Professor Yang Gao is the Professor of Space Autonomous Systems at Surrey Space Centre and heads the STAR LAB that specializes in robotic sensing, perception, visual GNC and biomimetic mechanisms for industrial applications in the extreme environments. She brings nearly 20 years of research experience in developing robotics and autonomous systems, in which she has been Principle Investigator of inter/nationally teamed projects funded by UK Research Innovation (EPSRC/STFC/InnovateUK), Royal Academy of Engineering, European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA), UK Space Agency, as well as industry like BT, Airbus, Neptec, Sellafield and OHB. Yang is also actively involved in design and development of real-world space missions including ESA ExoMars, Proba3 and VMMO (lunar ice mapper), UK MoonLITE/Moonraker, and CNSA Chang'E3. In recent years, Yang's work has also been applied to several non-space sectors including nuclear, oil/gas and agriculture.
Yang is the elected Fellow of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). She had been named by the Times Higher Education as one of ten young leading academics in the UK who are making a very significant contribution to their disciplines in 2008, and also been awarded the Mulan Award for Contributions to Science, Technology and Engineering in 2019. Research work under her leadership and supervision has received many international recognition, including International Astronautical Federation (IAF) 3AF Edmond Brun Silver Medal in 2013, COSPAR Outstanding Paper Award in 2016, UKSEDS Lunar Rover Competition First Prize in 2017, joint Winner of ESA SysNova Challenge on Lunar CubeSat Exploration 2018, IEEE/ASME AIM Best Paper Award Finalist 2019, Top 3 place worldwide in ESA/Stanford Pose Estimation Challenge 2019, and First Prize of Wiley Poster Award at IEEE ICRA 2020 Space Workshop. (More