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Cybersecurity and Privacy Festival 2020 @ virtual
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Stanford’s Information Security and Privacy Office is hosting an all virtual
Cybersecurity and Privacy Festival during the week of October 19 – 23 for
National Cybersecurity Awareness month.  The theme of the event is “Pandemic
Edition” and will provide information on online best practices for end users
and IT professionals.  The festival will feature a variety of talks and panel
discussions from speakers from higher-ed and private sector, different
workshops including Cardinal Key, Incident Response exercise and Web Security,
and win exciting raffle prizes and gift cards.

Economic Interdependence: Dangers And Opportunities Ahead | 2020 Conference @ Zoom Webinar
Oct 19 @ 11:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Join the 2020 Conference on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region. 

Panel 3 will take place on Monday, October 19, 4-5:30pm PDT and focuses on 
Economic Interdependence: Dangers And Opportunities Ahead.

CHAIR: David Lampton (Johns Hopkins-SAIS)    
DISCUSSANT: Thomas Fingar (Stanford University)

•  Economic coercion as a tool of PRC foreign policy
   Christina Lai, Academia Sinica

•  Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy: A framework for economic security
   Ian Tsung-yen Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University

•  Competing paradigms of development assistance in the Indo-Pacific
   Jonathan Pryke, Lowy Institute

Click here

for the full program. 

Energy Seminar: The Changing Landscape of Electric Vehicle Charging @ See link for Zoom registration
Oct 19 @ 11:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Electrification of transportation continues to accelerate as incumbent and new
vehicle companies commit hundreds of billions of dollars to developing and
producing electric cars and trucks.  The impending arrival of a plethora of EVs
in all shapes and sizes has created a pressing need for a ubiquitous and robust
charging network.  Enhanced EV capabilities, evolving utility grids, broadened
driver demographics, and government imperatives that place addressing climate
change at the center of the energy equation are affecting how EV charging
infrastructure must develop and be deployed.  EVgo, the US’s largest public
fast charging network, is at the center of this growth.  EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi and
CTO/COO Ivo Steklac will lead a seminar discussing the dynamic landscape of
charging infrastructure and its critical role in creating a transportation
sector that is sustainable, both economically and environmentally. 

Speaker bios

Cathy Zoi is a distinguished executive with decades of experience in the
energy industry, government, academic, and non-profit sectors. Prior to EVgo,
she was President and co-founder of Odyssey Energy, a distributed generation
software company she continues to chair. Zoi served in the Obama Administration
as Assistant Secretary and Acting Under Secretary at the Department of Energy,
where she oversaw more than $30 billion in energy investments. In the early
1990s, she was Chief of Staff for Environmental Policy in the Clinton White
House and she pioneered the Energy Star program while at the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. 

During her career Zoi has served as the founding CEO of several organizations
focused on climate solutions, including Frontier Power, a rural electrification
company incubated by SunEdison; the Alliance for Climate Protection,
established and chaired by U.S. Vice President Al Gore; and the Sustainable
Energy Development Authority, a $50m fund to commercialize clean energy
technologies in Australia. Prior roles include energy investor at Silver Lake
and Bayard Capital; management consultant at ICF and Next Energy; and adjunct
professor and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University. Zoi has a B.S. in
Geology from Duke University and an M.S. in Engineering from Dartmouth.

Ivo Steklac is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer at
EVgo, responsible for network engineering, construction, and operations, as
well as the company’s technology roadmap and supplier relationships. With more
than three decades of experience in the energy sector, Steklac joined EVgo most
recently from True North Venture Partners, where he served as an Operating
Partner and CEO of AquaHyrdrex. Prior roles include General Manager of SunPower
Corporation, Chief Customer Officer at C3 Energy, and COO of Tendril.

Steklac holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from
Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Admission Info

Free and open to all. Register at

Reclaiming Digital Infrastructure for the Public Interest @ Virtual event
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Please join us in Reclaiming Digital Infrastructure for the Public Interest

. This is a 3-part series to build awareness, intention, and engagement in an
ecosystem of ideas and practices that could bring into being digital
infrastructure that aligns with community aspirations, protects personal and
group safety, and prioritizes people, communities, and a public good.

The first session features Ethan Zuckerman making a case for digital public

. He will join in conversation with activists and policy advocates who approach
these ideas through the lens of equity, indigeneity, and public
responsibility.  All of the sessions will include time for participation by

Presidential Lecture in the Humanities: Achille Mbembe @ Online only
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm

“Futures of Life & Futures of Reason”

Achille Mbembe
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

For a long time, the human race has been concerned with how life emerges and
the conditions of its evolution and persistence. Increasingly, debates about
life futures are framed in terms of the conditions under which life ends. In
this lecture, the philosopher and political theorist Achille Mbembe will argue
that the most important feature of Earth is its habitability. Understanding
planetary habitability and the reasons why life is not evenly shared over the
surface of the Earth may be crucial for the survival of all living species. 

About the Speaker
Achille Mbembe is one of the most brilliant theorists of postcolonial studies
writing today. A Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits
Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of the Witwatersrand),
Johannesburg, South Africa, Mbembe is the author of numerous books including On
the Postcolony (University Of California Press, 2001), Critique of Black Reason
 (Duke University Press, 2017), Necropolitics (Duke University Press, 2019), 
Brutalisme (Editions La Découverte, 2020) and Out of the Dark Night. Essays on
Decolonization (Columbia University Press, 2020).

He is the winner of the Ernst Bloch Prize (2018) and the Gerda Henkel Award
(2018). His books have been translated in numerous languages.

Following the lecture will be a Q&A with Professor Mbembe.

Technology and the 2020 Election @ Live Virtual Event
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Even a cursory reading of the headlines today reveals that technology is
having a powerful impact on the 2020 U.S. election and democratic elections
worldwide. But what is really worth our collective attention and what can be
done to support our democratic institutions?
Drawing from their wildly popular Stanford course by the same name, Stanford
Professor of Political Science and HAI Associate Director, Rob Reich, and
former Member of the European Parliament and Stanford HAI-Cyber Policy Center
Fellow – Marietje Shaake – will go beyond the headlines to help us better
understand the unprecedented influence of technology on democratic processes
today. Sharing lessons and insights about the legitimate and illegitimate uses
of technology in elections– including those currently impacting the 2020 U.S.
election– Reich and Shaake take stock of the health of American democracy and
democratic societies elsewhere, while also considering how these forces can be
better harnessed for the public democratic good.

“Orchestra Online” with guest speaker Michael Morgan @ online
Oct 21 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

Michael Morgan (Music
Director and Conductor, Oakland Symphony) will be the guest speaker on Tuesday,
Oct. 20 for ProfessorPaul Phillips
‘s Fall 2020 class on orchestral music, “Orchestra Online,” viewable onZoom

Michael Morgan was born in Washington, D.C., where he attended public schools
and began conducting at the age of 12. While a student at Oberlin College
Conservatory of Music, he spent a summer at the Berkshire Music Center at
Tanglewood, studying with Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa. He first worked
with Leonard Bernstein during that same summer. His operatic debut was in 1982
at the Vienna State Opera, conducting Mozart’sThe Abduction from the Seraglio.
In 1986, Sir Georg Solti chose him to become the Assistant Conductor of the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for seven years under both Solti
and Daniel Barenboim. In 1986, he was invited by Leonard Bernstein to make his
debut with the New York Philharmonic. As guest conductor, Morgan has appeared
with most of America’s major orchestras, as well as the New York City Opera,
St. Louis Opera Theater and Washington National Opera.

In addition to his duties with the Symphony since 1991, Maestro Morgan serves
as Artistic Director of the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Music Director at
Bear Valley Music Festival, and Music Director of Gateways Music Festival. He
is Music Director Emeritus of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera and serves
on the boards of Oaktown Jazz Workshops, the Purple Silk Music Education
Foundation, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

In the summer of 2018, he led a national youth orchestra of students from El
Sistema programs organized by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, sharing the concert
with Gustavo Dudamel. He makes many appearances in the nation’s schools each
year. |RSVP required for non-Stanford attendees.

2020 Shorenstein Journalism Award: Featuring Award Recipient Tom Wright @ Zoom Webinar
Oct 21 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

Inside the Billion Dollar Whale Scandal: 2020 Shorenstein Journalism Award
Recipient Tom Wright to Headline Award Panel Discussion

The $7 billion 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, one of the
largest-ever financial frauds, exposed the depths of corruption in global
markets. The story starts in Malaysia, but a raft of institutions from Goldman
Sachs to Big Four auditors and Manhattan lawyers enabled the graft. Five years
after the story came to light, almost no one has gone to jail. What’s in store
for the main players, how can our justice system ensure history does not repeat
itself, and how do political actors shape the trajectories of anticorruption
efforts in Asia? 

Tom Wright, winner of the 2020 Shorenstein Journalism Award

, addresses these questions and more in his keynote address.

Wright is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Billion Dollar Whale
, which unravels the story of one of the
world’s greatest financial scandals involving the multibillion-dollar looting
of the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB. Wright’s work sparked
investigations by law enforcement and regulators in multiple countries and
outrage in Malaysia, where the ruling coalition, after 61 years in power,
suffered a landslide defeat in a shocking 2018 election.

The keynote will be followed by a guided interview with the award winner led
by Meredith Weiss ,
Professor and Chair of Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public
Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY.

The event will conclude with an audience Q&A session moderated by Donald K.
Emmerson , Director of
the Southeast Asia Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research

Follow us on Twitter  and use the hashtag 
#SJA20 to join the conversation.

African Literature & Cold War Afterlives: Reframing Decolonial Trajectories @ Virtual
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Over 50 years ago, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Taban Lo Liyong and Henry Owuor
published their resistant manifesto titled “On the Abolition of English
Literature,” asking for the end of Eurocentric literary studies in higher
education. Too few universities adopted this plan and every few years, find
themselves in a state of crisis when it comes to strategically decolonizing
syllabi, curricula and the university itself. Within these struggles, African
literature finds itself in a precarious position within the fraught and
contentious space of diversity initiatives in American universities and in
American publishing. Join us on October 21st, as we speak with Bhakti
Shringarpure about the crucial role Cold War history plays in understanding
decolonization as an “arrested” or “failed” phenomenon in the realms of
politics, economics or culture. Click here

 to register.

HAI Weekly Seminar with Jeannette Bohg – Scaffolding and Imitation Learning @ Virtual
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Abstract: Learning contact-rich, robotic manipulation skills is a challenging
problem due to the high-dimensionality of the state and action space as well as
uncertainty from noisy sensors and inaccurate motor control. In this talk, I
want to show how two principles of human learning can be transferred to robots
to combat these factors and achieve more robust manipulation in a variety of

The first principle is scaffolding. Humans actively exploit contact
constraints in the environment. By adopting a similar strategy, robots can also
achieve more robust manipulation. In this talk, I will present an approach that
enables a robot to autonomously modify its environment and thereby discover how
to ease manipulation skill learning. Specifically, we provide the robot with
fixtures that it can freely place within the environment. These fixtures
provide hard constraints that limit the outcome of robot actions. Thereby, they
funnel uncertainty from perception and motor control and scaffold manipulation
skill learning. We show that manipulation skill learning is dramatically sped
up through this way of scaffolding. 

The second principle is learning from demonstrations through imitation. Humans
have gradually developed language, mastered complex motor skills, created and
utilized sophisticated tools. The act of conceptualization is fundamental to
these abilities because it allows humans to mentally represent, summarize and
abstract diverse knowledge and skills. By means of abstraction, concepts that
we learn from a limited number of examples can be extended to a potentially
infinite set of new and unanticipated situations and they can be more easily
taught to others by demonstration.

I will present work that gives robots the ability to acquire a variety of
manipulation concepts that act as mental representations of verbs in a natural
language instruction. We propose to use learning from human demonstrations of
manipulation actions as recorded in large-scale video data sets that are
annotated with natural language instructions. In extensive simulation
experiments, we show that the policy learned in the proposed way can perform a
large percentage of the 78 different manipulation tasks on which it was
trained. We show that the policy generalizes over variations of the
environment. We also show examples of successful generalization over novel but
similar instructions. 

Biography: Bohg is a Professor for the Robotics department and is a part of the
Stanford AI lab  within the Computer Science
Department of Stanford University. Bohg is also directing the Interactive
Perception and Robot Learning Lab , and enjoys
research at the intersection of Robotics, Machine Learning, and Computer

Previously, Bohg was a group leader at the Autonomous Motion Department (AMD)
 of the MPI for Intelligent Systems. Bohg
favourite robot will always be Apollo
. Before joining the MPI in 2012,
Bohg did her PhD at the Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning
(RPL) at KTH in Stockholm. In Bohg’s thesis, she
proposed novel methods towards multi-modal scene understanding for robotic
grasping. Bohg did her undergrad in Computer Science at the Technical
University in Dresden. Bohg also studied Art and Technology at Chalmers in


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