Lab Members

Faculty

Ding Zhao

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering | Robotics Institute | Machine Learning Department | Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Ding Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also with Robotics Institute and Machine Learning Department at the School of Computer Science and the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Directing the Safe AI Laboratory, Professor Zhao aims to develop verifiable, explainable, verifiable, and good-for-all artificial intelligence for robotics in the face of the uncertain, dynamic, time-varying, multiple agents, and possibly human-involved environment by bridging statistics and cybernetics.

Professor Zhao is recognized nationally and internationally for his research on autonomous/connected vehicles and smart cities which synthesizes methods in machine learning, robotics, and design. His group develops rigorous test methods to verify AI-powered robots and learning/generative approaches that model the operational environment with big data to support vision and decision-making development.

Professor Zhao's research has been granted by the National Science Foundation, Department of Transportation, and Department of Energy. He also works with leading self-driving companies around the world including Uber, Toyota, and Bosch. Methods and tools developed by the lab are being used by the industry and regulation institutes. He got the NSF CAREER Award in 2021.

Professor Zhao got his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, advised by Professor Huei Peng.

Current Members

Mansur Arief

PhD student

Research interests: Rare event simulation, statistical machine learning, autonomous vehicles, transportation systems

Email: marief@andrew.cmu.edu

Jiacheng Zhu

PhD student

Research interests: Probabilistic graphical models, representation learning, Robotics

Email: jiachzhu@umich.edu

Mengdi Xu

PhD student

Research interests: Robotics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science

Email: mengdixu@andrew.cmu.edu

Wenhao Ding

PhD student

Research interests: Safety-critical scenario generation, knowledge-based generative model, causal discovery

Email: wenhaod@andrew.cmu.edu

Zuxin Liu

PhD student

Research interests: Robotics, robot learning, reinforcement learning, AI safety

Email: zuxinl@andrew.cmu.edu

Peide Huang

PhD student

Research interests: Multi-agent system, AI safety, robotics learning

Email: peideh@andrew.cmu.edu

Jielin Qiu

PhD student

Research interests: Multimodal Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Robotics, Language Grounding, Autonomous Systems

Email: jielinq@andrew.cmu.edu

Zhepeng Cen

PhD student

Research interests: AI safety, reinforcement learning, neural processes

Email: zcen@andrew.cmu.edu

Hanjiang Hu

PhD student

Research interests: Robotic perception, reinforcement learning, decision making

Haohong Lin

PhD student

Research interests: Deep Generative Model, Multi-agent System

Guilin Zhang

Master student

Research interests: Computer vision, simulation

Kartik Sah

Master student

Research interests: Computer vision, simulation

Yidong He

Master student

Research interests: Computer vision, simulation

Hongyi (Lance) Zhou

Master student

Research interests: Computer vision, AI safety

Sean Birke

Undergraduate

Research interests: Sensor Placement, LIDARs, ROS, Power Distribution

Email: sbirke@andrew.cmu.edu

Yihan He

Master student

Research interests: Motion planning, Trajectory prediction

Email: yihanhe@andrew.cmu.edu

Jiayin Xia

Master student

Research interests: Motion planning, Robotics control, SLAM

Email: jiayinx@andrew.cmu.edu

Dhruv Sharma

Undergraduate

Research interests: Design, Mechatronics, Mobile Robots

Email: ds1@andrew.cmu.edu

Past Members

My goal in the next 10 years is to cultivate 10 professors in my lab, train 100 engineers and leaders with real world projects, and educate 1000 students in the classroom, in the direction of AI-enabled robotics.

High school summer visitors

  • Shang Wang, undergraduate, Harvard University

Undergraduate summer visitors

  • Akhil Agnihotri, PhD student, University of Southern California
  • Beverley-Claire Okogwu, MS student, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Keegan Harris PhD student, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chaojian Li, PhD student, Rice University
  • Yingchen Ma, Undergraduate student, University of Michigan
  • Zhaobin Mo, PhD student, Columbia University
  • Xinpeng Wang, PhD student, University of Michigan

Masters

  • Macheng Shen, PhD student, MIT
  • Huajing Zhao, PhD student, UCLA
  • Yaohui Guo, PhD student, University of Michigan
  • Zhaolun Su, Waymo
  • Xiaoshu Liu, Nvidia
  • Shenyu Mou, Apple
  • Hanqing Liu, Waymo
  • Zifeng Peng, General Motors
  • Peiyan Gong, Toyota Research Institute
  • Ted Xiao, Ford
  • Xinzhi Fan, Embark
  • Ashish Sajwan, Aptiv
  • Sisi Li, WeRide.ai
  • Weilun Peng, Pony.ai
  • Aditya Ramesh, GumGum
  • Yao (Melody) Zhao, VMWare
  • Liliang Wang, PhD student, University of Michigan
  • Rui Chen, PhD student, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Vinay Varma Kalidindi, Volvo (Zenuity)
  • Manoj Bhat, Qualcomm
  • Ashish Roongta, MathWorks
  • Boxian Deng, Facebook
  • Krishna Dave, Apple
  • Zi Li, Plus.AI, Inc.
  • Minjun Xu, Akuna Capital
  • Jiayi Wang, Amazon
  • Yidong He, Cepton
  • Guilin Zhang, Cepton
  • Hongyi Zhou, DeepRoute
  • Haoliang Jiang, ANSYS

Postdoc

  • Wenshuo Wang, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Yan Chang, Lyft
  • Xun Gong, Assistant Prof, School of Artificial Intelligence, Jilin University
  • Zhiyuan Huang, Assistant Prof, Tongji University

Long-term visitors

  • Junjie Chen, Assistant Prof, Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Hasan Arief, PhD student, NMBU Norway
  • Runzhong Zhang, Master student, Columbia University
  • Baimig Chen, PhD, Tsinghua University
  • Zhong Cao, Postdoc, Tsinghua University