AI News and Accomplishments
By Dana Yamashita
Imagine a future where autonomous cars, often referred to as driverless cars, don’t require a driver to take control of the vehicle at all. In fact, a fully autonomous car wouldn’t even require your presence — it would be capable of making its own choices, and instead of driving you to the store, it could “decide” to take you to work. Although our technology is not quite this advanced, we do have self-driving cars, which currently require some human intervention.
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.
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
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.
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.
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A team led by scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has 3D-printed hair follicles in human skin tissue cultured in the lab. This marks the first time researchers have used the technology to generate hair follicles, which play an important role in skin healing and function.
Nikhil Koratkar, Ph.D., John A. Clark and Edward T. Crossan Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Koratkar was recognized for his pioneering contributions to the field of nanoscale science and technology and the use of nanoscale materials in composites and energy storage devices. Each year, no more than 0.05% of the society membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of fellow of the American Physical Society.
Transistors — the tiny on-off switches inside microchips — have gotten smaller and smaller over the years, increasing computing power and enabling smaller devices. During that time, the copper wires that connect these switches have likewise shrunk.
However, smaller, thinner wires create a big problem, said Daniel Gall, professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Using artificial intelligence tools to analyze years of biomedical data, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered a possible connection between sleep, gastrointestinal health, and two potentially harmful behaviors often associated with profound autism: self-injury and aggression. Their study is published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine.
Researchers from IBM are part of a team to develop a new artificial intelligence model for testing novel drugs and other substances rather than use living animals. For millions of mice, rats and beagles, lab tests often require them to be force-fed or made to vomit, suffer paralysis, convulsions or internal bleeding. And much of the suffering is pointless — their responses to drugs aren’t the same as humans and the tests themselves can be difficult to reproduce.