Grace X. Gao


Assistant Professor
James and Anna Marie Spilker Faculty Fellow
Stanford University
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Department of Electrical Engineering (by courtesy)

Director, Navigation and Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (NAV Lab)
Member, Stanford Center for AI Safety

Ph.D. Stanford University


Email: gracegao at stanford dot edu

Durand 268, 496 Lomita Mall, Stanford CA, 94301

Research Areas

Robust and secure positioning, navigation and timing technologies. Research focuses on navigation safety, cyber security and resilience to errors and uncertainties using machine learning, advanced signal processing and formal verification methods. Applications include manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous driving cars, robotics, internet of things and the future power grid.

UAV pose estimation using deep learning (Video) UAV Path planning with sensor uncertainties using stochastic reachability
Deep coupling of GPS-LiDAR-IMU for UAVs (Video) Multi-receiver direct positioning tested on a C12 plane (Video)
iBQR: Quadrotor platform for robust and reliable navigation Robust GPS-based timing for phasor measurement units in power systems (Video)
Mobile UAV testing platform for safe flight tests (Video) Field testing under real-world complex interference

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019)

  • Best Paper/Presentation of the Session Award, ION GNSS+ Conference (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007)

  • NSF CAREER Award (2018)

  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018, 2017)

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018, 2017, 2015, 2014)

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)

  • Fellow of Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)

  • AIAA Teacher of the Year, AIAA Illinois Chapter (2016)

  • Best Paper Award, IEEE/ION PLANS Conference (2016)

  • Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)

  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow (2014)

  • William E. Jackson Award (for outstanding PhD thesis), Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) (2009)

  • 50 GNSS Leaders to Watch, GPS World Magazine (2009)

  • Early Achievement Award, Institute of Navigation (2008)

  • Student Paper Award, ION GNSS Conference (2007)

  • Exceptional Graduate of Tsinghua University (2001)