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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 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.
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.

You’re in a meeting making a plan. Everyone is taking notes, but the conversation roams, going from one item, and one speaker, to another, and as the hour comes to a close, it’s hard to remember who said what and which assignments were doled out to whom. Some of the questions that came up went unanswered. Worse than that, despite all the smarts in the room, several complications were overlooked and nobody noticed.

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.
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.