The Novel Coronavirus pandemic is one of the greatest public health challenges of the past century. Rice University is committed to doing what it can to help the greater Houston community through these uncertain times.
One of the ways that Rice can help is by offering its expertise in data science and data analytics to the Houston community. Rice has world-class researchers in a variety of data-related disciplines, many of whom are eager to advise or collaborate with the City of Houston, Harris County, and other cities and counties in the Houston region as well as with partner organizations who share the goal of using data to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Rice has a strong track record of collaborating with local governments, the Texas Medical Center (TMC), and local industries to bring forward timely solutions. In this effort, Rice is partnering with Ion Houston to best serve the needs of the region.
We welcome inquiries from the greater Houston region. If you would like more information on collaborating with Rice University, please contact Kathy Ensor (email@example.com) and Chris Jermaine (Christopher.M.Jermaine@rice.edu).
Rice University is a comprehensive research university located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Texas. Rice has world-leading researchers in areas of direct relevance to this task, including:
Rice has a number of institutes and initiatives addressing challenges in data science and data analytics, each of which could contribute to efforts aimed at mitigating the effects of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. These include:
The Data Science Initiative at Rice University is a multidisciplinary coalition working towards cutting-edge, data-driven solutions and education for next generation citizens.
The Ken Kennedy Institute is dedicated to the advancement of research in the fields of computing, data science and information technology. The Institute provides broad support for a strong community of research experimentation that challenges traditional disciplinary limits.
The Kinder Institute for Urban Research builds better cities and improves people's lives by bringing together data, research, engagement and action.
The Center for Health and Biosciences at the Baker Institute employs comprehensive research analysis to develop health policy recommendations that promote health and well-being in the United States and globally.
The Rice D2K Lab provides students with immersive, experiential learning opportunities in data science while enhancing data-intensive research at Rice and building partnerships with companies, institutions, and community organizations.
The Texas Policy Lab studies how to bring data-driven insights to the heart of public policy-making in Texas.
The Spatial Studies Lab is a cross-functional team of scholars, GIS specialists, designers, and developers working together to build online geospatial platforms. The Lab recently created a series of COVID-19 dashboards that track case numbers and bed utilization rates in Texas as well as in other countries.
The Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform is a secure data repository and analytical computing environment that provides research-ready data for the Greater Houston Area. It hosts the Texas Flood Registry and will host the COVID-19 registry.