C21U Town Hall: Udacity's Sebastian Thrun to speak on Reinventing the Universities
April 18, 2012 - 10:30am
Sebastian Thrun recently left Stanford University and started Udacity. Udacity is an online university that seeks to reach the 99% of the world population that are presently excluded from high-quality higher education. The first class on Artificial Intelligence, jointly offered with Stanford, attracted 160,000 students, of which 23,000 graduated with Stanford-level qualifications. The speaker will discuss his experience with traditional forms of education, and brainstorm how higher education may look like in the digital age.
Thrun is co-founder of Udacity, a Google VP, and a Stanford Research Professor. At Google, he runs Google X, home to the Google self-driving car project and the recently announced Google Glass. Udacity is a XXI Century University, which seeks to democratize higher education. Thrun is one of the youngest people ever to be elected into the National Academy of Engineering; he published over 350 paper including 11 books. And he won the DARPA Grand Challenge.
Event starts at 2pm with refreshments; Talk starts at 2:30pm.