Ching-Yao Chan

C0-Director, Berkeley DeepDrive

Program Manager, CALIFORNIA PATH

Bldg. 452, Richmond Field Station, MC 3580
1357 South 46th Street,
RichmondCA 94804
United States
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Current Research

  • Berkeley Deep Drive
    • Machine Learning for Autonomous Driving
    • Applications of Deep Learning 
  • Vehicle Automation and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Human Factors Studies and Human-Machine Interaction


Dr. Ching-Yao Chan is Co-Director, along with Prof. Trevor Darrell and Prof. Kurt Keutzer, of Berkeley DeepDrive (BDD). BDD is a research consortium dedicated to the research and development of technologies for intelligent autonomy, with applications for autonomous driving and robotics. Dr. Chan leads research projects on machine learning applications in autonomous driving and manages the BDD infrastructure projects in data and experimental vehicles.

Dr. Ching-Yao Chan is also a Researcher and a Program Manager at California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology). PATH has been a pioneering organization leading the field of research on intelligent transportation systems since 1986. At PATH, Dr. Chan leads research projects in vehicle automation, advanced vehicular technologies, human factors, and traffic systems.

Dr. Chan has three decades of research experience in a broad range of automotive and transportation systems. His research ranges from the development of driver-assistance and automated driving systems, sensing and wireless communication technologies, to highway network safety assessment.

After earning his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1988, he worked in the private sector before returning to Berkeley in 1994. 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 of general passive restraint systems, as he worked with automotive tier-one suppliers and automotive OEMs. From 1990-1994, he worked in litigation support on accident reconstruction and participated in investigation of numerous vehicle crashes, through which he gained 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 the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to provide tutorials to more than 500 automotive professionals in an SAE seminar series. He has given lectures to various organizations. 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 significantly 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 on projects that involved the use of various technologies for vehicular automation systems. 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 Best of ITS Research Award from ITS America in 2004.

Dr. Chan also collaborated with industrial and academic partners in developing and implementing communication-enabled cooperative systems in multiple projects. Applications include vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure, vehicle-to-pedestrian, and road equipment-to-network operation scenarios. These projects were supported by and jointly conducted with federal and state governments, automaker consortiums, and private-sector partners.

Dr. Chan served as a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science from May 2006 to January 2007 and a visiting scholar at Institute of French National Transport Research (INRETS, which is now IFSTTAR) in the summer of 2004.


  • 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


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