TROY, N.Y. — A wide-eyed, soft-spoken robot named Pepper motors around the Intelligent Systems Lab at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. One of the researchers tests Pepper, making various gestures as the robot accurately describes what he’s doing. When he crosses his arms, the robot identifies from his body language that something is off.
ECSE-4740 Applied Parallel Computing for Engineers, taught by ECSE Prof W. Randolph Franklin, now includes quantum computing, and how to use the IBM Q universal quantum computer. This complements the multicore Intel Xeon and manycore Nvidia GPU architectures already covered in the course. The goal is to prepare RPI students for what will be important in the future. Although still in its infancy, quantum computing has potentially revolutionary implications, such as the ability to crack public key ciphers.
On March 20, 2019 as part of the ECSE 4120 - Electromechanics course, Prof. Shah arranged a tour of the GE plant in Schenectady where large Wound-Field Synchronous Generators are manufactured. These large machines ranging in rating from several 10's of MVA all the way up to many 100's of MVA are designed and built there!