We are proud to announce a new batch of courses for the Spring 2013 quarter at Stanford University. The following courses are official Revs-sponsored classes, open to Stanford students with requirements as listed:

Comm 165N: Cars: Past, Present and Future

Teaching Team: C. Nass, M. Shanks

Focus on the past, present and future of the automobile, bridging the Humanities, Social Sciences, Design, and Engineering. Focus on the human experiences of designing, making, driving, being driven, living with, and dreaming of the automobile. A different theme will be featured each week in discussion around a talk and supported by key readings and media. The course is informed by history, archaeology, ethnography, human-technology interaction, mechanical engineering, and cognitive science. Preference to freshmen. Teaching team: C. Nass, M. Shanks. More info here

ME 236: Tales To Design Cars By

Teaching Team: B. Karanian

Investigating the relationship with cars through the application of research and with a generative storytelling focus will provide inspiration for designing a new automotive experience. This course will use ethnographic research, interviews, and a variety of narrative methods including verbal, non-verbal, cinema, and sound, and short collaborative projects to inform the creation of a physical prototype for a new car experience and the story around it. Restricted to co-term and graduate students. Class Size limited to 18. Teaching Team: B. Karanian. More info here.

ME 235: d.school: Build Your Startup With the Hero Coefficient

Teaching Team: M. Sturtz, R. P. Brennan

Harness the power of the 'hero coefficient' through a radical team-based, hands-on, multidisciplinary class. Students will learn and utilize the principles of Empathy-Define-Ideate-Prototype-Test components of the d.thinking process. Student teams will apply these learnings into a prototype to capture and share stories around the late Dale Earnhardt and others heroes. Students will develop important storytelling and interviewing for empathy skills that will benefit their own startups down the road. The class will benefit from special guests and a fieldtrip to a racetrack. Limited enrollment -- apply here. Teaching team: M. Sturtz, R. P. Brennan. More info here.

 

Other courses within the Stanford catalog which might be of interest, some including partial Revs support or faculty involvement:

ME 185: Electric Vehicle Design

Teaching Team: C. Gerdes, S. Beiker

This project based class focuses on the design and prototyping of electric vehicles. Students learn the fundamentals of vehicle design in class and apply the knowledge as they form teams and work on projects involving concept, specifications, structure, systems, integration, assembly, testing, etc. The class meets once a week to learn about the fundamentals, exchange their experiences, and coordinate between projects. The teams of 3-5 will work on their projects independently. More info here.

ME 302: The Future of the Automobile

Teaching Team: S. Beiker, J. Becker, C. Gerdes

This quarter, the seminar will take a specific focus on "Advanced Driver Assistance Systems", which help drivers to maneuver their vehicles through traffic. Those systems range from navigation systems, adaptive cruise control, night vision, lane departure warning over automated parking, traffic jam assistance, to self-driving cars. With this breadth of applications, advanced driver assistance systems play an important role in making traffic safer, more efficient, and more enjoyable. This course, lectured by an industry expert, will introduce students to technology behind the systems, the benefits, challenges, and future perspectives of this exciting field. The goal of the course is to develop a technical understanding as well as an understanding for the interactions of technology, business, and society with a specific automotive focus and assess technology in a larger context than someone's primary educational background. More info here.

URBANST 172 / CEE 134C: Rethinking the 101

Teaching Team: N. Alizadeh

The omnipresence of automobile infrastructure negotiating the urban, suburban, and rural landscapes emphasizes the prioritization of this mode of transportation in the United States. Although the overlap of highway and urban area is sometimes addressed (and re-addressed), it tends to create sub-districts, fragmentation, and unnecessary conditions of separation. While serving as an important circulation network on the west coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle, the infrastructure of Highway 101 cuts through various communities, at times creating division at the local scale. One of the more marked manifestations of this division is in East Palo Alto, where the highway separates residents on the west side from schools and activities on the east side, acting as a barrier that must be navigated by car. This studio aims to articulate the issues created by the presence of the highway and study design solutions that not only mitigate the presence of these two systems (highway and community) at a general level, but develop strategic approaches to the issues facing the specific area. In this regard, students will engage with the site, community members, and local officials. They will focus on the issues and impact of transportation infrastructure and offer design oriented ideas and responses for addressing the intersection of urban development and highway systems. More info here.

 

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