Dr. Yu Gu is mainly interested in bio-inspired robot perception, control, and interaction strategies. Dr. Gu has authored over 80 technical papers and managed more than ten external funded projects as PI or as a Co-PI. He is serving as the editor for the AIAA Roadmap for Intelligent Systems in Aerospace, 2nd Edition. Dr. Gu has designed more than a dozen UAVs and ground robots, and have managed numerous indoor and outdoor experiments. He was the leader for WVU Team Mountaineers that won the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge in 2014 (Level-1 challenge), 2015 (Level-2 challenge with a $100,000 prize), and 2016 (Final challenge with a $750,000 prize).
Dr. Gu is also a nature photographer, amateur astronomer, and telescope maker.
Astrophotos (mostly from a long time ago):
Dragon on the Sun:
Mars Rotation with Morning Fog Shown in the Blue Channel (right):
Jupiter Triple Shadow Transit (poor seeing):
Transit of Venus:
storm (the tiny white spot on the globe) discovered on Saturn: