AI Mentors E57: Firas Lethaus, Head of the Deep Learning Expert Center at the Volkswagen Group


Welcome to episode 57 of AI Mentors, the podcast that helps you pave the way for a successful career in the world of Data Science and AI.

Powered by Alldus International the premium AI Workforce Solutions, our top consultant's interview AI Leaders and Data Scientists from around the world about their personal journey to becoming a front-runner in AI. Guests offer practical advice to those interested in becoming a leader in Data Science.

Today's guest is Firas Lethaus, Head of the Deep Learning Expert Center at the Volkswagen Group. Headquartered in Wolfsburg, the Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. Each working day, around 630,000 employees worldwide across the group's 12 brands are involved in vehicle-related services or work in the other fields within the business. The group's goal is to make mobility sustainable for our world today and for future generations.

The Deep Learning Expert Center are responsible for the development and deployment of AI/data products within the Volkswagen group and their subsidiaries. These include  Elli, which develops solutions for private users and business at the many touchpoints between e-mobility and the wider transition underway in society to renewable energy, and CARIAD, which builds the leading tech stack for the automotive industry to make automotive mobility safer, more sustainable and more comfortable in a new way. 

In the episode, Firas will discuss:

His background and interesting roles over the years

The challenges with autonomous driving

Advice on making the move from academia to industry

The importance of communication and team dynamics

Generating ROI from data science projects in business

To find out more about Firas and the interesting work they are doing at the Volkswagen Group, check out the website as well other information at and You can also follow them on Linkedin and Twitter @VWGroup, as well as connect with Firas directly on Linkedin

What were your key learns from Firas' podcast? What takeaways did you gain from the show to help in your AI and Data Science aspirations? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

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