Christopher Lum

Research Assistant Professor
Aeronautics & Astronautics


Professor Lum is interested in various unmanned aerial systems technologies such as coordinated multi-vehicle searching, automatic target recognition, formation flight of swarms of vehicles, risk assessment of UAS in the national airspace system, collision avoidance/deconfliction, and UAS flight operations.

He is the director of the Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory where he investigates practical applications of autonomous systems. To this end, he pursues research projects involving precision agriculture and mapping using UAS, using optical information to augment autopilot control algorithms, and integration of UAS into the NAS. He has worked closely with industry partners such as the Boeing Company, Insitu, Aerovel, Hood Technology, and the Washington Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation to implement academic technologies onto deployed platforms.

Dr. Lum teaches both undergraduate and graduate course on automatic control, flight mechanics, modeling and simulation, mathematical tools for engineers, sensors and actuators, and other controls related courses. He has been awarded the department's "Instructor of the Year" award twice (2012 and 2013). He is also the faculty advisor to the department's design, build, fly team.

He has served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University and as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.


  • PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
  • MSAA, Aerospace Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
  • BSAA, Aerospace Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle