Dr. Hao Zhang

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science 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.


My research is focused on long-term collaborative autonomy. The objective is to integrate strengths of humans and robots working together for long periods of time (e.g., days, months, to lifetime) in time-critical, safety-critical, and/or adversarial applications including search and rescue, robot-assisted reconnaissance, homeland defense and security, among others. The research interests include multisensory perception, robot learning and adaptation, long-term autonomy, peer-to-peer human-robot/swarm teaming, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality.

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

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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:
Department of Computer Science
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401