January 18, 2022 Newsletter

January 18, 2022 Newsletter

January 18

Take a look at our January 18, 2022 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

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In This Issue

  • January Member of the Month: Dr. Maria Oden
  • 2022 Energy HPC Conference - Register/Submit an Abstract
  • Community Highlights
    • Rice Quantum Seminar Series CS Colloquium
    • Learning About Long Read Sequencing Utility and Applications

Technical Program - Submit an Abstract

The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2022 Energy HPC Conference has been EXTENDED to January 25.

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Member of the Month, Dr. Maria Oden, Full Teaching Professor of Bioengineering, Director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK), and Co-Director of Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, has 25 years of combined academic, research, and clinical experience in biomedical engineering and engineering design. This solid background has been foundational to her leadership in biomedical engineering and use of engineering education to teach students to identify, innovate, and build devices and technologies that solve real-world problems.

What is your favorite aspect of your position?
I love my position because I get to challenge students to tackle projects that they don’t completely believe they can successfully complete- and then I get to guide them through the process to great success. In addition to developing clever and technically sound solutions the students gain confidence and competence in their engineering abilities. Seeing these solutions actually implemented is a close second favorite part of my position.

What challenges do you see in your work that you didn't expect?
My career started in computational modeling- both of human bone and other orthopedic applications as well as of deep-water offshore oil drilling installations. While seemingly different, the techniques were surprisingly similar. I truly didn’t expect to be leading education efforts around engineering design that often results in innovative physical products. However, the concepts how to set up and effectively use a computational model are actually not all that different from the techniques and steps that are used to complete a physical product to meet a defined need.
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2022 Energy HPC Conference - Register

BRC at Rice University | March 1-3, 2022 | Houston, TX

Registration for the 15th annual Energy High Performance Computing Conference is now open! Check out the conference schedule here.

The agenda for the conference includes invited keynote speakers, technical program, birds of a feather sessions, exhibit hall, networking reception, student poster session, and post-conference workshops.
Register Here

Technical Program - Submit an Abstract

Deadline extended to January 25, 2022

You are invited to prepare an extended abstract for presentation at the 15th Annual 2022 Energy High Performance Computing Conference by the Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice University, March 1-3, 2022.

Accepted abstracts will be asked to deliver a 20-minute presentation, including Q&A, as part of the conference program. Presentations will be live-streamed to those who are unable to attend in person as well as recorded and published online on the Ken Kennedy Institute’s YouTube channel.
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Rice Quantum Seminar Series CS Colloquium

Gorjan Alagic | January 20, 2022 | The Even-Mansour cipher is secure against quantum computers

Gorjan Alagic is a research scientist exploring the intersection of quantum computation and cryptography. He is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Maryland and a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He received his PhD in 2008 at the University of Connecticut with Alexander Russell. Prior to his current position, he held research positions at the University of Waterloo, Caltech, and the University of Copenhagen.

Abstract: Encryption is ubiquitous in the present-day worldwide information infrastructure. Despite frequent incidents in which encryption is circumvented or disabled, modern encryption algorithms have remained relatively secure and stable at their core. However, these algorithms may soon face a new potential threat: quantum computers. We have known since the 90s that a large-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computer could easily break essentially all public-key encryption algorithms in use today; thankfully, candidate replacements do exist. The degree to which such computers pose a threat to *private-key* encryption is less clear. In this talk, we will discuss the security of a very simple private-key cipher developed by Even and Mansour in ’91. We will describe how quantum-algorithmic attacks could in principle pose a danger to this widely-used cipher. As we will show, it is nonetheless possible to rigorously prove that the Even-Mansour cipher is in fact secure against all quantum attacks. The talk will be aimed at a general mathematically-inclined audience; in particular, no background in quantum computation will be assumed.

JOIN ON ZOOM: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/96649827391?pwd=dS9Hbi9aN0ljSFVSakNqVmtNVVk3QT09

Learning About Long Read Sequencing Utility and Applications

January 28, 2022 | Hosted by the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine

The utility of long read sequencing has proven to be a valuable source of scientific discovery and medical relevance. These technologies have impacted many areas of genetics and genomics including reference genome and control datasets, genome assemblies and comprehensive assessment of highly repetitive or polymorphic regions.

The purpose of these seminars is to build a community interested in long read sequencing and provide an environment for learning, discussion and collaboration. For our first seminar of 2022, invited speakers from diverse fields will share their research experiences using multiple long read sequencing technologies.

Seminar Organizers:
  • Fritz Sedlazeck, Ph.D.
  • Harsha Doddapaneni, Ph.D.
  • Shalini Jhangiani, M.S.

REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3Ihuqra
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