EMPAC Research

The Research program at EMPAC is an initiative driven by Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff from all five schools.

The same venues and tools that make EMPAC a leading-edge performance space also make it an exceptional laboratory for research at the interface between digital technology and human experience. With access to the center’s spacious studios—optimized for human perception and interaction—and the onsite professional experts able to activate its complex media and networking infrastructure, researchers across the Rensselaer community have a powerful tool in the quest to better understand human sensory experience, communication, and interaction with computing systems. The Research program also occasionally hosts endeavors from beyond the Rensselaer campus community that are able to bring their own expertise and funding.

Events and Residencies


June 24–28, 2024
Research, Conference
International Conference on Auditory Display
May 13–14, 2024
Research, Symposium, Campus-only
Innovative methods and technologies for teaching


December 14–16, 2023
Installation, Research
Yael Erel featuring music by Jonas Braasch, Zach Layton, and Pauline Oliveros
June 23–24, 2023
Research, Symposium, Campus-only
May 15–16, 2023
Research, Symposium, Campus-only
2023 Spring
April 19, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Research, Meeting, Campus-only
March 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm
Music/Sound, Research, Workshop
Jonas Braasch, Michael Century, and Stephanie Loveless
February 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Research, Meeting, Campus-only