Chris Urmson is the co-founder and CEO of Aurora, a company focused on making self-driving cars a reality.  Chris led Google’s self-driving car program and was a member of the  faculty of the Robotics Institute.  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 was part of the DARPA Urban and Grand Challenge teams.  Chris earned his PhD in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon and his BSc in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1998.