Ching-Yao Chan

California PATH Program Manager

Richmond Field Station, MC 3580
Richmond, CA 94804
United States
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Current Research

  • Berkeley Deep Drive
    • Data and Vehicle Infrastructure
    • Sensor Fusion for Driving Policy Adaptation
    • Supervisory Control in Automated Driving Systems  
  • Vehicle Automation and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Connected Vehicles and Vehicle-to-X Applications
  • Human Factors Studies and Human-Machine Interaction


Dr. Ching-Yao Chan is a Research Engineer at Berkeley with California PATH, which he joined in 1994. He has served as the Program Leader for the Transportation Safety Research Area at California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology) since 2009.

Dr. Chan has more than 25 years of research experience in a broad range of automotive and transportation systems. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1988, he worked in the private sector before joining PATH in 1994. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of research projects during his tenure at PATH.  His research spans from the development of driver-assistance systems, evaluation of sensing and wireless communication technologies, to vehicular safety systems and highway network safety assessment. He possesses in-depth knowledge in specialty areas of safety systems and technology use for transportation applications.

Within the Berkeley Deep Drive Consortium (, Dr. Chan is managing the infrastructure vehicle and data project, and leading research in several topics on pedestrian intent and pedestrian-vehicle interaction, sensor fusion for driving policy adaptation, and supervisory control in automated driving systems.

Prior to joining PATH, Dr. Chan worked in the field of vehicular passive safety systems. While being involved in the research, and development of crash sensing technologies, he also gained first-hand knowledge on general passive restraint systems, as he worked with automotive tier-one supplies and automotive OEMs. He also collaborated with corporate attorneys to develop patent applications. From 1990-1994, he switched his career to be an expert witness on accident reconstruction and participated in numerous cases of vehicle crashes, through which he accumulated a rich set of skills and insights on the interaction of drivers, vehicle characteristics, roadway environment, and their impacts on driving risks.

Due to his nationally recognized expertise in crash sensing and vehicular safety, Dr. Chan was invited by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to provide lectures to more than 500 automotive professionals in an SAE seminar series. He has given lectures to various organizations, including General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company, Honda America, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, and the American Bar Association. He collaborated with SAE to publish a book and a video tutorial, and he was the recipient of the 1998 SAE Forest R. MacFarland Award for his outstanding contributions to engineering education. 

Dr. Chan was also heavily involved in the research and development of vehicle automation technologies. During the years of the National Automated Highway Systems Consortium in 1990s, he represented PATH in the national working group of technology development and evaluation.  Subsequently, he also worked in projects that involved the use of various sensors for vehicular safety systems.  Later in 2003, he led a team of researchers and engineers in the Demonstration of Bus Automation Technology in San Diego.  The project subsequently won the prestigious award of the Best of ITS Research Award from the ITS America in April 2004.

Dr. Chan served as a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Center for Collaborative Research from May 2006 to January 2007 and a visiting scholar at Institute of French National Transport Research (INRETS) in the summer of 2004. Over the years, with his interaction with researchers around the world and his active participation in international meetings, he is well known and recognized by the global ITS community. Through all these activities, he has helped stimulated the scientific exchange between Berkeley and external institutions. His efforts also contributed to the facilitation and formation of synergistic research collaboration.


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1981
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1988


  • University of California, Berkeley, California PATH Program, Richmond, CA
    May 1994 – present, Program Leader and Researcher
  • Forensic Technologies International, Inc., San Francisco, CA
    January 1991 – May 1994, Senior Engineer
  • Automotive Technology International, Denville, NJ
    October 1988 – December 1988, Director of Advanced Concepts
  • Breed Automotive Corporation, Boonton Township, NJ
    February 1988 – December 1990, Senior Engineer


  • Instructor and Author, Professional Seminars, SAE, 1995-2005, on Occupant Restraint and Crash Sensing with more than 500 attendants; Publication of Professional Tutorial Video and Book on Crash Sensing
  • Invited Lecturer, for General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company, Honda America, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, and the American Bar Association, Japan ASME, Japan SAE, Japanese Radio Industry Forum, Irish Training Program at Florida Central University
  • Recipient of the 1998 SAE Forest R. MacFarland Award for his outstanding contributions to engineering education.
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of ITS Research
  • Member of TRB AHB30 (Vehicle Roadway Automation) Committee and AHB35 (managed Lanes) Committee.
  • Best of ITS Research Award from the ITS America Annual Meeting in 2004, with PATH Team on Bus Rapid Transit Technology Demonstration of 2003 in San Diego.
  • Best Applied Research Award in 2008 by TRB Managed Lanes Committee with collaborators
  • Professional Engineer, California, since 1994


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