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  • February, 2010. CATS is a proud Gold Sponsor of the 6th IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 21-24, 2010. Other Sponsors for CASE include ABB, Thorlabs,Agilent, and MapleSoft.
  • February, 2010. Congratulations to CATS faculty Agung Julius for being awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER Award entitled: "Robust Trajectory Based Analysis for Stochastic Hybrid Systems Abstraction and Verification."
  • February, 2010. CATS Student Casey Hoffman is one of the three finalist in the prestigeous 2010 Lemelson-Rensselaer Student Prize Competition. CATS faculty, Dan Walczyk, is Casey's Ph.D. advisor.
  • October, 2009. CATS faculty Jeff Trinkle has been awarded a Humboldt Prize, also known as the Humboldt Research Award. This is an award given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to internationally renowned scientists and scholars. Up to one hundred such awards are granted each year across all fields of study. Past winners include 43 Nobel Prize winners.
  • ALBANY, NY - June 25, 2009.
    Rensselaer CATS has been redesignated by the New York State Foundation on Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) as a New York State Center for Advanced technology. The CATS' 10-year designation starts on July 1, 2009 and carries with it annual NYSTAR funding of $921,200.
  • Click here to read CATS Program Manager Ray Puffer's interview in Automation World on automating fuel cell manufacturing.
  • Craig Dory has joined the CATS as the Center's Associate Director. Craig brings more than 20 years’ experience in business and product strategy, business development and entrepreneurship to the RPI CATS program.  Before joing the CATS, he held leadership positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Xerox Litigation Services and CORESense. He also co-founded Dorian Recordings, an award-winning classical-music record label.  Craig holds a B.S. in Mathematics (with Distinction) from Iowa State University and an M.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Craig has been awarded the Levine Award and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Iowa State University, and two Juno Awards from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
  • Two CATS affiliated faculty will be on leave of absence at the National Science Foundation as Program Directors: Alhussein Abouzeid, Computer Networks and Systems, and Qiang Ji, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence, both in Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate.
  • CATS researchers won the Innovation in Optomechatronic Research Award in International Symposium on Optomechantronics Technologies (ISOT), Nov 17-19, San Diego. Linda Rivera presented the paper, L.I. Rivera, B. Potsaid, J.T. Wen, "Multi-worm tracking using superposition of merit functions."
  • NSF awarded a 5-year $18.5M Engineering Research Center (ERC) inSmart Lighting to Rensselaer. The center is led by Prof. Fred Schubert. The CATS is participating in the bioimaging area.
  • Rensselaer is a great place to dig into starting a company. Learn more from the Office of Entrepreneurship.
  • CATS Student and IGERT Fellow Christina Laskowski and her team placed second in the 2008 ASME Student Manufacturing Design Competition. Title: Automated Manufactuirng of a Rocket Candy Dispenser. Advisor: Prof. Daniel Walczyk. CATS Student and IGERT Fellow Christina Laskowski is also this year's recipient of the Davies Award from the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of ASME. This announcement was posted in the June issue of the ASME Newsletter.
  • This April, CATS hosted its annual Technology Showcase. There were many presentations and posters on various topics. To discover the days events and fun, click here.
  • CATS discovers new Adaptive Optics technology. Click here for more information.
  • The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a scientific research organization, and I.B.M., the computer giant, plan to come together in this old waterfront town to announce a bold collaboration combining innovative technology with marine biology expertise to create a world-class center for river research. Their joint project will create a system of sensors to provide 24-hour-a-day monitoring of conditions in the 315-mile Hudson River as it flows from the Adirondack Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Prof. Leila Parsa has been selected to receive the 2007 IAS Outstanding Young Member Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding achievement and contribution to the profession through involvement in IEEE-IAS activities by an IAS member less than 35 years of age. In selecting the recipient, the Committee shall consider contributions of the nominee to IAS through authorship of technical papers, IAS chapter leadership, IAS committee work, conference leadership and standards working groups. This Award includes the plaque, $1,000 honorarium and travel expenses to attend the IAS Annual Meeting. The award will be formally presented at the President's Banquet at the IAS Annual Meeting,held in New Orleans, September 22- 27.
  • Two RPI student startups have won the Innovation Showcase competition sponsored by the ASME. Ecovative Design and JDAxis were also the top two finishers in the Tech Valley Student Business Plan Competition co-sponsored by CATS.
  • CATS faculty Michael Jensen, Yoav Peles, and John Wen have received a 5-year, $3.4 million award from the Department of Defense to advance the thermal management of large, distributed electronic systems aboard naval vessels. A nice article from the Albany Times Union is here
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  • Thorlabs has won the 2007 PhAST/Laser Focus World Innovation Award, presented at the Photonic Applications Systems Technologies (PhAST) Conference in Baltimore on May 7, for commercializing the ASOM technology developed at CATS. Congratulations!
  • Several CATS-Affiliated faculty were honored at this year's School of Engineering Awards. Birsen Yazici and John Wen were recognized for their research, Eric Ledet and Ananth Krishnamurthy were honored for teaching, and Linda Schadler was honored as part of the outstanding team that created "Molecularium." Congratulations to all.
  • Adaptive Scanning Optical Microscope (ASOM) technology, developed by CATS researchers Ben Potsaid, Yves Bellouard and John Wen, has been licensed to Thorlabs, Inc., and featured at Photonics West in January, 2007. Industry observers say that it is the first commercially offered instrument that includes new MEMS adaptive optics.
  • CATS affiliated Professor and mechatronics guru Kevin Craig is featured in a new videocast series produced by Design News in conjunction with his new monthly column in that publication.
  • CATS affiliated Professor Linda Schadler was named a fellow of ASM International on October 17, 2006.
  • A paper on "Automation of Challenging Spatial-Temporal Biomedical Observations with the Adaptive Scanning Optical Microscope (ASOM)" by Rensselaer Biology Professor Fern Finger, CATS Research Scientist Ben Potsaid and CATS Director John T. Wen was named Best Conference Paper at the 2006 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering in Shanghai.
  • CATS affiliated faculty Ananth Krishnamurthy conducted a second very sucessful workshop on leaning manufacturing strategy "Capacity Planning and Production Control with POLCA" on September 19-20, 2006.
  • On September 13, 2006 CATS held a Technology Commercialization and Venturing Workshop for university-based researchers considering a new technology venture. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Future Energy Systems, Office of Technology Commercialization, and the Lally School of Management and Technology. The Workshop drew 45 people who heard presentations on topics such as intellectual property protection, startup financing, and SBIR/STTR programs, and heard from entrepreneurs who have started a variety of businesses from the fruits of academic research. If you were not able to join us, presentations are available to members of the RPI community.
  • Read about Suvranu De's surgical simulation work in Wired News.
  • Rensselaer hosted the 10th IEEE COMPEL Workshop (COMPEL'06) July 16-19, 2006, bringing together industrial, government, and academic researchers for interactive discussion on the latest advances in modeling, analysis, and control of power electronic devices, circuits, and systems.
  • The July 2006 issue of CryoGas International features an article about our Fuel Cell Stack Assembly effort.
  • A CATS invention, the Adaptive Scanning Optical Microscope (ASOM) (inventors: Ben Potsaid, Yves Bellouard, and John Wen), is garnering coverage in optics and microscopy magazines: ASOM is also mentioned in the Boston Micromachines' press release on Mini-DM deformable mirrors.
  • CATS affiliated faculty Ananth Krishnamurthy conducted a very sucessful workshop on leaning manufacturing strategy "Capacity Planning and Production Control with POLCA" on 3/14-3/15.
  • Rensselaer Research Review has provides a nice article covering the CATS: "Automation Writ Large".
  • CATS conducted a successful Automation Open House in the Heffner Alumni House on May 1, 2006. Photos and posters are now on-line.
  • CATS-alum Ryan O'Donnell and the whole team at BullEx Digital Safety have been named "Rising Star" of the Capital District business community by the Center for Economic Growth.
  • CATS affiliated faculty Professor Antoinette Maniatty has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Undergraduates Craig Emerson and David Shangraw won First Place at RPI's Undergraduate Research Forum for their project, "Nano Air Vehicles" under the direction of CATS affiliated faculty, Miki Amitay.
  • CATS affiliated faculty Murat Arcak has been awarded the 2006 Donald P. Eckman Award given by the American Automatic Control Council, recognizing an outstanding young engineer in the field of automatic control. He was cited "for outstanding contributions to feedback design of nonlinear systems and networks, and innovative applications to fuel cell technology."
  • FMC and CATS officially merged on February 1, 2006. Current Director of FMC, Ray Puffer, will become the Director for Industrial Automation in CATS. Current FMC staff, Steve Rock, will become a research scientist in the CATS.
  • The Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory (MDL) in the Rensselaer School of Engineering and the CATS signed a Memorandum of Understanding pledging collaboration for assisting New York State companies participating in MDL.
  • CATS affiliated faculty, Professor Arthur C. Sanderson, professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, is chair of the science advisory committee for the Rivers and Estuaries Center, which Governor Pataki announced in January 2006, will receive $25 million for the construction of a Center for Advanced Environmental Technology. See article for detail.
  • FMC and CATS received a robotic equipment award from the Robotic Industrial Association (RIA) for automated fuel cell stack assembly research on September 28, 2005. This research will be led by FMC co-directors and CATS affiliated faculty, Ray Puffer and Steve Derby.

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