CISL Holding a Virtual Information Session for Remote Fall 2020 URPs

Posted August 5, 2020

In a collaboration between Rensselaer and IBM Research, the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory (CISL) invites students interested in conducting research with us to attend an information session Wednesday, August 12th @ 2 pm online. RSVP to Maura Marsett <> or register on Handshake by 9am Wednesday, August 12th for WebEx session information.

The research conducted at CISL is currently focused on the following projects:

HUMAINE 2020 Call for Participation

Posted January 21, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Following the state and university guidelines, HUMAINE organizers have decided to host this year's competition online via a web browser instead of running it in the on-campus immersive environment. At some future date, if conditions safely permit, we may demonstrate some of the submitted agents in the immersive environment. This does not affect how participants write/submit their code for now.

Following ANAC guidance, we have extended our deadlines for participants to submit their code.

Karlheinz Brandenburg to give talk "Perfect auditory illusion over loudspeakers and headphone: How to use the properties of the human ear and brain"

Posted October 18, 2019

The dream of perfect recreation of sound has always consisted of two parts: Reproduction of monaural sounds such that they seem to be exact copies of an original signal and the plausible recreation of complex sound environments, the possibility to be immersed in sound. The latter goal seems to be much more difficult, especially if we consider reproduction over headphones.

CISL Research Publications in CVPR 2019

Posted August 5, 2019

CVPR is the premier annual computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops and short courses. With its high quality and low cost, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers. CVPR 2019 is hosted in Long Beach, CA. 3 papers came from Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL) - the research collaboration between the IBM Research and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. CISL is one  research center in the AI Horizon Network (AIHN) university collaboration program.  

The Daily Beast: Is It a Video Game—or a Better Way to Learn Foreign Languages?

Posted July 18, 2019

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.

MIT Technology Review: A new immersive classroom uses AI and VR to teach Mandarin Chinese

Posted July 16, 2019

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.