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Sebastian Thrun

Founder of Udacity, Fellow Researcher at Google, Founder of Google X Labs

Sebastian Thrun is the director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and
is working, through robotics, to change the way we understand the world. At the same time at Udacity, revolutionizing the education.

Why you should listen

Thrun led the team developing the GoogleGlass and has his share in lots of amazing things Google develops. He also led development of the robotic vehicle ‘Stanley’ which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and which has since been placed on exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
Thrun is also known for his work on probabilistic programming techniques in robotics, with
applications including robotic mapping. In recognition of his contributions, and at age 39, Thrun was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and also into the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2007. In 2011, Thrun received the Max-Planck-Research Award. and the inaugural AAAI Ed Feigenbaum Prize. Fast Company selected Thrun as the 5th most creative person in business in the world.


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■Sebastian Thrun | Udacity Talks |

■Sebastian Thrun, Founder of Udacity | The Brave Ones

■Keynote: Sebastian Thrun | Udacity Intersect 2017

■Udacity Thought Leader Series: Dr. Eric Schmidt