Speaker 7

Todd Humphreys
University of Texas at Austin

Todd Humphreys


University of Texas at Austin
Associate Professor and Director, Radionavigation Laboratory
Dr. Todd Humphreys directs the University of Texas at Austin's Radionavigation Laboratory and is an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Dr. Humphreys specializes in the application of optimal detection and estimation techniques to problems in satellite navigation, autonomous systems, and signal processing. His recent focus has been on assured perception for autonomous systems, including navigation, timing, and collision avoidance, and on centimeter-accurate location for the mass market. Considered one of the world’s experts on GPS technology and the security concerns that arise from its use, in 2012, Dr. Humphreys and researchers from the Radionavigation Laboratory took control of a flying drone by hacking into its GPS system—winning a $1,000 bet from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The point of the exercise was to demonstrate that a similar method of “spoofing” may have been used to bring down a U.S. drone in Iran in 2011. Dr. Humphreys is also on the graduate study committee of the UT Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG). He received the UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012, the NSF Career Award in 2015, the Institute of Navigation Thurlow Award in 2015, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE, via National Science Foundation) in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Navigation. Dr. Humphreys joined the faculty of the Cockrell School of Engineering in Fall 2009.