General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Becomes Founding Corporate Member of Data Science Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Media Relations

July 16, 2013

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Becomes Founding Corporate Member of Data Science Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Collaboration Supports Effort To Make Complex Data Accessible to Scientists

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced that General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will serve as the founding corporate member of the Rensselaer Data Science Research Center (DSRC) Industry Affiliates Program. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems becomes the first industrial member of the DSRC, spearheading the collaborative effort to help shape the future of data science through information sharing between industry and academia to continue cutting-edge research and education. 

“We are pleased to welcome General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems as the founding member of the DSRC Industry Affiliates Program,” said Bulent Yener, the center director and professor of computer science at Rensselaer. “With General Dynamics’ support and participation, we will be better positioned to address complex, global challenges including the rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape, Big Data analytics, and advance graph theory. The DSRC truly is becoming a melting pot of ideas and expertise in a variety of research areas.”

Established in 2010, the DSRC is focused on fostering research and development to address today’s most pressing data-centric and data-intensive research challenges, utilizing the unique resources available at Rensselaer. At the DSRC, researchers add semantics to data in order to render it useful in a variety of machines and programs. 

“Today more than ever, it is essential that thought leaders from government, academia, and industry come together to pilot new approaches to the issues that affect both the private and public sector,” said John Jolly, vice president and general manager, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems’ Cyber Systems division. “The Data Science Research Center is a true collaborative environment that fosters information sharing and cultivates technological advancements and innovation that will benefit industries across the board.”

As a key stakeholder of the DSRC, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will be able to collaborate with best-in-class Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers on a wide range of issues that are relevant to General Dynamics’ diverse customer base, including forensics and cyber situational awareness. Continuing the cybersecurity conversation between industry and academia will help accelerate innovation by identifying opportunities for collaboration across industries.

The DSRC is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of more than 40 faculty members, who have access to a variety of research platforms at Rensselaer. The objective of the DSRC is to gain national and international visibility, while providing support and infrastructure to the membership in solving complex data-centric and data-intensive research problems. The DSRC is in the process of seeking additional corporate partners, offering two tiers of industrial membership: full industrial membership and affiliate industrial membership.  Each membership receives benefits corresponding to their level of investment. For more information on the diverse research endeavors launched at Rensselaer, visit


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