Igor the Robot and his helper, Engineering Dean Edwin L. “Ned” Thomas, cut the ribbon March 3 in a ceremony dedicating the new robotics laboratory of Lydia E. Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science (CS) at Rice University.
“Computing power seems to be reaching a dead end — the end of Moore’s Law. The new speed-up in Big Data and machine-learning technologies will have to come from novel mathematical and algorithmic creativity.”
Rice University is one of 40 academic partners in a new robotics manufacturing institute in Pittsburgh that will be funded with $80 million from the Department of Defense (DoD) and $173 million in matching funds from more than 200 participating partners, including companies, local governments, academic and nonprofit organizations.
Luay K. Nakhleh, professor of computer science (CS) and of biosciences at Rice University, became the new chair of the Department of Computer Science on Jan. 1, 2017.
Lydia E. Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and professor of bioengineering at Rice University, has received a $900,000 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).