Institute-Wide Research Centers

CeMSIM harnesses advanced  modeling, simulation and imaging technology for healthcare, and transitions those technologies to clinical practice – from the lab bench to the hospital bedside. CeMSIM is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Rensselaer CATS conducts cutting-edge research in advanced automation and control systems to impact areas from biotech and renewable energy to aerospace and nanoscale manufacturing. CATS develops new (advanced manufacturing) technologies, fosters economic growth and engenders a richer educational experience by partnerships with public sector stakeholders, industrial clients, faculty, staff, and students.


One of the most advanced biotechnology research facilities in the nation, CBIS focuses on collaborative research at the frontiers of life sciences, physical science, informatics, and engineering.

CFES conducts fundamental and applied research to accelerate the development of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies (e.g., solar and wind energy, advanced lighting, fuel cells, smart buildings, energy storage technologies, renewable energy grid integration, microgrid and smart grid.) CFES is funded by the Empire State Development of New York and was recently re-designated as a Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) by the state for another decade (2015-2025).

Located in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), CISL is a unique collaboration between IBM and Rensselaer. It brings together cognitive and high performance computing and large-scale immersive environments to enable and advance new and effective ways of collaborative problem-solving and decision-making among groups of humans and machines.


The cMDIS focuses on advanced materials and devices, and the integration of these technologies into complex systems to foster a safe, secure, and sustainable world.

To solve critical global challenges in the increasingly networked and data-driven world, the Rensselaer IDEA enables development of critical computational methodologies including data-intensive supercomputing, large-scale agent-based simulation, and cognitive computing technologies.
The Jefferson Project
The Jefferson Project at Lake George – a partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and The Fund for Lake George – is creating a revolutionary new model in environmental monitoring and, ultimately, remediation. The project is combining smart technology and scientific experimentation to turn Lake George into the world’s “smartest lake.”

SCOREC is focused on the development of reliable simulation technologies for engineers, scientists, medical professionals, and other practitioners. These advances enable experts in their fields to employ, appraise, and evaluate the behavior of physical, chemical, and biological systems of interest.