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We apologize for any inconvenience. Due to an unexpected illness, we have decided to postpone the workshop. For those who have already made travel arrangements, please cancel them. If you incur any non-refundable expenses, please contact Kathy Grise, k.l.grise@ieee.org.


Location: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Date: TBD

Description: “Smart materials” are responsive to their environment (passive) and/or external stimuli (active) in such a way that they serve an enabling technological function. This intentionally broad definition includes examples such as shape memory alloys, piezoelectrics, electro/photo/thermo-chromics, self-healing polymers, coupled magnetics, re-configurable devices/components, soft robotics, and many others. While there are several strong established communities in this area, we believe that there is an opportunity to collaboratively connect people and technologies across the current materials and/or application focus, to address common issues that may center around phenomenology, controls, reliability, integration, adoption and standards, or any number of others.  The primary purpose of this workshop is to explore and identify such opportunities that do not infringe upon existing communities, but instead partner and facilitate greater reach and impact.

IEEE Future Directions and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host a two day workshop on Thursday and Friday October 13 and 14, 2016, and you are invited to attend.  The workshop will include leaders from across the Smart Materials landscape, and this is a great opportunity to help shape the future of this important and growing field. The workshop will start at 10 am local time, Thursday, October 13. A dinner reception will be held the same day.

Please “save the date”, 13 and 14 October 2016, Troy, NY, USA.


IEEE Smart Materials Initiative Workshop 2, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Draft Agenda

Day 1: Invited Speakers and Student Poster Session

Day 2: Initiative Workshop Discussions


Note: The conference will be held in The Russell Sage Dining Hall – 2nd Floor.

Planning Your Trip

Getting to RPI, Troy, NY: The closest airport is Albany International Airport (ALB). The airport is approximately 10 miles from the Hilton Garden Inn Troy Hotel and the RPI campus.

By train, the nearest station is Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak station (ALB), 525 East Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

By car,

From the South:
Take I-87, the New York State Thruway, North to Exit 23. At Exit 23, get on I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow the directions to campus (below).

From the North:
Take I-87, the Adirondack Northway, South to Exit 7 East. Get on Route 7 headed Eastbound. Follow the directions to campus (below).

From the East:
From I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike, Berkshire Spur of the New York Thruway), take Exit B1. Continue East (13.5 miles) to the exit for I-787. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow the directions to campus (below).

From the West:
Take I-90, the New York State Thruway, to Exit 24. From Exit 24, continue onto I-90 East. Exit onto I-787 North. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East. You will want to be in the right lane of Route 7. Take the exit for Downtown Troy. You will be on 6th Avenue. At the second traffic light, make a left turn onto Federal Street. Continue up the hill (becomes Peoples Avenue). At the second traffic light, make a right turn onto 15th Street. You will see the large granite Rensselaer sign and flags at the intersection of 15th Street and Sage Avenue. Continue on 15th Street past this intersection, and drive under the pedestrian bridge. You can park in the Public Safety parking lot located just past the pedestrian bridge, on your left.


From the Hilton Garden Inn Troy: The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle. It is .9 miles to the Russell Sage Dining Hall, where the workshop will be held. About a 20 minute walk.

Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn Troy
235 Hoosick Street
Troy, New York 12180

Call 1-877-782-9444 and refer to the group code IEEE2 to access the discounted rate. Or online, Hilton Garden Inn Troy website, and enter the group code IEEE2

Registration: To register for the workshop, please send an email to Kathy Grise, k.l.grise@ieee.org. Include your full name, email, mailing address, student or work affiliation, and indicate if you are an IEEE member with your member number.

For more information and/or to reserve your spot in the workshop, please contact Kathy Grise, k.l.grise@ieee.org.