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Rice wins neuroengineering grantRice wins neuroengineering grant
An effort by Rice University to train the neuroengineers of the future has drawn nearly $2.8 million in support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).The highly competitive Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant for the program led by bioengineer Robert Raphael with colleagues at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine will spur innovative training that spans neuroscience, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and bioengineering.  (September 16, 2013)

X-ray ‘fingerprint’ points to Van GoghX-ray ‘fingerprint’ points to Van Gogh
A bit of high-tech sleuthing has made the connection between a painting once thought to be a fake Vincent Van Gogh and a famous work that hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (MFAH).Don H. Johnson, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University, performed statistical analysis of X-ray images of the canvas behind the previously unknown painting "Sunset at Montmajour."  (September 16, 2013)

Has The Innovation Cup Run Dry?Has The Innovation Cup Run Dry?
We like to think we have been surfing a tsunami of computing innovation over the past 70 years: mainframe computers, microprocessors, personal computers, the Internet, the World Wide Web, search, cloud computing, social media, smartphones, tablets, big data, and the like. The list goes on and on, and the future for continuing innovation is quite bright, according to the conventional wisdom.  (September 6, 2013)

K2I Featured Faculty Profile: Tayfun TezduyarK2I Featured Faculty Profile: Tayfun Tezduyar
Breathing spacecraft parachutes, flapping locust wings and pulsating cerebral aneurysms seem to have little in common, but Professor Tayfun Tezduyar analyzes these problems with homegrown computer modeling technology that is common to all three.  (September 3, 2013)

The professors behind the first massive online open course at Rice University
n this edition of "Campus Conversations with the President," David Leebron sits down with Scott Rixner, associate professor in computer science, and electrical and computer engineering and Joe Warren, professor and chair of computer science. Their course, An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python, had an enrollment of more than 80,000.  (August 13, 2013)

A high impact symposium on genomic medicine
The goal of the symposium is to bring together world-renowned scientists to present and discuss novel basic, translational and clinical research being conducted in the area of genomic medicine as it relates to cancer. Topics will include: broad based efforts to catalogue and understand genomic abnormalities in cancer and the role of comprehensive computational approaches in identifying the most meaningful of them; leveraging genomic science to go beyond into drug discovery and other omics; and the application of new found knowledge to the clinic to guide new clinical trials.  (August 12, 2013)

Infering Mood From Your Smartphone RoutineInfering Mood From Your Smartphone Routine
Detecting our human emotions is something computer systems are already capable of. Just as our colleagues and friends do, machines just have to pay close attention to our facial expressions and the pitch of our voice. Emotion in voice signals can give useful quality statistics for call centers, whilst schools are experimenting with facial recognition software to spot struggling students. However, as these technologies depend on sound recordings and video footage they capture only fragments of our day - when we are actually making a phone call, or sitting in front of our laptop and staring straight ahead. Whist 'emotion snapshots' can be interesting on their own, to get a proper idea of how someone is feeling, it might be more compelling to look at their mood.  (August 8, 2013)

Silicon oxide memories transcend a hurdle Silicon oxide memories transcend a hurdle
A Rice University laboratory pioneering memory devices that use cheap, plentiful silicon oxide to store data has pushed them a step further with chips that show the technology's practicality.The team led by Rice chemist James Tour has built a 1-kilobit rewritable silicon oxide device with diodes that eliminate data-corrupting crosstalk.  (July 16, 2013)

The Great Robotics DebateThe Great Robotics Debate
The field of artificial intelligence has been accompanied by a vigorous debate essentially from its very beginnings. Alan Turing addressed the issue of machine intelligence in 1950 in what is probably his most well known paper, "Computing Machinery and Intelligence," where he proposed the "Imitation Game," now known as the "Turing Test," as an operational definition for machine intelligence. The main focus of the paper is the possibility of machine intelligence. Turing carefully analyzed and rebutted arguments against machine intelligence and stated, "I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted."  (July 16, 2013)

Artist eyes unused TV channels for New Orleans projectArtist eyes unused TV channels for New Orleans project
Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll's latest vision, PUBLIC UTILITY 2.0, would combine unused TV channels, emblematic cultural symbols and cutting-edge wireless technology from Rice University for connectivity in underresourced communities across greater New Orleans. Carroll plans to build PUBLIC UTILITY 2.0 for the upcoming Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third edition of the acclaimed international contemporary art biennial launched in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2008.  (June 28, 2013)

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