Dr. Matt Markel
Dr. Markel leads the radar division of Ghost Locomotion, an autonomous driving company using breakthroughs in collision avoidance technology to develop safe, attention-free self-driving for mass market consumer cars. His team is a diverse, innovative, and collaborative group of electrical, mechanical, software, and RF engineers with backgrounds from the tech, autonomy, and defense sectors.Prior to Ghost, he led the radar team at Waymo, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project. His radar department designed and delivered multiple generations of indigenously designed tracking and imaging radars to Waymo’s self-driving fleet. He developed the radar research and development framework that has provided numerous cutting-edge technologies and capabilities to Waymo’s radar product line.
At Raytheon, Dr. Markel was a Principal Engineering Fellow on the Space and Airborne Systems Technical Staff. He served as the Technical Director for Raytheon Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW), has been directly involved in the transition of key radar and EW capabilities to the U.S. military, and has been a Principal Investigator for multiple radar and EW research programs that advanced the state of capability, effectiveness, autonomy, and cognition in U.S. systems.
Dr. Markel is widely recognized as an expert and leader in radar, especially automotive radar for autonomous systems, Technology Readiness Assessments and Technology Readiness Levels (he served on the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) panel of subject matter experts), and electronic warfare. He holds multiple patents and trade secrets from his time at Raytheon and Waymo.