March 29, 2022 Newsletter

March 29, 2022 Newsletter

March 29

Take a look at our March 29, 2022 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

How AI Will Help to Manage the Rising Risk of
Natural Disasters

The Ken Kennedy Institute Medium Channel
Climate change is a major driver of natural disasters. According to a 2019 report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the number of natural disasters globally has increased by a factor of five over the last 50 years. Natural disaster reporting is now an expected feature in the global news cycle, with a surge of catastrophic weather-related events — from wildfires in Turkey, to floods in Germany — leaving many feeling like the climate crisis is reaching a boiling point. Read more here.

Discovering your Homerun, Lessons from a Rice Owl (& Engineer) Turned Silicon Valley VC

Suman Talukdar | April 5, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:00pm CST | Virtual

Conversation with Suman Talukdar on his Silicon Valley career, today’s trends, what he looks for in companies, and how you might find the next big opportunity.

Office Hours with Suman Talukdar

April 5, 2022 | 12:00 - 3:30pm CST | Virtual

Want to meet with Suman Talukdar? Virtual office hours will be on Tuesday, April 5 from 12-3:30 PM CST. Apply here.
Register Here

2022 Machine Learning Boot Camp; Executive & Beginners

May 19-20, 2022 | 8:00am - 5:00pm CST | BRC at Rice University

This two-day boot camp will provide a broad introduction to Machine Learning (ML) for executives and beginners. Our goal is to give a manager or a CEO in a field such as medicine, finance, manufacturing, or energy an introduction to the essential concepts behind Machine Learning. Additionally, this boot camp is great for non-practicing beginners looking to learn. Taught by a team of Rice professors in the computational sciences, the Machine Learning Boot Camp will integrate lectures describing the basic concepts to state-of-the-art Machine Learning.

The boot camp assumes no specific prerequisites and will highlight a broad set of concepts, ranging from classical supervised (e.g., linear regression, logistic regression and decision trees) and unsupervised methods (e.g., clustering algorithms, principal components analysis) to modern machine learning approaches (e.g., different neural network architectures, min-max games and generative models, deep reinforcement learning), with numerous case studies and applications. Throughout its duration, the workshop will provide practical suggestions to executives with DOs and DON’Ts when using Machine Learning in practice.

Prerequisites: A general level of familiarity with mathematics is assumed, including college-level calculus, though those without this background will still find the boot camp a useful introduction to modern ML.

Click here to see the full 2022 curriculum.

Learn More

CONNECTIONS Lecture Series

April 5, 2022 | 4:00pm CST | McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall

Join the Scientia Institute Tuesday, April 5, 2022 for the 5th talk in our 2021-2022 "CONNECTIONS” lecture series with talks led by Dr. Lauren Stadler and Dr. Scott Egan. This event will take place in Duncan Hall’s McMurtry Auditorium or it can be attended virtually. A reception with refreshments will follow this event. We hope to see you there! Learn more and register here. Attend virtually here.

10th Eubank Conference on Real World Markets

April 25, 2022 | 8:30am CST | McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall

On April 25, 10th Eubank Conference on Real World Markets will celebrate 20 years of research and education since the founding of the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES).

The theme of this year’s conference is Frontiers of Quantitative Finance. Join us at this historical event, which will feature an amazing line-up of guest speakers and Rice alumni who are architects of the field, leaders in navigating the forces that shape financial markets, and innovators in using methods from the digital era to move the frontier forward.

The conference will primarily be an in-person event with some virtual lectures transmitted through a Zoom meeting. Virtual operations will be managed from Rice’s McMurtry Auditorium.

Due to the generosity of our benefactors and sponsors, there is no cost for this conference. Register here.
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