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Artificial intelligence & robotics

Chuchu Fan

Foundational contributions to the verification of embedded and cyber-physical systems.

Year Honored

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Asia Pacific

Hails From
Asia Pacific

Chuchu Fan's research focuses on developing novel ways to automate the design of safe, reliable, and robust decision and control in autonomous systems – for systems ranging from aerial vehicles and spacecraft to robots that zip along and navigate among pedestrians on sidewalks and streets. Her research endeavors are organized along with three directions, which together create a systematic framework of understanding theoretical, algorithmic, and applicable aspects of building dependable and robust AI-powered large-scale autonomous systems.

Her solutions bring together numerical simulation data, symbolic sensitivity analysis of the physics-based components, and core approaches from software verification like equivalence checking and fixpoint analysis.

Chuchu has invented game-changing algorithms that embody fundamental new ideas for practical and rigorous safety verification of autonomous systems, and her software implementations have shown for the first time how complex autonomous control systems could be automatically checked for safety. Research labs and at least two companies are adopting these technologies.

Her research goal is to fundamentally transform the conventional trial-and-error paradigm and develop computationally efficient formal techniques for designing and analyzing real-world AS by providing high coverage at a low cost.

Chuchu's work advances the mathematical and algorithmic underpinnings for the provably safe and correct design of AS, resulting in rigorous approaches that can generate provably correct decision systems, provide safety guarantees, and perform root-cause analyses to discover bugs at the early design stage. She develops algorithms and software tools that can build the first line of defense against design defects making their way into unsafe autonomous systems. Her techniques can help engineers build reliable devices in a variety of application domains like cars, planes, satellites, medical devices, and robots, and save lives and billions of dollars in costly recalls.