Prof Fumin Zhang, Chair Professor

Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Director of HKUST Cheng Kar-Shun Robotics Institute

Prof.‬ ‪Fumin ZHANG‬ received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1995 and 1998, respectively. He received a PhD degree in 2004 from the University of Maryland (College Park) in Electrical Engineering, and held a postdoctoral position in Princeton University from 2004 to 2007. ‪Prof. Zhang joined the Georgia Insitute of Technology in 2007 and held Dean’s Professorship in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering before joining the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2023.


His research interests include marine robotics and autonomous systems, mobile sensor and actuator networks, bio-inspired distributed active perception, and human-autonomy interaction and integration. He received the NSF CAREER Award in September 2009 and the ONR Young Investigator Program Award in April 2010. ‬‬Prof. Zhang is an eminent scholar who is holding leadership positions in the IEEE control systems society, the IEEE robotics and automation society, and the IEEE ocean engineering society. Before joining HKUST, he previously served as the director of the Decision and Control Lab at Georgia Tech ( ). He received many honors and awards at the international, national, and institution levels.


Prof. Zhang has been appointed as the director of the Cheng Kar-Shun Robotics Institute (CKSRI) at HKUST. He will lead this institute to advance research centered around robotics, AI, and autonomy. He will lead the CKSRI to strengthen the international reputation and recognition for its members. As a high-profile research institute with great reputation and historical achievements, CKSRI will attract top quality students and young researchers from Hong Kong and all over the world to be trained as innovative scholars in robotics and AI. He will continue the legacy of CKSRI making significant contribution to the robotics industry in Hong Kong.