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. 12:00pm - RAIN Seminar: Competitive Algorithms from Competitive Equilibria - Prof. Kamesh Munagala,
  2. 12:15pm - Computational Logic Seminar - MUGS: tPrime - Abhijeet Mohapatra, Computer Science, Stanford
  3. 12:35pm - ISL Colloquium: Large scale, real-time stream processing using Spark Streaming - Tathagata
  4. 04:15pm - EE380 Computer Systems Colloquium: Storage Industry Current and Future Trends; Challenges of
  5. 04:15pm - ICME Applied Math Seminar: Hybrid Percolation, Spatial Epidemics, and Dawson-Watanabe Processes
  6. 04:15pm - Stanford Security Seminar: Deconstructing The Modern Online Criminal Ecosystem - Patrick
  7. 04:30pm - ETL Speaker Series: Mike Rothenberg, Founder, Rothenberg Ventures - TBA


  1. 08:30am - University Oral Examination: Design and Development of Data Acquisition Electronics for a 1mm
  2. 12:15pm - New Directions Lectures: Data, Predictions, and Decisions - Eric Horvitz, Director, Microsoft
  3. 12:15pm - Stanford CS Theory Lunch: TBA
  4. 12:15pm - Stanford Networking Seminar: Extending our Senses through Wireless Technologies: Seeing Through
  5. 04:15pm - ICME Linear Algebra and Optimization Seminar: A Three-Operator Splitting Scheme and its
  6. 04:15pm - ISL Colloquium: Bounded Component Analysis: An Algorithmic Framework for Blind Separation of
  7. 04:15pm - Theory Seminar: New tricks for expander codes - Mary Wootters, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow,

Friday, May 8th

  1. 11:00am - Software Research Seminar: A Practical Theory of Language-Integrated Query - Prof. Philip
  2. 11:00am - Stanford AI Lab Distinguished Speaker Series: A New Architecture for Brain-inspired Computing -
  3. 11:00am - Surgical Robotics Seminar: Image-guided therapy with SoniTrack - Dr. Jeff Schlosser, SoniTrack
  4. 12:00pm - Software Research Lunch: Rok Sosic, VP Engineering, SkyGrid - TBA
  5. 12:50pm - HCI Seminar: Interaction for the Real World: To the Design of Effective Human Interfaces - TBA
  6. 01:00pm - Info Theory Forum: From the information bottleneck to the privacy funnel - Nadia Fawaz, Senior
  7. 02:30pm - University Oral Examination: Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUTs) for

Monday, May 11th

  1. 08:30am - University Oral Examination: Toward direct optical manipulation of nanoscale specimens with
  2. 12:15pm - BIOMEDIN 206: Informatics in Industry: Patrick Ryan, Sr. Director, J&J R&D - TBA
  3. 12:15pm - Symbolic Systems Forum: Alexandra To and Orren Karniol-Tambour (M.S. Candidates), Symbolic
  4. 04:15pm - ICME Departmental Seminar: Exact two-point distribution of water saturation in stochastic
  5. 04:15pm - Rajeev Motwani Distinguished Lecture Series: Humanoid Robots, Digital Consciousness,

Tuesday, May 12th

  1. 05:00pm - Apple Info Session

Wednesday, May 13th

  1. 11:00am - Seminar at Technicolor: Mean Field for the Dummies - Prof. Kavé Salamatian, University of
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • Where: Technicolor, 175 S San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022
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  2. 12:00pm - RAIN Seminar: Physics-inspired Algorithms and Phase Transitions in Community Detection - Prof.
  3. 02:00pm - University Oral Examination: Proofs for Performance - Rahul Sharma, Computer Science, Stanford
  4. 04:15pm - Stanford Security Seminar: Indistinguishability Obfuscation from Compact Functional Encryption

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