Dr. Hao Zhang

Hao Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines). He is a roboticist and founded the Human-Centered Robotics Laboratory (HCRL) at Mines, which conducts research in lifelong collaborative autonomy, robot adaptation, collaborative multisensory perception, and human-robot teaming. Dr. Zhang is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award for his work on Robot Reflection in Lifelong Adaptation, and a DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) for his work on Autonomous Group Introspective Learning and coopEtition (AGILE) for Cross-Capability Multi-Robot Adaptation. Dr. Zhang is also directing the Program for Robotics Outreach on Gender and Racial Equity in School and Society (PROGRESS). Before joining Mines, he received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) in 2014, advised by Dr. Lynne E. Parker. He received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009, and the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2006.


Dr. Zhang focuses on innovative theoretical and applied research on lifelong collaborative autonomy, in order to enable robots to collaborate with humans, assist people, take over tasks where our current society has shortcomings, and operate over long periods of time. His research lies at the intersection of robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented and mixed reality, with specific research topics focusing on robot adaptation and learning, multisensory perception, and human-robot/swarm teaming in dynamic, unstructured, open, and potentially adversarial field environments. His research has been deployed in a variety of real-world applications, such as manufacturing, search and rescue, robot-assisted inspection and repair, homeland security, autonomous driving, health and social care, and Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT), and has led to new robotics solutions with solid algorithmic foundations to address environmental, social and economic issues. Dr. Zhang has published extensively in these areas, and received international recognition in the form of best paper awards and nominations from the Robotics Science and Systems, IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, and International Conference on Web-Age Information Management.

Sponsors of Dr. Zhang's research have included the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Office (ARO), United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation (DOT), Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (CERC), Alpha Foundation, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants Inc. (Metcalf), and Toyota Motor North America.

Recent Publications

Full publication list locates at HCR Lab's Complete Publication page.


Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, 2014-Present:

Professional Activities

Contact Information

Office: Brown Hall 280G
Phone: 303-273-3581
Fax: 303-273-3602
E-mail: hzhang AT mines DOT edu
HCRobotics Lab: http://hcr.mines.edu
Mailing address:
Department of Computer Science
Colorado School of Mines
1610 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401