Welcome to the online home of Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Lab! Under the direction of Professor Chris Gerdes, we study the design and control of motion, especially as it relates to cars and vehicle safety. Our research blends analytical approaches to vehicle dynamics and control together with experiments in a variety of test vehicles and a healthy appreciation for the talents and demands of human drivers.
These days, we are extremely interested in:
Motion planning for autonomous vehicles
Check out Chris’s talk on Autonomous Race Cars and their human role models at TEDxStanford, or read the Stanford News Services Report on Shelley, our self-driving race car to get a sense of the work we do.
Recently, we were on CBS This Morning: Driverless vehicles: Research team pushes tech to high speeds!
For videos and photos from our research, please visit our images page
If you want to know how to find us, how to join the lab or the answers to other frequently asked questions, head to the FAQ page.
Thank you for visiting!