2018-19 Visitors


David Ireland, Principal at ThinkPlace, Australia, and Faculty of Business and Law, University of Queensland, NSW
Sept 5, 2018 – Jan 8, 2019, working with Prof. Banny Banerjee, ChangeLabs
The sustainable development goals represent some of the most complex and pressing challenges humanity has faced.  Traditionally, our approach to addressing this class of challenges has involved a reductionist and linear mindset, where we reduce the system down to its component parts.  However, this approach ignores one of the fundamental laws of complex systems, reciprocal causality, the notion that the parts of the system affect the whole system and the whole system affecting the parts.  This dependency is critical and is a central feature in the dynamics and behaviour of systems. Working with ChangeLabs, I am developing new systems methods for understanding complex systems and designing sustainable interventions focused on generating intergenerational wellbeing.  

Sabine Remdisch, Institute for Performance Management, Leuphana Univ of Lüneburg, Germany.
Sept 17, 2018 - March 16, 2019.
Hosted by Prof. Larry Leifer, CDR

Digitalization is rapidly changing the workplace, and companies must undergo a fundamental transformation process with leaders playing a key role. Today’s leaders are tasked with shaping future digital business models and empowering the current workforce. Our LeadershipGarage researches real-world challenges, in order to provide tools and solutions to leaders. We identify the core skills, responsibilities, and learning needs of future leaders by focusing on the key areas of digital preparedness, digital collaboration, and digital leadership. The LeadershipGarage is a university-business collaboration that connects companies to university research. 

Takashi Katsume, Program Production Dept., Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Jan 7–Mar 6, 2019. Hosted by Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.

As a TV director, my research at Stanford University has three goals. First, I will explore how we would apply new technologies to the production and delivery of our contents. I am interested in any kinds of technologies that could be used our production, both software and hardware. AR, VR, UGC, Drone, and Mobile Journalism are all of interest. Second, I would like to know how innovation occurs here in Silicon Valley. Design thinking is one of the techniques I want to learn. Third, I would like to get a better sense of trends in EdTech, because education is one of our most important roles as a public broadcaster.

Tomonori Kawai, Digital Archivist, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Jan 7–Mar 6, 2019. Hosted by Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
As a digital video archivist, I seek to reproduce old content as an “asset” appropriate for the future digital era, and thereby support the transmission of contents. I would like to support multi-use of content in the future digital age. Consequently, I am especially interested in technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), blockchain, and 4K8K high definition video. My goal is to learn how broadcasters could use these technologies. In anticipation of full-scale implementation of AI (artificial intelligence) and IoT (Internet of goods), I would like to study how best to provide information for a particular device.

Shotaro Honda, Digital Center, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Apr 24–Jun 23, 2019. Hosted by Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.

Many media companies are losing former viewers, and broadcasters are struggling to provide content without TV broadcasting; using web articles, internet distribution for TV programs, and posts on social media platforms. But it is difficult to evaluate properly how effective these initiatives will be. My research focus is 1) what kind of indicators and tools are suitable for “public media” services, and 2) how should we treat website and social media data for guiding action, especially given today's increased demands for data privacy. Not only content availability but also touching people’s hearts will be key factors in a digital communication society where people are connected to on another. 

Soichiro Kurose, Science and Culture Division, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Jun 20–Aug 19, 2019. Hosted by Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
As a TV reporter, my research theme is how public broadcasting can contribute and provide information to many people, including young people, in the modern society where social media is gaining influence. I would like to find out the latest situation on how social media is affecting public opinion. Unlike social media, where individuals obtain information selectively, providing a place to meet unexpected information and ideas is an important feature of traditional media. I would like to consider the potential of technologies and services as to how these features are considered in the US media, and how they can be implemented by the combination of social and traditional media.