ISE News and Events

ISE Associate Professor David Mendonça and Cognitive Science Professor Wayne Gray recently received an RPI Presidential Graduate Fellowship to support groundbreaking research on teamwork in high tempo, adversarial environments. The project will employ data from the online game League of Legends (LoL). With approximately 70 million registered players and 12 million daily players, LoL is the most popular game in the world.
Rensselaer Engineering Dean Shekhar Garde and ISE Head John Wen visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 15. An alumni reception was held together with the Sandia National Lab with alumni spanning 50 years. Director of the Sandia Lab, Dr. Paul Homert, (class of 72, Aero), last day before his retirement, gave a welcome speech. Dean Garde described the latest initiatives and news in the School of Engineering. Prof.
ISE faculty Bill Foley is working with St. Peter’s Health Partnership to investigate the effectiveness of medical scribe in physician’s office. Dr. Foley led a team of two undergraduate researchers to collect data in a local primary care physician office. His work is described in Times Union.
The Director of Manufacturing Technology at GlobalFoundries, Bill Fosnight, will give an ISE seminar on April 15 3pm in CII 3051 on the data analytics challenges and opportunities in semiconductor manufacturing. The title of his talk is "Impact of Data Analytics on Semiconductor Manufacturing Competitiveness."Abstract: Semiconductor manufacturing can be measured by three core performance metrics: yield (product quality), cycle time (speed) and cost (equipment and resources).
There is an excellent profile of a recent ISE graduate Chris Low (BS in ISE and MS in Business Analytics) who works at a marketing and communications firm in California.  He explains in the Rensselaer Approach

Institute News

A novel form of polymerized estrogen developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute can provide neuroprotection when implanted at the site of a spinal cord injury — preventing further damage. This promising result, found in a preclinical model, was recently published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, and it lays the groundwork for further advancement of this new biomaterial.  
Future roads will likely carry autonomous vehicles that communicate with one another in a system where vehicles relay information — like destination, speed, or upcoming lane change — and then receive real-time feedback about decisions like route changes necessary to avoid traffic.
Envisioning an animal-free drug supply, scientists have — for the first time — reprogrammed a common bacterium to make a designer polysaccharide molecule used in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. 
The era of widespread remote learning brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic requires online testing methods that effectively prevent cheating, especially in the form of collusion among students. With concerns about cheating on the rise across the country, a solution that also maintains student privacy is particularly valuable.
When a pandemic and a natural disaster hit a community simultaneously, disease exposure and social distancing can limit the availability of critical personnel, leaving a community positioned for a lengthy recovery. With both types of events expected to occur with increasing frequency, a team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been running simulations to better understand how communities can weather concurrent crises.