SCS ProSeminar: SCS First Years and Sophomores

  • Remote Access - Zoom
  • Virtual Presentation - ET
  • Chief Scientist and co-founder
  • Aurora
Career Presentation

J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell is Chief Scientist and co-founder of Aurora (, where he works with an amazing team to develop and deliver self-driving safely, quickly, and broadly. Dr. Bagnell has worked for 19 years at the intersection of machine learning and robotics with expertise in self-driving cars, imitation and reinforcement learning, planning, and computer vision. Aurora was founded in 2017 to enable autonomous driving solutions that will make roads safer, improve lives, revitalize cities, and expand transportation access.

Dr. Bagnell is also a Consulting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and Machine Learning Department. His interests in artificial intelligence range from algorithmic and basic theoretical development to delivering fielded learning-based systems. Bagnell and his research group have received over a dozen research awards for publications in both the robotics and machine learning communities including best paper awards at ICML, RSS, and ICRA. 

He received the 2016 Ryan Award, Carnegie Mellon University’s award for Meritorious Teaching, and served as the founding director of the Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program, a summer research experience that has enabled hundreds of undergraduates throughout the world to leap into robotics research.

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Who We Are:  At Aurora, we’re on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. It all starts with the Aurora Driver, a platform created from industry-leading hardware and software and designed to adapt across a variety of vehicle types and industries.  We’re led by a team of self-driving luminaries, and we’ve forged strategic partnerships with leading transportation companies—including ride-hailing network Uber, truck-manufacturers PACCAR and Volvo Trucks, and the world’s largest automaker Toyota—setting us up to deliver the Aurora Driver in both trucks and passenger vehicles. We are funded by Amazon, Uber, T Rowe Price, and some of Silicon Valley’s best venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Greylock, and Index Ventures.

Aurora is in the best position to lead the self-driving space with a team of unparalleled depth and expertise, the technology to deliver, and the partnerships to build a transformative business for the long-term.

About Aurora:  Founded in 2017, Aurora was started by industry luminaries, and now we’re a team with a multitude of perspectives and experiences. Chris Urmson helped lead Carnegie Mellon’s efforts in Darpa’s Grand Challenges, then was a founding member of Google’s self-driving team. Sterling Anderson worked on the tech at MIT before leading Tesla’s Model X and Autopilot programs. Drew Bagnell, also a Carnegie Mellon alum, is a machine learning expert who helped build Uber’s autonomy effort. Regarded as the most experienced leadership team in the industry, these three bring decades of expertise, passion and focus to realizing our mission.


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