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2017 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference - Now Accepting Abstract Submissions2017 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference - Now Accepting Abstract Submissions
2017 marks the 10th anniversary for the Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Conference, hosted annually at Rice University. The conference is the premier meeting place for the industry to engage in conversations about challenges and opportunities in high performance computing, information technology, computational science and engineering, and data science. Attended by 500+ leaders from the oil and gas industry, academia, national labs, and IT industry, this is a unique opportunity to engage key stakeholders.  Read More »
Now accepting Graduate Fellowship Applications!
The Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I) is currently accepting applications/nominations for the graduate fellowships for the academic year 2016/17. To be eligible, the candidate must be a master or doctoral level student in good standing. See additional requirements for each of the different fellowships. (All fellowships are subject to availability).  Read More »

Rice expert warns Congress about election cyberthreatsRice expert warns Congress about election cyberthreats
Rice University computer scientist Dan Wallach today warned that the American election systems face "credible cyberthreats" and urged the need for a contingency plan during a testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in Washington, D.C.  Read More »

People of ACM - Richard TapiaPeople of ACM - Richard Tapia
What made you decide to pursue a career in mathematics in the 1960s? Were there certain challenges you faced in pursuing your career as a young Latino at that time?

I went into mathematics simply because I was very good in math. I went to a not very good high school and there I was the best math student. This gave me a sense of pride, confidence, and a reasonable amount of self-esteem. I learned to love math, probably because I was good at it. So I was a big fish in a small pond, but it served me well, and motivated me when the math challenges became more challenging later on in life.  Read More »

Are robots taking our jobs?Are robots taking our jobs?
If you put water on the stove and heat it up, it will at first just get hotter and hotter. You may then conclude that heating water results only in hotter water. But at some point everything changes – the water starts to boil, turning from hot liquid into steam. Physicists call this a “phase transition.”  Read More »

9th Annual Oil & Gas HPC Conference: A Unique Experience
For the ninth year, Rice University's Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Conference stayed true to its inceptual mission to engage, educate and network.  Jan Odegard, Executive Director, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and Associate Vice President, Office of Information Technology, hosted and brought  together professionals from Academia, National Laboratories, Oil & Gas and IT. The conference attendance was record breaking with over 550 people registered. There was, surprisingly, no decrease in attendance this year due to lower oil prices.  Read More »

Oil industry must 'improve technology and knowhow'Oil industry must 'improve technology and knowhow'
"We're seeing increasing costs and decreasing returns," said François Alabert, vice president for geo-technology solutions at Total S.A., the French multinational oil and gas giant. "The only way to improve performance is to improve technology and knowhow."

It was a message often reiterated at the ninth-annual Rice Oil & Gas (O&G) High-Performance Computing (HPC) Conference at Rice University. Hosted March 2-3 by the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the event drew more than 550 leaders from the oil and gas industry, the high-performance computing and information technology industries and academics.  Read More »

Oil and Gas Giant on Tech Infrastructure Investments, Uncertain TimesOil and Gas Giant on Tech Infrastructure Investments, Uncertain Times
Multi-million dollar decisions about investing in high performance computing systems are never taken lightly, but in the oil and gas industry, which is going through one of its worst crises in history, uncertainty reigns—at least in terms of the future outlook.  Read More »

Taking the Pulse of HPC in the Oil and Gas Industry
Taking place from March 2 to 3, 2016, the Oil & Gas High Performances Computing (HPC) Conference is hosted annually at Rice University and is the premier meeting place for networking and discussion focused on computing and information technology challenges in the oil and gas industry.  Read More »

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Events

October
October 7, 2016
October Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
October 13, 2016
Rice Faculty Data Science Meetup
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
BioScience Research Collaborative Event Hall
October 18, 2016
Ken Kennedy Institute and School of Humanities Lecture: Dr. John Mitchell presents..."Can Education Scale?"
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium
October 27, 2016
Ken Kennedy Institute's Technology, Cognition, and Culture Lecture Series: Dr. Moshe Vardi presents...“Humans, Machines, and Work: The Future is Now”
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall 1070
November
November 4, 2016
November Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
November 10, 2016
Ken Kennedy Institute Lecture: Dr. Andrew Lo, MIT Sloan School of Management
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall 1064
December
December 2, 2016
December Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
December 5, 2016 - December 6, 2016
De Lange Conference X: Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
BioScience Research Collaborative Auditorium
January
January 19, 2017
Ken Kennedy Institute and Baker Insitute for Public Policy Lecture: Dr. Sami Saydjari presents..."Defending Cyberspace: A New Frontier" by Sami Saydjari
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium
January 25, 2017
Ken Kennedy Institute Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Alfred Z. Spector presents..."Big Data: Opportunities & Unanticipated Consequences"
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium
February
February 3, 2017
February Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
March
March 3, 2017
March Ken Kennedy Institute Member Luncheon
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Duncan Hall 3092
 
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