Data science is rapidly evolving as an essential interdisciplinary field, where advances often result from combinations of ideas from several disciplines. This conference, to be hosted annually by Rice University, is for professionals and practitioners working in machine learning, deep learning, data mining, artificial intelligence, or big data problems broadly. Recognizing that discovery and innovation happens at interfaces of disciplines and communities, the conference aims to bring together a diverse set of people from multiple communities spanning academia and industry.

The conference will be a research, development, and innovation (RD&I) gathering, bringing together university and research labs (technology developers), key industry verticals (technology consumers), and IT industry (technology providers) that are looking at opportunities created by advances in AI, data analytics, machine learning and deep learning.

Building on the model we have used very successfully in our annual Oil & Gas HPC Conference, the Data Science Conference will strike a balance between applied and fundamental data science, and academia and industry. This combination of research and application discussion will create a venue for networking, collaboration and partnership building.

With Houston being the fourth-largest city in the U.S., and recognized as a hub for energy, health, space, finance and transportation the conference will help foster collaboration and networking. In order to best capitalize on this dynamic industry landscape, technical themesĀ  will evolve based on local, regional and national needs.

Bringing together Data Science professionals