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RIT Academic Calendar Characteristics – an administrative policy
March 13, 2017

After 18 months of review, research, and discussion, I am pleased to report that we have a new administrative policy that establishes the basic characteristics of the RIT Academic Calendar. These characteristics include such fundamentals as the number of weeks in a semester, our breaks during and between semesters, and our commitment to the success of our students. This is a real advancement of the university. 

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Update: On-Time Graduation Action Plan, Budget and Timeline now complete
February 28, 2017

The success of the RIT Strategic Plan “Greatness through Difference” depends, partially, on good communication in the progress of the implementation. While Academic Affairs has a leadership role with many of the 15 Tier One priorities, there are four that are of particular interest: the T-Shape initiative, On-Time Graduation, Interdisciplinary Work, and Graduate Education.

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‘Move 78’ Retreat – A great success
February 20, 2017

“I’m afraid of humans. I’m not afraid of AI,” – Max Versace

Wow! What a day we had at RIT on Friday, February 17, 2017. Over 275 faculty, students, staff, alums (and at least one trustee!) and friends came together to listen to talks, view posters, and discuss the topics of machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented intelligence and the like; we called it the Move 78 Retreat*. It was a day of thinking big.

A steering committee crafted a superb agenda and ran the retreat like clockwork. A super thanks to the members:

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On the unique genetic makeup of RIT, collisions, access technology, and our partnership with the Al Sigl Community of Agencies
January 6, 2017

“The accessibility problems of today are the mainstream breakthroughs of tomorrow” (Interview with Google’s Even Andersson

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GIS, Food Waste, and Disruptive Innovation
December 2, 2016

Note: This post was created in collaboration with Natalie Surace, Marketing & Communication Program Coordinator, Golisano Institute for Sustainability

 

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From Pac-Man to Pokémon Go: The Role of a Video Game Designer
October 27, 2016

This is a cross-post from Stephen Jacobs, Professor, Interactive Games and Media, in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, from the RIT Online blog.

 

We love video games because they take us out of our own reality and immerse us in an engaging experience. Whether you’re behind the scope of a rifle as you fight in an interstellar war in Halo, manage a farm and its crop development in Farmville, or strategize your gameplay in Tetris, there is a gaming escape for everyone. From console games to smartphones, the video game industry is constantly evolving to meet the needs of new audiences.

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Move 78 – an RIT retreat focused on cognitive technologies for the RIT community
October 20, 2016

“This isn’t human versus machine. It’s human and machine.” Cade Metz, "In Two Moves, AlphaGo and Lee Sodel Redefined the Future," Wired Magazine

 

In a very short time, there has been an explosion of announcements, articles, and advancements on the topics of artificial intelligence, machine (‘deep’) learning, robotics, quantum computing, and other related topics that fall under the general header of ‘cognitive technologies’. Examples abound:

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News & Numbers from the Innovative Learning Institute
October 12, 2016

I’m pleased to share with you some recent data from the Innovative Learning Institute regarding online enrollment, course availability, and faculty resources.

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