technical advice to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology and senior department leadership on matters related to the expansion of technological capabilities across the homeland security enterprise. - See more at: Rensselaer News Page.
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.
Damage to the Ozone Layer and Climate Change Forming Feedback LoopJune 24, 2019 -
Increased solar radiation penetrating through the damaged ozone layer is interacting with the changing climate, and the consequences are rippling through the Earth’s natural systems, effecting everything from weather to the health and abundance of sea mammals like seals and penguins.
Rensselaer President Appointed to Nature Conservancy Global Board of DirectorsJune 20, 2019 -
TROY, N.Y. – The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations, on Thursday announced the upcoming appointment of Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to its global Board of Directors.
New Platform Flips Traditional On-Demand Supply Chain Approach on its HeadJune 19, 2019 -
TROY, N.Y. — Imagine you are heading to the grocery store and receive a phone alert asking if you’d also be willing to bring your neighbor’s groceries home. Or you are on your way to a concert and see you could fill the seats of your car—and your wallet—if you picked up a few other music fans along the way. As the supplier in these scenarios, you have the choice of which services you provide and when. This may very well be the way commerce is headed.
In The Media
Filling the Void: What is Dark Matter?May 28, 2019 -
With swipes of meal cards, students feed the homelessMay 20, 2019 -
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students are known for generosity in the local community. They volunteer at shelters, read to schoolchildren, clean local parks, build for Habitat for Humanity. I work for RPI in communications so I'm always looking for stories I can write for RPI publications about our students' efforts.
This one moved me to go from observer to volunteer.