Wolfram Burgard is Vice President for Automated Driving Technology at Toyota Research Institute (TRI), where he leads the research for TRI's Chauffeur and Guardian projects.
Burgard has been a Professor for Computer Science at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and head of the group for Autonomous Intelligent Systems. His research addresses the development of advanced techniques for robot perception, navigation, manipulation and learning.
Burgard earned his Doctoral Degree in Computer Science from the University of Bonn in 1991. He joined the University of Freiburg in 1997 after six years as a PostDoc in Bonn. In 2002, he also was a Research Fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University and became Adjunct Faculty member at its Center for Automated Learning and Discovery.
He has served as an Editor in Chief of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), and Program Chair of the International Conference on Robotics - Science and Systems (RSS) as well as the Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). In 2009 he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, the most prestigious German research award. In 2010, he received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). He received several best paper awards from leading conferences in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Additionally, he is Fellow of the IEEE, the AAAI and EurAI and President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.