Lecture Series

speaker series

The Ken Kennedy Institute hosts several lecture series throughout the academic year. Each of these series has a specific focus. Distinguished guests are invited to present talks that allow for both discussion, networking and an opportunity to hear from top researchers, executives and leaders from around the globe.

  • Ken Kennedy Institute AI Forums provide a space where Rice students, postdocs, and faculty members can network with colleagues, explore opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and provide a platform to promote the research interests of our members. Each month, members of the Ken Kennedy Institute are invited to prepare a short presentation. The speakers share their background and give an overview about their field and research interests. Ken Kennedy leadership also provides an update of ongoing activities at this time.

  • Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheons are held monthly for members during the academic semesters. The purpose of these luncheons is to provide a space where Rice faculty members can network with colleagues, explore opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and provide a platform to promote the research interests of our members. Each month, members of the Ken Kennedy Institute are invited to prepare a short presentation. The speakers share their background and give an overview about their field and research interests to their fellow members. Ken Kennedy leadership also provides an update of ongoing activities at this time. Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheons are exclusively for members only. Please note that RSVP is required.

  • Technology, Culture, and Society Lecture Series is organized by the Technology, Culture, and Society Initiative and co-sponsored by the Ken Kennedy Institute. This series focuses on social, political, and legal issues that have emerged from the information revolution that touches most aspects of our daily lives.

  • Data Science Coast to Coast Lecture Series is hosted jointly by seven academic data science institutes and provides a unique opportunity to foster a broad-reaching data science community. Speakers include important figures in data science who will provide insight on the transformative use of data science in traditional research disciplines, future breakthroughs in data science research, data science entrepreneurship, and advocacy and national policies for a data-enabled and just society. The series will also include faculty members and postdoctoral fellows at the seven host universities whose research spans the theory and methodology of data science, and their application in arts and humanities, engineering, biomedical, natural, physical and social sciences. Hosted by: Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science at John Hopkins, NYU Center for Data Science, Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice University, Stanford Data Science, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Michigan Institute for Data Science, and the eScience Institute at University of Washington