AI Powered Renewable Energy Workshop

Dates: April 17-18, 2023

Location: The Ion, 4201 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Attendees: Business Leaders with Technology focus, Technologists, Academicians, Startups

AI Houston Institute of Rice University in partnership with Ion and Innovation Factori is getting together experts from academia and industry working on the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in solving some of the most complex challenges facing the Energy industry as it transitions into alternative sources of energy that are green and sustainable. It will be a 2-day workshop covering the latest advances in AI – theory and practice, and their applicability in three broad areas – Wind, Carbon Capture, Utilization, Storage (CCUS) and Geothermal. There are several well-renowned speakers and panelists lined up from both the industry and academia. This workshop invite technology and business leaders from the energy industry and the startup community. Every better way needs a place to begin. Join us for the 2023 AI Powered Renewable Energy Workshop at the Ion start the conversation and network to create a resilient and sustainable energy future.

Innovation| Rice University
Schlumberger Innovation Factori


Day 1: Monday, April 17, 2023

Time Session

7:30 - 8 a.m.


8 - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome Address
Amy Dittmar, Howard R. Hughes Provost at Rice University

8:15 - 9 a.m. Fireside Chat with Bobby Tudor, CEO Artemis Energy Partners
Conducted by Jan Odegard, Executive Director at Ion

9 - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote 1
Detlef Hohl, Chief Scientist Computation and Data Science at Shell

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 - 11 a.m.

Keynote 3
Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University

11 - 11:45 a.m.

Anshumali Shrivastava, Associate Professor of Computer Science, of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and of Statistics at Rice University

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 - 2 p.m.

Philip Andre Witte, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research

2 - 2:45 p.m.

Suvinay Subramanian, Senior Software Engineer at Google

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Arvind Sharma, Global Innovation Manager, Innovation Factori, SLB
Participants: Elizabeth L'Heureux, Head of HPC, BP; Ben Hu, Director D2K Institute at Rice University; Suvinay Subramanian, Senior Software Engineer at Google; Philipp Witte, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research; Sampath Reddy, Analytics Product Champion at SLB; César Uribe, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University

Day 2: Tuesday April 18, 2023

Time Track 1 (WIND) Track 2 (CCUS + GEOTHERM)

8 - 9 a.m.

Erik Skjetne, Chief Digital Officer at Northern Lights

9 - 9:45 a.m. Karthik Kashinath, Principal Scientist and Engineer at NVIDIA Kevin See, VP Product Strategy at Geminus.AI
9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Breakfast
10:15 - 11 a.m. Istvan Szunyogh, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University Umut Ozdogan - Managing Director, Sustainability,
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Tom Jönsthövel, Global Innovation Manager Energy Transition (Digital) at SLB
Participants: Scott Eberhardt, Business Development Manager-Carbon, Water and Geothermal at SLB; David Rabley, Energy Transition and Sustainability Global Lead for Energy at Accenture; Ali Sangster, Vice President, Business Intelligence and Strategy Lead at S&P Global; Christoph Schittko, Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft; Jan Schoolmeesters, EVP Digital Energy Solutions, TGS
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Haibin Di, Senior Data Scientist at SLB David Thul, Founder at Geolumina (
2:15 - 3 p.m. Mohamad Nasr-Azadani, Principal Data Scientist at Accenture Niven Shumaker, Digital Innovation Advisor and Data Scientist at SLB
3 - 4 p.m. Panel + Audience (Closing Remarks with Action Items)
Moderator Sanjoy Paul, Managing Director at Accenture and Director, AI Houston Institute at Rice University
Panelists - Muhammad Moeen Yaqoob, Director at Global Innovation Factori; Pedram Hassanzadeh, Assistant Professor at Rice University; Arko Barman, Assistant Teaching Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering at RIce University


For more information, contact Sanjoy Paul (