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Director

Prof. 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 (Stanford NAV Lab)          
Co-lead, Robotics and Autonomous Systems Area, Stanford SystemX Alliance          
Co-director, Stanford Center for AI Safety          
​Member, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford       

Email: gracegao at stanford dot edu          
Durand 268, 496 Lomita Mall, Stanford CA, 94305          
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Postdocs

Shubh Gupta 

Safe outdoor navigation aided by neural environment representations

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2023
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering with minor in Computer Science, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 2018   

 

Tara Mina        

GNSS signal design and security using AI and machine learning

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2023
  • M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2017           
 

 

Ph.D. Students

   

Guillem Casadesus Vila

Lunar positioning, navigation, and timing

  • Ph.D. student, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, 2022 
  • B.S. Telecommunications Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, 2022

Kaila Coimbra                                                                                 

Lunar surface rover positioning

  • Ph.D. student, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering with minor in Aerospace Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2023   

Marta Cortinovis                                                                                 

Lunar navigation ephemeris modeling

  • Ph.D. student, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022   

Adam Dai                                                                                 

Provably safe trajectory planning under uncertainty

  • Ph.D. candidate, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering with minor in Computer Science, California Institute of Technology, 2019                            

Keidai Iiyama                                                                               

Navigation for the Moon

  • Ph.D. candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • M.E. Aeronautics and Astronautics, The University of Tokyo, 2021
  • B.E. Aeronautics and Astronautics, The University of Tokyo, 2019       

Ashwin Kanhere

Safe sensor fusion of LiDAR, vision and GNSS

  • Ph.D. candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2017   

Derek Knowles 

Multi-robot collaborative positioning and navigation

  • Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2019   

Adyasha Mohanty 

High integrity multi-sensor perception and localization

  • Ph.D. candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • M.S. Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2021
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019     

Daniel Neamati

Urban GNSS-based navigation using environmental features

  • Ph.D. student, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, minor in Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, 2021   

Mira Partha

Neural Radiance Field (NeRF)-based mapping and localization in urban environments

  • Ph.D. candidate, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • M.Eng. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020
  • S.B. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019

Alana Sanchez

Lunar navigation satellite system                                                                

  • Ph.D. student, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • B.S. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2021

Asta Wu

GNSS-based relative localization for tandem drifting cars                                           

  • PhD. candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering; Minor Computer Science, California Institute of Technology, 2020           

Alan Yang

GNSS code design using AI and machine learning

  • Ph.D. student, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020
  • B.S. Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018 
 

 

M.S. Students

Tejas Deo

Extraterrestrial navigation with neural maps

  • M.S. student, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Pune University, 2022

Anonto Zaman

Drone-based computer vision for vehicle localization

  • M.S. student, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering; Minor Scientific and Engineering Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2022
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Emil Biju

Path validation for autonomous vehicles using neural maps and LLMs

  • M.S. student, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, minor in Deep Learning, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 2021
 

 

Administrative Staff

 

David Luna       

  • Everyone's favorite go-to person to keep the lab running
 

 

Non-Human Members

Navi-chu

  • A cheerful expert who enjoys joining NAV Lab’s thrilling activities (including rollercoaster rides) and spreading smiles. 

Alumni

Postdocs

Liang Heng, Shreyas Kousik, Akshay Shetty, and Sriramya Bhamidipati

Graduate students

Skye Vandeleest, Shivam Soni, Craig Babiarz, Shubhendra Chauhan, Derek Chen, Daniel Chou, Arthur Chu, Edgar Chung, Bradley Cage Collicott, Cara Kataria, Athindran Ramesh Kumar, Andy Lai, Enyu Luo, Yuting Ng, Marco Nunez, Matthew Peretic, Pulkit Rustagi, Siddharth Tanwar, Alexandros Tzikas, Ridvan Yesiloglu, Rémy Zawislak, Victor Zhang, Nikhil Raghuraman, Cole Maxwell , Matthew Tan, Greg Lund, Torstein Eliassen, Ellie Prince, Akshay Shetty, Sriramya Bhamidipati, Guillem Rueda Oller, Timmy Hussain, Isabella Torres, Dalton Vega

Undergraduate students

Francisco Flores, Siddhartha Jagannath, Alexandra Bacula, Oliver Cai, Katherine Carroll, Gilbert Cheng, Isaiah Colobong, Annie Fang, Emilio Garcia, Evan Hedding, Howy Ho, Isabella Juarez, Dan Jia, Zheng Lee, Anna Mattinger, Xuan Hao Ong, Caitlyn Plahn, John Pobega, Justin Song, Evan Chen, Heling Zhang, Raimon Roglans, Niklas Perujo, Connor Madell, Saym Imtiaz, Karolina Koziarski, David Stier, Cayla Withers, Rieun “Lin” Kim, Sabrina Gomes, Mary Cooper, Zachary Witzel