2019 Program

Friday, March 29, 2019 


8:00 AM Registration and Morning Coffee
9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Ashutosh Sabharwal, Affiliates Program Chair
9:05 AM ECE Department Updates
Dr. Edward Knightly, ECE Department Chair
9:15 AM ECE Faculty Research Talks:
Toward Data-driven Personalized Health and Wellbeing Assistant
Dr. Akane Sano, Assistant Professor, ECE
Data Science for Networks
Dr. Santiago Segarra, Assistant Professor, ECE
Antenna-Electronics Co-Design
Dr. Taiyun Chi, Assistant Professor, ECE
Challenges in high-speed system and SoC interconnects
Dr. Thanh Tran, Professor in Practice, ECE
10:40 AM Service Provider Innovation in Radio Access Networks
Dr. Durga Satapathy, Director of Technology Innovation and Architecture, Sprint
Introduced by Prof. Lin Zhong
11:10 AM Unique applications of Computer Vision and Machine Learning in the Operating Room
Dr. Siddarth Satish, Founder & CEO, Gauss Surgical
Introduced by Prof. Gururaj Naik
11:40 AM Boxed Lunch, Served in Duncan Hall
12:30 PM Demo and Poster Session
2:00 PM Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistical Learning
Dr. Christopher Steger, ’08, Director of Product Innovation, Personalization Algorithms, Netflix
Introduced by Prof. Yingyan Lin
2:30 PM Neuroengineering:  Past, Present, and Future
Dr. Courtney Lane, ’96, Principal Consultant, Anacapa Clinical Research
Introduced by Prof. Joseph Cavallaro
3:00 PM Best Ph.D. Presentators:
Hossein Robatjazi: “Tailoring the Surface Chemistry of Aluminum Nanocrystals for Plasmon-mediated Catalysis”
Sudha Yellapantula: “Information and Graph Theoretical Machinery for Neuroengineering”
3:30 PM Rice-developed, Nanoparticle-directed Cancer Therapy
Dr. Jon Schwartz, ’79, Director of Clinical Research, Nanospectra Biosciences
Introduced by Prof. Alessandro Alabastri
4:00 PM Blue Origin: Millions of People Living and Working in Space
Jeffrey Bridge, ’11, Engineer, Blue Origin
Introduced by Prof. Kaiyuan Yang
4:30 PM Awards Ceremony
5:00 PM Networking Reception at Huff House

schedule subject to change.