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Luong Nguyen

Luong Nguyen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering,
College of Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3859
Office: Delta 112


Dr. Nguyen received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Before that, he received a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, both in electrical engineering. 

Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of experience in space robotics, working on the Space Shuttle and Space Station Remote Manipulator Systems (SRMS and SSRMS) at Johnson Space Center. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Robotics and Automation Section of the IEEE Galveston Bay Chapter. 

Dr. Nguyen led several teams of UHCL students in the NASA Swarmathon Robotics Competition (2016-2019) and the NASA Space Robotics Challenge Competition (2019-2020). His teams won several awards from both competitions.


  • “Inverse Kinematics for Serial Robot Manipulators by Particle Swarm Optimization and POSIX Threads Implementation,” with Hasan Danaci, Thomas L. Harman and Miguel Pagan, Journal of Applied Sciences 2023, Volume 13, Issue 7, 4515.
  • “Inverse Kinematics for Serial Robot Manipulator End Effector Position And Orientation By Particle Swarm Optimization”, with Thomas L. Harman and Hasan Danaci, proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics (MMAR), 2022, pp. 288-293, doi: 10.1109/MMAR55195.2022.9874317.
  • “Kinematic Redundancy Resolution for Baxter Robot”, with Thomas L. Harman and Khoa Le,  Proceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents, February 4-6, 2021, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • “A Swarm Robotics Experiment for Future Space Exploration”, with Thomas L. Harman and Carol Fairchild, Proceedings of the International Symposium of Measurement, Control and Robotics, September 19-21, 2019, Houston, Texas.
  • “Multithreading/Multiprocessing of the International Space Station Multibody System Using A Divide-and-Conquer Dynamics Formulation with Flexible Bodies”, with Thomas L. Harman and Elihu Deneke, the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents, May 18-19, 2017, Paris, France.
  • “Why the Robot Operating System is Vital to your Future in Robotics”, with Thomas L. Harman, Ph.D. and Carol Fairchild, INNOVATION and AUTOMATION 2015 Conference, October 23, 2015, Gilruth Center, NASA/JSC, Houston, Texas.
  • “Baxter in Robotic Research and Education at UHCL”, with Thomas L. Harman, Ph.D., Carol Fairchild, INNOVATION and AUTOMATION 2015 Conference, October 23, 2015, Gilruth Center, NASA/JSC, Houston, Texas.
  • “An Efficient Solution Method for Multibody Dynamics with Loops, Using Multiple Processors”, with Tushar K. Ghosh and Leslie J. Quiocho, the 6th International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications, Feb. 17-19, 2015, Queenstown, New Zealand. 

Courses (Current Academic Year)

Graduate Courses 

  • CENG 5131 – Engineering Applications 
  • CENG 5435 – Robotics and ROS 
  • CENG 6533 – Foundations of Robotics 
Undergraduate Courses 
  • ENGR 2305 – Electrical Circuits 
  • CENG 4265, 4266 – Senior Projects
  • CENG 4351 – Introduction to Robotics 

Research Projects

  • Robot operating system
  • Manipulator inverse kinematics, dynamics and control
  • Swarm robot intelligence
  • Computer vision
  • Multibody dynamics algorithms
  • Divide and conquer parallel processing