Hochul Hwang

I am passionate about building robots that enhance mobility for people. Please refer to my CV for details.


I received my B.S. in Robotics Engineering from Hanyang University ERICA, Republic of Korea, in 2019. I previously worked as a research intern at the Visual Intelligence Group at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) from 2019 to 2020 with the support from Dr. Ig-Jae Kim and Dr. Junghyun Cho. Before joining KIST, I participated research in Human Centered Robotics Laboratory lead by Prof. Luis Sentis at the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst advised by Prof. Donghyun Kim.

I am developing a guide dog robot to robustly navigate in the real-world using perception to safely and efficiently guide human users. I am also interested in analyzing the interaction between the human-robot teams.


Apr 27, 2024 Our CHI’24 paper has won the Best Paper Award (top 1% of all submissions)!
Apr 5, 2024 Our paper submitted to UR’24 got accepted!
Jan 24, 2024 Our paper submitted to CHI’24 got accepted! Take a moment to watch our preview video.
Jan 18, 2023 Our paper submitted to ICRA’23 got accepted! Please check out our demo video (with audio).