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The Mandarin Project – a reboot of an initiative launched in 2012 to combine narrative, game design, and augmented and virtual reality to teach Chinese — is the latest manifestation of CISL, which is dedicated to pioneering immersive and cognitive systems as an aid to collaborative problem-solving.

Three CISL Collaborators — Jonas Braasch, School of Architecture, CISL; Mei Si, Cognitive Science Department, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS); and Yalun Zhou, Department of Communication and Media, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Mandarin Project — have been awarded a 2017 Rensselaer KIP grant to investigate new virtual reality methods to teach students pitch-related abilities including learning pitch contours for tone languages (Chinese) and correct intonation for musical instruments in conservatory-style education environments.

CISL Collaborators Professor Jonas Braasch and Samuel Chabot will present “An Immersive Virtual Environment for Congruent Audio-Visual Spatialized Data Sonifications” at the 23rd International Conference of Auditory Display at Penn State.

The Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory (CISL) at Rensselaer hosted a related workshop on cognitive and immersive systems, including a demonstration of the “situations room” the lab is developing as part of an ongoing collaboration between Rensselaer and IBM.

CISL Researcher Corey Robinson wins first place for his Oral Presentation on Analogy Visualization at the Eight Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

At the Edge of a Cognitive Space | December 12, 2016

The Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory (CISL) is advancing cognitive and immersive environments for collaborative problem-solving.

Rensselaer Part of IBM Research Cognitive Horizons Network

Six universities, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, have joined with IBM Research to launch the Cognitive Horizons Network, a network committed to accelerating the development of core technologies needed to advance the promise of cognitive computing.

Rensselaer CISL

Rensselaer Research Showcase highlighted work that leverages EMPAC facilities

Dr. Hui Su’s talk at UMBC about CISL, a research initiative to develop the new frontier of immersive cognitive systems that explore and advance natural, collaborative problem-solving among groups of humans and machines.

CISL Boeing

A Conversation with Johannes Goebel and Hui Su at EMPAC — CISL uses the infrastructure of EMPAC to further expand the intellectual and artistic discourse at the intersection of digital technology and the human Condition.

Guru Banavar, Ph.D., IBM Research, illuminates the vision for CISL — a collaboration which combines RPI’s deep experience with immersive environments with IBM’s expertise in cognitive computing.

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson and Dr. John E. Kelly III unveil CISL, a multi-year collaboration between IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to pioneer new frontiers in the scientific field of immersive cognitive systems during the Keynote Presentation for the 2015 Cognitive Colloquium, RPI.


IBM Research teams up with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to explore new opportunities in the field of immersive cognitive systems.

CISL Campfire
CISL Campfire | November 18, 2015

Group collaboration among human users and cognitive agents is a key area of interest within the newly formed Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Researchers at Rensselaer discuss the Campfire, a new platform created at Rensselaer for group interactions which complements traditional large scale immersive environments.

In a Cognitive Space | November 18, 2015

CISL@EMPAC — A collaboration between IBM Research and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to pioneer new frontiers in immersive cognitive systems as an aid to group problem-solving and decision-making.


The Campfire is a new computing interface that allows a small group of users to collaboratively consider information. The platform was developed by Eric Ameres, an EMPAC senior research engineer and Rensselaer doctoral student, and Gordon Clement, an EMPAC media systems integrator and Rensselaer graduate.

Hui Su

IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have formed a joint research initiative, the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab, or CISL, to develop environments combining immersive displays and interaction technologies with cognitive computing.