Huitan Mao

   PhD Student
   Robotics Lab (Lab)
   Department of Computer Science (CS)
   University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)

   Woodward Hall 200
   9201 University City Blvd
   Charlotte, NC 28213, USA

Research topics: Robotic Manipulation, Motion Planning, Percetpion and Tactile Sensing, Haptic Rendering.


I am a PhD student in University of North Carolina at Charlotte advised by Dr. Jing Xiao. I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Automation from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2014, and my M.S. in Electro-mechanical Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2014.

I am focusing on robotic manipulation and motion planning enabled by robotic vision (perception) and tactile sensing, to increase the autonomy and intelligence of the robots.


  1. Huitan Mao and Jing Xiao, "Object Shape Estimation through Touch-based Continuum Manipulation", in submission to International Symposium on Robotics Research(ISRR), December, 2017.
  2. Huitan Mao, Mabel M. Zhang, Jing Xiao, and Kostas Daniilidis, "Shape-based Object Classification and Recognition through Continuum Manipulation", to appear at IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems(IROS), Vancouver, September, 2017.
  3. Huitan Mao, Zhou Teng, and Jing Xiao, "Progressive Object Modeling with a Continuum Manipulator in Unknown Environments", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation(ICRA), Singapore, June, 2017.
  4. Zhou Teng, Huitan Mao, and Jing Xiao, "Automatic Object Modeling through Integrating Perception and Robotic Manipulation", International Symposium on Experimental Robotics(ISER), Tokyo, October, 2016.
  5. Liqin Zhu, Huitan Mao, Xiang Luo, Jing Xiao,"Determining Null-space Motion to satisfy Both Task Constraints and Obstacle Avoidance", IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing(ISAM), Fort Worth, Texas, August, 2016.

Last updated: Aug 7, 2017