Lu Gan

ganlu [at] caltech [dot] edu


MC 105-50

1200 E. California Bvd.

Pasadena, CA 91125-2100

I am currently a Postdoc Researcher at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), working with Prof. Soon-Jo Chung and Prof. Yisong Yue. I am also affiliated with the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) at Caltech. I was named a Rising Star in Data Science by the University of Chicago in 2022.

I have completed my Ph.D. in Robotics in 2022 from the Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan (UM), advised by Prof. Ryan Eustice, Prof. Jessy Grizzle and Prof. Maani Ghaffari. I worked as a member of the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL), the Computational Autonomy and Robotics Laboratory (CURLY), and the Bipedal Robotics lab at UM.

I am broadly interested in Robotics, Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Specifically, my research focuses on perception and navigation for robot autonomy.


Oct 14, 2022 I was named a Rising Star in Data Science by the University of Chicago. I will attend the Rising Stars in Data Science Workshop and give my lightning talk on November 14th-15th, 2022 at UChicago.
Aug 8, 2022 Our BKI Semantic Mapping was adapted and integrated by researchers from the Oxford Dynamic Robot Systems Group and deployed on Spot robot!
Jun 30, 2022 Our MiniCheetah IRL paper was accepted by IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters and IROS 2022. It will be presented in IROS 2022 regular session of Legged Robots 1 on Wednesday October 26, 2022 in Kyota, Japan.
Jun 16, 2022 Our Multitask Multilayer Mapping paper was accepted by IEEE Transactions on Robotics (TRO).
Dec 13, 2021 I have defended my Ph.D. thesis - Semantic-Aware Robotic Mapping in Unknown, Loosely Structured Environments.

Happy Halloween from the Cassie robot!