IBM Research and Rensselaer Pioneer Next-Generation Cognitive Environments

IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans for a multi-year collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to pioneer new frontiers in the scientific field of immersive cognitive systems. The research collaboration will be housed in the newly established Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL) on the Rensselaer campus in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

James DiCarlo To Speak on Neuroscience and Cognitive Computing

On Tuesday, November 17, MIT Professor James DiCarlo, M.D., Ph.D., will deliver a lecture titled “Reverse Engineering the Mind: The convergence of neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, and engineering” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). DiCarlo, the Peter de Florez Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, is head of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.

Engineering Professor Jie Lian Develops New Layering Process for Graphene

Troy, N.Y. — Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms bonded in a hexagonal pattern, is simultaneously the thinnest, strongest, and stiffest known material, and also serves as an excellent conductor of both heat and electricity. However, these superior properties have yet to be realized for graphene-derived macroscopic structures such as graphene fibers.

Panel discussion on “(Bio)Designing the Future of Medicine” Nov. 3

To celebrate the launch of Art_X @ Rensselaer, members of the campus and community are invited to the third in a series of events highlighting the new initiative. A panel discussion, titled “(Bio)Designing the Future of Medicine: Accelerating Discovery and Innovation at the Intersection of the Arts, Science, and Engineering,” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Auditorium.

Center for Future Energy Systems Receives New York State Redesignation

Troy, NY – Today, the development of clean energy is critical to the economy and the environment of the state and the nation. Recently, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) was selected to receive a state grant redesignating the center as part of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Program.

The Importance of Strain in Kinesin-14 Motor Proteins

New research shows that a single conserved mechanism governs the movement of two structurally distinct variants of kinesin-14 – a class of molecular motors that moves materials and facilitates chromosomal separation within cells. The finding indicates that a mechanism using strain to advance the protein along its path has survived the pressures of evolution in diverse designs of motor proteins within this subfamily of kinesins.

At the Crossroads: Examining the Intersections of Science and Art

Troy, N.Y. — To celebrate the launch of Art_X@Rensselaer (Art_X) members of the campus and community are invited to a series of concerts co-sponsored by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS). The concerts scheduled for October 6 and October 20, beginning at 4:30 p.m., will take place in the CBIS auditorium on the Troy campus.