Field Trips!

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Above: From a Symbolic Systems Program field trip to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on February 13, 2015. Second from left is Facebook Data Science team member Dean Eckles ('06, M.S. '07). Fourth from left is Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger ('08, M.S. '09).


Symbolic Systems Field Trips
provide opportunities to visit places of special interest to Symbolic Systems students. If you have an idea for a field trip, contact the Advising Fellows.

Below is a list of some past field trips.

EdTech, with a lunchtime talk by Monica Chan (graduate student in the School of Education), and visits to Khan Academy, the Khan Lab School, and Kidaptive in Mountain View (led by Da Eun Kim, Lucy Li, and Stelio Ropokis, May 12, 2017)

9th Annual California Cognitive Science Conference at UC Berkeley (led by Stephanie Zhang, April 29, 2017)

Virtual Reality, with visits to the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford, and STRIVR Labs, Oculus @ Facebook, and "The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY"@ PACE Gallery, in Menlo Pak  (led by Sydney Chase Maples, January 27, 2017)

Venture Capital and Acceleration, with visits to the offices of Lux Capital and Greylock Partners in Menlo Park, StartX in Palo Alto, and an on-campus meeting with Fast Forward (led by Julie Nam, May 13, 2016)

8th Annual California Cognitive Science Conference at UC Berkeley (led by Sydney Chase Maples, April 30, 2016)

The Future of Transportation, with a lunchtime talk by Stefan Heck ('92), and visits to the offices of the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) at Stanford and the Self-Driving Car Project at X, Inc. in Mountain View (led by Cristian Cibils-Bernardes, April 22, 2016)

Technology in Entertainment, with visits to the offices of Shazam in Redwood City, Dolby Labs in Sunnyvale, and Netflix in Los Gatos (led by Todor Markov, May 8, 2015)

7th Annual California Cognitive Science Conference at UC Berkeley (led by Harshitha Ramesh, May 2, 2015)

Far Out! Science Beyond Our World, starting with a special edition of the Symbolic Systems Forum with Vytas SunSpiral ('97) of the Dynamic Tensegrity Research Lab at NASA Ames, and continuing with visits to the Intelligent Robotics Group and the Visitor Center at NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute in Mountain View (led by Harshitha Ramesh, March 6, 2015)

Data Science and Machine Learning, with visits to the Palantir Technologies Machine Learning group and the offices of Slice in Palo Alto, the Facebook Data Science team in Menlo Park, and Rocket Fuel in Redwood City (led by Howon Lee, February 13, 2015)

Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception - San Francisco (led by Harshitha Ramesh, Allison Dods, Benji Nguyen, and Stu Melton, November 8, 2014)

Technology Nonprofits, with visits to the offices of Wikimedia, Kiva, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Noisebridge in San Francisco (led by Hershel Mehta, May 16, 2014)

6th Annual California Cognitive Science Conference at UC Berkeley (led by Erik Brockbank, May 3, 2014)

The movie Her in Palo Alto (led by Allison Dods, February 6, 2014)

Educational Technology, starting with a lunch discussion at the Alumni Center led by CS Prof. John Mitchell (Vice Provost for Online Learning), and with visits to Kidaptive in Palo Alto, and to MindSnacks, Motion Math, and Lumosity in San Francisco (led by Ximena Ampuero and Erik Brockbank, March 1, 2013)

The Symbolic Systems Lab Tour, with visits to the d.school, SAIL, VHIL, and CCRMA (led by Ryan Ramirez, January 25, 2013)

Startup CIty, with visits to the offices of Sifteo, Instagram, Yelp, and Dolores Labs in San Francisco (led by Roseann Cima, Todd Davies, Clayton Mellina, and Stacey Svetlichnaya, April 13, 2012)

3rd Annual California Cognitive Science Conference - UC Berkeley (led by Stacey Svetlichnaya, April 30, 2011)

Research Organizations, with visits to the offices of the Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International in Menlo Park, Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, Numenta in Redwood City, and the CyLab Mobility Research Center, Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley at Moffett Field (led by Roseann Cima, April 22, 2011)

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a one-man play about Apple Computer, the human cost of manufacturing high technology, and the persona of Steve Jobs - Berkeley (led by Todd Davies, February 24, 2011)  [NOTE: Parts of this play were revealed in March 2012 to be fabricated. See This American Life Episode 460: "Retraction" for more information about this controversy and the mixture of truth and fiction in Mike Daisey's play.]

2nd Annual California Cognitive Science Conference - UC Berkeley (led by Chris Lin, May 2, 2010)

Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception - San Francisco (led by Anna Schapiro, April 17, 2009)

Virtual Environments, with visits to the offices of Electronic Arts in Redwood City and Linden Lab in San Francisco (led by Jane Huang and Jason Robinson, February 6, 2009)

Ph.D. Studies at Berkeley, visiting SSP alumni in graduate school at the School of Information, the Computer Science Division, the Psychology Department, and the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of California, Berkeley (led by Anna Schapiro, April 18, 2008)

The Practice of Design, with visits to the offices of Apple Computer in Cupertino, Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, Ideo in Palo Alto, and Meebo in Mountain View (led by Aman Kumar and Ben Newman, March 7, 2008)

Designing the Future in San Francisco, with visits to the offices of Powerset, Adaptive Path, and Linden Lab, San Francisco (led by Marni Gasn and Ben Newman, April 27, 2007)

Natural Language Processing, with visits to the offices of Google, Tellme Networks, PARC, and CSLI - Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Stanford (led by Mike Krieger and Tina Chen, January 26, 2007)

Online Social Networks, with visits to the offices of imeem, Yahoo! 360, LinkedIn, and Facebook - Palo Alto and Sunnyvale (led by Itamar Rosenn, April 28, 2006)

NASA Ames Research Center, Computational Sciences Division - Mountain View (led by Brendan O'Connor, January 20, 2005)

SSP Gathering 2004 tours: Manipulation Group - Stanford Robotics Lab and Wallenberg Hall - Stanford (led by Michael Frank, May 22, 2004)

Hopkins Marine Station, Neuroscience Laboratories - Monterey (led by Heather Pon-Barry and Kiely Martinez, April 25, 2003)

BattleBots LIVE - Treasure Island, San Francisco (led by Sheba Najmi, May 25, 2002)

Human Computer Interaction in Silicon Valley - with visits to the offices of the Microsoft Usability Center in Cupertino, Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto, and the Intuit usability lab and Netscape, both in Mountain View (led by Todd Davies, April 12, 1996)

Multimedia Gulch - with visits to the offices of Macromedia, PF Magic, and Vivid Studios in San Francisco (led by Lester Dorman and Todd Davies, March 3, 1995)

Doug Lenat's CYC Project, Tour II - Menlo Park (led by Bruno-Ken Shiowaza, February 1994)

Virtual Reality Research and Development at SRI International - Menlo Park (led by Adrian Klein, December 8, 1993)

Doug Lenat's CYC Project - Menlo Park (1993)

Adept Technology - San Jose (May 1989)

Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) - Palo Alto (January 1989)

 

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