Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL) is a multi-year collaboration program between IBM Research and Rensselaer to lead the research frontier and the development of immersive cognitive systems.  
Cognitive computing systems are becoming more and more pervasive in our society. Human being’s experience with information in our daily life (home, office, car, theatre, etc.) are becoming more and more immersive. The paradigm of human computer interaction will soon shift to be a partnership between human beings and intelligent machines through a human-scale and immersive experience. What exactly this paradigm shift will change our world, what transformation it will bring to our society, how it will help human beings (especially groups of people) to solve big and complex problems in business and life, are all important to us.
The core platform of CISL is Cognitive Immersive Room (also called “Situations Room”) - an immersive, interactive, reconfigurable physical environment that can augment group intelligence in complex problem solving, decision making etc. CISL’s mission is to create scientific breakthroughs and technical innovations that can be used to enable a number of Situations Rooms, and prove in real world scenarios that these Situations Rooms can augment group intelligence in people’s daily life.
Based on the collaboration between IBM and RPI, CISL will establish extended partnership model for funded research from Government Agencies as well as Industry Leaders who see business values in Cognitive and Immersive Systems (e.g., IT, Manufacture, Media, Healthcare, Education etc.).
CISL will establish an open research ecosystem through collaboration with academic institutes on an open research platform.
CISL’s mission is to create scientific breakthroughs and technical innovations that can be used to enable a number of Cognitive Immersive Rooms (also called “Situations Rooms”) in various industries in the future.
The Situations Room automatically responds to its occupants by listening to and watching them, engages multiple users working in small groups at the same time on different aspects of a larger project, explores interactions and visualizations that would be impossible with a few people looking at a single monitor, learns from and reasons with the input captured from multi-people’s discussions, contributes relevant human-scale context to facilitate the discussions, creates multimodal narratives and presents to the participants of the discussions. CISL plans to enable the breakthroughs in the following research areas:
Group-Information Interactions
Human-scale context exploration, learning and reasoning, and cognitive computer facilitated discussion
Multimodal presentation/story-telling
Cognitive and Immersive Systems technologies  
CISL plans to use integration-driven research approach.  This means that all CISL participants will adhere to certain application interfaces defined by the lab in order to allow further integration when they do their own component technology research. They will also publish the component technologies or assets on top of a collaborative platform.
In all areas, the expectation is to be multidisciplinary and to address socioeconomic factors that influence decision making, including understanding cultural aspects (scientific and humanistic) of the impact of new discoveries and technologies, and integrating complex multivariate data from myriad sources. A further expectation is that the projects impact STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education at the graduate levels.