The HCRobotics Lab was founded in August of 2014 by Prof. Hao Zhang and is engaged in research in multisensory robot perception, learning and adaptation, and decision making for natural collaborative human-robot teaming in human-centered robotics applications. Far beyond the boundary of traditional industrial robotics that often manipulates objects in dirty, dull, or dangerous tasks, human-centered robotics is a vision to address how robots can live among us, assist people, and take over tasks where our current society has shortcomings. Human-centered robotics may serve to increase the efficiency, productivity and safety of people, 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 natural collaborative human-robot teaming. We focus on both basic and applied research that leads to fundamental new concepts and systems that can be demonstrated on real collaborative robots in human-centered applications, including search and rescue, robot-assisted inspection and reconnaissance, assistive robotics, among others, where human-robot teaming could be a critical component or a promising solution.

We are 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, and 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.