Professor Yang Gao FIET FRAeS, is the Professor of Space Autonomous Systems currently at University of Surrey and will join King’s College London from 1st August 2023 to head KCL’s Centre for Robotics Research. She is the founding head of the multi-award-winning Space Technology for Autonomous and Robotic systems Laboratory (STAR LAB). She specializes in robotic sensing, perception, visual GNC and biomimetic mechanisms for industrial applications in the extreme environments. Prof. Gao brings over 20 years of research experience in developing robotics and autonomous systems, having been the PI of inter/nationally teamed projects funded by UK Research Innovation, Royal Academy of Engineering, European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA), UK Space Agency as well as various industrial companies. She is also actively involved in design and development of real-world space missions including ESA ExoMars, Proba3 and lunar VMMO, UK MoonLITE/Moonraker, and CNSA Chang’E3. Besides her own research activities, Prof. Gao provides a range of professional services to the wider space and robotics community, such as being the Editor-in-Chief of Wiley’s Journal of Field Robotics, and the Mentor of United Nations Space4Women program. She also founded the space start-up company Ai4SPACE Ltd.