The Ken Kennedy Institute

Welcome to the Ken Kennedy Institute. The Institute, established in 1987, is dedicated to solving critical global challenges with collaborative approaches that focus on innovations in computing and harnessing the transformative power of data.

The Ken Kennedy Institute is the virtual home of over two hundred faculty members and senior researchers at Rice University spanning computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, business, architecture and music.

Primarily, the Institute is a catalyst for research collaborations across the conventional boundaries of university, department, center and laboratory. Our increasingly complex world demands solutions that span disciplines. Today, most of our activities are in machine learning, AI, data science, and high performance computing and on how these can provide insight and enable convergent research in medicine, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts.

We enable new conversations through our Member Luncheons and Distinguished Lecture Series. We promote interdisciplinary research in AI and data science through a number of events including our yearly Ken Kennedy Institute Data Science Conference and Oil and Gas High Performance Computing Conference. We aid in workforce development through our Summer Machine Learning Boot Camp and High Performance Computing Boot Camp. We work closely with industry to bring promising ideas to market, and we develop academic, industry, and community partnerships in the computational sciences.

We are continually seeking out new opportunities for collaboration and research.

Lydia Kavraki, Director
Angela Wilkins, Executive Director

Ken Kennedy Institute
6100 Main Street, MS39
Houston, Texas 77005


The Rice Ken Kennedy Institute is located on the campus of Rice University inside Duncan Hall. Click the map below for directions.

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Rice University
Ken Kennedy Institute
6100 Main Street, MS-39
Houston, Texas 77005


Phone: 713-348-5823
Email: kenkennedy@rice.edu

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