News & Events

2020 Archive

October 9, 2020

UNY I-Corps Regional Course Hosted By University of Rochester

From the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship

The University of Rochester is once again offering the NSF Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) Upstate NY Node Short Course program in a new 3.5-week virtual format and designed for graduate, doctoral candidates, post-docs and faculty in STEM-related fields to explore the market opportunity of their research. Undergrads are welcome to apply if they have a deep technology and are working with a faculty member. The next UR Short Course, offered free of charge, will take place via Zoom, beginning on Monday, October 19. This fall’s cohort is eligible for grant awards of up to $2,000 per team. Register here.


October 5, 2020

UR Ventures: Technology Development Fund

The Technology Development Fund accelerates the commercialization of the University of Rochester's world-class research. The TDF makes awards to UR researchers as they develop their innovations to get them ready for the marketplace. TDF awards are not prizes or research grants, but are funds to accomplish specific milestones. Since 2010, TDF support has provided over $4m to 49 projects, resulting in 30+ publications, over $7m in additional research funding, 8 licenses/options and several startups.

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September 14, 2020

Luminate Finals 2020

"Luminate Finals 2020 was streamed internationally on Monday, September 14 as part of The Optical Society‘s all-virtual Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FiO+LS) APS/DLS conference. The event marked the graduation of the ten startups in Luminate’s third cohort — startups changing the way we address healthcare diagnosis and training, water and soil monitoring, wireless communication, energy efficiency, and more."

See the Winners!


July 20, 2020

Experience the Future at SEMICON West 2020

SEMI Americas will host the 50th edition of SEMICON West as a virtual event. Their digital platform will gather microelectronics manufacturing and design professionals from around the globe, and offer the full-featured experiences you've come to expect.

Registration opens soon—add your name to the Interest Form and they will notify you as soon as possible. 

July 16, 2020

FuzeHub’s Machining and Fabrication Post-COVID-19 Virtual Solutions Forum

Take a few hours on the morning of Thursday, August 6th and let FuzeHub introduce you to some people who can help your business grow. This one-of-a-kind event combines the power of an on-line platform called Remo with real-time engagement in a virtual networking space. Tune into the event to meet experts in areas like these:

  • Robotics and automation
  • Workforce development
  • Design and manufacturing
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Grants and funding
  • Supply chain resilience

Register Now

July 14, 2020

Embedded Vision: An Overview [Webinar]

Embedded vision is an emerging and growing technology with use cases developing across many fields, from medical imaging to autonomous vehicles. Fundamentally, embedded vision is the integration of vision acquisition and processing directly into machines and even consumer devices. The term “embedded vision,” though, has been used to describe a wide variety of technologies and implementations.

In this webinar, industry expert David Dechow will define embedded vision and the technologies involved, the basic implementation challenges and techniques, and the impact that embedded vision will have on familiar markets, including, in particular, machine vision in automation applications. The webinar will feature examples and case studies and include a question-and-answer session.

Thursday, July 23, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

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July 6, 2020 

Rebuild Upstate: Outlook for Healthcare 

Four healthcare leaders describe how they confronted the pandemic and what we need to keep functioning through the anticipated second wave. Moderated by Alex Zapesochny, publisher of the Rochester Beacon. 

  • Kim Townsend - CEO of the Loretto System
  • Mark Taubman, MD - CEO of University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Rebecca Gould - President of Schuyler Hospital
  • William Streck, MD - CEO of the Bassett Healthcare System



June 20, 2020

In Pursuit of a Better Test

University scientists are adapting existing research to develop tests to detect and improve our understanding of COVID-19. CEIS partners, Benjamin Miller and James McGrath are currently developing better COVID-19 testing strategies. Miller's lab is developing tiny sensor chips that use coronavirus proteins to quickly detect the presence of coronavirus antibodies that humans develop within two days of exposure to the virus. McGrath is using ultrathin membranes to determine whether individuals have been infected with COVID-19. McGrath is eyeing an inexpensive testing device that could be used in low-resource communities around the world. 

March 1, 2020

The Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund Open Competition

FuzeHub’s $400,000 Commercialization Competition, a part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, is scheduled for November 18-19 2020. The two day event in Albany will involve a pitch competition showcasing the innovative early stage of different companies, panel discussions and different networking opportunities. Visit this link to learn more about the competition along with other past companies that won the award.

February 27, 2020

Call for Proposals for the Collaborative Innovative Research (CIR)

Our CIR program provides matching funds for company-sponsored research on campus has released its annual Call for Proposals for the 2020-2021 program year. The submission deadline is May 22nd, 2020 for projects that commence on July 1st 2020 subject to the availability of funds. Faculty members of the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and other regional universities are invited to apply. Look for instructions and the forms on the CEIS website. Questions about the proposals or the CIR RFP process may be addressed to Cathy Adams at cathy.adams@rochester.edu or (585)-275-3999.

This event has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions

Registration Open for 20th Annual University Technology Showcase

Come join us Thursday April 23rd for the 20th annual technology showcase event co-sponsored by CEIS and the Center of Excellence in Data Science at the University of Rochester. Please note the change of venue: RIT Inn & Conference Center 5257 West Henrietta Rd West Henrietta NY 14467.

In addition to the opening plenary session, there is a poster session representing a portion of the high quality research conducted at the U of R and RIT. This event provides an opportunity for members of the business and academic communities to meet and discuss topics of mutual interest. We hope that discussions will lead to collaborations that will enable companies to tap into the wealth of technology and expertise available at our institutions of higher education to create regional job growth and economic expansion. Event is open to the public. Refreshments available.