October 12, 2021 Newsletter

October 12, 2021 Newsletter

October 12

Take a look at our October 12, 2021 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

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  • Member of the Month: Andriy Nevidomskyy
  • AI and Data Science Conference and Wednesday Workshop
  • Vivek Sarkar Lecture
  • Community Highlights

The Ken Kennedy Institute Distinguished Lecture with Vivek Sarkar

Register for the Ken Kennedy Institute Distinguished Lecture with Vivek Sarkar on November 3, 2021.

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Member of the Month, Dr. Andriy Nevidomskyy is an expert in theoretical condensed matter physics, working in the field of strong electron correlations in quantum materials. The collective behaviour of electrons in such materials often results in the emergence of new exotic quantum phases, such as the unconventional superconducti­vity. Nevidomskyy is working on the heavy fermion materials and a new class of iron-based supercon­duc­tors, and is particularly interested in the novel quantum phases emerging in frustrated magnets.

He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

What is your favorite book?
I have two very different books that I find hard to choose from: “Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!” by Richard P. Feynman and “Dune” by Frank Herbert.

What is your favorite aspect of your research?
Being able to describe the physical reality using a mathematical formalism and extracting new information from it. To me, the beauty of the formulation is important, even if sometimes the predicted behaviour may not be directly observable due to the limitations on the experiment. Part of my research focuses on the exotic states of matter with topological twist in them – these are difficult to visualize and sometimes counterintuitive, not unlike the famous Schroedinger’s cat, but can nevertheless exist in nature.
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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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Ken Kennedy Institute Distinguished Lecture

McMurty Auditorium | November 3, 2021 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Ken Kennedy Institute Distinguished Lecture Series brings leaders in the field of computing and data science from both academia and industry to Rice to speak about the impact of their work.

Speaker: Vivek Sarkar is the chair of the School of Computer Science and the Stephen Fleming Chair for Telecommunications in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, since August 2017. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Sarkar was a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University, and the E.D. Butcher Chair in Engineering. During 2007 - 2017, Sarkar led Rice’s Habanero Extreme Scale Software Research Laboratory which focused on unifying parallelism and concurrency elements of high-end computing, multicore, and embedded software stacks (http://habanero.rice.edu). He also served as Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Rice during 2013 - 2016.

Prior to joining Rice in 2007, Sarkar was Senior Manager of Programming Technologies at IBM Research. His research projects at IBM included the X10 programming language, the Jikes Research Virtual Machine for the Java language, the ASTI optimizer used in IBM’s XL Fortran product compilers, and the PTRAN automatic parallelization system. Sarkar became a member of the IBM Academy of Technology in 1995, and was inducted as an ACM Fellow in 2008. He has been serving as a member of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) since 2009, and on CRA’s Board of Directors since 2015.

Free. Registration required.
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Civic Scientist Lecture: Innovation and the Workforce of the Future

The Science and Technology Policy program at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy would like to invite you to a virtual discussion with Antonio Neri, President and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, on innovation, decentralization of science and technology hubs, and the diversification of the workforce in the future.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
TIME: 12:00PM - 1:00PM (GMT-0500) US/Central

> Learn more HERE

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