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Experience on demand

November 8, 2017

Abstract: In this talk, based on his new book “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality is, How it Works, and What it Can Do,” Bailenson draws upon two decades spent researching the psychological...

Safe Manipulation in Orbit: Grasping Objects in Space using Gecko-Inspired Adhesives

September 25, 2017

Abstract: As the orbital space around earth becomes increasingly crowded, there is an increasing need to capture and manipulate objects ranging from satellites and antennas to “uncooperative” space...

Solving Climate Change: 2017

September 12, 2017

Abstract: We live in a world where the risks from a changing climate are clear. New research highlights the magnitude of the risks and the benefits of rapid, ambitious action.

Carbon capture and geological sequestration: science status and the complicated road to deployment at scale

August 30, 2017

Abstract: As a potential measure of mitigating the contribution of fossil fuel emissions to global warming, carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) entails capturing CO2 from from large...

Global politics of the AI revolution

August 23, 2017

Abstract: Advanced machine intelligence is likely to arrive in the coming decades. When it does it will transform employment, wealth and power, and world order.

What next for climate? Assessing the risks and the options

May 8, 2017

Abstract: Over decades, assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and many others has bolstered understanding of the climate problem: unequivocal warming, pervasive impacts, and...

How low-carbon technologies will improve our climate, health, and national security and stabilize the world's economies

April 20, 2017

Abstract: In 2015 nations agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all.

Computation and Society: The Case of Privacy and Fairness

April 3, 2017

Abstract: Fueled with rapidly growing data sets and with breakthroughs in machine learning, algorithms are informing and often even making decisions that affect all aspects of life.

Provably beneficial AI

March 11, 2017

Abstract: Should we be concerned about long-term risks from superintelligent AI?If so, what can we do about it?  While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss these concerns, I will argue...

Electronics Thermal Management At The Extremes

March 10, 2017

Abstract: The heat generated by semiconductor devices and electronic components is a big problem for a variety of products and systems ranging from radar and satellites to vehicle electronics,...

Challenges for privacy and re-identification with medical and genomic data

September 22, 2016

Abstract: Current technologies and practices have created large stores of medical data, including electronic medical records, genomic data, and mobile-health measurements.

High Performance Computing Past, Present and Future

May 6, 2016

Abstract: Supercomputing impacts everybody, everywhere, every day. The simulation capabilities have allowed advanced medicine, energy, aviation and manufacturing.

Ensuring High Quality and Innovative Science and Technology for National Security

March 25, 2016

Abstract:  Institutions like LLNL are part of an enterprise established in the mid-twentieth century to enable teams of scientists and engineers to deliver technological capabilities to address...

Additive Manufacturing & High-Performance Computing: Disruptive Latent Technologies Impacting Our National Security

March 25, 2016

Abstract: Dr. Goodwin’s presentation will discuss some of the rapid developments in additive manufacturing technology (3-D printing with metals and other materials) and their relationship to high...

Winning an Innovation War: Managing Risks from Emerging Technologies

March 14, 2016

Abstract: Faster evolving technologies, new peer adversaries, and the increased role of non-government entities changes how we think about decisions to develop and adopt new technology....

Curiosity, Frugal Science and Global health: Opportunities and Challenges

February 8, 2016

Abstract: Somebody once said, “What a damn fool can do for a dollar, an engineer can do for a nickel.” Thinking about cost as an engineering constraint brings new life to ideas.

Biosecurity and social responsibility in an era of citizen science

February 1, 2016

Abstract: Technological and social forces are allowing the growth of science outside a professionalized context.  The Internet, mobile devices, and public availability of big data are technological...

Reimagining Biotechnology

January 25, 2016

Abstract: Biotechnology is in a transition from artisanal tools and methods to computer-controlled, high-throughput systems that allow research and development at industrial scale.

Geopolitical Consequences of the Upcoming Flood of Asteroid Discoveries

October 5, 2015

Due to the overwhelming response we received for this event and to our space constraints, registration is now closed. We regret that we are unable to accommodate any more visitors.

Actinide Chemistry and the Battlefields of the Cold War

May 18, 2015

Abstract: The Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union lasted for much of the second half of the 20th Century.

Privacy and Security: Can We Achieve Both with Cryptography?

May 4, 2015

Abstract: In many real-world settings, the need for security is often at odds with the desire to protect user privacy.

Rewiring the Pentagon: Charting a New Path on Innovation and Cybersecurity

April 23, 2015

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Center for International Security & Cooperation, and the Hoover Institution are honored to co-sponsor the 2015 Drell Lecture with The...

Bulk Collection of Signal Intelligence: Technical Alternatives

April 20, 2015

Abstract: The first Snowden disclosure was that Verizon was providing daily updates of telephony metadata to the NSA.

New Tools for Genome Editing and the Future of the Earth

April 13, 2015

Abstract: CRISPR-Cas9 and other new tools are making genome editing faster, cheaper, and more accurate.


Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar for Cyber Policy and Security
Paul Edwards Paul N. Edwards William J. Perry Fellow
Sam Lisbonne Samuel H. Lisbonne CISAC Honors Student
Kendra Ritterhern Kendra Ritterhern CISAC Honors Student
David Elliott Affiliate
Anne Clunan Anne Clunan Affiliate
Michael Hsieh Michael Hsieh Affiliate
Rebecca Slayton Rebecca Slayton Affiliate
John Villasenor John Villasenor Affiliate
Thomas Fingar Fellow
Thomas Berson Affiliate