February 2020 Roundtable

Date / Time:

Friday, February 7, 2020

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Program
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Networking


“Artificial Intelligence: Good or Evil”

In a short 45 minutes, we will look at the history of AI and learn about the basics of Artificial Intelligence. What is the difference between supervised and unsupervised approaches? Is reinforcement learning applicable to all challenges? What about transfer learning? Is it ready or just another promising technology? Natural Language Processing. Is this useful? Is cybersecurity a challenge in the days of big data? How AI is used in multiple industries will be presented and we will conclude with current use cases in oil and gas. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and the objective of the presentation is to provide a platform for a lively discussion.


Philippe Herve, Vice President of Oil and Gas Solutions, SparkCognition

Philippe Herve joined SparkCognition as the VP of Solutions. He is a multilingual executive with US and international success in operations, P&L, technology, business development, marketing, sales, and client relations.

Mr. Herve’s comprehensive experience in oil and gas spans large-scale project leadership, IT, engineering, manufacturing, and operation.

Mr. Herve holds multiple patents in the field of ultrasonic and has authored many technical papers. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Over the years, Mr. Herve has frequently been published in Bloomberg, Oil & Gas Journal, Journal of Petroleum Technology, World Oil, The Houston Chronicle, Drilling Contractor, and is a frequent speaker on diverse management and engineering subjects.

Herve was a late comer to the AI revolution. He only started working on Artificial Intelligence in 1985. Artificial Intelligence had already been defined 30 years earlier.

  • $30 per person for online registration ($40 per person at the door) **NEW FEES**
  • Free for Rice Students (registration required in advance)
  • $15 for Rice Faculty (registration required in advance)

Online registration will close at Noon on Thursday, February 6, 2020. A boxed lunch will be served.



Location & Parking:

Grand Hall in the Rice Ley Student Center

Detailed campus maps are available on the web at http://www.rice.edu/maps/. The Ley Student Center is located in the central part of Rice campus. The Central Campus Garage, which is the closest parking facility, is located to the across the street from the Student Center.

In the possibility the underground parking is full, the second closest parking is the West Lot. Continue down the Laboratory Loop Road to the stop sign. The campus also offers a bus shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes as it loops the campus.

Note: In order to protect the privacy of the luncheon attendees, the list of attendees is not published or distributed.

This Roundtable qualifies for one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Your email confirmation at completion of registration serves as your PDH and payment receipts. Paper receipts may be picked up at the registration desk at time of check-in.