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Sebastian Thrun is CEO of Udacity, a Google Fellow and VP, and a Research Professor at Stanford University. He has published over 370 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 Thinker #4. Thrun works on revolutionizing all of transportation, education, and mobile devices.

Some recent awards and honors:
  • 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)
  • 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.


A detailed Curriculum Vitae is also available.

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