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Winter 2016 Stanford Energy 3.0 Newsletter

Your connection to innovative energy research at Stanford





  Winter 2016 Stanford Energy 3.0 Newsletter



Registration Open: January 12, 2016, Stanford University, Stefano Ermon, Computer Science


4:30 pm to 6:00 pm


Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Rooms

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 4:30 - 6:00 pm 

Please click here to register.


Talk title:  Computational Approaches to Sustainable Energy


Modern approaches to sustainable energy call upon a wide range of scientific disciplines. A common theme, however, is the availability of large amounts of data. In many application domains there is a growing need to automatically learn models, make inferences, and optimally control and manage systems based on data-driven models.  These are problems that require new methods in machine learning, probabilistic inference, and decision-making under uncertainty, and where new computational approaches can have a profound impact. In this talk, I will discuss new automatic planning and sequential decision-making methods we developed to improve the efficiency of battery systems, and introduce novel machine learning models for the analysis of high-throughput data in materials science to accelerate the discovery of new fuel-cell materials.


Stefano Ermon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he is affiliated with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research interests include techniques for scalable and accurate inference in graphical models, statistical modeling of data, large-scale combinatorial optimization, and robust decision making under uncertainty, and is motivated by a range of applications, in particular ones in the emerging field of computational sustainability.


Winter 2016 Energy Seminar Series


The weekly Energy Seminar, chaired by Professor John Weyant and managed by the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford, informs the Stanford community about a wide range of energy and climate change issues and perspectives. The audience includes: faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and staff from Stanford's seven schools and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, as well as energy professionals from the community. 


The Energy Seminar is held on Monday afternoons, 4:30-5:20, throughout the academic year and the upcoming schedule is available on our Future Seminars page.  The seminar is offered as a for-credit course for Stanford students (CEE 301/ENERGY 301/MS&E 494) and is also free and open to the public.


Go to the Energy Seminar website for more information.



Save the date:


Tuesday, April 26, 2016 -

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Arrillaga Alumni Center, Fisher Conference Rooms


John Dabiri, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Opportunities and Challenges for Next-Generation Wind Energy


John Dabiri is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. He was formerly a professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering at Caltech. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. degree summa cum laude in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2001. He came to Caltech as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, Gordon and Betty Moore Fellow, and Y.C. Fung Fellow in Bioengineering, earning an M.S. degree in Aeronautics in 2003, followed by a Ph.D. in Bioengineering with a minor in Aeronautics in 2005. He subsequently joined the Caltech faculty. His honors include an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research in bio-inspired propulsion. Popular Science magazine named him one of its "Brilliant 10" scientists in 2008. 


For his research in bio-inspired wind energy, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine listed him among its Technology Innovators in 2012, and the MIT Technology Review magazine named him one of its 35 innovators under 35 in 2013. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He served as the Chair of the Faculty at Caltech from 2013-2014.


Save the date

Friday, June 3, 2016


Silicon Valley Energy Summit at Stanford University