February 9, 2021 Newsletter

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Member of the Month, Dr. Su Chen, is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Data to Knowledge Lab (D2K). Her doctoral research lies in the interaction of methodology, theory and computation of Bayesian statistics and their applications to high dimensional data analysis. She has experience developing and teaching both lower and upper division undergraduate courses in math, statistics and data science at UT-Austin and Texas A&M University.

What challenges do you see in your research that you didn't expect?
Right now, the biggest challenge for me is to transition from "supervised research" to "unsupervised research". I am currently exploring areas for future research, and actively looking for opportunities to collaborate!

What is a favorite experience with the Ken Kennedy Institute or describe a time the Ken Kennedy Institute supported you in the past?
I participated in the research “speed dating” event that the Ken Kennedy Institute organized with MD Andersen Cancer Center and it was great opportunity for collaborations, especially for someone like me who just started at Rice. I also find the monthly luncheon talks very interesting and I love to hear about research using data science across disciplines and get to know my colleagues!

Why Venture Capitalists are Investing in 'Software Beyond the Screen'

Date: March 10 at 4:00 PM CST

In this talk, Sunil Nagaraj of Ubiquity Ventures will explore how software is beginning to animate, understand and navigate the real world with profound implications. He will touch on how the software engineering toolchain has been perfected for computer software and how this software development paradigm is being applied conceptually and tactically. He will also cover applications of the ML branch of software and its ability to connect the dots and navigate our complex physical world.
Register at bit.ly/SunilNagaraj2021

Register Now: 2021 Oil & Gas HPC Conference

Friday, March 5, 2021

The 14th annual Oil & Gas HPC Conference is going virtual! This year's conference will have an online venue for networking, collaborating, and building partnerships. Registration is free thanks to this year's sponsors! Post-conference workshops will also be offered for free on Friday, March 12, 19, and 26. Visit og-hpc.rice.edu for more info.

More Events

Google Summer Computer Science Program

Rice's Computer Science Department has launched a 10-week data science summer program for undergraduates. The Research Experience for Undergraduates offers students unprecedented one-on-one access to faculty mentors as they work together on cutting-edge research. The 10-week program begins May 24th, and selected students will receive a $6000 stipend and housing as appropriate. Interested students can apply for now through March 1 at cs.rice.edu/reu-data-science.

Rice Master of Data Science Degree Program

The Master of Data Science Program offers recent graduates and professionals a Rice degree that will enhance their current careers or help them pivot to new ones. The degree is offered through the George R. Brown School of Engineering and managed by the Department of Computer Science. The program is a professional, non-thesis degree designed to support interdisciplinary professionals. Taught by world-class faculty, the program offers online or on campus options. Applications are now open and classes begin this fall.

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