Kaiyu Hang
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Rice University

Duncan Hall, MS 132
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

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Prospective Students: If you are interested in joining my lab as a Ph.D. student in fall 2022, please mention my name in your application to Rice CS, and email me your CV, transcripts, and any other documents that can help describe your background. More information in this link. Due to the high volume of emails, I may not be able to respond to everyone. However, I will carefully read every application once you submit to the Rice system.
Training Projects: Research projects for Undergraduate and Master students are available. If you are a Rice student and interested in working in my lab, please send me an email with your CV and transcripts. The minimum training time is 6 months.

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Rice University, where I direct the Robotics and Physical Interactions Lab (RobotΠ Lab). I am broadly interested in robotic systems that can physically interact with other robots, people, and the world. By developing algorithms in optimization, planning, learning, estimation, and control, my research is focused on efficient, robust, and generalizable manipulation systems, addressing problems that range from small scale grasping and in-hand manipulation, to large scale dual-arm manipulation, mobile manipulation, and multi-robot manipulation.

Before joining Rice CS, I finished my postdoc at Yale University, completed my Ph.D./M.Sc. at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and received my B.Eng. from Xi'an Jiaotong University.


Our work on Robot Self-Identification has been selected by Science Robotics as the Top 5 Editor's Picks of 2021! Read Here .

Our paper "Manipulation for self-Identification, and self-Identification for better manipulation" has been published by Science Robotics.

Our paper "Herding by caging: a formation-based motion planning framework for guiding mobile agents" has been published by Autonomous Robots.

Check out our recently published benchmarks on: Grasp Planning, In-Hand Manipulation , and Pick-and-Place.

Our paper "Hand-object configuration estimation using particle filters for dexterous in-hand manipulation" has been published by International Journal of Robotics Research.


Kejia Ren (Ph.D. Student)
Ryan B. Hall (Ph.D. Student)
Yiyuan Lee (Ph.D. Student)
Podshara Chanrungmaneekul (Master Student)
Erich McMillan (Master Student)

Selected Media Coverage

TechXplore: Using a virtual linkage representation algorithm to improve functionality of a robot hand
Yale SEAS News: A robotic hand that updates itself
MIT Technology Review: Drones that perch like birds could go on much longer flights
Nature Electronics: Drones get a grip
National Public Radio: If Drones Had 'Claws,' They Might Be Able To Fly For Longer
Yahoo! News: With These New Feet-Like Landing Gear, Drones Could Grab on and Perch Like Birds or Bats
Smithsonian: These Drones Can Perch and Dangle Like Birds and Bats
Popular Mechanics: Clever New Landing Gear Allow Drones To Set Down Like Birds or Bats
Inverse: Video Shows a Drone With Talons That Hangs Upside Down Like a Bat

Selected Awards

Best Oral Paper Award, Finalist, IEEE-RAS Humanoids, 2019
Mike Stillman Award, Finalist, IEEE-RAS Humanoids, 2019
Best Paper Award in Robotic Manipulation, Finalist, IEEE-RAS ICRA, 2019
Best Robotic Manipulation Paper Award, Finalist, IEEE-RAS ICRA, 2017
Junior Fellowship Award, Institute for Advanced Study, HKUST, 2017-2018
Ranked 13 in Final Match, Amazon Picking Challenge 2015
Best Student Paper Award, Finalist, IEEE-RAS ICRA, 2014
Ranked 23 globally and ranked 8 in EU, IEEEXtreme 7.0 Programming Contest
Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award, Finalist, IEEE/RSJ IROS, 2012


Rice Service:
Rice Robotics Club (Faculty Advisor)
Rice's FIRST Robotics alumni chapter, FIRST at Rice (Faculty Advisor)
Graduate Admission Committee of CS
Associate Editor:
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) (2019 - present)
IEEE-RAS International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (2021, 2022)
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (2020, 2021, 2022)
IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids) (2019)
Program Committee:
Robotics: Science and Systems (2017, 2018)
Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) (2018)
RSS Pioneers (2018, 2019)
IEEE/RSJ IROS, Session Co-Chair (Manipulation and Grasping) (2020)