Research Spotlight

About The Red Sea Robotics Research Exploratorium was created in April 2012 through a generous research award from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). As a part of the KAUST Global Collaborative Research Program, Stanford University is part of a team of universities working to build a major science and technology university along a marshy peninsula on Saudi Arabia’s western coast. Meka Robotics joined the collaboration and provides the hardware for the development of dexterous underwater robot arms.

ChucK is a programming language for audio and music creation. The language is designed around a unique time-based, concurrent programming model that's precise and expressive (we call this strongly-timed), and the ability to add and modify code on-the-fly. It offers composers, researchers, and performers a powerful programming tool for building and experimenting with complex audio synthesis/analysis programs, and real-time interactive music.

Ocarina, created in 2008 for the iPhone, is one of the first musical artifacts in the age of pervasive, app-based mobile computing. It presents a flute-like physical interaction using microphone input, multitouch, and accelerometers – and a social dimension that allows users to listen-in on each other around the world. To date, Ocarina has over 10 millions users worldwide, and was a first-class inductee into Apple's Hall of Fame Apps.

The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) is a large-scale, computer-mediated ensemble and classroom that explores cutting-edge technology in combination with conventional musical contexts - while radically transforming both. Founded in 2008 by director Ge Wang and students, faculty, and staff at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), this unique ensemble comprises more than 20 laptops, human performers, controllers, and custom multi-channel speaker arrays designed to provide each computer meta-instrument with its own...

Energy-efficient computing platforms are sorely needed to control autonomous robots and to decode neural signals in brain-machine interfaces. Inspired by the brain’s energy efficiency, we are exploring a hybrid analog-digital approach that uses subthreshold analog circuits to emulate graded dendritic activity and asynchronous digital circuits to emulate all-or-none axonal activity. We have used this approach to build Neurogrid, a sixteen-chip neuromorphic system that can simulate biophysically-detailed cortical models with up to a million neurons and six...

We are developing nanoscale electronic devices and circuits to emulate the functions of the synapses and neurons of the brain. The goal is to use nanoscale electronic devices to do information processing using algorithms and methods inspired by how the brain works. Currently, we are using phase change memory and metal oxide RRAM to perform gray-scale analog programming of the resistance values. These electronic emulations of the synapse are then connected in a neural network to process information and achieve simple learning behavior. In the past few years...

3X is an open-source software tool to ease the burden of conducting computational experiments and managing data analytics. 3X provides a standard yet configurable structure to execute a wide variety of experiments in a systematic way, avoiding repeated creation of ad-hoc scripts and directory hierarchies. 3X organizes the code, inputs, and outputs for an experiment. The tool submits arbitrary numbers of computational runs to a variety of different compute platforms, and supervises their execution. It records the returning results, and lets the experimenter...

Deep learning is a rapidly growing area of machine learning, that is becoming widely adopted within academia and industry. Whereas machine learning is a very successful technology, applying it today still often requires spending substantial effort hand-designing features to feed to the algorithm. This is true for applications in vision, audio, and text/NLP. To address this, Ng's group and others are working on "deep learning" algorithms, which can automatically learn feature representations (often from unlabeled data), thus bypassing most of this time-...

The Salisbury Lab conducts research in the areas of robotics, medical robotics, haptic devices and haptic rendering algorithms. One project is developing a virtual environment that enables surgeons to plan and practice surgical procedures by interacting visually and haptically with patient-specific data derived from CAT and MRI scans. Our lab developed the first version of the personal robot (PR-1), which eventually was licensed to Willow Garage and was the genesis of the PR-2 personal robot. We continue to develop robot hands, addressing design, control...

Upcoming Events


  1. - DE Shaw Resume Submission Deadline
  2. - SanDisk interview
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  5. 09:00am - University Oral Examination: Organic Transistors based on van der Waals Heterostructures - Tae
  6. 10:00am - MS&E 336 Platform and Marketplace Design: TBA
  7. 12:00pm - Accenture Info Session
  8. 12:15pm - Stanford CS Theory Lunch: Computing Classic Closeness Centrality, at Scale - Prof. Edith Cohen,
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  10. 01:15pm - Stanford SmartGrid Seminar: High Performance Computing for Power System Applications - Dr.
  11. 04:15pm - ICME Linear Algebra and Optimization Seminar: Experiments with Linear and Nonlinear
  12. 04:15pm - ISL Colloquium: Understanding Visual Computations in the Primate Retina - Prof. EJ
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  14. 04:15pm - Theory Seminar: Prof. Scott Aaronson, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT - TBA
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  1. - Citadel Interviews
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  3. - SanDisk Company Tour
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  5. 12:00pm - Software Research Lunch: Liszt: Relational Modeling of Simulation Domains - Gilbert Bernstein,
  6. 12:50pm - HCI Seminar: Using Play to Innovate Sociable Wearable and Sensor-based Experiences - Prof.
  7. 01:00pm - Info Theory Forum: On Optimal Solutions in Decentralized Control (Team) Problems - Abhishek
  8. 02:30pm - University Oral Examination: Under-constrained symbolic execution: correctness checking for
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Sunday, February 1st

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Monday, February 2nd

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  4. - Sears Holdings interviews
  5. 09:00am - University Oral Examination: EMEURO: A Framework for Generating Multi-Purpose Accelerators via
  6. 10:00am - University Oral Examination: Fabrication of emerging non-volatile memory devices and
  7. 12:00pm - WTO Colloquium: Subordinate Player Two-Step Leverage and Bureaucratization Related to the
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  9. 06:30pm - Workday Info Session

Tuesday, February 3rd

  1. - Microsoft Interviews
  2. - Truecar Interviews
  3. 10:00am - MS&E 336 Platform and Marketplace Design: TBA
  4. 12:00pm - Teradata Info Session
  5. 12:15pm - ICME First Year Seminar Series: Prof. Christian Linder, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
  6. 03:00pm - CS Seminar: Interaction as Manipulation - Anca Dragan, Faculty Candidate, Carnegie Mellon
  7. 04:15pm - Perspectives in Assistive Technology: Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics - Prof. Allison M.
  8. 05:00pm - DoorDash Info Session
  9. 06:30pm - Twitter Info Session

Wednesday, February 4th

  1. - Electronic Arts Resume Submission Deadline
  2. - Microsoft Interviews
  3. - Yelp Interviews
  4. 10:00am - University Oral Examination: Modeling of micro-Barkhausen-Kurz devices for terahertz
  5. 04:15pm - EE380 Computer Systems Colloquium: Deep Speech : Scaling Up End-to-end Speech Recognition -
  6. 04:15pm - ICME Applied Math Seminar: Prof. Olivier Pinaud, Mathematics, Colorado State University - TBA
  7. 04:30pm - ETL Speaker Series: Shah Selbe, Engineer & Conservation Technologist, Conservation

Thursday, February 5th

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  2. 12:15pm - Stanford CS Theory Lunch: TBA
  3. 04:15pm - ISL Colloquium: TBA
  4. 04:15pm - Perspectives in Assistive Technology: Issues of Human Interface Design - Prof. Gary M. Berke,

Friday, February 6th

  1. 12:00pm - Software Research Lunch: TBA

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