Hongtao Lu is a professor at the department of computer science and engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interests include machine learning, deep learning, computer vision and pattern recognition. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 research papers in journals and conference such as IEEE Transactions, Pattern Recognition, CVPR, ECCV, AAAI etc. His published papers have gotten more than 1300 citations from Web of Science, and more than 4000 citations from Google Scholar, his H-index is 37. He had served as PIs for dozens of projects from NSFC, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Municipal Government of Shanghai, and industries. He has been continuously listed among the most cited researchers in computer science in China by Elsevier from years of 2014 to 2018. He also got several research awards from the government.

Under his supervision, 13 students got their Ph.D degrees, 58 got Master degrees, and 35 part-time Master degrees. Some of his students already held a professor position in 985, 211universities of China. Many of his master students are hired by big companies such as Huawei, Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Google, Microsoft and Facebook etc. Currently, there are 11 Ph.D. students and 9 Master students in his Lab, including 5 international students. He had also supervised 58 undergraduate students for their Bachelor degree theses. Many of them are pursuing their higher degrees in facous universities scu as Stanford, MIT and CMU etc.