Dynamic Design Lab












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:

Vehicle dynamics and control at the limits of handling,
Driver assistance and augmentation systems,
Race car driver performance and brain activity,

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

You can also find things we’ve written and things other people have written about us

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!