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Gu, Yu

Associate Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Adjunct Associate Professor - Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering


  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University 2004  
  • M.S., Control Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 1999  
  • B.S., Automatic Controls, Shanghai University 1996 

Dr. Yu Gu’s main research interest is to improve robots’ ability to function in increasingly complex environments and situations. He directs the Interactive Robotics Laboratory (IRL) and plays a leadership role in developing the robotics program at WVU. Dr. Gu is a NASA Centennial Challenge winner and a NASA NIAC Fellow. His research was featured in over 70 news stories by media outlets such as the Discovery Channel, Wired, NASA 360, ABC News, Time Warner Cable, Aviation Week, and Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Fundamental: improve robots’ ability to function in increasingly complex environments and situations, leading to “lifelike” behaviors.

Applications: planetary exploration (e.g., autonomous surface traverse and sample return), precision agriculture (e.g., robotic pollination), navigation (e.g., corporative UAV navigation without GPS), and safety (e.g., handling of aircraft sub-system failures).

Teaching Interests

  • Robotics  
  • Design
  • Automatic Controls  
  • Mechatronics  

Special Interests

  • Astronomy  
  • Photography  
  • Amateur Telescope Making 

Professional Societies

  • AIAA  
  • IEEE