Prof. Xiaoping Hong
Assistant Professor, SUSTech

Dr. Hong focuses on interdisciplinary research ranging from robotics, sensing, optics, opto-electronics, opto-mechanics and materials. Trained as an experimental physicist specializing in optics and solid state physics, he obtained his PhD from UC Berkeley, where he built state-of-the-art instruments to probe optoelectronic properties of nanomaterials. He joined Honeywell in 2014 as a senior research scientist, researching on various advanced sensing technology including photon ionization detection (PID), infrared sensors and biometric sensors. In 2016, he joined DJI and transitioned to researching and developing novel robotic sensors. During this period he founded and headed the Optoelectronics Group in DJI for sensor-related research and product development. He is now a Fellow at DJI Research.

In physics, Dr. Hong published 16 journal publications, many of them as first (equal) author in Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Photonics, PRL etc., with a total citation exceeding 2000 times as on Google Scholar. In DJI, Dr. Hong has filed more than 100 international patent (PCT) applications with many patents granted by the U.S. and China Patent Office as of 2019. Currently Dr. Hong is interested in novel sensor design, computer vision and robotic applications.

In 2019, Dr. Hong joined SDIM as an assistant professor. SDIM is a new school in SUSTech featuring student-centered education, project-based learning and interdisciplinary research. Contact Dr. Hong at


Mr. Licheng Liang
M. Eng. 2019
Research: intelligent ultrasonic sensors

Ms. Yu Zhou
M. Eng. 2019
Research: lidar point cloud enhancement

Mr. Yuewen Zhu
M. Eng. 2019
Research: sensing in mobile robots

Mr. Liang Wang
M. Phil. 2019
Research: multispectral sensing in agriculture

Mr. Wen Yang
M. Phil. 2020
Research: Livox lidar algorithm
DJI-joint PG Program

Mr. Siyi Ding
M. Phil. 2020
Research: Machine Hearing
DJI-joint PG Program

Mr. Xu Huang
M. Phil. 2020
Research: sensing in mobile robots

Mr. Xiao Guo
Ph. D. 2020
Research: Underwater sensing
DJI-joint PG Program

Mr. Chongjian Yuan
Ph. D. 2020
Research: Underwater robot
SUSTEch-HKU Joint PHD program


Mr. Zhen Li
Research: wearable electronics


  1. Mr. Chunran Zheng, RA 2020, now a PhD student at HKU.