People


Dr. Ming Liu | Director

Ming Liu was born in Zibo, Shandong. He is an IEEE senior member. He received the BA degree in Automation at Tongji University in 2005. During his master study at Tongji University, he stayed one year in Erlangen-Nünberg University and Fraunhofer Institute IISB, Germany, as a master visiting scholar. He graduated as a PhD student from the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering of ETH Zürich in 2013, supervised by Prof. Roland Siegwart. He is now affiliated with ECE department, CSE department and Robotics Institute of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, leading the Robotics and Multiperception Lab (RAM-LAB).

He is a founding member of Shanghai SWing Automation Ltd. Co. He is also coordinating and involved in NSF projects, and National 863-Hi-Tech-Plan projects in China. As a team member, he won the second place of EMAV’09 (European Micro Aerial Vehicle Competition) and two awards from IARC’14 (International Aerial Robot Competition). He won the Best Student Paper Award as first author for MFI 2012 (IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Information Integration), the Best Paper Award in Information for ICIA 2013 (IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation) as first author and Best Paper Award Finalists as co-author, the Best RoboCup Paper Award for IROS 2013 (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems), the Best Conference Paper Award for IEEE-CYBER 2015, Best Student Paper Finalist for RCAR 2015 (IEEE International conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics), Best Student Paper Finalist for ROBIO 2015, Best Student Paper Award for IEEE-ICAR 2017 and Best Paper in Automation Award for IEEE-ICIA 2017; Best Paper Award Finalist for IEEE-CYBER 2018. He won twice the innoviation contest Chunhui Cup Winning Award in 2012 and 2013. He won the Wu Weijun AI award in 2016. He was the Program Chair of IEEE-RCAR 2016; the Program Chair of International Robotics Conference in Foshan 2017; He is the Conference General Chair of ICVS 2017.

Ming Liu’s research interests include dynamic environment modeling, deep-learning for robotics, 3D mapping, machine learning and visual control. He’s particularly interested in the investigation of novel, real-time online approaches in solving mobile robot mapping and navigation. In general, he can be stimulated by research in all robotic and intelligent system fields.

eelium@ust.hk


Post-Docs

Dr. Yuxiang Sun

Dr. Sun is currently a research associate with the Robotics and Multi-Perception Lab directed by Prof. Ming Liu, at the Robotics Institute, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received his Ph.D degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) under the supervision of Prof. Max Qing-Hu Meng in 2017. He received his master’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and the bachelor’s degree from Hefei University of Technology (HFUT) in 2012 and 2009, respectively. He is a recipient of the Best Paper award at the IEEE-ROBIO 2019 conference, and the Best Student Paper Finalist award at the IEEE-ROBIO 2015 conference.

eeyxsun@ust.hk
Personal Page: https://eeyxsun.people.ust.hk/

Dr. Zhijian He

Dr. He is currently a research associate with the Robotics and Multi-Perception Lab directed by Prof. Ming Liu, at the Robotics Institute, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received his Ph.D. degree from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) in 2019. He received his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Jilin University in 2013 and 2009.

eehezhijian@ust.hk

Dr. Xinxing Chen

Dr. Chen is now working as a research associate at the RAM Lab of Robotics Institute, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Xinxing Chen was born in Xiangyin, Hunan. She received her PhD degree and master’s degree from HKUST in Civil Engineering. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Hunan University in Civil Engineering. Her research interests focus on the structural displacement monitoring, image processing, and construction site safety monitoring.

eecxx@ust.hk


Ph.D. students

Mr. Qinghai Liao ( CV)

B.E. at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) 2015, Majoring in Mechanical Design Manufacture and Automation

Research interests include Mobile Robot, SLAM and Multi-Sensors Calibration.

qinghai.liao@connect.ust.hk
Personal Page: http://qinghai.ram-lab.com

Mr. Haoyang Ye

Haoyang Ye received his Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering at Zhejiang University in 2016, majoring in Automation.

During his undergraduate study in Zhejiang University, he won the outstanding graduates of Zhejiang University.

Haoyang’s research interests include Sensor Fusion, Autonomous Car and Deep Learning.

hy.ye@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Qing Liang

Qing Liang received his Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering in Automation from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2013 and his Master’s Degree in Instrument Science and Technology from Beihang University in 2016.

Qing’s research interests are sensor fusion and VLC-centric indoor localization.

qliangah@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Bhutta, Muhammad Usman Maqbool

PhD Student at Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He got SSMS PhD scholarship by Punjab Education Endoment Fund (PEEF) for this program. Bhutta, Muhammad Usman studied M.Phil and M.Sc. from Department of Electronics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan (HEC ranked # 1 University in Pakistan) with 2nd position in my batch. Bhutta has been awarded with scholarship (position based) three times during his M.Sc.

Received his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan Pakistan.

He has 4 years + experiences in Research and Development of EE and IT Projects and teaching BS and M.Sc. Courses of Computer Science and Physics.

Research Interest: Intelligent and Robust Multi-Robotics Applications, Networked Robots

mumbhutta@connect.ust.hk
Personal Page: https://usmanmaqbool.github.io

Ms.Yuying Chen

B.E. at Zhejiang University in 2015, majoring in Information Engineering

Research interests:localization, navigation and SLAM

ychenco@ust.hk

Mr. Jianhao Jiao

Jianhao Jiao received his Bachelor’s degree in Measurement Control and Instrument Science at Zhejiang University in 2017.

His research interest include multi-modal sensor calibration and ego-motion estimation for autonomous driving.

Personal Page: https://gogojjh.github.io/
jjiao@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Peng Yun ( CV)

Peng received his Bachelor’s degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Research Interests: Machine Learning & Image Processing

pyun@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Yang Yu

Yang received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2012 from Donghua University and Master’s Degree in 2014 from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) both in Electrical Engineering.

He has 2 years working experience in Front End Web developing.

Research Interests: Robotics, machine learning and computer vision

yyubj@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Huaiyang Huang

Huaiyang received his Bachelor’s Degree from Zhejiang University.

Research Interests: Odometry, Localization and SLAM.

hhuangat@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Sukai Wang

Sukai received his Bachelor’s Degree from Zhejiang University, majoring in Measurement Control and Instrument Science.

Sukai’s research interests include Navigation, Autonomous Car and Deep Learning.

swangcy@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Peide Cai

Peide received his Bachelor’s degree of Automation in 2018 from school of Control Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University.

Peide’s research interests include navigation, sensor fusion and machine learning.

peide.cai@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Yang Liu

Yang received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Electronics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2015. He has experience in algorithm design about IoT in the Institute of Microelectronics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMECAS), as well as experience in computer vision, deep learning, and autonomous driving in City University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Research Institute.

Research Interest: Deep Learning, Computer Vision and Autonomous Cars.

yang.liu@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Hengli Wang

Hengli Wang received his Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering at Zhejiang University in 2018, majoring in Mechatronics Engineering.

Research interests: Semantic Segmentation, 3-D Perception, Visual Navigation, Mobile Robots, Deep Learning.

Personal Page: https://hlwang1124.github.io
hwangdf@connect.ust.hk

Ms. Xiaodong Mei

B.E. at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2018,majoring in Computer Science and Technology

Research interests: Deep Learning, Computer Vision and mobile robot.

xmeiab@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Yingbing Chen ( CV)

Yingbing received his Bachelor’s degree of Electrical Engineering and Automation from Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2015, and his Master’s degree of Detection Technology and Automatic Equipment from Xiamen University in 2018.

Research interests include path planning and motion planning.

ychengz@connect.ust.hk

Ms. Lu Gan

Gan Lu received both her bachelor and master degree from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. After graduation, she worked as research associate in NTU (Nanyang Technological University) for 2 years. During her staying in NTU, she was invited to attend the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) conference held in Montreal, Canada in 2016. After that, she led the drafting of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) white paper which was later submitted to CAAS (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore). She was also a key member of TM-UAS (Traffic Management of Unmanned Aircraft System) which aims to deliver a low-altitude traffic management solution in segregated airspace. She was in charge of the C2 (Command and Control) in TM-UAS. She led the collaboration between ATMRI NTU and Singapore MI telecom operator, exploring the validity of using cellular network to provide UAS C2 service.

Her research interests include control of UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) and machine learning.

lganaa@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Yuxuan Liu

Yuxuan received his Bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University in 2019, majoring in Mechatronic.

Research interests include visual object detection, differentiable programming.

yliuhb@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Bowen Yang

Bowen received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Information Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019.

Research interests: Motion Control, Automation System and Machine Learning.

byangar@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Zhenhua Xu

Zhenhua Xu receives his bachelor’s degree in eletronics and information engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2018.

Research interests: Slam, visual object detection

zxubg@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Yilong Zhu

Yilong Zhu was born in 1994. He received B.Sc. In Measurement and control technology and instruments from Harbin institute of technology,China, in 2017, and the M.S degree in electrical engineering from Hong Kong University of science and technology, China, 2018. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in the robotics and multi-perception lab with Hong Kong university of science and technology, China, where he is working on LiDAR and sensor fusion for robotics.

His research interests include SLAM, sensor fusion, and perception

yzhubr@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Fulong Ma

Fulong received his Bachelor’s degree of Automation from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2018.

Research interests: 3D object detection and multi-sensor calibration.

fmaaf@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Jie Cheng

Jie received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Design Manufacture and Automation Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2019. Research interests: Motion planning and Control, Reinforcement Learning

jchengai@connect.ust.hk


M.Phil Students

Mr. Kan Huang

Kan received his Bachelor’s degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Electronic and Information Engineering. He has some experience in embedded system development, and iOS App development.

Research interest: Indoor Localization, SLAM, Machine Learning, AI

kan.huang@connect.ust.hk
Personal Page: https://khuangak.student.ust.hk/

Mr. Bohuan Xue

Bohuan received his Bachelor’s degree from College of Mobile Telecommunications Chongqing University of Posts and Telecom, majoring in Computer Science and Technology.

Research interest: Localization and Odometry

bohuan.xue@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Yutong Wang

Yutong received his Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in Electrical Engineering.

Yutong’s research interests include Localization, Odometry and Autonomous Car.

ywangld@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Xupeng Xie

Xupeng received his Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering in Electronic Science from Xiamen University in 2018.

Research interests: Sensor Fusion, SLAM, and Autonomous Driving

xxieak@connnect.ust.hk


Research Assitants

Mr. Yuan Wang

Yuan got his Master degree in Telecommunication at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

His interests include digital image processing, deep learning and real-time object detecton, semantic segmentation and instance semantic segmentation in 2D/3D data.

ywangeq@connect.ust.hk

Mr. Weixun Zuo

B.E at Anhui University 2016, Majoring in Optical Information Science and Technology. MSc at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology majoring in Electronic Engineering.

His research interests include Deep Reinforcement Learning, SLAM and Mobile Robot.

eezuo@ust.hk

Mr. Zhengyong Chen

Zhengyong Chen is a senior student majoring in Communication Engineering of Southwest University for Nationalities.

Zhengyong’s research interests include Neural Network, Machine Learning and Computer Vision.

zychen2222-x@my.cityu.edu.hk

Alumni and Visitors

  • Dr. Xuebin Sun was born in Baodi, Tianjin. He received both his PhD degree in 2018 and master’s degree in 2014 from Tianjin University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tianjin University of Technology in 2011. His research interests focus on video coding optimization, digital image processing and point cloud processing algorithms. Between 2018 and 2020, sun worked as a Research Associate (Postdoc) with Prof. Ming Liu in the Robotics Institute (RI) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

eesxb@ust.hk

  • Dr. Rui worked as a Postdoc Fellow with Prof. Linda Zangwill and Prof. David J. Kriegman in the Medical School and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in Feb. 2020,

    Rui FAN was born in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia in 1993. He received his BEng degree in Automation from the Harbin Institute of Technology in Jul. 2015. From Sep. 2015 to Jun. 2018, Rui worked towards his Ph.D. degree with Prof. John G. Rarity and Dr. Naim Dahnoun in the Visual Information Lab in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Bristol (UoB). Between Jul. 2018 and Feb. 2020, Rui worked as a Research Associate (Postdoc) with Prof. Ming Liu in the Robotics Institute (RI) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

    eeruifan@ust.hk
    Personal Page: https://www.ruirangerfan.com

  • Dr. Lei Tai joined Alibaba, Hangzhou as Senior Algorithm Engineer in 2019, Ph.D. (2015-2019)

    Lei Tai received both his Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering in 2012 and his Master’s Degree of Engineering in 2014 from Material Science and Engineering Department of Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). During his study in HIT, he won the Best Technology Award in ABU Robocon Contest as the team leader of HIT Robotics team.

    Lei Tai’s research interests include Deep Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision and Mobile Robot.

    ltai@connect.ust.hk
    Personal Page: http://tailei.ram-lab.com

  • Ms. Ting Sun Joined Huawei Tech. Investment Co., Ltd. HK as Machine Learning Researcher, 2019

    B.E. at Beijing Institute of Technology in 2012, majoring in Telecommunication

    MSc at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology majoring in Telecommunication

    Her research interests include digital image processing, machine learning and robotics.

    tsun@connect.ust.hk

  • Ke Yu, Tsinghua University, Beijing, Mobile Robot,2013

  • Shiwei Li, Tsinghua University, Beijing, Mobile Robot, 2013

  • Zhonglei Wang, Zhejiang University, SLAM, 2013, admitted by Brown University in 2015

  • Vincent Sitzmann, Technical University of Munich, SLAM, 2013, admitted by Stanford University in 2015

  • Zhiyang Yu, Beijing Institute of Tech, ETH Zurich, Scene Recognition, 2014.3~2014.8, admitted by ETH Zurich in 2014

  • Yue Wang, Tongji University, Shanghai, Deep-learning for scene recognition, 2014.2~2014.8

  • Sant Kumar, IIT, Bombay, Visual Odometey, 2013.4~2014.7, admitted by ETH Zurich in 2015

  • Isaac Deutsch, Multi-robot SLAM, 2014.1~2014.7, admitted by Master program of ETH Zurich in 2014, Bachelor Thesis

  • Daniel Schneider, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Multi-robot Visual SLAM, 2015.3~2015.7, Master Thesis

  • Alankar Kushagra, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Visual Topological SLAM by Signages, 2014

  • Tzi Yang Shao, HKUST, Topological Visual Navigation, 2014~2015

  • Jehri Wong, HKUST, Visual Odometry and Navigation, 2014~2015

  • Fangyi Zhang, 3D sensing and VLC-based localization, 2013~2015, admitted by Queensland University of Technology, with Prof. Peter Corke

  • Zonghao Huang, HKUST, Machine Learning, 2014~2015

  • Adrian Yuen, HKUST, Mobile Table-Tennis Robot and Badminton Robot, 2014~2015, Founder of CustomFPX

  • Guoyang Xie, HKUST, Deep-learning for automotive, 2013~2015, MPhi, now at Baidu Institute of Deep-Learning, supervised by Andrew Ng.

  • Kejie Qiu, HKUST, VLC-based localization and navigation, 2013~2015, MPhi

  • Shaohua Li, HKUST, Deep-learning, 2013~2015, MPhi

  • Qionghui Tan, City University of Hong Kong, Wheel-chair Control, 2016, MSc

  • Jonas Eichenberger, ETH Zurich, visual navigation for dynamic large environments using an omnidirectional camera, 2016, Master Thesis

  • Jinhong Ruby Sun was research assistant in IoT and visual detection, 2016

  • Lionel Trébuchon, ETH Zurich, research assistant in Omni-SLAM and Line Feature Detection, 2016

  • Giuseppe Paolo, ETH Zurich, research assistant on Deep Reinforcement Learning for robot controls and Computer Vision, 2017

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