Ken Kennedy Institute
Distinguished Lecture Series

  • Vivek Sarkar, Chair of the School of Computer Science and the Stephen Fleming Chair for Telecommunications in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology (Nov 3, 2021)
  • Daniela Rus, Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at MIT, and Deputy Dean of Research in the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT (Apr 1, 2021)
    • "One Robot for Every Task"
  • Jesus Labarta, Director of Computer Science Department, Barcelona Supercoming Center (BSC); Professor of Computer Architecture, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Nov 8, 2018)
  • Victoria Stodden, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Apr 25, 2018)
    • "Paradigms for Data Science: Reproducibility, Transparency, and Generalizability"
  • Klara Nahrstedt, Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professor of Computer Science, Director of Coordinated Science Laboratory in the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Apr 25, 2018)
    • "Real-Time Micro-Service Operating Infrastructure for Scientific Workflows"
  • Tom Mitchell, E. Fredkin University Professor of Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University (Apr 16, 2018)
  • Doug Burger, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft (Mar 20, 2018)
  • Eszter Hargittai, Professor, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich (Oct 18, 2017)
    • "Web of Opportunity or Web of Uncertainty? Why Internet Skills Matter"
  • Vincent Poor, Michael Henry Strater University Professor, Princeton University (Oct 17, 2017)
    • "Smart Grid: Energy Meets Information"
  • Stanley Williams, Senior Fellow, Founding Director Quantum Science Research Laboratory, HP Labs (Oct 4, 2017)
    • Nonlinear Dynamics and Imaging of Current Density and Electric Field Bifurcations Caused by Electronic Instabilities"
    • Co-Hosted by: Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, BioSciences, Rice Neuroscience Program
  • Jeff Dean, Senior Fellow, Google (Oct 3, 2017)
  • Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat (Sep 28, 2017)
    • "How Digital Transformation is Changing the Corporation"
  • William Gropp, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Apr 4, 2017)
  • Anastasios Kyrillidis, Goldstine PostDoctoral Fellow, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas at Austin (Feb 23, 2017)
    • "Rethinking Algorithms in Data Science: Scaling Up Optimization Using Non-Convexity"
  • Ruby Mendenhall, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Feb 7, 2017)
    • "Using Big Data to Ask Sociological Questions: Recovering Black Women's Lived Experiences from 1740 to 2014"
  • Alfred Spector, Two Sigma (Jan 25, 2017)
    • "Big Data Opportunities and Unanticipated Consequences"
    • Co-Hosted by: DS+X@Rice
  • Sami Saydjari, Cyber Defense Agency (Jan 19, 2017)
    • "Defending Cyberspace: A New Frontier"
    • Co-Hosted by: Baker Institute for Public Policy
  • Andrew Lo, MIT Sloan School of Management (Nov 10, 2016)
    • "Moore's Law vs. Murphy's Law: The Impact of Technology on the Financial Industry"
  • Moshe Vardi, University Professor, Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute (Oct 27, 2016)
    • "Humans, Machines and Work: The Future is Now"
    • Co-Hosted by: Fondren Library - The Humanities Research Center (Technology, Cognition and Culture Lecture Series)
  • John Mitchell, Stanford University (Oct 18, 2016)
    • "Can Education Scale?"
  • Katherine Yelick, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Sep 21, 2016)
    • "How to Teach Your Exascale Computer to do the Data Dance"
  • Mohit Aron, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cohesity, Inc. (Feb 10, 2016)
    • "The Entrepreneurial Journey"
  • Jonathan Dement, Program Director, POWER Systems and OpenPOWER Innovation (Nov 5, 2015)
    • "The Challenge and Responsibility of Computer Science to Enable the 'Genomics Disruption' in Health Care"
  • Charles Leiserson, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, MIT (Sep 29, 2015)
    • "What $#@! is Parallelism? (And Why Should Anyone Care?)"
  • Partha Ranganathan, Principal Engineering, Former HP Fellow and Chief Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs (Apr 14, 2015)
    • "End of Moore's Law or A Computer Architect's Mid-life Crisis?"
  • John Treichler, Co-Founder of Applied Signal Technology in 1984, AST Business Unit's Chief Technical Officer, IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rice (Mar 31, 2015)
    • "Keeping Other Countries Honest: Using Signal Interception to Collect Foreign Intelligence"
  • Michael Franklin, Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Algorithms, Machines and People Lab (AMPLab) Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science, UC Berkeley (Mar 25, 2015)
    • "Making Sense of Big Data with the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack and Big Data and Data Science: Some Hype but Real Opportunities"
2012 – 2014
  • Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the Department of Information and Library Science at the School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Biocomplexity Institute, Founding Director of the Cyberinstrastructure for Network Science Center, Indiana University, Visiting Professor , Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Netherlands (Nov 11, 2014)
    • "Envisioning Communication and Collaboration"
  • Krishna Palem, Kenneth and Audrey Kennedy Professor of Computing, Computer Science, Brown School of Engineering, Rice University
    • "A Decade of Building Broken Chips"
  • Larry Smarr, Director, Calit2, Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California at San Diego
    • "Quantifying your Superorganism Body Using Big Data Supercomputing"
  • Jeroen Tromp, Professor of Geosciences and Applied Computational Mathematics, Blair Professor of Geology
    • "Toward Exascale Seismic Imaging"
  • Mary Lou Soffa, Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group, Director, Components Research, Intel
    • "Warehouse Scale Computers: Opportunities and Challenges"
  • Jack Dongarra, American University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee
    • "Algorithms and Software Challenges at Extreme Scales"
  • Brad Fenwick, Professor, University of Tennessee; Jefferson Science Fellow, U.S. Department of State/USAID; Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances, Elsevier
    • "The Current Health and Future Well-Being of the American Research University"
  • Zvi Galil, Dean of College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • "Computing in the 21st Century"
  • William Press, Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Chair in Computer Science and Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin
    • "What's So Special About Science and How Much Should We Spend on It?"
  • Moshe Vardi, Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor, Comp Engineering, Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Rice University
    • "Building Rice's Human and Organizational Capital: A Draft Report of the Senate Working Group on Research and Scholarship"
  • Mike Mayberry, Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group; Director, Component Research, Intel
    • "What Lies Ahead for Devices and Interconnects"


The Rice Ken Kennedy Institute is located on the campus of Rice University inside Duncan Hall. Click the map below for directions.

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Ken Kennedy Institute
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