RIT a finalist in NSF 2026 Idea Machine competition

The National Science Foundation (NSF) received more than 800 idea submissions for the NSF 2026 Idea Machine competition. Entries were judged and 33 are still in the running for the grand prize, including a submission from an RIT team on Integrated Human Machine Intelligence. Now, we need you to help NSF determine which entries will advance to the next stage by watching entrants' video pitches and commenting on the importance and potential impact of their Big Ideas, as well as providing suggestions on how their ideas can be improved.

Watch the video pitches and review entries until June 26 at nsf2026imgallery.skild.com.

RIT team members include Anne Haake, dean of Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences; Pengcheng Shi, professor and director of the computing and information sciences Ph.D. program; Linwei Wang, associate professor of computing and information sciences; Qi Yu, associate professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies; and Rui Li, assistant professor of computing and information sciences.