Charlie Guan

Roboticist · Software Engineer · Aviation Enthusiast

Research Scientist - Autonomous Vehices - Toyota Research Institute


Research Scientist, Autonomous Vehicles

Toyota Research Institute

Develop planning and prediction algorithms for autonomous vehicles.

May 2021 - Present

Software Engineer, Autonomous Systems

Special Projects Group, Apple Inc.

Develop and implment advanced robotic algorithms for reasoning about complex scenes by real-time systems.

Oct 2018 - Feb 2021

Efficient Planning for Near-optimal Manipulation Leveraging Environmental Contact

Master's Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The motion of inexpensive robots is noisy and not precise enough for tight-tolerance assembly tasks. We develop an algorithm to achieve high precision by leveraging environmental contact. Published at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2018. Download 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. Download PDF

June 2017

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


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

Thesis advisor: Prof. Nicholas Roy

Sept 2016 - Sept 2018

University of Toronto

Bachelors in Engineering Science - Aerospace - Minor in Robotics

Thesis advisor: Prof. Jonathan Kelly

Sept 2011 - Sept 2016

Community/Fun Projects

What's that plane?

iOS and Android App

Developed app to help identify commercial passenger aircraft through answering simple questions. Written in JS using React Native.

iOS Version

Android Version

Sept 2018 - Present

Vice-president of Information

Sidney-Pacific Graduate Residence, MIT

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.

May 2017 - May 2018

Retractable Miniature Hot-wire Anemometer

Research Assistantship, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 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.

April 2011


Programming Languages & Tools
Other Skills
  • Continuous integration and deployment, Openstack, Linux
  • Strong technical communication skills
  • Graphic design (Photoshop, Illustrator) and video editing (Aftereffects)
  • 3D modelling and animation (3ds MAX, Inventor)
  • Matlab, LabVIEW, other scientific computing packages.