Stanford University

Robotics Cars: Are we done yet?

Over the past decades, robotics researchers at CMU, Stanford, and elsewhere worked hard to revolutionize transportation through robotic technology. Yet we can't quite purchase the self-driving car, and little if any of this technology has made its way into consumer products. The speaker will reflect on the history of autonomous driving research, and lay out a road map of basic research needed to develop a new science of perception, modeling, and control in cars. He will argue that research in this area has an enormous potential to advance society.


Sebastian Thrun is a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford, where he serves as the director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, and also as one of the founding professors of Stanford's new interdisciplinary Carlab. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the German Academy of Sciences; and he is also a Principal Engineer at Google. Prior to his tenure at Stanford, Thrun was an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked with Red Whittaker on mine mapping robots.