ISE News and Events

The 2014 ISE Newsletter maybe viewed here . Highlights: Tom Sharkey's research on supply chain and infrastructure restoration, David Mendonca's work on teamwork in large scale disaster response, Jennifer Ryan's work on semiconductor manufacturing scheduling and inventory management in aircraft engines maintenance, Martha Grabowski's National Academy report on Arctic oil spill response, and Mark Embrechts' course and research related to Big Data.

ISE Associate Professor David Mendonça, in collaboration with Martha Grabowski of ISE, was recently awarded a three-year $337k grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate teamwork in organizations following large-scale disasters. Using data from debris clearance operations following a series of calamitous tornado storms in Alabama in 2011, this work will investigate how team-level processes contribute to overall performance of the debris removal mission.

David Mendonça Ph.D., '01, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering gave an ENGtalk entitled " Network Improvisation in Emergency Response: An Application to Debris Removal Operations ." ( ENGtalk : Little lectures on big ideas from Rensselaer engineers: selected faculty present brief lectures on some of the hottest topics in engineering.)

ISE Faculty Mark Embrechts is awarded US Patent # 8,744,557 on June 3, 2014 for his co-invention "Use of Machine Learning for Magetocariograms." This patent resulted from a collaboration between Prof. Embrechts and CardioMag Imaging in Latham, NY. ISE Faculty John Wen is awarded US Patent # 8.746,310 on June 10, 2014 for his co-invention "System and method for probe-based high precision spatial orientation control and assembly of parts for microassembly using computer vision." This patent resulted from a collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Mathworks highlights the user story of ISE Head, John Wen: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Speeds the Development of Robotic Control Systems . Rethink Robotics produced a video of a Robot Assistant Jamster prototyped by John Wen and colleagues.

Institute News

TROY, N.Y. — The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered how people shop, how much they buy, the trips they take outside their homes, and the number of tele-activities — like work, medicine, and education — that have become commonplace. These changes were rapid and have tremendously impacted the economy, supply chains, and the environment.
TROY, N.Y. —The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that landfills received 26.8 million tons of plastic in 2017, underscoring the need for a recycling process that is more efficient, effective, and affordable.
TROY, N.Y. — Chemically engineered peptides, designed and developed by a team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, could prove valuable in the battle against some of the most persistent human health challenges.
TROY, N.Y. — A surgeon makes an incision on a virtual patient with support from a perioperative nurse, while an anesthesiologist monitors the patient’s vital signs. As the procedure continues, the team members navigate together through any challenges that arise — even though each of them may be participating from different rooms, buildings, or even cities.
TROY, N.Y. — Short of cameras, there are few tools at the disposal of health care providers or loved ones to remotely monitor patient safety within hospitals and assisted living care facilities. A new system of infrared sensors is able to provide real-time data about a person’s movements in a room while also maintaining their privacy.