Meet, Doggo: Stanford's student built, four-legged robot

Putting their own twist on robots that amble through complicated landscapes, the Stanford Student Robotics club’s Extreme Mobility team at Stanford University has developed a four-legged robot that is not only capable of performing acrobatic tricks and traversing challenging terrain but is also designed with reproducibility in mind. Anyone who wants their own version of the robot, dubbed Stanford Doggo, can consult comprehensive plans, code and a supply list that the students have made freely available online:

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Advancing diversity and inclusion at Stanford

Provost Persis Drell talks about how diversity and inclusion are critical to Stanford’s education and research mission and why it’s important for the university to embrace these values now. She also outlines the goals the university has set to advance its commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and access.

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Women at Stanford: Inclusion, Exclusion, and Activism from the 1890s to the 1990s

At the time of its opening in 1891, Stanford University admitted both male and female students, in large part because Jane Stanford had strong views about the importance of educating women. Despite their initial inclusion as students, in subsequent generations women at Stanford experienced a range of exclusions, including a quota system that limited undergraduate enrollment and a paucity of female faculty. By the late twentieth century, students and faculty members advocated for gender equity not only in admissions but in all aspects of university life. Estelle B. Freedman, the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. history at Stanford and author of No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women, placed these tensions in the history of coeducation at Stanford within the context of national educational and political trends.

Adaptation to Climate Change: What Do the Data Say?

In the April 16, 2019 Center on Global Poverty and Development Speaker Series "Adaptation to Climate Change: What Do the Data Say?" Solomon Hsiang led a discussion on data for adaption to climate change, moderated by Marshall Burke. Hsiang is the Center's Noosheen Hashemi Visiting Scholar and the Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Coding of space and time in the entorhinal cortex – Michael Hasselmo

Neurophysiological recordings from brain regions in behaving rodents demonstrate neurons that may code spatial location and elapsed time for memory function. This includes the coding in entorhinal cortex and hippocampus of spatial location by place cells (O'Keefe and Burgess, 1996) and grid cells (Hafting et al., 2005; Stensola et al., 2012). Many of these cells also code the temporal intervals during behavioral tasks (Kraus et al., 2013; 2015). Models of the coding spatial location utilize either integration of running speed and direction or the sensory computation of angle and distance of visual features on environmental boundaries. These models draw on data about the neurons that respond to head direction (Taube et al., 1990), neurons that respond to running speed (Kropff et al., 2015; Hinman et al., 2016) and neurons that respond to environmental boundaries in allocentric coordinates (Solstad et al., 2008; Lever et al., 2009) or that respond to boundaries in egocentric coordinates (Hinman et al., 2017). Experimental data shows that alterations of subcortical input can impair the responses of neurons coding space (Brandon et al., 2011; Winter et al., 2015) and time (Wang et al., 2014). Experimental data and computational modeling have explored potential cortical and subcortical mechanisms for the neural coding of time and space, addressing how network dynamics could contribute to integration of location and time (Burgess et al., 2007; Burak and Fiete, 2009; Howard et al., 2014), or how grid cells and boundary cells alter their coding in response to sensory input about environmental features (Raudies and Hasselmo, 2015; Campbell et al., 2018).

2019 Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology Symposium Opening

Dr. Jay McClelland, Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology, and director of the Center for Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology and Dr. Ivan Soltesz, James R. Doty Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurosciences, welcome everyone to the 2019 Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology symposium. The theme of the symposium is “Navigating the neuronal code for space and time”.

Circuit mechanisms of experience-dependent hippocampal representations – Jeffrey Magee

Dr. Magee’s research is interested in producing a biophysically based understanding of cortical circuit function. In this talk, he discusses research in which he examined the microcircuit mechanisms of place fields using whole-cell voltage recordings from hippocampal CA1 neurons in mice running on a linear track. Jeffrey Magee is a professor of neuroscience at the Baylor College of Medicine, the Cullen Foundation Distinguished Endowed Chair at the Jan and Dan Neurological Research Institute, and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Stanford researchers develop drone technology to study secrets of San Francisco Bay

A new drone technology offers scientists the ability to study the murkiness of natural waterways in greater detail and over wider areas than is possible today.

Stanford researchers identify brain region activated by Pokémon

Adults who played Pokémon video games extensively as children have a brain region that responds preferentially to images of Pikachu and other characters from the series. The findings, published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, help shed light on mysteries about our visual system.

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Yuval Noah Harari in Conversation with Fei-Fei Li, Moderated by Nicholas Thompson

The rapid development and deployment of artificial intelligence may determine the fate of human agency and the prospects of democracy in the 21st century. Can AI be harnessed to support rather than subvert human interests, and to promote rather than undermine democracy? Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari joined AI scientist Fei-Fei Li, co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, for a conversation moderated by Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine.

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Kids on Campus

For #TakeYourKidsToWorkDay, we invited a handful of little people to campus and asked them to do what their parents do in the name of university communications throughout the year: answer lots and lots of questions in front of a camera. They were quick to find the whiteboards and wheely chairs.

Special thanks to Hattie, Zella, Marcus, Hugo, Cyrus, Oscar and Indigo, and to their parents: Marshall Burke and Polly Fordyce, Jennifer Dionne, Sarah Heilshorn and A-lan Holt.

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Learning Differences and the Future of Special Education

A pop-up exploratorium hosted at the Stanford Graduate School of Education in March 2019 brought together scholars from a wide array of disciplines to explore, strengthen, and advance innovation, research agendas, and practices in pursuit of a powerful future for students with dis/abilities, their families, communities and broader society.

Stanford HAI 2019 - Welcome: John Etchemendy

Stanford HAI 2019 - Welcome: Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Stanford HAI 2019 - Introduction to Stanford HAI: Fei-Fei Li