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William H. Sanders
Department Head
306 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-2300
Fax: (217) 244-7075

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Grace Xingxin Gao

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Grace Xingxin Gao
Grace Xingxin Gao
Assistant Professor
  • Aerospace Engineering
319 Coordinated Science Lab MC 228
1308 W. Main St.
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-6360


  • Aerospace Engineering

Primary Research Area

  • Robotics


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2008
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 2003
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 2001

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 10/2012-Present
  • Assistant Professor (0% Appointment), Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 10/2012-Present
  • Assistant Professor (0% Appointment), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 01/2013-Present
  • Research Associate, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 09/2008-10/2012

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Research Interests

Systems, signals, control and robotics. In particular, GPS/GNSS cooperative positioning, authentication and sensing.

Research Areas

Robotics, vision, and artificial intelligence


  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow (2014)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2013)
  • Best Presentation of the Session Award, Institute of Navigation (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007)
  • Elected council member (air representative), Institute of Navigation (2012, 2013)
  • 50 GNSS Leaders to Watch, GPS World Magazine (2009)
  • William E. Jackson Award (for outstanding graduate thesis in aviation electronics and telecommunications) (2009)
  • Early Achievement Award, , Institute of Navigation (2008)
  • Student Paper Award, Institute of Navigation (2007)
  • Graduate Student Fellowship (2004)
  • Exceptional Graduate of Beijing (2001)
  • Exceptional Graduate of Tsingua University (2001)