Interactive Half Day Speaker Chris Urmson

Chris Urmson

Former Director of Self-Driving Cars at Google

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About Speaker Chris Urmson…

Since 2009, Chris Urmson had headed up Google’s self-driving car program. So far, the team’s vehicles have driven over three quarters of a million miles. While early models included a driverless Prius that TEDsters got to test- … um, -not-drive in 2011, more and more the team is building vehicles from the ground up, custom-made to go driverless.

Prior to joining Google, Umson was on the faculty of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where his research focused on motion planning and perception for robotic vehicles. During his time at Carnegie Mellon, he worked with house-size trucks, drove robots around in deserts, and served as the director of technology for the team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. He earned his PhD in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon and his BSc in 1998 in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba.


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