K2I 2013 - 2014 EVENTS

Research - Computational Engineering & Science - Technology

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Dr. Krishna Palem

A Decade of Building Broken Chips
September 4th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., followed by reception
Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium at Rice University

Krishna V. Palem is the Ken and Audrey Kennedy Professor at Rice University with appointments in Computer Science, in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Statistics. He founded and directed the NTU-Rice Institute on Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics (ISAID), and is a scholar in the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Palem has pioneered a novel technology entitled Probabilistic CMOS (PCMOS) for enabling ultra low-energy embedded computing, with his students. PCMOS has also been recognized by a best-paper award at the IEEE-ACM CASES 2006 conference in Seoul, as one of the ten technologies 'likely to change the way we live' by MIT's Technology Review, and as one of the seven 'emerging world changing technologies' by IEEE as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations. In 2012, Forbes (India) ranked him second on the list of eighteen scientists who are "some of the finest minds of Indian origin.” He is the recipient of the 2008 W. Wallace McDowell Award, IEEE Computer Society's highest technical award and one of computing's most prestigious individual honors.

Kevin Guthrie


The Rules of the Game: Reflections on the Impact of Digital Networks on Teaching and Learning

September 9th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., followed by reception
Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium at Rice University

Kevin M. Guthrie is an executive and entrepreneur with expertise in high technology and not-for-profit management. Mr. Guthrie was the founding president of JSTOR (1995) and ITHAKA (2004), and oversaw their merger in 2010 to form ITHAKA. Previously Mr. Guthrie started his own software development company that served the needs of college and professional football teams, and later served as a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His diverse background also includes experience as a professional football player, a sports broadcaster and producer, and a consultant for an Oscar-winning motion picture. Mr. Guthrie holds a bachelor of science in engineering in civil engineering from Princeton University and a master of business administration from Columbia University.

MEST Conference


September 18th, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)

6500 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030

The Medicine, Energy, Space and Technology Conference (MEST Conference) brings together people engaged in cutting edge research, discovery and strategy from across the fields of medicine, energy, space and technology to focus on accelerating medical innovations. The conference incorporates major advancements in the fields of medicine, energy, space, and technology with a particular emphasis on applications, technology development, and entrepreneurship in medicine. The purpose is that by exposure to emerging and cutting edge discoveries and advancement in each of the fields, we will provide the platform for information exchange and learning that can clear the pathway to collaboration and new discoveries and ventures. This unique opportunity to interact with a relatively non-overlapping crowd and leaders in the field will potentially ignite collaborations, exchange of ideas and friendships.

Dr. Mary Lou Soffa


Warehouse Scale Computers: Opportunities and Challenges
October 9th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., followed by reception
Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium at Rice University

Dr. Mary Lou Soffa is the Owen R. Cheatham Professor of Sciences at the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include optimizing compilers, virtual execution environments, software testing, program analysis, software security, and software systems for multi-core architectures. Mary Lou received the Ken Kennedy Award in 2012 for contributions to compiler technology and software engineering, exemplary service to the profession, and lifelong dedication to mentoring and improving diversity in computing. Mary Lou is both an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow. She received the Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award in 2011 and was selected for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring the same year.

Dr. Larry Smarr

Quantifying Your Superorganism Body Using Big Data Supercomputing

November 12th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., followed by reception
Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium at Rice University

Dr. Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UCSD's Jacobs School. He has continued to drive major developments in information infrastructure, which began during his previous 15 years as founding Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Smarr served as principal investigator on NSF's OptIPuter project and currently is principal investigator of the Moore Foundation's CAMERA project and co-principal investigator on NSF's GreenLight project. In October 2008 he was the Leadership Dialog Scholar in Australia.

Dr. Dan Cohen

November 20th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., followed by reception
Kyle Marrow Room, Fondren Library at Rice University

Dan Cohen is the Digital Public Library's (DPLA’s) founding Executive Director. Cohen, is a tenured professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He was an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities, and in 2012 he was named one of the top “tech innovators” in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Jeroen Tromp

January 29th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., followed by reception
Location to be determined

Dr. Jeroen Tromp is the Blair Professor of Geology and Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. He is also the Director of the Seismological Laboratory and the McMillan Professor of Geophysics. Jeroen Tromp joined the Department of Geosciences in July 2008 as Blair Professor of Geology and Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics. He comes from the California Institute of Technology, where he was the Director of the Seismological Laboratory and McMillan Professor of Geophysics. From 1992 to 2000, he was a faculty member of the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. His Ph.D. (1992) and M.S. (1990) in Geophysics are from Princeton University, and he received his B.Sc. (1988) in Geophysics from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, of which he is a native. Tromp’s primary research areas are in Theoretical & Computational Seismology. Research topics include: surface waves, free oscillations, body waves, seismic tomography, numerical simulations of 3-D wave propagation, and seismic hazard assessment.

2014 Oil & Gas HPC Workshop

Fostering Relationships and Highlighting Trends in High Performance Computing for the Oil & Gas Industry

March 6th, 7:15 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Rice University, BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)
6500 Main Street, MS-650
Houston, TX 77030

The Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop, hosted annually at Rice University, is the premier meeting place for networking and discussion focused on computing and information technology challenges and needs in the Oil and Gas Industry. High-end computing and information technology continues to stand out across the industry as critical business enablers and differentiators with relatively well understood returns on investment. However, challenges such as a constantly changing technology landscape, increasing focus on software and software innovation, and escalating concerns around workforce development still remain.

Technical themes for workshop sessions are developed based on current challenges and the diversity and strengths of the abstracts received. This workshop has become the key venue for planners and practitioners alike. This is a forum for taking the pulse of industry needs and discussing challenges, opportunities and new development at the interface of the Oil and Gas Industry, the IT industry and the academic and research community.

Dr. John Villasenor


March 26th, 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m., followed by reception

Location details coming soon...

John Villasenor is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies and the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings. He is also a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Public Policy at UCLA, and Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System. His work addresses the intersection of technology, policy and the law. Dr. Villasenor’s research considers the broader impacts of key technology trends including the move to cloud computing, the globalization of technology product design and manufacturing, advances in digital communications and electronics, and the increasing complexity of today’s networks and systems. He writes frequently on these topics and on their implications with respect to digital media, intellectual property, digital privacy, and cybersecurity. He holds a B.S. from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Rice University

6100 Main Street, MS 39

Houston, TX 77005