MMAE Seminar by Dr. Selina Pan – Experiences with Autonomous Vehicles in Industry

MMAE Seminar by Dr. Selina Pan – Experiences with Autonomous Vehicles in Industry

Armour College of Engineering’s Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering Department will welcome Dr. Selina Pan, Senior Research Scientist at Toyota Research Institute, on Wednesday, November 18, to present a lecture on “Experiences with Autonomous Vehicles in Industry.”

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual seminar

Contact: Elena Magnus at for the seminar details and link to join


Experiences with Autonomous Vehicles in Industry


Autonomous vehicles are a major part of Silicon Valley nowadays. Countless companies are working on the technology, all with different approaches. This talk will present an overview of Toyota Research Institute’s strategy: a two-pronged approach through its Chauffeur and Guardian systems. This talk will also present one engineer’s career path and background skills on the way toward working in the field of self-driving cars in industry in 2020, and a perspective on how to get started in this field.


Dr. Selina Pan is a Senior Research Scientist at Toyota Research Institute, where she works on control, integration, and human-vehicle interaction on the Chauffeur autonomous system and Guardian shared autonomy system. Prior to joining Toyota, she was a controls research scientist at Ford Research and Innovation Center. She was a postdoctoral scholar in the Dynamic Design Laboratory at Stanford University, where her research focused on ethics, driver adaptation, and integrated path planning and path tracking in autonomous vehicles. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in mechanical engineering, researching automotive engine control and unmanned aircraft. While at Berkeley, she also taught as an adjunct lecturer at California Maritime Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. She was a founding member and served as chair of the Women and Allies Employee Resource Group at Toyota Research Institute from 2018-2020. She currently serves as the Industry Liaison of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division’s Automotive Transportation Systems Technical Committee.