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The Zhang research group investigates robotics and mechatronics, and their applications in healthcare field. The group focuses on smart healthcare robotics, surgical robotics, medical cyber-physical systems, human-robot interaction, and medical devices design. Our research rationale is that robotic technologies will augment human's capabilities by overcoming limitations, such as distance, size, flexibility, precision, force, etc., in healthcare field including surgery, rehabilitation, assistance in activities of daily life, disease diagnosis and prevention. Such robotic technological breakthroughs in healthcare can have a transformative effect on patient outcomes and health care improvement. More about research...

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Xiaoli Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Xiaoli Zhang is currently an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines. She is also the director of the Intelligent Healthcare Robotics Laboratory. Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009, and M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. Dr. Xiaoli Zhang has published more than 40 high quality articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in her research areas. She has multiple patents on her surgical robots.

She has been actively engaging in many professional activities. Dr. Zhang serves as the Committee Member of the ASME Design of Medical Devices conference and the ASME International Design Engineering Technology Conference. Dr. Zhang serves as a professional reviewer for many referred journals and international conferences. She won the Best Poster Award of the 2008 Sigma Xi. She was the awardee of 2008 Milton E. Mohr Fellowship, the awardee of 2009 Pierson Doctoral Graduate Research Award. Dr. Zhang is the member of American Society of Mechanical Engineering, the member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the member of Biomedical Engineering Society.

Our research group is a part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines.







Last Updated: 10/7/2015


Congratulations to Songpo Li and Jeremy Webb for their newly published papers on ASME Journal of Medical Devices and International Journal of Advances in Intelligent Systems!

The IHRL received a Mines POC award for the Wearable Eye Gaze Tracking Project!

Rui Liu's research on human intention awareness published in IEEE ICRA 2015!

Rui Liu was selected as the finalist for the Best Student Paper Award in IEEE ICRA 2015!

Our research was highlighted in the Robotics Business Review!

Songpo Li received the Innovation S.T.A.R.S. challenge award!

The Zhang research group was awarded a NSF CBET grant for Sept. 2013-Oct. 2016!

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