Lu Gan

lgan [at] gatech [dot] edu


Guggenheim 448A

265 North Ave., NW

Atlanta, GA 30332

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. I lead the Lu’s Navigation and Autonomous Robotics (Lunar) Lab, and I am also on the core faculty of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) at Georgia Tech.

Before joining Georgia Tech, I had a two-year Postdoc appointment at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), working with Prof. Soon-Jo Chung and Prof. Yisong Yue. I 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 robot perception, robot learning, and autonomous navigation. My group explores the use of computer vision, machine learning, estimation, probabilistic inference, kinematics and dynamics to develop autonomous systems in ground, air, and space applications.

Please check out Lunar Lab @ Georgia Tech for the latest news and more details.


Oct 24, 2023 One paper accepted to WACV 2024. Paper and code will be avaliable soon.
Oct 16, 2023 Our paper Online Self-Supervised Thermal Water Segmentation for Aerial Vehicles has won the IROS 2023 Best Paper Award on Agri-Robotics (Finalist).
Aug 23, 2023 Invited talk at Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines Fall 2023 Symposium at Georgia Tech.
Jun 1, 2023 I will be joining Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering in January 2024.
Apr 12, 2023 I was selected as an AInet Fellow by DAAD. Look forward to visiting universities in Germany soon!
Jan 17, 2023 Our Thermal UDA paper was accepted by ICRA 2023.
Jan 4, 2023 I am serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).
Dec 16, 2022 I am serving as an Associate Co-Chair of the IEEE RAS TC for Computer & Robot Vision.
Dec 3, 2022 Invited talk in the Fourth Youth Forum on the Next Generation Computer Sciences, Peking University.
Nov 15, 2022 Invited lightning talk in the Rising Star in Data Science Workshop at the University of Chicago.
Oct 14, 2022 I was named a Rising Star in Data Science by the University of Chicago.
Jun 30, 2022 Our MiniCheetah IRL paper was accepted by IEEE RA-L 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 (T-RO).