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Hybrid Compute Drives Energy Efficient Oil Reservoir ModelingHybrid Compute Drives Energy Efficient Oil Reservoir Modeling
It is convenient, perhaps, that large scale computing evolved just about the time the easiest and biggest strikes for oil and natural gas were over. Since the 1950s, energy companies have always been early adopters of advanced computing, networking, and storage technologies because accurate seismic processing to reveal the structures of the depths of the Earth’s crust is the only practical way to find oil and natural gas and manage their reservoirs of those hydrocarbons.  (March 7, 2016)

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.  (March 7, 2016)

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.  (March 2, 2016)

When machines can do any job, what will humans do?When machines can do any job, what will humans do?
Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi expects that within 30 years, machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can. In anticipation, he is asking his colleagues to consider the societal implications. Can the global economy adapt to greater than 50 percent unemployment? Will those out of work be content to live a life of leisure?  (February 15, 2016)

Treichler elected to National Academy of EngineeringTreichler elected to National Academy of Engineering
John Treichler ’70, adjunct distinguished visiting professor at Rice, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest honors that can be conferred upon a U.S. scientist or engineer.  (February 10, 2016)

Registration Now Open - 2016 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference
The Oil and Gas High Performance Computing (HPC) Conference, hosted annually at Rice University, is the premier meeting place for discussion of challenges and opportunities around high performance computing, information technology, and computational science and engineering. The 2016 Conference will be held March 2-3, 2016 at the BioScience Research Collaborative Building on the Rice University Campus.  (January 6, 2016)

Revolutionary 'flat' camera could make your next phone as thin as a credit cardRevolutionary 'flat' camera could make your next phone as thin as a credit card
Researchers in Texas have developed a camera small enough to fit inside of a credit card which doesn't require a lens.In doing away with the lens, the FlatCam prototype paves the way for a future of cameras that are more flexible than traditional ones, giving it the potential for use in security and disaster-relief.The camera was invented by electrical and computer engineers Richard Baraniuk and Ashok Veeraraghavan, and is thinner than a dime.  (December 1, 2015)

Rice wins $2.4M to study many-antenna wirelessRice wins $2.4M to study many-antenna wireless
"Early tests of many-antenna technology at Rice and elsewhere suggest that wireless carriers could use this technology to serve many times more data than can be served with today’s 4G networks," said Lin Zhong, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science at Rice and the principal investigator on the new grant. "But there are still many questions about how to scale this technology for real-world implementation. Those are the challenges we’ll be tackling with the new research."  (November 30, 2015)

Rice Ken Kennedy Institute fellowship program raises the bar in student fundingRice Ken Kennedy Institute fellowship program raises the bar in student funding
The Ken Kennedy Institute has awarded $57,500 to eight Rice University graduate students as part of its annual fellowship program. The Institute also awarded $105,000 in enhancement fellowships earlier this year to incoming graduate students pursuing degrees in computational fields. Since 2008, the Institute has awarded more than $575,000 in fellowship funding to students studying computational science, engineering and high-performance computing. With the most recent fellowship awards, the Ken Kennedy Institute now manages one of the largest fellowship programs at Rice.  (November 20, 2015)

What Can Be Done About Gender Diversity in Computing?: A Lot!What Can Be Done About Gender Diversity in Computing?: A Lot!
The 2015 Grace Hopper celebration of women in computing (GHC, for short) will take place October 14–16 in Houston, TX. GHC is an annual conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. It is the world's largest gathering of women in computing. GHC is organized by the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology in partnership with ACM. This year's event is expected to bring together more than 12,000—mostly female—computer scientists!  (November 9, 2015)

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