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A student stands before a shopkeeper on a Chinese market street. The shopkeeper announces that he has many things to sell, from cake to postcards. The student, who is still learning how to master Mandarin, ponders the selection. Like many people learning a new language, he must consider grammar, pronunciation, and tenses before answering. When it comes to Mandarin—which the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S.

Often the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in an environment where people speak it. The constant exposure, along with the pressure to communicate, helps you swiftly pick up and practice new vocabulary. But not everyone gets the opportunity to live or study abroad.

A new proposal to the RPI KIP program was approved by KIP review committee in June, 2019 to support CISL research on Using Cognitive Computing for the Manufacturing Control Room of the Future. The new project was proposed by Prof. Wayne Bequette, Wayne Gray, James Malazita, David Mendonca, Rich Radke, and Hui Su. 

Brandyn Sigouin, first year CS undergraduate student and Research Assistant for the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab, wins an honorable mention for his Poster Presentation on Dialogue Engine for Teaching a Machine in the Computer and/or Computational Science category at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium. 

2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster and Oral Presentation Winners

CISL Director Hui Su and Staff members david allen and Andrea Wong presented the Rensselaer Mandarin Project this past week during Demo Session 1 of the Thirty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-19). 


Rensselaer Mandarin Project Demonstration

Recent advances in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and mobile computing, together with the rising popularity of chat and messaging environments, have enabled a boom in the deployment of interactive systems based on conversation and dialogue. This talk explores the design and evaluation of conversational interfaces, and it is focused on design and evaluation methods which address specific challenges of interfaces based on multi-party dialogue. I will show two projects.

Out of 85 research posters from the AIHN community the Rensselaer Mandarin Project received one of six best poster awards at AI Research Week hosted by the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, in Cambridge, MA, October 1–5, 2018. 

All of the posters from the AI Horizons Colloquium are publicly available to review online. 


TROY — To find the powerful ancient manuscript, the student must first meet the mysterious Mrs. Ling — dressed in turquoise and with huge dark eyes that are a bit menacing — in an ornate tea house. And he must complete the Chinese tea ceremony correctly.

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