The HCRobotics Lab was founded and directed by Dr. Hao Zhang and is engaged in research in long-term collaborative autonomy, multisensory perception, robot adaptation, and human-robot/swarm teaming for long-term robot-robot and human-robot collaboration in human-centered robotics applications, especially in unstructured, dynamic, and open field and underground environments. Human-centered robotics is a vision to address how robots and swarms can collaborate with us, assist people, and take over tasks where our current society has shortcomings. Our research aims to increase the efficiency, productivity and safety to accomplish a task, and has the potential to significantly improve the state of national health, education, safety and security, and the economy.

Our work is computational, in that we develop new algorithms, approaches, and software architectures that have provable properties to enable long-term collaborative autonomy. We focus on both basic and applied research that leads to fundamentally new concepts and systems that can be demonstrated on real robots in human-centered applications, including robot-assisted inspection, search and rescue, underground reconnaissance, autonomous driving, Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT), among others where robots and swarms could be a critical component or a promising solution.

We are looking for highly self-motivated students who are interested in human-centered robotics. 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.