Sebastian's biographical information
Sebastian Thrun is CEO of Kitty Hawk, founder and Chairman of Udacity
and Cresta, a former Google Fellow and VP, and an Adjunct 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 Thinker #4.
Some recent awards and honors:
- Aachener Ingenieurpreis, 2020
- Honorary Doctorate, University of Hildesheim, Germany, 2020
- IEEE ICRA Milestone Award, 2020
- #8 of all Data Scientists in the world, Analytics Insights, 2020
- Gartner’s Top 25 Enterprise Software Startups To Watch In 2020 for Cresta, 2020
- AI 50: America’s Most Promising Artificial Intelligence Companies for Cresta by Forbes, 2020
- Wired 25 (Wired: We picked 25 icons we think are most responsible for the changes of the past quarter-century), 2018
- AAAI Classic Paper Award, 2017
- 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
- Honory Doctorate, Delft University of Technology, 2016
- The Hottest Startups of 2015, for Udacity by 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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