May 4, 2021 Newsletter

may 4 2021

Take a look at our May 4, 2021, Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

Member of the Month, Dr. Satish Nagarajaiah, is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Nagarajaiah's research areas focus on Structural Dynamic systems, earthquake engineering, seismic isolation, structural control and monitoring, adaptive stiffness systems, smart tuned mass dampers, sparse structural system identification and low rank methods, and non-contact laser based strain sensing using nanomaterials.

How do you explain your research in one sentence?
Analytical modeling, sparse system identification and discovery of equations that govern the behavior of materials and structures (at multiple scales) with physics-based machine/statistical learning algorithm development.

What is a favorite experience with the Ken Kennedy Institute?
My favorite experience with Ken Kennedy Institute is the interactions with its leaders such as late Sidney Burrus, Tony Elam, Moshe Vardi, and Lydia Kavraki, its members, and collaborative research that has resulted from it - particularly with ECE, MECH, and MSNE faculty. Also, the Ken Kennedy Institute sponsored seminars and distinguished lectures have provided access to a steady stream of state-of-the art lectures in the field.



2022 Energy HPC Conference

March 1-3, 2022

The 15th annual Energy High Performance Computing Conference (previously the Oil and Gas High Performance Computing Conference), hosted annually at Rice University by the Ken Kennedy Institute, is the premier meeting place for the energy industry to engage in conversations about challenges and opportunities in high performance computing, computational science and engineering, machine learning, and data science. Attended by more than 500 leaders and experts from the energy industry, academia, national labs, and IT industry, this is a unique opportunity for key stakeholders to engage and network to help advance HPC in the energy industry.

Looking into the future, next year will be the 15th year of the conference. To move with the times, we will be changing the name from the Oil and Gas HPC Conference to the Energy HPC Conference to reflect our evolving world.

Data Science Coast to Coast Biodiversity Seminar

Date: May 19, 2:00 - 3:00 PM CST

The DS C2C Seminar Series, hosted jointly by seven academic data science institutes, provides a unique opportunity to foster a broad-reaching data science community.

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2021 Machine Learning Boot Camp

Date: May 20-21, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM CST

Register now for the 2021 Virtual Machine Learning Boot Camp on May 20-21, 2021. This year's boot camp will be a virtual two-day boot camp with a focus on Machine Learning for Executives. Taught by a team of Rice professors in the computational sciences, Chris Jermaine, Santiago Segarra, and Anastasios Kyrillidis, the Machine Learning Boot Camp will integrate lectures describing the basic concepts to state-of-the-art Machine Learning.

We offer low rates for Rice faculty, students, and staff as well as Gulf Coast Consortia Trainees. We also offer 20% off of the Industry rate for Rice Alumni and small business.

Click here to register!

Data Science Coast to Coast Ocean Dynamics Seminar

Date: June 16, 2:00 - 3:00 PM CST

The DS C2C Seminar Series, hosted jointly by seven academic data science institutes, provides a unique opportunity to foster a broad-reaching data science community.

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More Events

D2K Virtual Showcase

Date: Wed, May 5 at 5:00 PM CDT

Join in for an interactive Live D2K Showcase as students show how they have made an impact through data science. Explore real-world projects from trending industries and community partners, celebrate the impact D2K students are making through data science, interact with students and ask questions in their virtual booths, and vote on your favorite project and team as students compete for cash prizes! Click here for more info.

Smalley-Curl Institute's 6th Annual Transdisciplinary Symposium

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
We invite all of your graduate students in Science & Engineering to present a 5 or 12 minute talk on their current research. With an emphasis on promoting professional development, the meeting will provide students with an opportunity to fine-tune their oral presentation skills. The best presenters will be awarded travel grants to attend professional meetings (judged by attendees in a "people's choice" style). Faculty, postdocs, undergraduates, and non-presenting graduate students are encouraged to attend to hear about the latest exciting results from various groups across campus! Guest registration deadline is May 10th, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Click here for info!

ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships

Due: June 15, 2021 at 5 PM EST
The Army Research Laboratory invites exceptional young researchers to participate in this excitement as ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows. These Fellows must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Candidates are expected to have already successfully tackled a major scientific or engineering problem during their thesis work or to have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field. Benefits include: $100,000/year stipend, health insurance, paid relocation, professional travel allowance.
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