Sebastian's biographical information
Sebastian Thrun is CEO of Udacity, a Google Fellow and VP, and a
Research Professor at Stanford University. He has published over 380
scientific papers and 11 books, and he is a member of the National
Academy of Engineering in the US. Fast Company named Thrun the fifth
most creative person in business, and Foreign Policy touted him Global
Some recent awards and honors:
- Wired 25 (Wired: We picked 25 icons we think are most responsible for the changes of the past quarter-century), 2018
- UPCEA South Region Conference "Program of Excellence" Award, with Georgia Tech and AT&T, for Online Master of Computer Science, 2016
- Honory Doctorate, Instituto Politecnico National, Mexico, 2016
- Honoray Doctorate, Delft University of Technology, 2016
- The Hottest Startups of 2015, Forbes, #37
- #17 Influential Educator, Noodle
- The Guardian's Open 20: fighters for internet freedom (for Udacity)
- ALVA Award by 99U, 2013
- The Guardian's Open 20: fighters for internet freedom, 2012
- Global Thinker #4 by Foreign Policy, 2012
- Smithsonian Ingenuity Award, 2012
- The Next Establishment by Vanity Fair, 2012
- Initiative of 2012 Award, by Chip
- Top 100 Scientists on Twitter, 2012
- Huffington Post Best of TED 2011 (#15)
- #3 World's Most Powerful Data Scientist, Forbes, 2011
- Fast Company Fifth most creative person in business, 2011
- Inaugural AAAI Ed Feigenbaum Prize, 2011.
- Max Planck Research Award, 2011.
- Crunchie (Annual awards by TechCrunch), Best Technology Achievement, 2011.
- Time Magazine, The 50 Best Inventions of 2010
- IEEE ITSS Distinguished Researcher Award, 2010.
- Smartest People in Tech, Academic Runner-Up, Fortune, 2010.
- Braunschweig Research Prize, 2007.
- Member, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (German Academy of Sciences).
- Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2007.
- Scientific American 50 (list of 50 technology and policy leaders), 2006.
- World Technology Award (Category: IT Software), also World Technology Network Fellow; 2006.
- Elected ECCAI Fellow, 2006.
- Elected AAAI Fellow, 2006.
- Forbes Magazine "E-Gang" (list of 7 technology leaders), 2006.
- Vance D. and Arlene C. Coffman Endowed Faculty Scholar, 2006.
- Team Leader of the team that won the DARPA Grand Challenge.
- "Brilliant Ten" by Popular Science, 2005.
- Best paper award, International Conference of Field and Service Robotics (FSR), 2003.
- Best paper award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2003.
- Best paper award, Second International Joint Confernce on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2003.
- Finmeccanica Endowed Chair, School of Computer Science, CMU, 2002.
- Olympus Award of the German Society for Pattern Recognition (DAGM), 2001.
- DARPA Distinguished Contractor Award, 2001.
- Best paper award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2000.
- Best paper award, German Conference of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Mustererkennung (German Society for Pattern Recognition), 1999.
- NSF CAREER Award, March 1999--February 2003.
- Best paper award, National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 1998.
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