Posts Tagged ‘RPI’

NSF Awards $15M to DataONE Environmental Linked Data Project

dataoneMary Martialay of RPI News reports, “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 discovery, said Deborah McGuinness, director of the Rensselaer Web Science Center,  and Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair and professor of computer science and cognitive science at Rensselaer.” Read more

RPI President Calls for Improved Data Analytics, Connectivity


According to a recent article out of RPI, “Universities must make new and innovative connections to harness the full power and potential of this data-driven era, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson said [Tuesday] in a keynote address at the Internet2 Global Summit in Denver, Colorado. Deriving ‘insights from the massive amounts of web-based data that humanity is producing about itself, during the ordinary course of every day…. may be the greatest intellectual challenge and opportunity we all face in academic life,’ President Jackson told the gathering of academic, business, and government leaders in the arena of information technology. ‘Today, we analyze less than 1 percent of the data we capture, even though the answers to many of the great global challenges lie within this overabundant natural resource,’ Jackson said. The challenge, she notes, is finding new ways to address the volume, velocity, variety, and veracity of the data.” Read more

RPI Professor Deborah McGuinness Named AAAS Fellow


RPI reports that “Web scientist and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Tetherless World Research Constellation Professor Deborah L. McGuinness has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). McGuinness is one of 388 newly selected members awarded the honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications, according to AAAS. This year’s AAAS fellows will be formally announced in the November 29 issue of Science, a publication of the AAAS.” Read more

The Ban on Killer Robots, and Why Jim Hendler Signed It


Brian Nearing of Times Union reports, “As head of computer science at RPI, James Handler knows more about robotics and artificial intelligence than most people. So when he says the time is now for a ban on so-called ‘killer robots’ — machines with weaponry and decision-making power to kill, without human oversight -— it’s reasonable to listen. Last week, Hendler was among nearly 300 scientists from three dozen countries who signed a statement to the United Nations calling for governments to stop such robotic technology, which has long been the stuff of dystopian science fiction and films as far back as the 1927 silent German classic ‘Metropolis’.” Read more

IBM Teams with Top Universities to Research Cognitive Systems


R&D Magazine reports that “IBM has announced a collaborative research initiative with four leading universities to advance the development and deployment of cognitive computing systems—systems like IBM Watson that can learn, reason and help human experts make complex decisions involving extraordinary volumes of fast-moving data. Faculty at the four schools—Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—will study enabling technologies and methods for building a new class of systems that better enable people to interact with Big Data in what IBM has identified as a new era of computing.” Read more

IBM’s Watson: The Smartest Thing on Earth?

Geek Exchange recently wrote, “Now researchers and students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have been given the chance to see what Watson can do beyond trouncing Jeopardy champions. That in mind, Geek sat down with the head of RPI’s Computer Science Department, Dr. James A. Hendler, whose research has included robotics, A.I., the semantic Web and Big Data. Hendler offered us a glimpse into the future of Watson, the coming of ‘memory prosthetics’ and revealed whether Watson would be a good Dungeons & Dragons player.” Read more

Watson is Getting Smarter

ThomasNet reports, “Two years ago, IBM software Watson beat two of the world’s best Jeopardy players. Now researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. are working with the program to enhance its cognitive reasoning skills and experiment with applications in a variety of fields. Steven Cherry of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) interviewed one of the lead researchers, Professor Jim Hendler, about the next evolution of Watson for a Techwise Conversations podcast. [below]” Read more

SkyPhrase NLP Tech Helps Users Get More Out Of Google Analytics

Google Analytics gives web site owners good information about what’s clicking with visitors to their site, how those users got there, and more. But, attaining that insight can be somewhat laborious for those not well-versed in the tool and its interface, says Nick Cassimatis, associate professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He’s the founder of natural language processing technology startup SkyPhrase. His take: Apply SkyPhrase to the task, and things get a lot easier.

The startup in February began private beta testing of its NLP interface to Google Analytics. “Google Analytics lets you ask things like how many people from California visited the site last month, or which of your pages were most visited on mobile devices,” says Cassimatis. “Our system lets you ask these questions in natural language and get answers to them” more seamlessly than using Google Analytics alone.

Previous to bringing its NLP help to Google Analytics, SkyPhrase had a public site that let users run natural language searches of their Gmail or Twitter accounts, as well as flights and music.

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What Watson Will Be Studying at RPI

James Hendler recently discussed what the arrival of Watson at RPI will mean  for the growing technology. He writes, “The Watson program is already a breakthrough technology in AI. For many years it had been largely assumed that for a computer to go beyond search and really be able to perform complex human language tasks it needed to do one of two things: either it would “understand” the texts using some kind of deep ‘knowledge representation,’ or it would have a complex statistical model based on millions of texts.” Read more

James Hendler on the Arrival of Watson at RPI

Friend of Dr. James Hendler recently shared his perspective on the arrival of Watson at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: “Every single student in the Department of Computer Science here at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has the potential to revolutionize computing. But with the arrival of Watson at Rensselaer, they’re even better positioned to do so. Watson has caused the researchers in my field of artificial intelligence (AI) to rethink some of our basic assumptions. Watson’s cognitive computing is a breakthrough technology, and it’s really amazing to be here at Rensselaer, where we will be the first university to get our hands on this amazing system.” Read more