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Interactive Robotics Laboratory
Yu Gu, Professor

Yu Gu

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Adjunct Faculty, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Dr. Yu Gu (Gu)’s main research interest is in improving robots’ ability to function in increasingly complex environments and situations. Gu is a three-time NASA Centennial Challenge winner, a NASA NIAC Fellow, and an NSF REU site director. He has led the design of autonomous robots from one degree of freedom (DOF) to 55 DOF, from 50mg to 200kg. The Interactive Robotics Laboratory (IRL) that Gu is directing is currently working on precision robotic pollinators, autonomous planetary rovers, teams of robots for exploring underground environments, and swarms of ground and space robots. The outcomes of IRL research have been featured in 150 media stories. Gu also led the initiation and development of the WVU Robotics program.

Dr. Gu is a nature photographer, amateur astronomer, and telescope maker.  

CV as of Jan 2023, LinkedIn Profile, Google Scholar Page, Youtube Channel, Blog