Professor, Stanford University, Dept. of Computer Science
Sebastian Thrun is a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University, where he directs the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. He is also a distinguished engineer at Google, where he is involved in automotive research. Thrun’s team won the DARPA Grand Challenge, a U.S.-Government sponsored autonomous robot race in 2005. He pioneered the field of probabilistic robotics and co-invented Google Street View.
He was elected into the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the German Academy of Sciences, is an elected fellow of the AAAI, ECCAI, and WTN. Popular Science included him in its “Brilliant Ten,” Forbes in its “E-Gang,” Scientific American in its list of 50 world technology and policy leaders, and Fortune selected him as one of the 50 smartest people in tech. In addition, WIRED awarded Thrun’s robot, Stanley, the top spot in the most influential robots of all times. Thrun has authored 11 books and over 300 scientific articles. He received his Ph.D. from University of Bonn.