Academic Interests and Expertise


  • PhD, National University of Singapore Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2008-2012
  • MS, Northeastern University Control Theory & Engineering, Department of Information Science and Technology 2006-2008
  • BS, Wuhan University of Science and Technology Automation, Department of Information Science and Technology 2002-2006
Areas of Research Interest

Research Interests:

  • Intelligent Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Autonomy

Robotic Software

  • Hongsheng He and Guofeng Tong, "MS Wheeled and Humanoid Micro Robot Simulation", Official RoboCup Competition Platform, 2009

Media Coverage

  • WBIR-TV, “Robot sensor technology could help people who cannot see navigate unfamiliar places", by Emily Stroud, featured demos of blind navigation functions, November 4, 2015
Areas of Teaching Interest

Introduction to Intelligent Robotics (Fall 2018)

  • The study of intelligent robotics allows robots to gather information from surrounding environments and take actions autonomously.
  • This course will introduce the fundamental principles and methods of manipulation, navigation and perception for intelligent robotics.
  • Topics covered include geometry transformations, kinematics, dynamics, localization, navigation, mapping, motion planning, intelligent processing, smart sensing, decision making, and robotic intelligence.
  • The students will explore the robot concepts and algorithms, such as dexterous manipulation, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), and autonomy, while working with Nao humanoid robots and Sawyer collaborative robots.

Artificial Intelligence for Robotics (Spring 2018)

  • The course will cover advanced topics in artificial intelligence that are commonly used in robotics research, including probabilistic graph models, probabilistic logic learning, natural-language processing, and deep learning.
  • State-of-the-art robotics research using these techniques will be introduced in the area of scene understanding, reasoning, and action planning.
  • Students will get hands-on experience in using a Nao humanoid robot and a Sawyer collaborative robot.

Reinforcement Robot Learning (Fall 2020)

  • Under preparation

Robot Vision (Spring 2020)

  • Under preparation

Conference Paper


  • Rotational coordinate transformation for visual-inertial sensor fusion
    Hongsheng He, Yan Li, and Jindong Tan
    Proceedings of International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), 412–422, 2016
  • Adaptive ego-motion tracking using visual-inertial sensors for wearable blind navigation
    Hongsheng He and Jindong Tan
    Proceedings of the Wireless Health, National Institutes of Health, 1–7. ACM, Oct 29, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014
  • A wearable navigator for the visually impaired and blind population
    Hongsheng He and Jindong Tan
    BMES Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Oct. 22-25 2014
  • Ambient motion estimation in dynamic scenes using wearable visual and inertial sensors
    Hongsheng He and Jindong Tan
    Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 1002–1007, May 31 - June 7 2014
  • Geometry constrained sparse embedding for multi-dimensional transfer function design in direct volume rendering
    Zhenzhou Shao, Yong Guan, Hongsheng He, and Jindong Tan
    IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 1290–1295, May 31 - June 7 2014
  • Design and development of nancy, a social robot
    Shuzhi Sam Ge, John-John Cabibihan, Zhengchen Zhang, Yanan Li, Cai Meng, Hongsheng He, Mohammadreza Safi Zadeh, Yinbei Li, and Jiaqiang Yang
    Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence (URAI), 568–573, 2011
  • Neural-network-based human intention estimation for physical human-robot interaction
    Shuzhi Sam Ge, Yanan Li, and Hongsheng He
    Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence (URAI), 390–395, 2011
  • Visual cortex inspired junction detection
    Shuzhi Sam Ge, Chengyao Shen, and Hongsheng He
    Proceedings of Neural Information Processing, 225–232, 2011
  • Weighted graph model based sentence clustering and ranking for document summarization
    Shuzhi Sam Ge, Zhengchen Zhang, and Hongsheng He
    The 4th International Conference on Interaction Sciences (ICIS), 90–95, 2011
  • Composite x marker detection and recognition
    Cai Meng, Hongsheng He, and Shuzhi Sam Ge
    IEEE Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM), 12–17, 2011
  • Attention determination for social robots using salient region detection
    Hongsheng He, Zhengchen Zhang, and Shuzhi Sam Ge
    Proceedings of International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), 295–304, 2010
  • Real-time face detection for human robot interaction
    Yaozhang Pan, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Hongsheng He, and Lei Chen
    IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), 1016–1021, 2009
  • A hifi simulator for robot soccer
    Guofeng Tong, Hongsheng He, and Zhenzhou Shao.
    Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, 3045–3048, June 25 - 27 2008


  • Relative motion estimation from visual optical flow associated with inertial measurement
    Hongsheng He, Yan Li and Jindong Tan
    Autonomous Robots, 2017
  • Data synthesis in the community land model for ecosystem simulation
    Hongsheng He, Dali Wang, Yang Xu, and Jindong Tan
    Journal of Computational Science, 2016
  • Dietcam: Multi-view food recognition using a multi-kernel SVM
    Hongsheng He, Fanyu Kong, and Jindong Tan
    IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 2015
  • Recognition of car makes and models using a single traffic camera image
    Hongsheng He, Zhenzhou Shao, and Jindong Tan
    IEEE Transaction on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2015
  • Dietcam: Multi-view regular shape food recognition with a camera phone
    Fanyu Kong, Hongsheng He, Hollie A. Raynor, and Jindong Tan
    Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 19(2):108–121, 2015
  • An attention-driven robotic head with biological saccade behaviors for social robots
    Hongsheng He, Shuzhi Sam Ge, and Zhengchen Zhang
    Autonomous Robotics, 36(3):225–240, 2014
  • Geometrically local embedding in manifolds for dimension reduction
    Shuzhi Sam Ge, Hongsheng He, and Chengyao Shen
    Pattern Recognition, 45(4):1455–1470, 2012
  • Mutual-reinforcement document summarization using embedded graph based sentence clustering for storytelling
    Zhengchen Zhang, Shuzhi Sam Ge, and Hongsheng He
    Information Processing & Management, 48(4):767–778, 2012
  • Bottom-up saliency detection for attention determination
    Shuzhi Sam Ge, Hongsheng He, and Zhengchen Zhang
    Machine Vision and Applications, 24(1):103–116, 2011
  • Visual attention prediction using saliency determination of scene understanding for social robots
    Hongsheng He, Shuzhi Sam Ge, and Zhengchen Zhang
    International Journal of Social Robotics, 3(4):457–468, 2011
  • Implementation of visualized kinematics simulation platform for kld-600 6-dof robot based on matlab
    Xiaoyu Liu and Hongsheng He
    Techniques of Automation and Applications, 30(7):66–68, 2011
  •  Robust line detection using two-orthogonal direction image scanning
    Kun Yang, Shuzhi Sam Ge, and Hongsheng He
    Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 115(8):1207–1222, 2011
  • New 3d soccer simulator based on microsoft robotics studio
    Guofeng Tong, Hongsheng He, and Zhenzhou Shao
    Journal of University of JINAN (Sci&Tech), 21(S2-0001-05), 200


  • Social Robotics
    Arvin Agah, John-John Cabibihan, Ayanna M. Howard, Miguel A. Salichs, and Hongsheng He, Editors
    Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), Springer, 2016
  • Visual attention and perception in scene understanding for social robotics
    Hongsheng He
    PhD thesis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2012
Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor Wichita State University, Wichita 2017–present
  • Research Assistant Professor The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2016–2017
  • Research Associate & Lecturer The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2013-2016
  • Visiting Professor Northeastern University, Shenyang, China 10/2012-1/2013
Awards and Honors
  •  John A See Innovation Award, 2021
  • IEEE-HKN Award, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, WSU, 2019
  • Notable Reviewer, International Journal of Social Robotics, Springer 2015
  • Silver Medal, Robotic Competition: Microsoft Wheeled-Robot Soccer Simulation, Robocup, 2010
Patents and other Intellectual Property
  • Eye-in-hand Visual Inertial Measurement Unit
    Hongsheng He and Jian Lu
    US Provisional Patent, No. 62398536, 2016
  •  Method of Estimating Relative Motion Using a Visual-Inertial Sensor
    Hongsheng He and Jindong Tan
    US Provisional Patent, No. 62393338, 2016
  • Method of Depth Estimation Using a Camera and Inertial Sensor
    Hongsheng He
    US Provisional Patent, No. 62403230, 2016
  • Human Motion Capture and Modeling with Wearable Inertial Sensors
    Hongsheng He, Jindong Tan, Xi Chen, and Xiaodong Yang
    UT Research Foundation, 16049-03, 2015
  • Automatic Calibration of Visual and Inertial Sensors
    Hongsheng He, Jindong Tan, and Yan Li
    UT Research Foundation, 16060-03, 2015
  • Fast Visual System of Design and Evaluation for Automation Education
    Z. Fang, T. Chai, L. Wang, S. Ge, H. He, Z. Li, H. Lv
    Patent, No. ZL 200810012934.1, CN 100590678C, 2010.2.17
Areas of Service

K12: Innovation Hub Outreach

On 5/16/2018, an outreach event is hold in the Experiential Engineering Building, room 105. There are 65 third to fifth graders from Wichita local schools came to join this event. The principle of this event is about giving introduction about working machanism of basic robot. The Robotic Intelligence Lab provided several Nao robot demonstrations for the event. Demonstrations were including communications with Nao robot in natural language. Nao robot execute several functions such as dance in Gangnam style, walk and high five by given natural language orders are included as well. These demonstrations can not only enhance the understanding the basic of robotics but also can increase student's learning interests.


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) NetCPS Program

Wichita State University's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in NetCPS program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to spend a summer working with faculty researchers renowned in areas such as computer networks, mobile computing, wireless communications, and information security and privacy. A number of projects are available in diverse areas. Accepted students will work closely with WSU faculty and researchers on research problems with the potential for publications and significant impact on the future practice of various networked CPS.
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  • Project 6: Wearable Motion Understanding Using Body Sensor Networks
    REU students will learn and develop sensor fusion and machine learning algorithms for wearable computing. Students will study one or more of the following aspects as part of this project: (i) dynamics measurement using inertial sensors; (ii) body motion tracing using wearable sensor networks; and (iii) wearable motion understanding.
  • Project 7: Natural Human-Robot Interaction Using Natural Languages
    REU students will learn and develop robotics and natural-language-processing algorithms for human-robot interaction. Students will have chances to work with an Nao humanoid robot and a Sawyer robot. Students will study one or more of the following aspects as part of this project: (i) natural language processing of human commands; (ii) parsing of human commands into robot actions; and (iii) command grounding through learning.

IEEE HKN Faculty Workshop on Robotics

The laboratory continues developing and participating in research programs to involve both graduate and undergraduate students into lab research. On 4/18/2018, Dr. He gave a lecture on intelligent robotics and Robot Operating System (ROS), and two PhD students provided several demonstrations on the Nao robot and the Sawyer robot. There were 22 graduate and undergraduate students from Wichita State University participating in the event. Nao robot executed several functions such as dance, walk and tracking a ball by given natural language orders. This event is expected to enhance the understanding of the basic of robotics and student's interests. Dr. He will keep recruiting students from local schools and make them gain first-hand hands-on experiences related to the collaborative robotics technologies using hardware and software developed in the proposed research work.


Real Men Real Heroes Mentoring Program for African American Boys

On 2/2/2019, The Robotic Intelligence Laboratory participated a mentoring program for African American boys. The program mainly aimmed to attract students to STEM studies and develop an interest in engineering topics. Around 50 students attended this event. Dr. He introduced human-robot interaction and presented sevral demostrations of a Nao robot. Demostrations included the Nao robot communicating with natural language instructions, dancing, and socially interacting such as "high-five".



Other Interests
  • Award Committee Chair, School of Computing, Wichita State University, 2020–present
  • Award Committee, College of Engineering, Wichita State University, 2020–present
  •  Chair Search Committee, EECS Department, Wichita State University, 2017–2018
  •  IEEE Senior Member (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • Member of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
Additional Information

PhD Students

Hui Li

Fujian Yan

Master Students

Achyutha Bharath Rao

Undergraduate Students

Abishek Gomes


Dang Minh Tran


Visiting Students

Dustin Wilson


Thomas Russo


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