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Sven A. Beiker, PhD

Executive Director, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=beiker

Interests: Future of the Automobile and Personal Mobility, Vehicle Dynamics, Driver Assistance, Powertrain Systems, Innovation & Consumer Aspects, Industry Partnerships

Since 2008 Dr. Beiker has been overseeing the strategic planning, resources management, and project incubation for the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS). Besides managing the industry relationships, he holds teaching positions at Stanford's School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Business. He was instrumental in launching research programs at Stanford University in "Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving" and "Wireless Power Transfer to a Moving Vehicle" as well as "The Revs Program at Stanford" and the "Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab". Before coming to Stanford, Dr. Beiker worked at the BMW Group for more than 13 year where his responsibilities included technology scouting, innovation management, systems design, and series development. He holds several patents in chassis and powertrain technologies.

J. Christian Gerdes, Associate Professor

Director, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford and Dynamic Design Lab
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=gerdes

Interests: Driver Assistance Systems for Lane Keeping and Collision Avoidance, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Application of Dynamic Modeling to Problems in Nonlinear Control, Estimation and Diagnostics

Professor Gerdes' research centers on the application of dynamic modeling to problems in nonlinear control, estimation and diagnostics. Specific areas of interest include the development of driver assistance systems for lane keeping and collision avoidance, modeling and control of novel combustion processes for Internal Combustion engines and diagnostics for automotive drive-by-wire systems. Prior to joining Stanford, Professor Gerdes was the project leader for vehicle dynamics at the Vehicle Systems Technology Center of Daimler-Benz Research and Technology North America. His work at Daimler focused on safety analysis and simulation-based design of heavy trucks for the Freightliner Corporation.

Clifford Nass, Thomas M. Storke Professor at Stanford University

Director, Revs Program at Stanford and CHIMe Lab
School of Humanities & Science, Communication

http://www.stanford.edu/~nass/

Interests: Automobile Interfaces, Mobile Interfaces, Human-Robot Interaction, Cognitive and Social Effects of Multitasking, Adaptive and Personalized Systems, Voice Interfaces

Professor Nass founded and directs the Communication between Humans and Interactive Media (CHIMe) Lab and is the Director of the Revs Program at Stanford. The specific domains CHIMe focuses on are: Automobile Interfaces, Mobile Interfaces, Human-Robot Interaction, Cognitive and Social Effects of Multitasking, Adaptive and Personalized Systems, Voice Interfaces. His research focuses on (laboratory and field) experimental studies of social-psychological aspects of human-interactive media interaction. Specifically, Nass discovered that people use the same rules and heuristics when interacting with technology as they do when interacting with other people. This approach is called the "Computers are Social Actors" (CASA) paradigm or "The Media Equation" (media equals real life).

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Thomas M. Baer, PhD

Executive Director, Stanford Photonics Research Center
School of Humanities & Science, Applied Physics

http://photonics.stanford.edu/about/faculty/thomas-m-baer

Interests: Biophotonics, Medical Diagnostic Instrumentation, Microscopy, Laser Source Engineering, Consumer Applications of Photonics, Entrepreneurship

Banny Banerjee, Associate Professor (Teaching)

Design Program, d.school
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://dschool.stanford.edu/blog/bio/banny-banerjee/

Interests: Design Process, Need Finding, Energy Analysis, Behavioral Change

Sven A. Beiker, PhD

Executive Director, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=beiker

Interests: Future of the Automobile and Personal Mobility, Vehicle Dynamics, Driver Assistance, Powertrain Systems, Innovation & Consumer Aspects, Industry Partnerships

Robert A. Burgelman, Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management

Executive Director of the Stanford Executive Program
Graduate School of Business, Organizational Behavior

https://gsbapps.stanford.edu/facultyprofiles/biomain.asp?id=97603009

Interests: Technology-based Industries, Role of Strategy in Firm Evolution, Nonlinear Strategic Dynamics, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Corporate Venturing, Influence of Government Policies on Business Decision Making

M. Ryan Calo, JD

Director, Consumer Privacy and Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving Projects
Law School, Center for Internet and Society

http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/about/people/ryan-calo

Interests: Intersection of Law and Technology, Robotics and the Law, Private Policy

Fu-Kuo Chang, Professor

Director, Structures and Composites Laboratory
School of Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics

http://structure.stanford.edu/People/faculty/fkchang/fkchang.html

Interests: Structural Health Monitoring, Design of Integrated Structures, Smart Structures, Design and Damage Tolerance of Composites Structures, Multi-Functional Materials

Donald C. Cox, Professor

Director, Wireless Communications Research Group
School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering

http://wireless.stanford.edu/cox.html

Interests: Wireless Personal Communications Systems and Networks, Cellular Mobile Radio Communications Systems, Wireless Data Networks; Low-Power Signal Processing Architectures and Electronics, Electric Vehicles

Mark R. Cutkosky, Professor

Co-Director, Center for Design Research
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://www-cdr.stanford.edu/~cutkosky/

Interests: Flying / Climbing / Running Robots, Haptics and Perception of Friction and Texture, Rapid Prototyping of Multi-Material Bio-Inspired Prototypes, Dexterous Manipulation and Telemanipulation

Christopher F. Edwards, Professor

Director, Advanced Energy Systems Laboratory
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=cfe

Interests: Advanced Energy Technologies, Energy Transformations, Advanced Transportation Engines, Advanced Electric Power Generation with Carbon Mitigation

Per K. Enge, Kleiner-Perkins, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital Professor of Engineering

Director, Stanford Center for Position Navigation and Time
School of Engineering, Aeronautics & Astronautics

http://waas.stanford.edu/people/enge.htm

Interests: Satellite Based Navigation Systems, Accuracy, Integrity, Time Availability, Continuity, Augmented Systems (LAAS, WAAS...), Landing of Airplanes and Harbor Navigation, Electric Vehicles

Shanhui Fan, Associate Professor

School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering
http://www.stanford.edu/~shanhui/

Interests: Computational and Theoretical Studies of Solid-State Devices, Photonic Crystals, Plasmonics, Meta-Materials, Microcavities, Quantum Optics, Computational Electromagnetics, Large-Scale Scientific Computing

J. Christian Gerdes, Associate Professor

Director, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford and Dynamic Design Lab
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=gerdes

Interests: Driver Assistance Systems for Lane Keeping and Collision Avoidance, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Application of Dynamic Modeling to Problems in Nonlinear Control, Estimation and Diagnostics

Kenneth E. Goodson, Professor

Director, Microscale Heat Transfer Laboratory and Vice Chair of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=goodson

Interests: Automotive Waste Heat Recovery, Thermal Phenomena in Electronic Nanostructures, Energy Conversion Devices, and Microfluidic Heat Exchangers, Focus on Fundamental Heat Transfer Physics and Contemporary Industrial Problems

Andrea J. Goldsmith, Professor

Faculty Head, Wireless Systems Lab
School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering

http://ee.stanford.edu/~andrea/

Interests: Design, Analysis, and Fundamental Performance Limits of Wireless Systems and Networks

Sachin Katti, Assistant Professor

Faculty Head, Stanford Networked Systems Group
School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

http://www.stanford.edu/~skatti/

Interests: Wireless Networking, Mobile & Cloud Computing, Datacenter Networking

Guido Koch, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Dynamic Design Lab
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://www.stanford.edu/~gpakoch/

Interests: Adaptive Control Techniques for Mechatronic Vehicle Systems, Ride Comfort and Handling, Concepts for Modern Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicle Control, Instrumentation Systems

Monica Lam, Professor

Director, MobiSocial Computing Laboratory
School of Engineering, Computer Science

http://suif.stanford.edu/~lam/

Interests: Mobile Computing, Decentralized Social Networks, Programming and Computing Systems

Tom Langenstein, PhD

Executive Director, Stanford Center for Position Navigation and Time
School of Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics

http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=poiuy

Interests: Satellite Based Navigation Systems

Larry Leifer, Professor

Director, Center for Design Research and Industry Affiliate Program for Teaching Design Thinking
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=leifer

Interests: Design Research Methodology, Global Team Dynamics, Innovation Leadership, Interactive Interaction Spaces, Design-for-Wellbeing, Adaptive Mechatronic Systems

Michael D. Lepech, Assistant Professor

School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
http://www.stanford.edu/~mlepech/

Interests: Integration of Sustainability Indicators into Engineering Design; Ranging from Materials Design, Structural Design, System Design, to Operations Management

Jesse S. Levinson, PhD

Post Doctoral Scholar
School of Engineering, Computer Science

http://med.stanford.edu/profiles/postdocs/researcher/Jesse_Levinson/

Interests: Autonomous Driving, Computer Vision, Probabilistic Planning

Clifford Nass, Thomas M. Storke Professor at Stanford University

Director, Revs Program at Stanford and CHIMe Lab
School of Humanities & Science, Communication

http://www.stanford.edu/~nass/

Interests: Automobile Interfaces, Mobile Interfaces, Human-Robot Interaction, Cognitive and Social Effects of Multitasking, Adaptive and Personalized Systems, Voice Interfaces

Balaji S. Prabhakar, Associate Professor

School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
http://www.stanford.edu/~balaji/research.html

Interests: Data Centers, Societal Networks (incl. Transportation Networks), Network Algorithms, Network Theory

Vaughan Pratt, Professor Emeritus

School of Engineering, Computer Science
http://boole.stanford.edu/pratt.html

Interests: Climate Analysis, Autonomous Vehicles, Foundations of Geometry, Speech Recognition, Foundations of Concurrency

Richard E. Sassoon, PhD

Managing Director, Global Energy and Climate Project (GCEP)
Global Climate and Energy Project

http://gcep.stanford.edu/about/faculty_sassoon.html

Interests: Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Energy System Analysis, Photochemical Solar Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, Global Energy Systems

Michael Shanks, Omar and Althea Dwyer Hoskins Professor of Classical Archaeology

Revs Program at Stanford, d.school
School of Humanities & Science, Classics and Archaeology

http://www.stanford.edu/dept/classics/cgi-bin/web/people/faculty/michael-shanks

Interests: Classics, Archaeology, Urban Studies, Science, Technology and Society, Writing and Rhetoric

F. Daniel Siciliano, Professor of the Practice

Faculty Director, Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance
Law School, Law & Business

http://www.law.stanford.edu/directory/profile/136/F.%20Daniel%20Siciliano/

Interests: Business and Corporate Law, Immigration Law, Law and Economics, Robotics and the Law

Bryant Walker Smith, J.D., LL.M.

Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School (CIS)
Law School, Center for Internet and Society

https://www.law.stanford.edu/profile/bryant-walker-smith

Interests: Law and Policy of Autonomous and Semiautonomous Vehicles, Administrative Law, Efficiency, and Public/Private Coordination

Frances N. Sprei, PhD

Visiting Scholar, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
Precourt Energy Efficiency Center

http://peec.stanford.edu/people/profiles/Frances_Sprei.php

Interests: Energy Efficiency in Residential Buildings, Personal Transportation

Martin Steinert, Assistant Professor (Acting)

Deputy Director, Center for Design Research
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://soenew.stanford.edu/research/layout.php?sunetid=steinert

Interests: Fuzzy Front End of New Product/Service Development and Design: Optimizing the Intersection of Engineering Design Thinking and New Product Development, the Diversion/Conversion Design Process

James L. Sweeney, Professor

Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
School of Engineering, Management Science and Engineering

http://soe.stanford.edu/research/layoutMSnE.php?sunetid=jsweeney

Interests: Energy, Climate and Atmosphere, Environment, Energy Economics and Policy

George Toye, PhD

Associate Director, Center for Design Research
School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

http://www.stanford.edu/group/me310/me310_2011/people.html?pid=3

Interests: Holistic Systems Perspective

Fred Turner, Associate Professor

Director, Program in Science Technology and Society
School of Humanities and Sciences, Communication

http://comm.stanford.edu/faculty-turner/

Interests: Digital Media, Journalism and Roles Played by Media in American Cultural History

Xiaofang Yu, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering

http://postdocs.stanford.edu/profiles/postdocs/researcher/Xiaofang_Yu/

Interests: Computational Electromagnetics, Wireless Power Transfer

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