July 26, 2022 Newsletter

July 26, 2022 Newsletter

July 26

Take a look at our July 26, 2022 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

Meet the July Member of the Month, Dr. Behnaam Aazhang, J.S. Abercrombie Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Director, Rice Neuroengineering Initiative (NEI). Dr. Aazhang's research areas include; signal and data processing with applications in understanding the dynamics of neuronal circuits and neuromodulation, cardiac signal monitoring and pacing, and detection, prediction, and prevention of security breaches in cloud computing systems.

He received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Oulu, Finland (the highest honor that the university can bestow) in 2017 and IEEE ComSoc CTTC Outstanding Service Award “For innovative leadership that elevated the success of the Communication Theory Workshop” in 2016. He is a recipient of 2004 IEEE Communication Society’s Stephen O. Rice best paper award for a paper with A. Sendonaris and E. Erkip. In addition, Sendonaris, Erkip, and Aazhang received IEEE Communication Society’s 2013 Advances in Communication Award for the same paper. He has been listed in the Thomson-ISI Highly Cited Researchers and has been keynote and plenary speaker of several conferences.

How do you explain your research in one sentence?
Bringing engineering tools to understand how our neuronal system functions and how to restore its functionality.

What is your favorite aspect of your research?
Learning from data on how to best stimulate population of neurons.
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2022 AI in Health Conference

November 8-9, 2022 | BRC at Rice University | Houston, TX

You are cordially invited to the Inaugural AI in Health Conference from November 8th - 9th designed for researchers, engineers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs interested in utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide the next generation of healthcare solutions.

The AI in Health Conference will include keynote speakers, technical talks, an exhibit hall, networking receptions, and poster presentations. This year, specialized tracks will be examining AI and machine learning in mental health, imaging, and genomics.

The AI in Health Conference pre-conference workshops will convene on November 7th followed by presentations on November 8th and 9th in Houston, home of the largest medical center in the world - the Texas Medical Center hosts 21 hospitals that are visited by 10 million patients each year.
Register Here

VardiFest Lecture: Moshe Vardi on How to be an Ethical Computer Scientist

August 1, 2022 | 9:10-10:00am CST | Online & In-Person at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Abstract: Many of us got involved in computing because programming was fun. The advantages of computing seemed intuitive to us. We truly believed that computing yields tremendous societal benefits; for example, the life-saving potential of driverless cars is enormous! Recently, however, computer scientists realized that computing is not a game--it is real--and it brings with it not only societal benefits, but also significant societal costs, such as labor polarization, disinformation, and smart-phone addiction.

A common reaction to this crisis is to label it as an "ethics crisis." But corporations are driven by profits, not ethics, and machines are just machines. Only people can be expected to act ethically. In this talk the speaker will discuss how computer scientists should behave ethically.

This lecture is part of VardiFest: On The Not So Unusual Effectiveness of Logic, a workshop in honor of Moshe Y. Vardi. Dr. Vardi's lecture is online and VardiFest is in-person and part of FLOC 2022, the Federated Logic Conference at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Learn more about VardiFest and see the list of speakers: https://vardifest.github.io/

Bio: Moshe Y. Vardi is a University Professor and the George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice University. He is the recipient of three IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award, the EATCS Distinguished Achievements Award, the Southeastern Universities Research Association's Distinguished Scientist Award, the ACM SIGLOG Church Award, the Knuth Prize, the ACM Allen Newell Award, and IEEE Norbert Wiener Award for Social and Professional Responsibility. He holds seven honorary doctorates.


8th Annual SCI Summer Research Colloquium

August 5, 2022 | 7:30am-5:45pm CST | Martel Hall in Duncan Hall
The Smalley-Curl Institute Summer Research Colloquium began in 1986 as the RQI Colloquium and has been held in August of each year. The purpose of the SCI Summer Research Colloquium is to provide undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers working at Rice with an opportunity to present their most recent work.

Presentations (either talks or posters) are formal, as in professional international conferences. However, the audience, consisting of Rice students and faculty members, as well as R&D representatives from local companies, is informal and friendly, which makes the Colloquium a great occasion for presenters to hone their communications skills.

Quantum Simulation with Ultracold Atoms
Randall Hulet, Fayez Sarofim Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Rice University

Strongly correlated electronic materials, a category that includes high-temperature superconductors and quantum magnets, have been at the focus of condensed matter physics for some time. These materials are extremely challenging to model with digital computers since the quantum vector space grows exponentially with the number of electrons. Furthermore, experiments with these materials are challenging to interpret due to the inevitable lattice defects, impurities, and the uncertainty of the screened Coulomb potential.

Quantum simulation may be realized with ultracold atoms replacing the electrons, and by engineering potential landscapes formed from the orderly interference of laser beams. These tools enable quantum simulation in a clean and highly tunable environment. I will describe how this works in two examples using 6Li, a composite fermion: the undoped Hubbard model in three-dimensions (3D) [1]; and spin-charge separation of interacting fermions in 1D [2]. In both cases, we discovered unexpected new physics by comparing our measurements with advanced theory. To observe quantum magnetism in [1] required achieving temperatures as low as 1% of the Fermi temperature, a new record in 3D.

1. R. Hart, P.M. Duarte et al, Nature (2015).
2. R. Senaratne, D. Cavazos-Cavazos et al, Science (2022).


2022 IBB Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

August 5, 2022 | 9:00-11:30am CST | BRC

The Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering invites you to attend the 2022 IBB Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice University on Friday, August 5, 2022, from 9:00-11:30am in the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Event Space. This symposium will showcase the work of over 60 students participating in summer undergraduate research programs at Rice, including BioNetworks, BioXFEL, EngMed, PATHS-UP, PHOST, SCRIP, SRI, and a variety of research labs across the Schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Volunteer as a Poster Judge! We are currently recruiting volunteers to evaluate and provide valuable feedback to the student presenters. All faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to serve as a judge. Register as a Poster Judge here.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lesa Tran Lu.

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