Prof. Zak Kassas is an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine and holds a joint appointment at The Ohio State University. He is the director of the Autonomous Systems Perception, Intelligence, and Navigation (ASPIN) Laboratory. He is also director of the U.S. Department of Transportation Center: CARMEN (Center for Automated Vehicle Research with Multimodal AssurEd Navigation), focusing on navigation resiliency and security of highly automated transportation systems. He received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Lebanese American University, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University, and an M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a recipient of the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award, 2019 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) award, 2018 IEEE Walter Fried Award, 2018 Institute of Navigation (ION) Samuel Burka Award, and 2019 ION Col. Thomas Thurlow Award. Since starting his academic career in 2014, his research has attracted about $8.5 million in competitive federal grants and research partnerships, with support by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Transportation (USDOT), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), US Air Force, Sandia National Laboratories, among others. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. His research interests include cyber-physical systems, estimation theory, navigation systems, autonomous vehicles, and intelligent transportation systems.


  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Navigation systems
  • Cognitive and software-defined radio
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Sensor fusion
  • Intelligent transportation systems