October 19, 2023 Newsletter

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October 19, 2023 Newsletter

Take a look at our October 19, 2023 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

Meet the Ken Kennedy Institute's October Member of the Month: Beatrice Riviere, Noah Harding Chair and Professor of Computational Applied Mathematics and Operations Research!

How would you describe your research in 1-2 sentences?
"I develop computational mathematical tools that are guaranteed to provide accurate and reliable solutions to complex physical problems."

How does your work impact the community at large?
"Understanding how fluids flow through porous media is important for many applications. For example, the transport of multiphase flows in subsurface occurs in the process of storing carbon dioxide underground, such as in depleted reservoirs. Another example is the formation of intestinal edema that can arise in patients with traumatic injuries. In both examples, my algorithms have been used by practitioners: engineers from major oil and gas industries as well as by scientists from the Texas Medical Center."

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Oct. 24th Distinguished Lecture: Scott Huffman

October 24, 2023 | 4:00 PM CT | McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall

Join us on Tuesday, October 24th for a Ken Kennedy Institute Distinguished Lecture by Scott Huffman: VP, Google Labs, LLM-based Language Applications, Google; Founder, Google Assistant.

This event is free to attend. RSVP to stay updated on event details.

Abstract: Large Language Models — machine learned AI models that can understand and generate language — have emerged as the hottest new technology in a decade, allowing computers to exhibit capabilities they’ve never shown before. In this talk, we’ll start with a high level overview of what makes these models work. Next, we’ll explore three significant challenges that arise when trying to use LLMs to build real products (grounding, tuning, and complex reasoning), and how people are tackling them. Finally, we’ll look at some exciting applications of LLMs being built at Google Labs.

Nov. 7th Distinguished Lecture: Ian Foster

November 7, 2023 | 4:00 PM CT | McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall

On Tuesday, November 7th, we'll host a Distinguished Lecture on "Global Services for Global Science" with Ian Foster: Data Science and Learning Division Director, Argonne National Laboratory; Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science, University of Chicago.

  • Lecture: Global Services for Global Science
  • When: Tuesday, November 7th at 4:00 PM Central | Reception to Follow
  • Where: McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall at Rice University

This event is free to attend. RSVP to stay updated on event details.

View Ian Foster's bio and talk abstract at the link below.
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Nov. 14th Distinguished Lecture: Adam Phillippy

November 14, 2023 | 4:00 PM CT | BRC Auditorium

The following week, we'll welcome Dr. Adam Phillippy, a Senior Investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute, for a highly-anticipated Distinguished Lecture on "What’s New in the First Truly Complete Sequence of a Human Genome?"

This event is free to attend. RSVP to stay updated on event details.

View Adam Phillippy's bio and talk abstract at the link below.

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Project MedTech Startup Symposium

October 25-26, 2023 | TMCi

Learn from industry experts in the Medtech field to help build a successful Medtech startup company. Register here!

Early stage Medtech companies are expected to navigate the complex process of bringing an idea into reality, but very seldom do they have the expertise, experience, or resources to ensure success. If you are founder faced with this dilemma, this is for you. Project Medtech and our Network of industry thought leaders have organized an interactive event to help founders build a successful medical technology company.

The Project MedTech Startup Symposium will include 1:1 time with subject matter experts, industry networking events, educational presentations, and thought leader panel discussions.

For additional information, please contact info@projectmedtech.com.

Texas Life Science Forum

November 7, 2023 | McNair Hall at Rice University

The Texas Life Science Forum is the premier life science event in Texas that brings together members from industry, emerging life science companies, academic, and investors. The 12th Annual Conference will be held November 7, 2023 on campus in McNair Hall at Rice University.

Early bird registration is available through October 27, 2023! Additionally, discounted registration rates are available for members of BioHouston or Rice Alliance, including all Rice University students, faculty, and staff.

The International Workshop on AI-Powered Space

November 13-14, 2023 | The Ion

Rice’s AI Houston Institute, in collaboration with NASA, will host a two-day workshop covering the latest advances in AI theory and practice in Core Space and Extended Space.

The International Workshop on AI-Powered Space will bring together business leaders with a technology focus, technologists, academicians, and startups. Featured speakers and panelists includes experts from NASA, Blue Origin, Axiom Space, Microsoft Federal and Accenture as well as startups and academia. The workshop will also include a Fireside Chat with Doug Terrier, Associate Director of the Johnson Space Center.

Talks and panel discussions will address some of the most complex challenges facing the Space industry, including:

  • The design, operation and maintenance of reusable spacecrafts.
  • The impact of long-tenure space journey on the health of astronauts.
  • The impact of microgravity on scientific experiments.
  • The impact of satellites on communication, defense, weather forecast and sustainability.

Learn more, view the schedule, and register here!
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