Charlie Guan

Roboticist · Aerospace Engineer · Maker ·

I break things, I fix things, I play with robots.


Efficient Planning for Near-optimal Compliant Manipulation Leveraging Environmental Contact

Published at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2018

The motion of inexpensive robots are noisy and not precise enough for tight-tolerance assembly tasks. We develop an algorithm to achieve precision by leveraging environmental contact. PDF

May 2018

Low-cost Self-driving Wheelchair

Published at the International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) 2017

Powered wheelchairs are often difficult to operate for its target audience, due to other associated disabilities. We develop a fully-autonomous wheelchair capable of robustly navigating indoor environments based on the Robot Operating System. PDF

June 2017

AER 406 - Model Aircraft Design Competition

1st Place, Most Weight Carried, Most Flights

Designed, built, and tested model aircraft from scratch. Final takeoff weight: 1.54 kg, payload weight: 0.676 kg, top speed: 60 m/s, wingspan: 1.12 m.

May 2016

Retractable Miniature Hot-wire Anemometer

Research Assistantship in Germany

Designed, built, and tested miniature retractable airspeed sensor for characterisation of laminar flow control using dielectric barrier discharge devices. Programmed in LabVIEW, tested using custom-built in-situ mini wind tunnel, flown in fall 2013.

July 2013

Augmented Reality Pokemon

High School Project

Designed, modelled, and animated Pokemon figures, set up QR tag tracking code and demo in Adobe Flash.

July 2013


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Masters of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Autonomous Robotics/Machine Learning at CSAIL

Worked under Prof. Nicholas Roy

Sept 2016 - Now

University of Toronto

Bachelors in Engineering Science - Aerospace
Minor in Robotics

Received Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Sept 2011 - Sept 2016


Vice-presidence of Information

Sidney-pacific Graduate Residence

Managed 13-person team to maintain website and other technical infrastructure of largest graduate student residence in the US. Worked closely with executive team, organized 60+ persons retreats, and other events.

April 2017 - April 2018

Systems Engineering Intern

Motorola Solutions (Now Zebra Technologies)

Managed technical specifications and deliverables for development of rugged, enterprise-grade mobile computers. Fast-paced, collaborative engineering development environment.

May 2014 - May 2015


Programming Languages & Tools
Other Skills
  • Continuous Integration and Deployment, Openstack, Linux
  • Public Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Graphic Design, Video Editing, 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Matlab, LabVIEW, other scientific computing packages.