Dr. Hao Zhang

I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Computer Science, EECS Department at the Colorado School of Mines. I received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) in 2014, under the supervision of Professor Lynne E. Parker. I 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.

At the Colorado School of Mines, I am the Director of the Human-Centered Robotics Lab (HCRobotics), and I am affiliated with the Center for Automation, Robotics, and Distributed Intelligence (CARDI).

Note: I am looking for highly self-motivated students who are interested in human-centered robotics. The successful candidates are expected to conduct research in multisensory perception, robot learning and adaptation, decision making to enable natural collaborative human-robot teaming in assistive robotics and field robotics applications. If you are interested in my research and would like to work with me, please send me an email with your CV, transcripts and publications.

For Ph.D. applicants, please be aware that I only accept students who apply or are currently enrolled in the Computer Science program at Mines.

Awards and Honors


My research is focused on human-centered robotics, in general. The objective is to integrate the strengths of humans and robots working together, especially in time-critical and safety-critical applications, including search and rescue, robot-assisted inspection and reconnaissance, assistive robotics, among others. The current research interests include multisensory perception, robot learning and adaptation, and decision making for natural collaborative human-robot teaming.

Please visit the HCRobotics Lab for more details. HCRobotics

Selected Publications

Underlined authors are my students or postdoctoral fellows under my supervision. Full list of publications locate at HCRobotics Lab's Complete Publication page.


Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, 2014-Present:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN:

Professional Activities

Committee Members and Editors



Contact Information

Office: Brown Hall 250
Phone: 303-273-3581
Fax: 303-273-3602
E-mail: hzhang AT mines DOT edu
HCRobotics Lab: http://hcr.mines.edu
Mailing address:
Division of Computer Science, EECS Dept.
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401