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.

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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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.