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Podcast: Learn about the Rensselaer IDEA

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:06 -- hendlj2
Future Technology Podcase

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.

Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/user/futuretechpodcast/prof-james-hendler-direc...

IDEA and HASS present Distinguished Colloquium series on Policy and Ethics for emerging technologies

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:03 -- hendlj2

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

Big-data-trained algorithms are increasingly used to make big decisions about people’s lives, such as who gets loans, whose resumes are reviewed by humans for possible employment, and even the length of prison terms. Algorithmically moderated platforms are making profound impacts on our personal and public relationships such as how we find a job, how we get our news, even how we find a spouse. To build the world we want, we need algorithms and platforms to be accountable and transparent, In this talk, I will illustrate the problem as well as key principles for achieving algorithmic accountability and transparency including awareness, access and redress, accountability, explanation, data provenance, auditability, validation and testing, I will also discuss the real challenges – technical and societal – to realizing these principles in practice as well as some promising research that is advancing our ability to do so.

IDEA Director Hendler appointed as Homeland Security Cybersecurity Expert

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 09:40 -- hendlj2
James Hendler, Director of the Rensselaer IDEA

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.

Kristin Bennett Appointed as Associate Director of IDEA

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:38 -- hendlj2

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.

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