Articles in Research

Deborah McGuinness Collaborates on New $15 Million NSF DataONE Environmental Science Project

Earth to Data: Making Sense of Environmental Observations

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million to a team of environmental and earth science data researchers, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who are providing tools and infrastructure that improve access to vast amounts of scientific data. As part of the project, Rensselaer will provide semantic technology leadership to help improve scientific… Read More

NY CAP Research Alliance Showcases Success and Impact of Collaboration

Second annual research symposium highlights results of 12 collaborative projects funded by alliance

The New York Capital Region Research Alliance recently showcased leading-edge biomedical research resulting from the unprecedented regional collaboration between Albany Medical Center, Rensselaer, and the University at Albany. Over the past two years, collaborations between researchers at the three institutions resulted in advances in the fight against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the… Read More

Xiaogang Ma Recognized With Data Stewardship Award

World Data System of the International Council for Science honors Ma

Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma, an associate research scientist in the Tetherless World Constellation, has received the inaugural International Council for Science – World Data System Data Stewardship Award. The World Data System (WDS) of the International Council for Science supports long-term stewardship of quality-assured scientific data and data services across a range of disciplines in the… Read More

Cinema Without Film

Physics and engineering students collaborate with artist Melvin Moti on EMPAC premiere


It’s 10 p.m. in Rotterdam, Netherlands, when Emily Zimmerman, associate curator of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Skypes artist Melvin Moti from a cluttered workspace in the Rensselaer Science Center. A team of undergraduate students eagerly assemble the components of their project on a workbench and Zimmerman turns the… Read More

New $1 Million NIH Grant Enables Clinical Trials of Artificial Pancreas

Rensselaer leading collaboration with Stanford, University of Colorado, and University of Virginia

B. Wayne Bequette

A multi-university research team led by Rensselaer has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct clinical trials of their closed-loop artificial pancreas for individuals with Type 1 diabetes. The three-year study, funded by the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), will test… Read More

LRC Develops Sustainable Roadway Lighting Seminars, Guidebook

street light

Until recently, roadway lighting technologies changed very slowly. Technologies like high-pressure sodium (HPS) and other high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps used in cobra head-style fixtures were state-of-the-art for decades. In response, the best practices for roadway lighting design had remained largely unchanged since the 1970s and 1980s. A growing concern for preventing light pollution in the… Read More

“Jamster” Assistive Robot Introduced at Media Morning

Professors are working to aid the elderly and individuals with paralysis of multiple limbs


On Sept. 29, Rensselaer held a media morning to demonstrate a project that promises to aid people with mobility issues. Rensselaer Professor John Wen and Associate Professor Jonas Braasch are working on new technology to transform less expensive, human-friendly industrial robots—that would normally be found in factories—into affordable assistive robots for the elderly and individuals… Read More

Swimming in an Ocean of Light

Light and health expert Mariana Figueiro speaks at TEDMED


Professor Mariana Figueiro, Lighting Research Center (LRC) Light and Health Program Director, gave an invited talk at TEDMED Sept. 12, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The three-day TEDMED event brought together a series of speakers from diverse backgrounds to inspire new possibilities for the future of health and medicine. The talks were attended… Read More

Celebrating a Decade of Biotechnology Research at Rensselaer

Event included a talk from Dr. Scott Friedman ’76


Students, faculty, and staff filled the auditorium of the Center for Biotechnology
 and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Sept. 10 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the center. President Shirley Ann Jackson and Director Deepak Vashishth welcomed Dr. Scott Friedman ’76, who gave a talk 
“The Borderless World of Engineering, Biomedicine
 and Healthcare—Reflections… Read More

Engineering Longer-Lived Batteries for Electric Vehicles

Researchers design advanced materials for lithium-ion batteries


Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. There are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology, however, that prevent the batteries from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications. A team of researchers at Rensselaer has developed a new material that addresses two of these limitations. Led… Read More