CATS IGERT student Casey Hoffman works on fabricating a fuel cell electrode coating test bed.  The CATS provides students at Rensselaer opportunities to work on industrially driven research projects preparing them for leadership roles in industry.
CATS IGERT student Casey Hoffman works on fabricating a fuel cell electrode coating test bed. The CATS provides students at Rensselaer opportunities to work on industrially driven research projects preparing them for leadership roles in industry.

About Rensselaer CATS

Think smart...make value.

Founded in 1988 as part of the New York State Centers for Advanced Technology program, the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute provides a means for industry to utilize an extensive pool of knowledge and expertise in the science and technologies of automation.

Rensselaer CATS leverages nearly 50 faculty members across 9 departments and 3 schools, plus full-time, dedicated research staff, to help its partner companies develop system-level solutions for high-impact, advanced-manufacturing challenges across a broad array of industries — from biotech and renewable energy to aerospace and nanoscale manufacturing — following a proven university-industry collaboration model to deliver technology-based economic development.

CATS' TECHNOLOGY FOCUS
The CATS technology focus is advanced manufacturing, centered on automation — autonomous algorithms, processes, systems and devices that improve efficiency, increase productivity, or provide new functionality.  Automation is poised to become the enabling technology of the new global economy, creating and expanding competitive advantage to drive economic development and job creation.

CATS' CORE APPLICATION AREAS
Rensselaer CATS focuses its research efforts in four automation application areas: manufacturingprecisiondesign, and informationautomation — serving companies that span key industrial sectors, including manufacturing, energy, biotechnology, semiconductors, aerospace and defense.  The Center’s research in each of these application areas is anchored by a common, holistic approach — a system-level design methodology that integrates modeling, optimization, sensing, and control.  This intellectual foundation to problem solving facilitates development of generalized toolsets, tailoring them to specific applications and needs.

THE CATS MISSION
Rensselaer CATS conducts cutting-edge, industrially relevant research in advanced automation and control systems to advance knowledge, develop new technologies, foster economic growth and engender a richer, more relevant educational experience through collaborative partnerships among its public sector stakeholders, industrial clients, faculty, staff, and students.

To learn more about CATS' research, education and technology commercialization programs, please contact the Center's Director for Business Development, Craig Dory:

Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street - CII 8011
Troy, NY  12180
518-276-3953 (phone)
518-276-4897 (fax)
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