Xiaoli Zhang, Assistant Professor

Dr. Xiaoli Zhang’s research expertise lies in medical robotics including surgical robotics, medical devices design, intelligent human-robot cooperation, smart healthcare and wellbeing, medical cyber-physical systems. She has published more than 40 high quality articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in her research areas. She has multiple patents on her surgical robots.
Dr. Xiaoli Zhang is currently an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009, and M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.


  • Zhang, X., Nelson, C. A., and Oleynikov, D., 2012. “Usability Assessment of Two Different Control Modes for the Master Console of a Laparoscopic Surgical Robot,” Journal of Health Engineering, 3(1), PP. 105-123.
  • Zhang, X., and Nelson, C. A., 2010, “Multiple-Criteria Kinematic Optimization for the Design of Spherical Serial Mechanism Using Genetic Algorithm,” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 133(1), PP.011005-011015.
  • Zhang, X., and Nelson, C. A., 2010, “On the Dynamic Modeling of a Bevel-Geared Surgical Robotic Mechanism,” ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 4(4), PP. 041002-041013. Top ten most downloaded articles.
  • Zhang, X., and Nelson, C. A., 2008, “Kinematic Analysis and Optimization of a Novel Robot for Surgical Tool Manipulation,” ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 2(2), pp. 021003.1-021003.8. Top ten most downloaded articles.
  • Nelson, C. A., Zhang, X., Buettner, S., Oleynikov, D., 2009, “Tool Guidance Using a Compact Robotic Assistant,” Journal of Robotic Surgery, 3(3), pp. 171-173.
  • Nelson, C. A., Zhang, X., Shah, B. C., Goede, M. R., Oleynikov, D., 2009, “Multipurpose Surgical Robot as a Laparoscope Assistant,” Surgical Endoscopy (rank: 17/166), 24(7), pp. 152-1532.
  • Nelson, C. A., Zhang, X., Guthrie, A., 2010, “Automatic Laparoscope Tracking in Minimally Invasive Surgery using Compact Robots,” International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 5(Suppl 1), pp. 143-144.


  • Multifunction miniature robotic tool for natural orifice surgery
  • Computer aided ergonomics in the operating room
  • Advanced human-robot interaction


  • Robotics
  • Biomedical Devices and Design
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Solid Mechanics


Zhang Research Group 



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