James Hendler

James Hendler
Director, the Rensselaer IDEA & Tetherless World Chair of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences

James Hendler is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI.  He also heads the RPI-IBM Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning and Semantics (HEALS) and serves as a Chair of the Board of the UK’s charitable Web Science Trust. 

One of the originators of the “Semantic Web,” Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the AAAI, BCS, the IEEE, the AAAS and the ACM. He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He is also the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing editors for Science. 

In 2010, Hendler was named one of the 20 most innovative professors in America by Playboy magazine and was selected as an “Internet Web Expert” by the US government. In 2013, he was appointed as the Open Data Advisor to New York State and in 2015 appointed a member of the US Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. In 2016, became a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information and in 2018 became chair of the ACM’s US technology policy committee and was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

 

Education

Ph.D., Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Brown University

Sc.M., Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Brown University

M.S., Cognitive Psychology, Human Factors Engineering, Southern Methodist University

B.S., Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Yale University

Privacy-Preserving Synthetic Health Data for Research and Education

The inability to share private health data can severely stifle research and innovation in health informatics. Studies based on unpublished electronic medical record (EMR) data cannot be reproduced, thus future researchers are not able to use them to develop and compare new research. This contributes to the reproduciblity crisis in biomedical research. Making open data available for research can spur innovation and research.

Privacy-Preserving Synthetic Health Data for Research and Education

The inability to share private health data can severely stifle research and innovation in health informatics. Studies based on unpublished electronic medical record (EMR) data cannot be reproduced, thus future researchers are not able to use them to develop and compare new research. This contributes to the reproduciblity crisis in biomedical research. Making open data available for research can spur innovation and research.

Francine Berman Selected as a Fellow by the National Academy of Public Administration

Francine Berman, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, has been selected by the National Academy of Public Administration for inclusion in its 2020 Class of Academy Fellows, in recognition of her years of public-focused service and expertise.

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Dan Gruen

Dan Gruen is a cognitive scientist who uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to add a human centered perspective to HEALS projects.  He focuses on issues around AI explainability, clinical reasoning, and patient behavioral change   He joined RPI after a career in IBM Research where he served in multiple scientific and leadership roles.  He has also consulted on user experience issues to companies in a range of industries. 

Health INCITE COVID Campus Reopening Summer Projects Final Review: COVIDMINDER (20 Aug 2020)

Please join us for a final review of our IDEA Health INCITE COVID Campus Reopening Summer Projects. During this half-hour our students presented their Summer 2020 work on COVIDMINDER, Data INCITE's COVID monitoring application (initiated in early 2020).

NOTE: Recording of these group presentations were split into two half-hour recordings.

Health INCITE COVID Campus Reopening Summer Projects Final Review: COVID WarRoom/COVID Back-to-School (20 Aug 2020)

Please join us for a final review of our IDEA Health INCITE COVID Campus Reopening Summer Projects. During this half-hour our students presented their Summer 2020 work on the COVID WarRoom and COVID Back-to-School predictive modelling apps.

NOTE: Recording of these group presentations were split into two half-hour recordings.

Health INCITE COVID Campus Reopening Summer Projects Final Review: De Densification (19 Aug 2020)

Please join us for a final review of our IDEA Health INCITE COVID Campus Reopening Summer Projects. During this hour our students presented their Summer 2020 work on campus "de-densification" and WiFi monitoring, including building and campus flow, classroom occupancy, and "SafeStudent" applications.

NOTE: Recording of these group presentations were split into two half-hour recordings.

Health INCITE COVID Campus Reopening Summer Projects Final Review: WiFi Monitoring (19 Aug 2020)

Please join us for a final review of our IDEA Health INCITE COVID Campus Reopening Summer Projects. During this hour our students presented their Summer 2020 work on campus "de-densification" and WiFi monitoring, including building and campus flow, classroom occupancy, and "SafeStudent" applications.

NOTE: Recording of these group presentations were split into two half-hour recordings.

Fall 2020 URP Opportunity

Fall 2020 brings several paid opportunities to work on a cutting edge AI-Security research project. Preferable to have experience (course or internship) in one or more of the following areas:  Machine Learning, NLP, Text Corpus Annotation, Linear Algebra, Deep Learning, Python Scripting, neo4j, Security.