Visitors

A map of the world with South America and Africa in frontConsistent with our belief that many of the major problems we focus on can be solved only by cross-disciplinary research on an international scale, H-STAR welcomes visiting researchers from universities and research laboratories all over the world.

While some visitors come on an individual basis, our experience has been that visits are generally more productive when made as part of an institutional H-STAR partnership. Current and past  H-STAR institutional visiting partners include the Japanese public television corporation NHKTallinn University of Technology in Estonia, the Finnish university system, through the Finnish technology agency Tekes, the Danish university system, through the Danish technology agency DASTISony Corporation, the Mitsubishi Electric Company, and the European Innovation Academy. See the yearly listings of visitors for details of current and past projects carried out by visitors to H-STAR in collaboration with Stanford faculty. See the H-STAR partnerships page for general program details.

2016-17 Visitors

Takeaki Yoda, News Dept., Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Jan 3–Feb 28, 2017. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept
I focus on multimedia storytelling in the Digital age. Broadcasters need to be adapt to market change. I am seeking a suitable mode of storytelling for Digital media  (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Data driven, collaboration with User Generated Contents). Since each member of our audience reads, watches, or listens to different media, we need to understand how best to covey our message in an effective manner. I am investigating audience needs for news in digital media.
   Since legacy media had developed ethical standards such as accuracy and fairness, we can build on them to develop analogues in the Digital world, where there is collaboration with the audience.chniques that will help me do that.

Sabine Remdisch, Institute for Performance Management, Leuphana Univ of Lüneburg, Germany.
February 5--March 31, 2017. Hosted by Prof. Larry Leifer, CDR
Digitalization is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. Becoming a digital organization calls for building new leadership skills to envision and drive change. The LeadershipGarage research program analyzes the roles and key competencies of digital leaders, asking the questions: How well are leaders prepared for their changing tasks in the digital world? How can leaders succeed in the digitally networked world? How can a collaborative working culture be developed and maintained? The LeadershipGarage seeks theoretical understanding as well as effective tools and practices for leadership success.

 

 

Susumu Uchida, News Dept., Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Jan 30–Mar 30, 2017. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
My interest as a journalist is how my profession best function in the digital era. The broadcasting industry has been losing influence, and in order to fulfil its mission must find new ways to reach individuals, including digital natives. My focus at H-STAR is how to apply new technologies to journalism. I will also examine the role of “community managers” who cultivate networks of viewers and readers. In addition, as a program director specializing in education and technology, I will look at ways trends in educational technology will change the education landscape.

Naoki Hosoda, Program Production Dept., Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Feb 1–Mar 31, 2017. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
I am studying two themes while at H-STAR. First, I am looking at ways to share the production of the content of my TV programs with viewers—sharing both the film and background information with the viewers, and discussing the direction of the news gathering and the story behind the program. To that end, it is necessary not only to enrich the software but also to overcome technical challenges and copyright issues. Second, I examine ways of collaborating within the media industry, considering issues of team management and leadership that lead to innovation.

Alar Kolk, President, European Innovation Academy, Nice, France.
Feb 20Jun 20, 2017. Working with Sharad Goel, Dept of Management Science and Engineering.

Increasingly, companies pursue digital transformation. But few companies have already transformed capabilities from digital to an autonomous state. How do we organize an autonomous innovation process in an enterprise? AI applications exist already in manufacturing, consumer products, finance, management, and medicine. Exactly how AI is transforming the product design process is an important and complex question, but one that it not yet widely explored. Today there are number of challenges in product engineering that require the development of autonomous (artificial intelligence based) innovation capabilities: shorter product life cycles, rapidly changing customer needs and expectations in this highly competitive global business environment. A fully autonomous innovation capability provides sustainable competitive advantage. 

Hirokazu Arai, Archives Division, Rights & Management Centre, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Mar 1–Apr 30, 2017. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
Unidirectional television, which had been particularly effective in a mass production and mass consumption society, is now losing viewer popularity. For broadcasters to continue to play their role, it is obvious that they must adapt to changes in the market, but the media now used by the majority have quite different characteristics from previous ones. As a developer of a major broadcaster's production platform, I need to have deep understanding of the changes taking place at the cutting edges of both technology and journalism, in order to ensure the harmonization that will be required for them to effectively serve the community of tomorrow.

Akito IgaBusiness News Department, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo, Japan
April 10June 9, 2017. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
How can broadcasting media survive in the digital era? With the advance of technologies such as AI, we can expect news to be distributed more automatically, depending on people╒s interest or internet search history, a development that some call the "personalization" of the news. This might completely disrupt the existing media in the future. As a reporter of broadcasting media, I would like to focus on how we should transform the way of distributing the news, and examine what kind of news is valued and needed in the "personalized" news era. Also, how should media deal with "fake news" and news being "filtered" through the internet?
Daichi Takahashi, News Department, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo, Japan
April 1-May 31, 2017. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
I investigate how conventional mass media can provide accurate information and reach a wide audience in the digital era. Nowadays, most people get their information from digital devices, mainly from social media. People are connected with like-minded people, and they only receive information based on personalized content within their social media network. As a result, social divisions in real life are becoming wider and wider. Under these circumstances, those of us in old media have to gather information from social media and deliver accurate information quickly via multiple channels, with a view to alleviating social division caused by new media.
Takahisa Miyaji, Programming Division, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo, Japan
May 22July 21, 2017. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
My goal is to understand how a public broadcaster should make use of data analytics to survive and grow in the era of digital, social and distributed media. For that, I intend to investigate emerging tech and media companies to see how they treat data and analytics for marketing and producing contents/products. In the meantime, I am also eager to become familier with the latest global marketing trends and to make contact with first-class professionals.
Serge Reymond, Head of the Paid Media Division, member of the Management Board, Tamedia, Zurich, Switzerland.
Jul 10 - Aug 11, 2017. Hosted by Prof. Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
Technology offers numerous opportunities to improve the efficiency of editorial production, whether it is by improving the quality for the level of existing investment or by decreasing the costs for an equivalent quality. My challenge is to examine current developments, in particular automation of production of content, use of data in investigative journalism, or systems of fact-checking. My goal is to develop concrete ideas to implement with my teams in Switzerland.