SLAC Colloquium Series

SLAC Colloquium Series


Colloquium Detail

Towards Self-Driving Cars

Date: 11/30/2009

Sebastian Thrun
Stanford University

Cars kill more than a million people every year. The speaker will report on progress to make cars safer, more convenient and more efficient (gas, space, utilization), through robotic technology. Building on artificial intelligence advances that led the Stanford Racing Team to victory in the DARPA Grand Challenge and second place finish in the Urban Challenge, Stanford has developed advanced mapping, localization, car tracking, control and planning methods, which enable cars to navigate in dense urban and highway environments. The speaker will survey the latest research in this area, and speculate about possible ways to get this technology into every car.

Sebastian Thrun is a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University, where he directs the Stanford AI Lab. Thrun has published 11 books and more than 300 scientific articles. Thrun is probably best known for his pioneering work on probabilistic robotics and the victory of his team in the DARPA Grand Challenge. Thrun is a fellow of the AAAI, ECCAI and WTN, and member of the National Academy of Engineering and the German Academy of Sciences. Popular Science included Thrun in their "Brilliant Ten," Forbes Magazine as one of seven "E-Gang" members, Scientific American in their list of 50 world technology and policy leaders, and Wired awarded Thrun's robot Stanley the top spot in the most influential robots of all times. Thrun also serves as a Principal Engineer at Google where he was instrumental in the creation of Street View. Finally, he is a senior advisor to Charles River Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.

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