AI News and Accomplishments

May 11, 2023

A team of researchers led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Trevor David Rhone, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, has identified novel van der Waals (vdW) magnets using cutting-edge tools in artificial intelligence (AI). In particular, the team identified transition metal halide vdW materials with large magnetic moments that are predicted to be chemically stable using semi-supervised learning. These two-dimensional (2D) vdW magnets have potential applications in data storage, spintronics, and even quantum computing.

March 2023 (Volume 32, Number 3)
Trevor Rhone

An interview with physicist Trevor David Rhone, 2022 recipient of the Joseph A. Johnson III Award, who tackles materials science with artificial intelligence.

By Sophia Chen | February 16, 2023


January 19, 2023
Tyler Malloy

By Dana Yamashita

The Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration (AIRC) is a joint venture between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and IBM working to advance the science of artificial intelligence (AI) through a series of research projects. Graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, and faculty from Rensselaer and IBM work together on research aimed at accelerating the applications of AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and related technologies.

December 12, 2022
Nkechinyere Agu

By Regina Stracqualursi

After coming to the United States in 2017 to pursue a master’s degree in computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Nkechinyere N. Agu ’19G, ’22 Ph.D., who was born and raised in Nigeria, witnessed the disparities in health care firsthand. “All of the countries in West Africa put together have fewer radiologists than Boston, Massachusetts,” she said, citing one example.

November 8, 2022
Bhanushee Sharma

By Regina Stracqualursi

For millions of people across the globe, medications mean the difference between life and death. For others, they also mean the difference between comfort and pain, and living a normal life versus being limited in daily activities. While new medications have the power to both save lives and improve quality of life for patients with chronic health conditions, the process of bringing a new medication to market for patients in need can take more than a decade and can cost billions of dollars.

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The iconic Brooklyn Bridge was opened to the public 140 years ago, on May 24, 1883. Since, millions of vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists have crossed the Brooklyn Bridge as they travel into Lower Manhattan.

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Albany Medical College were awarded a $3.3 million grant over five years by the National Cancer Institute to use artificial intelligence (AI) to improve targeted drug therapy in HER2-positive breast cancer treatment. HER2-positive breast cancer tends to grow and spread quickly, but targeted treatments improve outcomes.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Martin A. Schmidt ’81 presided over the 217th Commencement Ceremony, his first as president. During the ceremony, which was held at the East Campus Athletic Village, Rensselaer awarded a total of 1,988 degrees — 152 doctoral degrees, 390 master’s degrees, and 1,446 bachelor’s degrees — to 1,957 students, some of whom earned multiple degrees. Approximately 1,500 students attended the ceremony.

When most people think of crystals, they picture suncatchers that act as rainbow prisms or the semi-transparent stones that some believe hold healing powers. However, to scientists and engineers, crystals are a form of materials in which their constituents – atoms, molecules, or nanoparticles – are arranged regularly in space. In other words, crystals are defined by the regular arrangement of their constituents. Common examples are diamonds, table salt, or sugar cubes. 

High school students in upstate New York have their pick of colleges and universities within driving distance, and some choose to head to nearby states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, or New Hampshire. However, many students choose Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), a technological research institution with a global reach that also happens to be local.

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