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Take a look at our September 15, 2021 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

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In This Issue

  • Member of the Month: Daniel Kowal
  • New Member to the Team
  • AI and Data Science Conference and Wednesday Workshop
  • Community Highlights

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Member of the Month, Dr. Daniel Kowal, develops statistical methodology and algorithms for massive data sets with complex dependence structures, such as functional, time series, and spatial data. His recent work focuses on Bayesian models for prediction and inference, decision theory, discrete data analysis, and scalable approximations to complex models. In Spring 2020, Dr. Kowal was named Dobelman Chair Assistant Professor. In addition, Dr. Kowal was selected for an ARO Young Investigator Award for his work on Optimal Bayesian Approximations for Targeted Prediction.

How do you explain your research in one sentence?
My goal is to model and understand the uncertainties that arise in data-driven decision making, especially when there is structure or dependence in the data.

What challenges do you see in your research that you didn't expect?
Disclaimer: I am very interested in collaborations! That said, I’ve been surprised how often potential collaborations fizzle out. There is a real skill in identifying and maintaining productive collaborations, so I’m working to improve those skills within the Rice community and beyond.

What is a favorite experience with the Ken Kennedy Institute?
The virtual networking event with Texas Medical Center researchers was an uplifting reminder of the exciting and impactful research that goes on right across the street.
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New Member to the Team

Mackenzie is responsible for developing and implementing communication and brand strategy, coordinating events, and assisting with Institute administration.

Prior to joining the Ken Kennedy Institute, Mackenzie worked as a member of the digital marketing team at a marketing agency specializing in the energy industry. Her responsibilities included managing multiple digital platforms and creating content for cross-channel efforts.

Mackenzie is a native Houstonian, and received her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where was also a member of the women's soccer team.

Ken Kennedy AI and Data Science Conference



The agenda for the virtual conference, October 25-26, includes invited keynote speakers, technical program, sponsors, student poster presentations, and an outdoor networking reception.

This year we have an exciting line up of invited speakers from NASA, IBM, AWS, Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Rice University.

Conference registration is free, thanks to our sponsors! Click HERE to register for the conference.


Scalable and Sustainable AI Workshop: Overcoming the Wide Gap Between AI in Theory and AI in Production


Wednesday, October 27 will be an in-person add-on day with a technical workshop highlighting deep learning and high-performance computing with Alex Smola, VP of AWS, and Anshumali Shrivastava with Rice University.

Workshop registration comes with a small fee. See prices here.

Click HERE to register for our Wednesday Workshop.
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Lilie Innovation Fellows Program

The Rice Innovation Fellows program trains graduate students and supports their faculty to translate research into real-world impact. We’re bringing the brightest minds from Rice’s research labs together to learn, apply, and accelerate their knowledge of translating research into breakthrough solutions to real-world problems.

> Learn more HERE



Job Posting: Lead Bioinformatics Programmer

The Lead Bioinformatics Programmer will assist with research project development for early-career faculty in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Evenings with Genetics Research Education Program. This position will work collaboratively with the All of Us project directors and staff to achieve objectives and goals as defined by the program.

> Apply at: https://jobs.bcm.edu

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