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 215 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 HPC 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 Lectures series. We promote interdisciplinary research in AI and data science through a number of events including our yearly Data Science Conference. We aid in workforce development through our Sumer Machine Learning Boot Camp and HPC 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