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.
New Method Proposed for Studying Hydrodynamic Behavior of Electrons in GrapheneApril 25, 2019 -
TROY, N.Y. — By studying how electrons in two-dimensional graphene can literally act like a liquid, researchers have paved the way for further research into a material that has the potential to enable future electronic computing devices that outpace silicon transistors.
Rensselaer Prepares for Full Implementation of The ArchApril 25, 2019 -
TROY, N.Y. — After years of planning and two successful pilots, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will break down the barriers of the traditional academic calendar this summer by fully implementing The Arch. This transformative program, developed in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and industry leaders, will provide undergraduate students with unique academic and professional opportunities.
Dark Matter Detector Observes Rarest Event Ever RecordedApril 24, 2019 -
How do you observe a process that takes more than one trillion times longer than the age of the universe? The XENON Collaboration research team did it with an instrument built to find the most elusive particle in the universe – dark matter.
In The Media
Rabbi's Seder inspires studentsApril 26, 2019 -
Many of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Jewish students have hurried home to celebrate Passover with their families. RPI junior and molecular biology major Sam Altshuler says Passover is such an important holiday, college students who can't make it home to the family's Seder table can feel a bit bereft.
Dark matter detector records extremely rare decay of xenon-124April 25, 2019 -
The half-life of the isotope xenon-124 is a trillion times longer than the age of the universe. Observing such a slow decay would seem impossible, but scientists working on the XENON Collaboration, a dark matter detection effort, have done exactly that.
Dark matter hunters observe 'rarest event ever recorded'April 25, 2019 -
Researchers have measured a process that takes more than one trillion times the age of the universe to complete, using an instrument built to search for dark matter—the most elusive particle known to man.