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Lie algebraic similarity transformations: improving wavefunctions for weak and strong correlations

May 23, 2017 - 3:00pm
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Physics & Astronomy

Speaker: Jacob Wahlen-Strothman
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


200 Brockman Hall for Physics



We present a class of correlated wavefunctions generated by exponentials of two-body on-site Hermitian operators that can be evaluated with polynomial computational cost via a Hamiltonian similarity transformation. Wavefunctions of this form have been studied with variational Monte Carlo methods, but we present a formalism to perform non-stochastic calculations. The Hausdorff series generated by these Jastrow factors can be summed exactly without truncation resulting in a set of equations with polynomial computational cost. The correlators include the density-density, collinear spin-spin, spin-density cross terms, and on-site double occupancy operators. The resulting non-Hermitian many-body Hamiltonian can be solved in a biorthogonal mean-field approach with only a small set of correlation terms required for accurate calculations in systems with local interactions. Although the energy of the model is unbound, projective equations in the spirit of coupled cluster theory lead to well-defined solutions. The theory is tested on the one and two-dimensional repulsive Hubbard model where it yields accurate results for large systems with low computational cost. Symmetry projection methods are included to further improve the reference wavefunction and results under strong correlation without sacrificing good quantum numbers resulting in very accurate energies for small systems and producing a better ground state for the calculation of other properties.

Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive an 80% refund of tuition for Summer Session II

May 23, 2017 - 1:00am
Academic Calendar
Tuesday, May 23, 2017




Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA



Trajectory of a Curve

May 22, 2017 - 9:30pm
Shepherd School of Music
Houston Arts Alliance

Artist: Scuffed ShoeArtist: Alexandra Smither
Monday, May 22, 2017
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM


James Turrell Skyspace James Turrell Skyspace
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


Trajectory of a Curve
A Sound and Light Composition by Kurt Stallmann
World Premiere of a site-specific composition for "Twilight Epiphany," the James Turrell Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavillion. Performers include Alexandra Smither, soprano and Scuffed Shoe Percussion Duo.
8:30 p.m., James Turrell Skyspace

Baby Driver<br>Written and Directed by Edgar Wright

May 22, 2017 - 8:30pm
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Dean of Humanities
Rice Cinema
Monday, May 22, 2017
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM


Cinema (Rm #100) Rice Media Center
Rice University - Entrance #8, University Blvd & Stockton Ave
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Below please find the link for the passes.
Link: http://www.sonyscreenings.com/RiceBABYDRIVER

Written and Directed by: Edgar Wright
Produced by: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Berntha,l Eiza González with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx

2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:
“Baby Driver” Director: Edgar Wright

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Challenges and Opportunities in an Age of Change

May 22, 2017 - 7:30pm
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Speaker: His Excellency Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry
Monday, May 22, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Baker Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA

Registration Required


Pakistan sits in a complex geopolitical position, serving as a bridge between South Asia and the Middle East. The country’s long-simmering conflict with India, the situation in neighboring Afghanistan, and political, economic and social developments have all shaped Pakistan’s foreign policy. Historically, Pakistan’s relationship with the U.S. has been intermittently strategic, cooperative or cold. Still, the U.S.-Pakistan relationship is undeniably critical to regional and international security and stability. On May 22, H.E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, will address the challenges and opportunities in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. Join the conversation online with #BakerPakistan.

HPC Boot Camp

May 22, 2017 - 9:00am
Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
Monday, May 22, 2017 - Friday, May 26, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM



Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA

Admission Charge


The HPC Boot Camp is organized by the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University in an effort to address a growing demand for training and education in high-performance computing and scientific programming. While the main driver for the Boot Camp has been participation from the oil and gas industry, the curriculum is broadly applicable to any field engaged in scientific computing where there is a need to harness more of the computing power offered by modern servers and clusters. The HPC Boot Camp offers participants, with a wide array of backgrounds, opportunities to be trained in modern programing techniques and tools. http://bootcamp.rice.edu/hpc-bootcamp/

Rice University Police Department Defensive Tactics (PPCT) 4 hour Refresher (RUPD Only)

May 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Rice Police
Monday, May 22, 2017 - Friday, May 26, 2017



MPR Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


Rice University Police Departments Annual Defensive Tactics 4 hour refresher class. Officers will sign up for one 4 hour session to complete the training requirements. Sign up posted in workroom. RUPD Staff only

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES - SUMMER SESSION II

May 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Academic Calendar
Monday, May 22, 2017




Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA



Deadline: Last day for late registration for Summer Session II

May 22, 2017 - 1:00am
Academic Calendar
Monday, May 22, 2017




Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA



Master’s Recital - Cancelled

February 28, 2017 - 8:00pm
Shepherd School of Music

Artist: Daniel Egan
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM


Duncan Recital Hall Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Daniel Egan, trumpet
8:00 p.m., Duncan Recital Hall

Master’s Recital

February 28, 2017 - 8:00pm
Shepherd School of Music

Artist: David Olsen
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM


Duncan Recital Hall Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


Master’s Recital
David Olsen, cello
5:30 p.m., Duncan Recital Hall

Creativity Up Close Lecture: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity by Keith Sawyer

February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Humanities Research Center
Moody Art Center
Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Arts Initiative Fund
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
[CLICK HERE TO REGISTER]

Speaker: Keith Sawyer
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:00 PM


Shepherd School | Stude Concert Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


Please complete your registration. All lectures are free and open to the public but sitting is limited. This presentation is part of the Creativity Up Close Lecture Series.

Chao Center for Asian Studies Spring 2017 Film Series: <em>Sweet Dream</em> (1936) & <em>Keijo</em> (1940)

February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Chao Center for Asian Studies
Dean of Humanities
Rice Cinema

Speaker: Han Sang Kim
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM


Rice Media Center
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


In Sweet Dream, Aesun, a Korean Nora Helmer, gets a cab to catch the train that will take her to freedom.

Hiroshi Shimizu’s city symphony film Keijo depicts the streets and shopping promenades of colonial Seoul she might have strolled down.

"New Women on the Move" is a monthly Spring 2017 film series sponsored by the Chao Center of Asian Studies and hosted by Han Sang Kim, Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies. Part of the ASIA 327 course, every film screening is open to the Rice community and will be followed by an open discussion. Films are shown in Korean with English subtitles.

Sweet Dream (Lullaby of Death) (1936, 47min) and Keijo (1940, 24min) by YANG Chu-nam, SHIMIZU Hiroshi

February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Dean of Humanities
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:45 PM


Cinema (Rm #100) Rice Media Center
Rice University - Entrance #8, University Blvd & Stockton Ave
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


Sweet Dream (Lullaby of Death) (YANG Chu-nam, 1936, 47min) Ae-sun gets a cab to catch the train that will take her to freedom. Sweet Dream is a story of a Korean Nora Helmer who leaves home dreaming of a modern love affair. Keijo (SHIMIZU Hiroshi, 1940, 24min) Hiroshi Shimizu’s city symphony film Keijo depicts the streets and shopping promenades of colonial Seoul Ae-sun might have strolled down.
Additional Information: Free and open to the public

Declaration of Major Signing Ceremony

February 28, 2017 - 6:30pm
Sport Management
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Rice Stadium
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA

Registration Required


Each year the Department of Sport Management holds a "Declaration of Major Signing Ceremony" dinner reception for those students who officially declare us as their major. We will provide dinner and then honor each student. This event will feature a guest speaker from the sport industry. Also, representatives from "Rice Sport Business Society" will be present to speak to students about their club and their experience as a Sport Management major. Business professional dress attire **Please register via the Evite invitation by Friday, February 24**

Doctoral Recital

February 28, 2017 - 5:00pm
Shepherd School of Music

Artist: Timothy Steeves
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM


Duncan Recital Hall Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


Doctoral Recital
Timothy Steeves, violin
5:00 p.m., Duncan Recital Hall

Adaptive Program Reasoning via Online Learning

February 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Computer Science

Speaker: Xin Zhang
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
4:00 PM


1070 Duncan Hall
Reception in Martel Hall before the Seminar
6100 Main St.
Houston,Texas,USA


Software is becoming increasingly pervasive and complex. These trends expose masses of users to unintended software failures and deliberate cyber-attacks. A widely adopted solution to enforce software quality is automated program analysis. A key challenge in designing an effective analysis is to decide what approximations to apply. Approximations are inevitable as program analysis problems are undecidable in general. The state-of-the-art relies on an expert analysis designer to choose fixed approximations. These approximations, however, often fail to meet the needs of individual usage scenarios as software artifacts and analysis clients become increasingly diverse. This in turn hinders the soundness, scalability, and precision of existing analysis tools. To address this challenge, this talk presents an online-learning-based approach that automatically adapts an analysis to a given usage scenario. By adapting to user feedback, program properties of interest, and characteristics of the program at hand, the approach synthesizes approximations that are optimal for the given setting. To enable learning, it converts a conventional program analysis specified by the analysis designer into a probabilistic analysis, which is expressed using a system of weighted constraints. Our empirical evaluation shows that this approach substantially reduces the numbers of false alarms produced by real-world analyses on large and widely used Java programs. I will also describe new algorithmic techniques to solve very large instances of weighted constraints that arise not only in our domain but also in other domains such as Big Data analytics and statistical AI.

BIOE Colloquia Series: Adhesive Hydrogels and Coatings Inspired by Mussels, Tea, Wine, and Chocolate

February 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Bioengineering
Dean of Engineering

Speaker: Phillip B Messersmith, Ph.D.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


280 BioScience Research Collaborative
Rice University
6500 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA



Master’s Recital - Cancelled

February 28, 2017 - 12:00pm
Shepherd School of Music

Artist: David Mamedov
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM


Duncan Recital Hall Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston,Texas,USA


Master’s Recital - Cancelled
David Mamedov, piano
12:00 p.m., Duncan Recital Hall