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Paul Herz

Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI is excited to announce that Paul Herz has joined as the institute’s deputy director. Dr. Herz brings deep management, operations, and strategy experience from 20 years of working in technology companies. He will be responsible for coordinating HAI’s research, education, policy, corporate programs, and administrative programs and activities. He most recently led strategy, operations, and product management for autonomous vehicle programs at Cruise as VP of technical strategy and operations. Prior to Cruise, Dr. Herz was COO at Halodi Robotics, where he was responsible for global operations, strategic growth initiatives and operational excellence. He was also director of product operations at Facebook and a senior leader at Apple.

Dr. Herz received his undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley in engineering physics and his doctorate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in electrical engineering and computer science.

James Landay

Additionally, HAI Associate Director James Landay has taken on a newly created role as vice director of HAI and faculty director of research. In this capacity, he will continue his excellent work leading HAI’s research grant programs together with Associate Director of Research Vanessa Parli while assuming new leadership responsibilities for the institute. Landay is a professor of computer science and the Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford, where he specializes in human-computer interaction. Prior to Stanford, Landay was on the faculty at Cornell Tech, the University of Washington, and the University of California, Berkeley. From 2003-2006, he also served as the director of Intel Labs Seattle, a leading research lab that explored various aspects of ubiquitous computing. Landay was also the chief scientist and co-founder of NetRaker, which was acquired by KeyNote Systems. 

Landay received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley, and MS and PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.