ISE News and Events

The US Patent Number 9,655,564 titled Use of machine learning for classification of magneto cardiograms was granted on May 23, 2017 to Dr. Karsten Sternickel of Germany, Prof. Mark Embrechts of RPI (ISY) and Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski of RPI (NeST).  The patent is for the use of machine learning for pattern recognition in magnetocardiography (MCG). Magnetocardiography measures magnetic fields emitted by the electrophysiological activity of the heart and does not involve any radiation.

To most Americans, the NSA is an organization shrouded in secrecy, where the most clandestine of operations are carried out in the name of national security. Dr. Thomas Willemain, successful software entrepreneur and statistics professor, spent the equivalent of three years alternating between his life “outside” and working “inside” at the NSA and an affiliated, shadowy think tank.Once inside, Dr. Willemain would be challenged to adjust to life in an intense, complex and sometimes alien organization, while also encountering brilliant and quirky colleagues, the moral challenges of wielding math and statistics as weapons, a charming (if kitschy) gift shop, and ultimately, some of the most rewarding time of his career.A deeply personal account of the years spent within the most secretive organization in the world, Working on the Dark Side of the Moon explores the range of emotions an outsider experiences while crossing over to the “inside.” It also shows the positive side of an Agency whose secrecy hides dedicated men and women devoted to protecting the country while honoring the Constitution.Tom will be book signing on September 28th 6 pm to 8 pm at the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza.

Orkun Baycik is an honorable mention at the IISE Annual conference Doctorial Colloquium for her poster titled, “Interdicting Layered Physical and Information Flow Networks ”Orkun’s research focuses on an interdiction problem on two interdependent networks. In this bi-level program, the objective of the defender is to maximize the physical flow and the objective of the attacker is to minimize this maximum amount. The existence of interdependencies results in a discrete inner problem. They reformulate this problem using duality and obtain a single-level formulation.

The class of 2017 graduates and their families celebrated their graduation in the annual ISE graduation luncheon on May 18. The 2017 ISE graduates are spreading their wings in a wide variety of companies and organizations, including Deloitte, IBM, Fidelity, Global Foundaries, US Navy, and others.The Delmar W. Karger Master's Outstanding Thesis Award is given to Felipe Ortiz (Advisor: Prof.

Uzma Mushtaque is an honorable mention at the IISE Annual conference Doctorial Colloquium for her poster titled, “Context-dependent Discrete Choice Models and Assortment Optimization”Uzma’s primary goal of her research is to formulate decision tools that consider a system level approach when dealing with personalized customer preferences in an e-commerce environment. Her research is at the intersection of: (1) customer preference models (2) recommender systems, and (3) assortment planning.

Institute News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted the first annual Workshop on Image-Based Modeling and Navigation for Space Applications June 4-5 on campus.
 Li (Emily) Liu, associate professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to receive a $1.8 million award to study high-temperature molten-salt properties and corrosion mechanisms. This award is part of a $72 million funding program to advance concentrating solar power (CSP) research, a power plant technology that could reduce the cost of solar energy.
For the second year in a row, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earthquake engineering experts Ricardo Dobry and Tarek Abdoun have been selected by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to receive the Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award. The award is presented to the author or authors of a paper published by the ASCE judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to geotechnical engineering.
An automatic door control system, an emergency response drone, a specialized drawing board, a planter system that cleans the air, a product to prevent plaque (re)growth on surgical stents, and a novel use of gamification for community security are all winners of the spring 2018 Change the World Challenge student innovation competition at Rensselaer.
Li (Emily) Liu, associate professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering program—ELATE at Drexel—a professional development program for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.