October 2020 Newsletter

October 2020

Take a look at our October 2020 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

Member of the Month, Dr. Illya Hicks, is a Professor in the Department of Computational & Applied Mathematics and Faculty Advisor to the President. Dr. Hicks shares his research interests and what he's working on.
How do you explain your research in one sentence?
I solve problems involving relationships between people, places, and things that are easy to understand but are incredibly hard to solve.

What challenges do you see in your research that you didn't expect?
The patience it takes to fully understand a problem inside and out. This is not always straightforward. There are certainly underlying structures in problems that are not eager to rear their ugly heads. Furthermore, even in their discovery, it is still mathematically challenging to prove that the structure always exists given certain conditions.

Read more at kenkennedy.rice.edu/news.

October Member Luncheon

We will be holding our October Member Luncheon on October 2nd with Santiago Segarra on "Data Science for Networks: What can Networks do for you?" Register here!

Ken Kennedy Institute
Data Science Conference

Dates: October 26-28, 2020
This year’s virtual conference will have an online venue for networking, collaborating, and building partnerships focused around data science, machine learning, and data engineering problems and opportunities.

Click here to register.

More Events

Course: Technology, Culture and Society in the Age of COVID-19

Offered by the Glasscock School and Co-Sponsored by the Ken Kennedy Institute
Short Course Online and Open to the Public
SCHEDULE: Oct. 5 - Nov 16, 2020
(Seven Mondays, 7-8:30 PM)
FEE: $240 ($230 if registering by Sept. 21)
$216 for Rice alumni
Click here for more info.

WiDS Houston 2020

Time: Fri, Oct 23, 2020 | 1:00-4:30 PM CDT
Click here to register for free!

Women in Data Science (WiDS) is coming to Houston for the first time in 2020! Join us for a virtual afternoon of engaging female speakers from industry and academia, a panel discussion, student lightning talks and networking breakouts. WiDS Houston is open to everyone, regardless of gender, who is interested in engaging with and learning from the local data science community.
Sponsored by Arundo Analytics and the Ken Kennedy Institute.

Liu Distinguished Visitor Series: Davy Wang

Time: Nov 4th at 7:00 PM
Join us to hear about Davy Wang's entrepreneurial journey, and his take on "The Future of Cloud Computing" after spending years working within industry leaders like IBM, Amazon, and Tencent Cloud. Co-sponsored by: Ken Kennedy Institute, Lilie Lab, Chao Center for Asian Studies and Liu Distinguished Visitor Series. Click here to register.


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