April 11, 2023 Newsletter

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April 11, 2023 Newsletter

Take a look at our April 11, 2023 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

Meet the Ken Kennedy Institute's April Member of the Month: Vicente Ordóñez-Román, Associate Professor of Computer Science!

Vicente's research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning. His focus is on building efficient visual recognition models that can perform tasks that leverage both images and text.

What collaborations are you looking for at Rice and within the community?
"I am looking to tackle bigger problems that need more than one discipline to solve them. I would like to improve education by providing improved tools that enhance human learning experiences, study natural phenomena through images and video, and provide assistive technologies to improve human daily life."

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DNA Day: Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Phillippy

April 25, 2023 | 4:00 PM CST | BRC Auditorium at Rice University

Join us on National DNA Day, April 25th, for a Ken Kennedy Institute Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Adam Phillippy, Senior Investigator at National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health.

National DNA Day, lead by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), is a global movement to empower communities, educators, and students to discover the promise of our shared humanity and connection to the natural world through innovations and collaborations. This year's DNA Day commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Human Genome Project’s completion back in 2003 and the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953.

We're excited to welcome Dr. Phillippy to Rice on this special day to celebrate the latest advances in genomic research!

  • Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 4:00 PM CST | Reception to Follow
  • Location: BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Auditorium at Rice University
  • Talk: What’s New in the First Truly Complete Sequence of a Human Genome?

RSVP and view the talk abstract at the link below.


2023 Machine Learning Boot Camp

May 11-12, 2023 | BRC at Rice University

The 2023 Machine Learning Boot Camp is coming up this May. Get your early bird tickets now!

This two-day boot camp will provide a broad introduction to machine learning for executives and beginners. The program, taught by Rice University's Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty, will integrate lectures describing the basic concepts of state-of-the-art machine learning.
  • Date: Thursday, May 11 - Friday, May 12
  • Location: BRC at Rice University

Early bird registration is now open. Share with faculty, students, staff, and friends that may be interested!
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2023 AI in Health Conference Participation

Call for Sponsorships, Technical Abstracts, and Student Posters!

The second annual AI in Health Conference, hosted by the Ken Kennedy Institute, is happening October 9-12, 2023 in Houston, TX! Here are some ways to get involved:

Share the news with students, colleagues, and connections that would be interested in participating as a poster presenter, technical talk speaker, or sponsor.

Questions? Reach out to us at kenkennedy@rice.edu.
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Tomorrow: Digital Health Lunch Seminar

April 12, 2023 | 12:00 PM CST | BRC Room 1003

RSVP for tomorrow's Digital Health Lunch Seminar on "The American Heart Association’s Center for Health Technology and Innovation: How the AHA is helping the tech world achieve the basic promise that technology can be used to improve health."

The seminar, available both in-person and virtually, will be led by the Center's Program Director, Dr. Patrick Dunn.

Date: April 12, 2023 at 12:00 PM CST
Location: BRC Room 1003 (10th Floor) at Rice University | Zoom

Learn more and register here.

Texas Regional Robotics Symposium (TEROS)

April 14, 2023 | BRC at Rice University | Houston, TX

The second-edition of Texas Regional Robotics Symposium (TEROS) aims to bring together Texas robotics researchers in a one-day event to share exciting ideas and build new connections in the robotics research community in Texas. The symposium will feature an exciting set of talks from distinguished researchers, poster presentations by students, industry booths, and lab tours. This event is free and in-person only. Tickets are limited, so register early!

Details: April 14, 2023 at Rice University's BRC

Registration link: https://bit.ly/3Kcgr8L
Contact: teros2023@rice.edu

AI Powered Renewable Energy Workshop

April 17-18, 2023 | The Ion | Houston, TX

The AI Houston Institute of Rice University in partnership with Ion is getting together experts from academia and industry working on the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in solving some of the most complex challenges facing the Energy industry as it transitions into alternative sources of energy that are green and sustainable.

The 2023 AI Powered Renewable Energy Workshop at the Ion will be a 2-day workshop covering the latest advances in AI – theory and practice, and their applicability in three broad areas – Wind, Carbon Capture, Utilization, Storage (CCUS) and Geothermal.

RSVP by April 15th: https://bit.ly/RiceAIEnergy

Napier Rice Launch Challenge Championships

April 19, 2023 | Grand Hall at Rice Memorial Center | Houston, TX

Join the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and support Rice University student ventures at the H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge (NRLC) Championships on Wednesday, April 19 at 5:30PM!

Five Rice students will be pitching their ventures and competing for a chance to win a share of $100,000 in equity-free funding. Cheer on the finalists as they launch from campus to community, and stick around for Lilie’s end-of-the-year party! This event is open to students, staff, faculty, alum, and friends of Rice.

RSVP here.

Spring Symposium: Python and the Geosciences

April 19, 2023 | Grand Hall at Rice Memorial Center | Houston, TX

Register for the 2023 Spring Symposium hosted by the Geophysical Society of Houston! The event will take place at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences on April 19th and 20th.

On April 19th, eight contributors will share practical knowledge of python and its application to geoscience in a collaborative, open forum. In addition, David Kring (USRA) will present on Artemis Lunar exploration at the evening event held at the HMNS Gem & Mineral hall. The second day will include a Hackathon led by honoree Matt Hall and the SEG Gulf Coast Challenge Bowl.

Learn more and register here.

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