Research at RIT

The world needs collaborative thinkers who seek pressing problems and propose innovative, game-changing solutions. RIT’s researchers explore galaxies and help set the pace for a future in photonics. They are the creativity behind discoveries to sustain the planet; they provide medical technologies designed to help individuals overcome obstacles.  They are solving some of the current challenges in cybersecurity and imaging to protect people and organizations.

Through research, RIT is making an impact.

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Sponsored research awards in 2022 fiscal year

16

Faculty members who have received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation since 2014

94

Current researchers who have achieved $1 million or more in funding since 2000

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Latest Research News

  • October 3, 2022

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    RIT to launch new physics Ph.D. program in fall 2024

    RIT will begin offering a new Ph.D. in the fall of 2024 that is designed to prepare graduates to extend the frontiers of fundamental scientific knowledge and develop new advances in technologies at the forefronts of 21st century physics.

  • September 28, 2022

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    Faculty researchers develop humanoid robotic system to teach Tai Chi

    Zhi Zheng’s robot is skilled at Tai Chi, and her research team hopes it will soon lead a class of older adults at a local community center. Zheng, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in Kate Gleason College of Engineering, developed the humanoid robot as part of her assistive technology research.

  • September 27, 2022

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    Two RIT cybersecurity professors win Meta Research Awards

    Yidan Hu and Ivan De Oliveira Nunes have each won Meta Research Awards for their cutting-edge cybersecurity research. The assistant professors of computing security are working to protect people’s safety on their augmented reality and smart devices.

  • September 23, 2022

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    AI summit brings together an exciting range of research underway

    Applications being developed at RIT using artificial intelligence vary from sophisticated medical monitoring devices to the development of autonomous systems for Indy racecars. These represent some of the exciting and complex work underway at the university that will be featured prominently at the AI@RIT Summit: Discovering and Harnessing the Breadth and Depth of Artificial Intelligence at RIT.

  • September 22, 2022

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    Brown Hall renovations in final stages

    The outside of RIT’s Brown Hall looks the same, but inside everything has changed. Once the final details are settled, Brown Hall will house new laboratories for genomics, computer engineering, and soil and traffic studies, as well as several computer facilities and office space.

  • September 16, 2022

    graphic with portrait of Lishibanya Mohapatra, assistant professor in the College of Science.

    NIH funds new RIT-led study to explore how living cells regulate the growth of organelles

    Lishibanya Mohapatra, an assistant professor at RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy, hopes that a better understanding of how living cells maintain the size of their organelles can lead to therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. She earned a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how cells control the size of organelles.

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