Articles in Research

Rensselaer Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Prestigious award recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines

Five Rensselaer graduate students have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, and six more have been recognized with honorable mention. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. “The NSF Graduate Research… Read More

Zinc Deficiency Linked to Activation of Hedgehog Signaling Pathway

Zinc deficiency is correlated with autism and many cancers


Zinc deficiency—long associated with numerous diseases, e.g. autism, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer—can lead to activation of the Hedgehog signaling pathway, a biomolecular pathway that plays essential roles in developing organisms and in diseases, according to new research at Rensselaer. “Hedgehog is critical to normal development, but in adults the pathway, if reactivated,… Read More

Neuromorphic: Rensselaer Researchers To Design the Next-Generation Supercomputer


With a $1.3 million grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory, researchers at Rensselaer will explore the design and potential of next-generation supercomputers that incorporate a highly efficient “neuromorphic” processor, which more closely represents the human brain in its architectural design. In the Rensselaer project, titled “Massively Parallel Modeling and Simulation of Next-Generation Hybrid Neuromorphic… Read More

Team TROOPER Prepares for Final DARPA Challenge


Team TROOPER will take on contenders from around the globe—and tackle some of the most daunting disaster response tests—during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge finals June 5-6 in Pomona, California. The team is a partnership of Rensselaer, Lockheed Martin, and the University of Pennsylvania. One of the world’s most difficult robotics… Read More

A Mathematical Explanation for the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam System Problem First Proposed in 1953

Interaction of waves in sixtets leads to irreversible transfer of energy


A team of researchers, led by Rensselaer  professor Yuri Lvov, has found an elegant explanation for the long-standing Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) problem, first proposed in 1953, investigated with one of the world’s first digital computers, and now considered the foundation of experimental mathematics. The research, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,… Read More

The Science of Magic: Rensselaer and Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development Advance the Frontiers of Cognitive Computing


An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Rensselaer is collaborating with Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, part of the theme park design and development arm of the Walt Disney Company. Together, they are exploring how the cognitive computing technology being developed at Rensselaer can help enhance the experience of visitors to Disney theme parks, cruise… Read More

Rensselaer Team Wins NSF Grant To Develop Geo Explorer Game for Geotechnical Site Investigations

Mixed-reality game will enable students to conduct virtual site inspections

Geo Explorers

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year $650,000 grant to two Rensselaer professors to develop Geo Explorer, a game that will allow engineering students to inspect, design, and test flood protection systems virtually. The education grant was awarded to Tarek Abdoun, the Thomas Iovino chaired professor in civil and environmental engineering, and Victoria Bennett,… Read More

Lirong Xia Receives NSF CAREER Award

Research improves online tools for decision making, allocation of resources, and recommendations

Computer scientist and social choice expert Lirong Xia, an assistant professor of computer science, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Information & Intelligent Systems. “We congratulate Lirong for this recognition of his potential as a young researcher at Rensselaer,” said Curt Breneman, dean… Read More

Center for Deep Listening Hosts “Sonic Meditation” and “Dream Incubation” Inaugural Event

Center to advance the practice of Deep Listening developed by composer Pauline Oliveros

Deep Listening is a creative, meditative practice developed by one of America’s most important composers, Rensselaer Professor of Practice Pauline Oliveros, who describes the practice as “listening with your whole body.” Earlier this month, the Center for Deep Listening, based in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) at Rensselaer, hosted its inaugural… Read More