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Gu, Yu

Associate Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


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

Dr. Yu Gu’s main research interests are in the areas of bio-inspired robot perception, control, and interaction strategies. He has authored over 70 technical papers and managed 17 funded projects as the Principal Investigator (PI) or as a Co-PI. Dr. Gu has extensive experience working with autonomous aerial and ground systems. He led the development of six generations of small UAV avionic systems, a family of four research UAVs, an autonomous sample return rover, and a family of 10 open-source ground robots. He has designed and managed over 500 outdoor UAV flight tests and numerous indoor and outdoor robot experiments. Dr. Gu is the team leader for Team Mountaineers that won the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge in 2014 (Level-1 Prize) and 2015 ($100,000 Level-2 Prize).

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Sensor Fusion 
Guidance, Navigation and Control 
Experimental Robotics 
Human-Machine Interaction

Teaching Interests

Automatic Controls 

Special Interests

Amateur Telescope Making

Professional Societies