Firas Lethaus

Head of Deep Learning Expert Centre Volkswagen

Firas Lethaus is Head of the Deep Learning Expert Center at the Volkswagen DATA:LAB Munich. From 2015 to 2018, he worked at AUDI AG in the development division of automated driving, where he also headed the Competence Center Machine Learning and served as AI coordinator for automated driving. From 2005 to 2015, Firas worked at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where he had various roles, including advising the Executive Board and teaching mechanical engineering at TU Braunschweig. Prior to DLR, he worked in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, machine learning, applied cybernetics, statistics, psychophysics, eyetracking, and psycholinguistics at the Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre, University of Birmingham, UK, and as a freelancer. Firas was a visiting student/researcher at the University of Padova, Italy, at Radboud University, the Netherlands, and at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands. He holds M.Sc. degrees in Psychology and Computer Science from the TU Braunschweig, Germany and from the University of Birmingham, UK, respectively. In addition, he reviews articles for several journals and conferences and is the spokesperson and co-founder of the global Volkswagen Group AI Team.

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