Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)


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  • Russell Wald

    Russell Wald

    Deputy Director, HAI, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

    BioRussell Wald serves as the deputy director for the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). In this role he oversees HAI's research, education, communications, administrative activities, industry programs, and policy and society hub. Wald works with HAI's co-directors and faculty leaders to help shape the strategic vision and human-centered mission of HAI. From 2020 - 2022 he served as HAI's first Director of Policy and later Managing Director for Policy and Society.

    He is the co-author of various publications on AI including, Building a National AI Research Resource (2021), Enhancing International Cooperation in AI Research: The Case for a Multilateral AI Research Institute (2022), The Centrality of Data and Compute for AI Innovation: A Blueprint for a National Research Cloud (2022, Notre Dame Journal of Emerging Technologies). Currently he is part of a HAI seed grant research project titled, Addicted by Design: An Investigation of How AI-fueled Digital Media Platforms Contribute to Addictive Consumption. Additionally, he serves as a member of the AI Index Steering Committee, hosted by HAI.

    Wald has held various policy program and government relations positions at Stanford University for over a decade. He also served as special assistant to Amy Zegart and Ashton Carter at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). In 2014, he co-designed and led the inaugural Stanford congressional boot camp, and has since created numerous tech policy boot camps, establishing a strong and effective tradition of educating policymakers at Stanford and enhancing the collaboration between governments and academic institutions.

    Prior to his work at Stanford, he held numerous roles with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. He is a Visiting Fellow with the National Security Institute at George Mason University, and a former Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Truman National Security Project. Wald is a graduate of UCLA.

  • Daniel Zhang

    Daniel Zhang

    Senior Manager for Policy Initiatives, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

    BioDaniel Zhang is the senior manager for policy initiatives at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) where he leads the Institute's policy research, outreach, and education initiatives. With the goal of developing evidence-based AI policy recommendations, his research interests lie at the intersection of technology policy, governance, and societal impact, including translational and original research on AI regulation and standards, the geopolitical implication of emerging technology, and the governance of large-scale ML models.

    Daniel is also a member of the High-Level Expert Group on AI Ethics at UNESCO, advising the agency on the implementation of its Recommendation on the Ethics of AI. Previously, he was the manager of the AI Index where he lead-authored the 2021 and 2022 annual reports that measure and evaluate the rapid rate of AI advancement.

    Before Stanford, he worked on global AI talent flows and security risks at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology and public education policy at the Riley Institute Center for Education and Leadership. Daniel holds a Master's in Security Studies from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he concentrated on technology policy, and a Bachelor's from Furman University.