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Sebastian Thrun,
an German computer scientist, robotics developer, research professor at Stanford University, and CEO of Udacity. Formerly he worked at Google Inc., where he co-developed Google Street View and founded Google X, where he worked on the development of Google driverless car [1]. Sebastian Thrun holds a Ph.D. in computer science and statistics from University of Bonn in 1995 on the topic of Explanation-Based Neural Network Learning under advisors Armin Cremers and Tom Mitchell from Carnegie Mellon University, where Thrun continued his career as research computer scientist in the area of Machine Learning and Robotics.
Sebastian Thrun [2]


Sebastian Thrun applied explanation-based neural networks (EBNN) to computer chess. His research chess program NeuroChess took its search algorithm from GNU Chess and its evaluation was based on the neural network [3] [4].

Online Education

IIn 2011, along with Peter Norvig, Sebastian Thrun co-teached an online AI class initially through Stanford University, for which 160,000 students registered and 23,000 completed [5] [6] [7]. As an outgrowth of free computer science classes, Thrun founded the for-profit educational organization Udacity [8].

Selected Publications

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External Links


  1. ^ Sebastian Thrun from Wikipedia
  2. ^ Sebastian Thrun, Stanford University, talks during the interactive session 'Connected Transportation: Hype or Reality' at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2013. Copyright by World Economic Forum. swiss-image.ch/Photo Urs Jaudas, Wikimedia Commons
  3. ^ Sebastian Thrun’s NeuroChess from Machine Learning in Games by Jay Scott, September 2000
  4. ^ Sebastian Thrun (1995). Learning to Play the Game of Chess. in Gerald Tesauro, David S. Touretzky, Todd K. Leen (eds.) Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 7, MIT Press
  5. ^ Welcome to the desktop degree… by John Naughton, February 05, 2012, The Guardian
  6. ^ Fortnightly Mailing: Taking the red pill: Sebastian Thrun's candid reflection on the AI course
  7. ^ Intro to Artificial Intelligence Course and Training Online - Udacity
  8. ^ Advance Your Career Through Project-Based Online Classes - Udacity
  9. ^ Sebastian's Publications
  10. ^ dblp: Sebastian Thrun
  11. ^ Partially observable Markov decision process - Wikipedia
  12. ^ DARPA Grand Challenge - Wikipedia
  13. ^ Stanley (vehicle) from Wikipedia

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