Ken Kennedy Institute (K2I)

The Ken Kennedy 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 200 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 & 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.

The Ken Kennedy Institute is continually seeking out new opportunities for collaboration and research.

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Last updated:  January 2021.