Grace Xingxin Gao


Assistant Professor

Department of Aerospace Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Email: gracegao at illinois dot edu

Affiliate Appointments

Coordinated Science Laboratory

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Areas

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

Cooperative GPS authentication with applications to location-based services and secure timing for power systems Cooperative GPS positioning for marine animal schools and underwater robots
Cooperative GPS-based wind profile sensing for wind farms Cooperative navigation of a swarm of UAVs in GPS unfriendly environments


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2008

  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 2003

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 2001

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Best Presentation of the Session Award, ION GNSS Conference (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007)

  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow (2014)

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Fall 2013)

  • Elected council member (air representative), Institute of Navigation (2012, 2013)

  • William E. Jackson Award, Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) (2009)

  • 50 GNSS Leaders to Watch, GPS World Magazine (2009)

  • Early Achievement Award, Institute of Navigation (2008)

  • Student Paper Award, ION GNSS Conference (2007)

  • Exceptional Graduate of Tsinghua University (2001)