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A tremendous season for RIT athletics

6 Jul

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With ample successes in the classroom and in the field of play, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Athletics program enjoyed unparalleled success during the 2017-18 season. From Liberty League Championships to NCAA berths, to All-American status, and Academic All-America plaudits, RIT’s 650 student-athletes have had plenty to celebrate this year, including RIT/NTID’s Otto Kingstedt, who won several individual honors. RIT/NTID alumna Michele Halleran also was inducted into RIT’s Athletic Hall of Fame. More.

RIT men’s lacrosse moves on to semifinals

18 May

The No. 1 RIT men’s lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals with a 12-7 win over No. 2 York College in the quarterfinals. RIT tied a team record for wins in a season and will play Wesleyan University at RIT on Sunday, May 20, 2018. More.

Researchers at NTID demonstrate accessible rower at Imagine RIT festival

24 Apr

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As part of Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, researchers at NTID’s Center on Access Technology will demonstrate an accessible rower that enables deaf and hard-of-hearing rowers to follow verbal coxswain instructions during competitions. Festival visitors can sit in a canoe and test their reflex response times by using a game pad to reply to visual cues displayed on a smartphone.       

The idea for the accessible rower came about in 2016, with the addition of a deaf rower to the RIT men’s rowing team roster, with the possibility of other deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes joining the squad. In rowing competitions, rowers are required to follow commands from the coxswain, who determines the speed of the boat.

According to Wendy Dannels, a research faculty member in NTID’s Center on Access Technology and one of the project coordinators, the solution provides a visual display showing transcription and/or illustration of the coxswain’s commands. The application was developed to help the athletes synchronize with the coxswain by using a custom Automatic Speech Recognition engine. The engine is offline so the deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes can utilize the technology without internet connection.

In addition to Dannels, project team members are Steven McClusky, a fourth-year software engineering student from Blue Springs, Mo.; Joseph Stanislow, instructional/support faculty member, NTID Information and Computing Studies; and Brian Trager, associate director of the NTID Center on Access Technology.

Meet RIT/NTID student-athlete Ethan Ettienne

5 Apr

RIT/NTID student-athlete Ethan Ettienne is a “Big Tiger on Campus”! Watch his video.

RIT women’s basketball advances to NCAA Sweet 16

5 Mar

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RIT women’s basketball team advances to the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship for the first time in the 31-year history of the program. The Tigers advance with a 79-76 win over The College of New Jersey. More.