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  • AME Seminar

    Wed, Jan 24, 2024 @ 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Grace Gao, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Robust Autonomous Vehicle Localization using GPS: from Tandem Drifting Cars to GPS on the Moon

    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles often operate in complex environments with various sensing uncertainties. On Earth, GPS signals can be blocked or reflected by buildings; and camera measurements are susceptible to lighting conditions. While having a variety of sensors is beneficial, including more sensing information can introduce more sensing failures as well as more computational load. For space applications, such as localization on the Moon, it can be even more challenging. In this talk, I will present our recent research efforts on robust vehicle localization under sensing uncertainties. We turn sensing noise and even absence of sensing into useful navigational signals. Inspired by cognitive attention in humans, we select a subset of “attention landmarks” from sensing measurements to reduce computation load and provide robust positioning. I will also show our localization techniques that enable various applications, from autonomous tandem drifting cars to a GPS-like system for the Moon.

    Biography: Grace X. Gao is an assistant professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. She leads the Navigation and Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (NAV Lab). Prof. Gao has won a number of awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Institute of Navigation Early Achievement Award and the RTCA William E. Jackson Award. Prof. Gao and her students won Best Presentation of the Session/Best Paper Awards 29 times at Institute of Navigation conferences over the past 17 years. She also won various teaching and advising awards, including the Illinois College of Engineering Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, the Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, AIAA Illinois Chapter’s Teacher of the Year, and most recently Advisor of the Year Award and Teacher of the Year Award by AIAA Stanford Chapter in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

    Host: AME Department

    More Info: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95892885119?pwd=QXZOZUhrcTJRYk5qZzZwVThrTytVZz09

    Location: James H. Zumberge Hall Of Science (ZHS) - 252

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/95892885119?pwd=QXZOZUhrcTJRYk5qZzZwVThrTytVZz09

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Tessa Yao

    Event Link: https://ame.usc.edu/seminars/


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