Jan Becker

Dr. Jan Becker, Director, Engineering Automated Driving, Robert Bosch, LLC.

Jan Becker was appointed director at the Bosch Research and Technology Center North America, in Palo Alto, California, in 2011. He is responsible for the Autonomous Technologies Research Group, and his research topics include personal robotics, autonomous systems and automated driving. In this role, he manages Bosch’s collaboration with Stanford University’s Center for Automotive Research, the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, and the Stanford Law School.

Prior to his position as senior manager, Becker was a principal engineer and project manager. He also served as a senior research engineer for Corporate Research Vehicle Safety and Assistance Systems, Robert Bosch GmbH.

Becker has been lecturing at Stanford University since 2010. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at the University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and a member of the Stanford Racing Team in the DARPA Urban Challenge. He is an inventor who is listed on more than 20 patents and patent applications, and an author of various publications and papers covering autonomous systems, robotics, driver assistance and automated driving.

Becker belongs to the Society of Automotive Engineers and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In addition, he serves as the vice president, treasurer and CFO of Silicon Valley Robotics.

Becker earned a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Additionally, he earned a Ph.D. in control engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.