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.
HackRPI to Hold Fifth Annual HackathonMarch 14, 2019 -
TROY, N.Y. — HackRPI’s fifth annual 24-hour hackathon is expected to draw about 400 students for a marathon session devoted to three themes: environmental awareness and sustainability, data privacy, and accessibility in education.
The hackathon is scheduled for March 16-17, at the Darrin Communications Center on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus.
Rensselaer to Host 19th Black Families Technology Awareness DayMarch 13, 2019 -
TROY, N.Y. — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host its 19th Black Families Technology Awareness Day on Saturday, March 16.
Middle and high school students in grades 6-11, as well as their families and educators, are invited to explore educational and career opportunities in what are often referred to as the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – as well as the arts.
Graduate Engineering Programs at Rensselaer Rank Among the Best in the CountryMarch 12, 2019 -
TROY, N.Y. – The U.S. News & World Report released its annual graduate school rankings this week, and the engineering programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute continue to be ranked among the nation’s best.
The graduate offerings at the Rensselaer School of Engineering received an overall ranking of 41st in the U.S., placing it among the top four in the state of New York.
In The Media
New NASA consortium to study how life beganMarch 13, 2019 -
$325K airplane safety grant to RPI computer scientistsMarch 4, 2019 -
Two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer scientists have been granted $325,000 to develop technology to help make flying safer.