Dachuan Li

Postdoctoral Researcher

1357 S. 46th Street
Building 452, Berkeley Global Campus
Richmond, CA 94804
United States
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Current Research

Dr. Li is a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies and California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) since 2016. Dr. Li specializes in the areas of systems modelling, simulation, control systems design and multi-sensor data fusion. He is participating in several research projects that relate to advanced transportation systems, and his current research focuses on integrated dynamic transit operation systems, automated steering control and intelligent vehicles. Dr. Li’s research interests also include autonomous vehicle and self-driving-related topics.  Dr. Li's research collaborator at CA PATH is Wei-Bin Zhang.


Dr. Li earned his Ph.D. in Control Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University (China) in 2014, and his Bachelor’s degree in Automation Engineering from Shandong University in 2008. His Ph. D. research focused on autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems and UAV-related topics including motion planning, visual-inertial sensor based navigation, state estimation and flight control. Before joining PATH, Dr. Li worked as a research assistant at Tsinghua University, where he has actively participated in many research projects spanning a variety of areas including autonomous UAV systems design, civil aircraft avionics / flight management systems (FMS) design and simulation, flight planning, flight control and dynamics, etc.

Referred Publications

Dachuan Li, Qing Li, Nong Cheng, Jingyan Song. “Sampling-based real-time motion planning under state uncertainty for autonomous micro aerial vehicles in GPS-denied environments”. Sensors, 2014, 14(11): pp21791-21825

Dachuan Li, Qing Li, Liangwen Tang, Sheng Yang, Nong Cheng, Jingyan Song. "Invariant Observer-Based State Estimation for Micro-Aerial Vehicles in GPS-Denied Indoor Environments Using an RGB-D Camera and MEMS Inertial Sensors". Micromachines, 2015, 6(4): pp 487-522

Qing Li, Dachuan Li, Qinfan Wu, Liangwen Tang, Yan Huo, Yixuan Zhang, Nong Cheng. “Autonomous navigation and environment modeling for MAVs in 3-D enclosed industrial environments,” Computer in Industry, vol.64, no.9: pp 1161-1177, 2013

Dachuan Li, Qing Li, Nong Cheng, Jingyan Song, “Extended RRT-based path planning for flying robots in complex 3D environments with narrow passages,”  in IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), 2012

Dachuan Li, Qing Li, Nong Cheng, Qinfan Wu, Jingyan Song, Liangwen Tang, “Combined RGBD-inertial based state estimation for  MAV in GPS-denied indoor environments,” in 9th Asian Control Conference, 2013

Dachuan Li, Qing Li, Nong Cheng, Qinfan Wu, Jingyan Song, Liangwen Tang, “Invariant observer design of a RGB-D aided inertial system for micro aerial vehicles in GPS-denied environments”, in IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC), 2013

Dachuan Li, Qing Li, Nong Cheng, Qinfan Wu, Jingyan Song, Liangwen Tang, “Invariant Extended Kalman Filter-based State Estimation for MAV in GPS-denied Environments,” in IEEE Third International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics, 2014


Dachuan Li, Qing Li, Liangwen Tang, Qinfan Wu and Nong Cheng. "Indoor autonomous navigation method for micro unmanned aerial vehicle." China Patent No. 104236548A. 14 Jan. 2015.

Dachuan Li, Qing Li and Nong Cheng. "Unmanned aircraft path planning method based on random sampling in narrow space." China Patent No. 105353768A. 23 Mar. 2016.