Speaker presents to technology class


Google employee James Stout speaks to students interested in computer science and programming March 4. Stout assisted in designing Google’s self-driving car. Credit: Brittany Hong/Chronicle

Brittany Hong

Google employee and programmer James Stout spoke about the programming formulas and principles behind Google’s self-driving car to computer science classes March 4.

Stout, who is a software engineering manager at Google and the brother of mathematics teacher Andy Stout, described the history and principles of Google’s self-driving car and discussed the field of robotics.

“The purpose of [my brother’s presentation] was to demonstrate to computer science students what kinds of problems and solutions real life software engineers face on a huge, complicated problem,” Andy Stout said. “Also, it was meant to get [students] excited about what software engineers can accomplish.”

While Stout’s talk was directed toward computer science students, other students interested in the field of programming were allowed to attend.

“I really enjoyed the session,” Jonathan Damico ’18 said. “It was great to get a glimpse at how the technology that will power the future works and to see the types of algorithms and analysis done in such a complex system.”