During Reunion & Homecoming weekend, Rensselaer will launch RED (Research, Education, and Discovery) Talks, “TED Talk” style presentations at which researchers will highlight solutions to societally important challenges where Rensselaer is playing a leading role. The talks, on Friday, October 13, will tie in how this research was potentiated by the vision of The New Polytechnic and The Rensselaer Plan 2024.

The RED Talks will be held in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Howard P. Isermann ’42 Auditorium beginning at 1 p.m. Following is the schedule:

1:00–1:05 pm: “Introduction—Rensselaer Signature Research Thrusts,” Jonathan Dordick, Vice President for Research and the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering (moderator).

1:05–1:25 pm: “Rebooting Medicine: Synthetic Biology,” Cynthia Collins, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering; and Robert Linhardt, Ann and John H. Broadbent Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering.

1:25–1:45 pm: “Our Planet Is Telling Us Something: Will We Listen?” Peter Fox, Senior Tetherless World Constellation Professor, director of the Information Technology and Web Science program, and professor of earth and environmental sciences; and Karyn Rogers, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences.

1:45–2:05 pm: “The Data Promise,” James Hendler, director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications; and Jennifer Pazour, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering.

2:05–2:25 pm: “What’s Art Got To Do With It,” Jonas Braasch, associate professor of architecture; and Nina Young, assistant professor of music.

2:25–2:45 pm: “The Rise of the Cyber-Sapiens,” Selmer Bringsjord, director of the Rensselaer Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, professor of cognitive science; and Hui Su, director of the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory.

2:45-3:00 pm: Concluding remarks.

To register, go to alumni.rpi.edu/reunion.