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Stanford researchers build diver robot

Researchers at Stanford University have built a humanoid robot that can function underwater. Named 'OceanOne', the robot was conceived and built from the ground up combining robotics, artificial intelligence and haptic feedback systems, says the university, to study coral reefs deep in the Red Sea, far below the comfortable range of human divers. OceanOne looks something like a robo-mermaid. Roughly five feet long from end to end, its torso features a head with stereoscopic vision that shows the pilot exactly what the robot sees, and two fully articulated arms. The “tail” section houses batteries, computers and eight multi-directional thrusters. Each fully articulated wrist of OceanOne is fitted with force sensors that relay haptic feedback to the pilot’s controls, so the human can feel whether the robot is grasping...

Intel-GE Care Innovations Holds First Hackathon

Intel-GE Care Innovations, in partnership with MIT Hacking Medicine, StartX, and Stanford Medical School hosted its first ever hackathon on the campus of Stanford University September 19-21. The event looked to create more effective and meaningful connections between patients, clinicians, and the data collected outside the walls of the clinical setting. Over the course of 48 hours, nine teams, comprised of computer programmers, developers, engineers, designers, clinicians, scientists, nurses, family caregivers, patients, and entrepreneurs, worked to develop and design innovative solutions to close the gap between patient consumers and their providers outside the walls of the hospital, and establishing connections that create lasting behavioral change and more informed clinical care. At the end of the hackathon, a panel of judges chose four winning teams, with the...

EdCast Raises $6M

EdCast, a Stanford StartX company that creates knowledge cloud platforms for organizations to collaborate upon, has completed a $6 million Series A round of financing led by SoftBank Capital. Mitch Kapor (Kapor Capital), Menlo Ventures, Novel TMT Ventures, Cervin Ventures, Aarin Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund/ CoLab, and the Stanford StartX Fund.

How Apple Handles Bonded Labor, Conflicted Minerals, Hazardous Waste

Apple has released its eighth annual Supplier Responsibility progress report. The company says it enforced its supplier code of conduct through 451 audits, at multiple levels of its supply chain facilities, that collectively employ nearly 1.4 million workers. The audits mark a 51 percent increase from 298 audits in 2012. Apple is also releasing its Supplier Responsibility Standards, more than 100 pages of requirements Apple suppliers are expected to follow. Some of the revelations from the audit: The audits uncovered 23 workers who were underage when hired, significantly fewer than the previous year. As part of Apple's Underage Labor Remediation Program, suppliers found violating underage worker rules must return underage workers to school, finance their education at a school chosen by their families, and continue providing income to the workers matching what they received while employed. A large...

Harvard, Stanford Alumni Distinc.tt Gay App ‘You Can Bring Home To Mom’

Distinc.tt, an app incubated at Harvard Business School, and Stanford's StartX, launched in public beta on Tuesday. Distinc.tt is a social network for the LGBT community, that focuses on social interaction and discovery, and is the only gay app in iTunes rated for ages 12+. "Finally, an LGBT app you can bring home to mom," says the app description. 

IBM Supercomputer Literally Bursting Bubbles For Fluid Dynamics Study

Scientists at the ETH Zurich university and IBM Research, in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), have set a new record in supercomputing in fluid dynamics using 6.4 million threads on LLNL’s 96 rack “Sequoia” IBM BlueGene/Q, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. The simulations resolved unique phenomena associated with clouds of collapsing bubbles which have several potential applications including improving the design of high pressure fuel injectors and propellers, shattering kidney stones using the high pressure of the collapsing bubbles, and emerging therapeutic modality for cancer treatment by using bursting bubbles to destroy tumorous cells and precise drug delivery, among other things.  The team of scientists performed the largest simulation ever in fluid dynamics by employing 13 Trillion...

Stanford Researchers Bring Back Carbon Transistors To Computing

A team of Stanford engineers has built a basic functional computer using carbon nanotubes. The research was led by Stanford professors Subhasish Mitra and H.S. Philip Wong. It was roughly 15 years ago that carbon nanotubes were first fashioned into transistors, the on-off switches at the heart of digital electronic systems, but imperfections in these carbon nanotubes has long frustrated efforts to build complex circuits using CNTs. For decades, progress in electronics has meant shrinking the size of each transistor to pack more transistors on a chip. But as transistors become tinier, they waste more power and generate more heat – all in a smaller and smaller space, as evidenced by the warmth emanating from the bottom of a laptop. Many researchers believe that this power-wasting phenomenon could spell...

Stanford To Offer Joint Computer Science MS/MBA Degree Program

For the first time, a joint Stanford Computer Science MS/MBA degree program will be available to graduate students in the 2014-2015 academic year. The joint program structure will allow students to complete the two degrees in three years, instead of the usual four years needed to complete each one separately. Students wishing to undertake the joint program must separately apply to and be accepted by both the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program and the School of Engineering’s Computer Science MS program. Completion of the joint program requires a combined total of 129 units, including 84 units at Stanford GSB and 45 units in the Computer Science department. Students may apply for admission starting this fall.

Nissan To Sell Autonomous Cars By 2020

Nissan will be ready with multiple, commercially-viable Autonomous Drive vehicles by 2020, says the company. Autonomous driving will be achieved at 'realistic prices' for consumers, according to Nissan, and the goal is availability across the model range within two vehicle generations. Carlos Ghosn (CEO, Nissan): I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it.  Nissan is building a dedicated autonomous driving ground in Japan, to be completed by the end of next year. Featuring real townscapes (masonry, not mock-ups), the test area will be used extensively for vehicle testing. Nissan engineers have been carrying out research on the technology for years, alongside teams from universities, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo....

2013 Katayanagi Prize Winners In Computer Science Also Have Oscars

Stanford University's Pat Hanrahan and Cornell University's Doug L. James, computer scientists whose innovations in computer graphics have enhanced such movies as Avatar, Hugo, The Dark Knight, Finding Nemo and Star Trek, are each recipients this year of Katayanagi Prizes in Computer Science. Pat Hanrahan Mr. Hanrahan, the Canon USA Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford, will receive the Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence. The award recognizes an established researcher with a record of outstanding, sustained achievement. It includes a $10,000 honorarium. Mr. Hanrahan was the chief architect of RenderMan at Pixar Animation Studios in the early '80s, a technology for which he shared a 1992 Academy Award for Science and Technology. He won a second Academy Award in 2003 for developing illumination algorithms for...

Stanford Ignite Goes To India

The Stanford Graduate School of Business started its first part-time Stanford Ignite certificate program in innovation and entrepreneurship in Bangalore. Aimed at non-business technical professionals, the program employs Stanford GSB professors on the ground as well as faculty beamed in from Silicon Valley, and is taking place over nine weeks at the Infosys corporate campus.  Stanford Ignite will be offered to a European audience for the first time in Paris through Stanford Ignite-Polytechnique September 19–November 17, and in China in 2014. The program also is offered at Stanford. 

Motorola Mobility Inks Research Deal With Top US Universities

Motorola Mobility's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group is entering into a  collaboration agreement with Carnegie Mellon University and seven other top U.S. research universities. The Multi-University Research Agreement (MURA) is expected to streamline the generation of new joint research projects and closer cooperation on the development of  new technologies. The use of a single, universal agreement with all eight universities will enable Motorola's ATAP group and researchers at these universities to engage in research projects across a wide spectrum, from a single university researcher on a short-term research project to a larger, cross-disciplinary and multi-university research effort. Kaigham J. Gabriel  (Vice president and deputy director, ATAP, Motorola Mobility):  The multi-university agreement is really the first of its kind. Such an agreement has the potential to...

Stanford University, ZSpace Collaborating On Virtual 3D Imagery

The Stanford University School of Medicine's Division of Clinical Anatomy has joined zSpace's Academic Advisory Council, a network of universities focused on advancing innovation, design and research. Stanford joins Olin College, University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in the council. ZSpace has also joined the Stanford University's affiliates program as a Premier Affiliate of Clinical Anatomy at Stanford. Through this partnership, Stanford Anatomy will provide input on zSpace's flagship product, a 3D virtual holographic platform, and use zSpace's immersive capabilities for its medical research and education. Through its Academic Advisory Council, zSpace,  says it strives to engage with the next generation of designers and engineers to evolve the way in which humans can interact with computers, improve the zSpace platform based on user experiences,...

Mark Your Calendars: National Robotics Week Is Around The Corner

The fourth annual National Robotics Week, April 6-14, 2013, is expected to bring together engineers, scientists, students and families to share a passion for technology, learning, and of course, robotics. Working with NASA and iRobot, the National Robotics Week Advisory Council will debut inspirational videos and content at events around the country in a push to excite the next generation of innovators about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). A NASA video featuring Bobak Ferdowsi, NASA’s Mohawk Guy and flight director for Mars rover Curiosity, along with content focusing on other NASA role models will premiere at science centers, museums and robot events across the country. More than 125 robot events across all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico are planned by robotics industry leaders, institutions and...