April 6, 2021 Newsletter

April 6, 2021
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Member of the Month, Dr. Fred Oswald, is a Professor of Psychology, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, and Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Oswald's research areas focus on Industrial/Organizational Psychology including workforce readiness, quantitative methods (meta-analysis, psychometrics, and big data).

What is your favorite aspect of your research?
The most enjoyable aspect of my research is simply sitting with graduate and undergraduate students and simply working things out on a project – ideas, analyses, and writing. These interactions are exciting, challenging, frustrating, sometimes funny, rewarding, and fun.


How do you see computation and data advancing in the future?
Already, we see legal, ethical, and reputational issues arising surrounding the use of AI and machine learning in the personnel selection context, and that trend will surely continue Also, new technologies (and their data) are becoming more embedded and integrated in the workplace (across employees, teams, and tasks), which will redefine jobs and what performance on the job means. Tensions between employee privacy and employee monitoring will likely only increase in this context.

Read more at kenkennedy.rice.edu/news.
Remembering Sidney Burrus

Charles Sidney Burrus - “Sid” to almost everyone — a pioneer in digital signal processing, the Maxfield and Oshman Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), former dean of engineering and a member of the Rice University faculty for 56 years, died April 3 at age 86.

“Rice engineering has lost one of the great ones,” said Bart Sinclair ’73 ’74 ’79, who retired in 2019 as senior associate dean of engineering after 50 years at Rice.

Sinclair first met Burrus in 1971 when he took his course in electronic circuits. Six times Burrus won the annual George R. Brown Teaching Award. “Sidney was not just a popular lecturer,” Sinclair said. “He was a demanding one.”

Burrus was born Oct. 9, 1934, in Abilene, Texas, and grew up in McKinney. He enrolled at Rice in 1953 and went on to earn three degrees: a B.A., and a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering (EE), in 1957, 1958 and 1960, respectively. Click here to read more.

Data Science Coast to Coast Urban Informatics Seminar

Date: April 8, 2:00 - 3:00 PM CST
  • Dr. Arya Farahi, Michigan Data Science Fellow, University of Michigan presenting Fair Decision Support Systems and Mobility Challenges in the City of Detroit
  • Dr. Kate Starbird, Associate Professor of Human-Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington presenting Revealing the “Big Lie”: Methodological Innovation for Rapid Response to Online Disinformation
Click here for more info!

Technology Innovation Lecture Series

Date: April 20, 3:00 - 4:00 PM CST

Bio: Suman Talukdar is a Founding Partner at AiSprouts.vc, helping entrepreneurs build category-leading ventures. Prior to starting the fund, Suman was a successful Silicon Valley venture-backed operator, with five back-to-back exits including Cloudflare’s IPO, Anaplan’s IPO, and Clearwell’s sale to Symantec for $400M. He was also an active angel investor, building a portfolio with names such as Ripple, Palantir, and Sharetribe. His most recent exits include 6d.ai (acquired by Niantic) and Apprente (acquired by McDonald’s).
A published author on innovation, Suman also holds an MBA from Harvard and a bachelor of science in Electrical Computer Engineering from Rice University.
Click here to register!

Data Science Coast to Coast Urban Informatics Seminar

Date: April 21, 2:00 - 3:00 PM CST
  • Dr. H.V. Jagadish, Director of Michigan Institute for Data Science and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan presenting Data Equity: A Core Requirement for Responsible Data Science
  • Dr. Ciera Martinez, Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences Lead, Berkeley Institute fro Data Science presenting Open Science as a Community of Practice
Click here for more info!

2021 Machine Learning Boot Camp

Date: May 20-21, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM CST

Registration is now open for the 2021 Virtual Machine Learning Boot Camp on May 20-21, 2021. This year's boot camp will be a virtual two-day boot camp with a focus on Machine Learning for Executives. Taught by a team of Rice professors in the computational sciences, Chris Jermaine, Santiago Segarra, and Anastasios Kyrillidis, the Machine Learning Boot Camp will integrate lectures describing the basic concepts to state-of-the-art Machine Learning.

We offer low rates for Rice faculty, students, and staff as well as Gulf Coast Consortia Trainees. We also offer 20% off of the Industry rate for Rice Alumni and small business.

Click here to register!
More Events

Human Genome Sequencing Center at BCM Seminar

Date: April 23, 2021 at 10 - 12:30 PM CST

The Human Genome Sequencing Center will be having their second long read sequencing seminar on Friday, April 23, 2021. This will be a two-and-a-half-hour free virtual seminar with a focus on the Pacific Biosciences platform. We will have experts from PacBio sharing latest advances from their platform and collaborators sharing how they have used PacBio sequencing to enhance their research studies. Click here to register.

Rice Master of Data Science Degree Program

The Master of Data Science Program offers recent graduates and professionals a Rice degree that will enhance their current careers or help them pivot to new ones. The degree is offered through the George R. Brown School of Engineering and managed by the Department of Computer Science. The program is a professional, non-thesis degree designed to support interdisciplinary professionals. Taught by world-class faculty, the program offers online or on campus options. Applications are now open and classes begin this fall.

Share with Your Students: Michigan Data Science Fellows Program Open for Applications

The Michigan Data Science Fellows Program is now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort. This is a two-year postdoctoral program for young researchers who have a strong track record of research in their respective fields and who plan to acquire additional skills in data science, broadly construed, with a focus on either methodology or applications (including societal impact). Fellows will be expected to work at the boundaries between data science methods and domain sciences in an intellectually vibrant environment, and build interdisciplinary relationships with other Fellows and over 370 MIDAS affiliate faculty. More information about the positions and application process can be found online.

9th Eubank Conference on Real World Markets

Join us on Monday, April 26 for a webinar on Sports Analytics and Gaming Risk Management. The virtual event will feature lectures on the rising popularity of international sports, the growth of the global sports betting market and the importance of data-driven betting strategies, as well as industry concerns, and the economic impact of a legalized sports betting markets. The webinar is free to all attendees and there is no cost for the April 27 short course for Rice students and postdoctoral fellows. There is a $100 registration fee for the short course, for non-Rice students.

Offshore Technology Conference

Date: Aug 16-19, 2021 In-Person at NRC Arena
OTC is the largest oil, gas and energy exhibit in the world. OTC is not only oil and gas. Alternative energies, water, soil, environmental remediation, methane emissions and other topics of interest to the extensive Rice faculty will be in display. The most modern in automation, machine learning, power generation, data transmission, power transmission, etc. The Conference has extended an invitation to Rice students to volunteer and receive in exchange a free pass for the four days of exhibit and conference. Please help make this opportunity known and available to your students. If there’s interest from Rice faculty please let Sergio Kapusta kapusta@rice.edu know.

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