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Prof. Hyun MYUNG (明鉉)



Prof. Hyun Myung received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea, in 1992, 1994, and 1998, respectively. He was a Senior Researcher with the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Daejeon, from 1998 to 2002, a CTO and the Director with the Digital Contents Research Laboratory, Emersys Corporation, Daejeon, from 2002 to 2003, and a Principle Researcher with the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Yongin, Korea, from 2003 to 2008. Since 2008, he has been a Professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAIST, and he is the Chief of the KAIST Robotics Program. From 2019, he is a Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering. He led the development of the world-first robots such as JEROS (Jellyfish removal robot) and wall-climbing drones. He received 2018 KAIST Joint Research Award, Prime Minister’s Citation Award at 2018 Nat’l Science Day, and 2015 KAIST Top 10 Research Accomplishment Award. His current research interests include robot navigation, SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), SHM (structural health monitoring), machine learning, AI, and swarm robots.
  • Professor, School of Electrical Engineering: 2019.1 ~ (Tenured)
  • Chief, KAIST Robotics Program: July 2018 ~ Present
  • Adjunct Professor, KI for AI: Dec. 2018 ~ Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering: 2019.1 ~ 

  • Professor, Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering: 2018.9 ~ 2018.12 (Tenured)
  • Associate Professor, Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering: 2012.9 ~ 2018.8 (Tenured)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering: 2008.3 ~ 2012.8 

  • Educational Background
    • Doctoral degree (Ph.D.): KAIST, 1994.3 ~ 1998.9, Electrical Engineering (Subject: Intelligent Automatic Control)
    • Master degree : KAIST, 1992.3 ~ 1994.2, Electrical Engineering
    • Bachelor degree: KAIST, 1988.3 ~ 1992.2, Electrical Engineering

  • Employment History
    • Visiting Scholar, University of California, Davis (2016.2.~2017.2)
    • Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (2003.7.1~2008.2): Principal Researcher, Robot Navigation Group, Micro Systems Lab., http://www.sait.sec.co.kr
    • Emersys Corp. (2002.2.1~2003.6.30): CTO and Director of Digital Contents Research Lab. http://www.emersys.co.kr
    • ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute) (1998.9.1~2002.1.31): Senior Researcher, Virtual Reality R&D Center, http://www.etri.re.kr

  • Email: hmyung at kaist

  • Awards
    • The Best Paper Award, ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems) Annual Conference, May 2019.
    • ISR (Intelligent Service Robotics) Best Paper Award, Int’l Conf. on Ubiquitous Robots, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 28, 2018
    • 2018 KAIST Synergic Research Prize (with Prof. Junmo Kim, Dept. EE), May 25, 2018.
    • Prime Minister’s Citation Award at 2018 National Science Day, April 20, 2018.
    • Included in Marquis Who's Who in the World 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 (Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 (30th Pearl Anniversary Edition)
    • Included in TOP 100 Engineers 20152013, IBC (Int'l Biographical Center, Cambridge, England)
    • IROS Academic Award, ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems), Oct. 18, 2016.
    • Selected as KAIST's Top 10 research accomplishments of 2015, Mar. 2016.
    • The Best Paper Award, ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems) Annual Conference, March 2016.
    • Awarded Yonam Overseas Visiting Scholar Fellowship, LG Yonam Foundation, June 2015.
    • The Best Poster Award, URAI (Int'l Conf. Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence) 2015, KINTEX (Oct. 2015)
    • The Best Presentation Award, ICCAS (Int'l Conf. Control, Automation, and Systems) 2015, Busan (Oct. 2015)
    • IJCAS (Int’l Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems) Academic Activity Award (Dec. 15, 2014)
    • The Best Paper Award, Journal of KROS (Korea Robotics Society) (Dec. 5, 2014)
    • The Best Paper Award, ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems) Daejeon Chungcheong Section Annual Conference, Korea (Nov. 19, 2014)
    • Selected as the Exemplary Achievements of 2013 that put Each College in the Spotlight, KAIST, Apr. 2014
    • Best Paper Award from KIPO (Korea Intellectual Property Office), Oct. 2013
    • Best Paper Award, 2013 ICROS (Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems) Annual Conference, May 2013
    • KAIST Technology Innovation Award, Dec. 2012
    • 2012 ICROS (Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems) Academic Activity Award, Oct. 2012
    • The Best Paper Prize, 2012 KROC (Korea Robotics Society Annual Conference)
    • Best Paper Prize, 2012 ICROS (Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems) Daejeon-Chungcheong Chapter Annual Conference 
    • Best Paper Prize, 2012 ICROS (Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems) Annual Conference
    • Best Paper Prize, 2010 ICROS (Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems) Daejeon-Chungcheong Chapter Annual Conference 
    • Best Paper Prize, 2010 ICROS (Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems) Annual Conference 
    • 無限探究 Award, 2007, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Project leader of vision-based robot navigation algorithm
    • Break-through Award, 2007, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Project leader of vision-based robot navigation algorithm
    • Bronze prize for the Samsung Tech. Conference (2005.11)
    • Scholarship from Korea Research Foundation (1998. 1 ~ 1998.12)
    • Scholarship from Samsung HumanTech Thesis Prize (1996. 2 ~ 1998. 9)
    • Bronze prize for the 2nd Samsung HumanTech Thesis Prize (1996. 2), "Information Processing Using Realistic Neuron Model (실제적인 뉴런 모델을 이용한 정보처리)," 제2회 삼성휴먼테크 논문 대상 동상 수상. [Link]
    • Graduate First in EE&CS School of KAIST: KAIST chairman of board of directors prize, Summa Cum laude (1992.02)
    • Jeonil Scholarship (Gwangju Science High School, Gwangju, Korea, 1987)
    • Encouragement award for Nation-wide Math Olympiad competition (1986)

  • Professional Activities
    • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Robotic Sensing for Smart CitiesSensors, 2019 - Mar. 2020
    • Associate Editor, Int’l Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (IJCAS), 2014 - Present
    • Co-Editors-in-Chief, Int’l Journal of ARR (Advances in Robotics Research), 2017 - Present
    • Associate Editor, IEEE Int’l Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2019, Montreal, Canada, May 20-24, 2019. 
    • Associate Editor, IEEE Int’l Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2018, Brisbane, Australia, May 21-25, 2018. 
    • Associate Editor, IEEE Int’l Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017, Singapore, May 29-June 3, 2017. 
    • Associate Editor, IEEE Int’l Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2016, Stockholm, Sweden, May 16-21, 2016. 
    • Member of Editorial Board, Int’l Journal of ARR (Advances in Robotics Research), 2012 - Present
    • Member of Editorial Board, KROS (Korea Robotics Society), 2011 - 2016
    • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Robotics and Automation for Civil Infrastructure, SSS (Smart Structures and Systems), 2013 - May 2014
    • Guest Editor, Focused Section on Mechatronics for Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure, IEEE-ASME Trans. Mechatronics, 2012 - Dec. 2013
    • Senior Member, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), May 2015 - Present
    • Senior Member, ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems), Oct. 2014 - Present
    • Member, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Mar. 2008 - Apr. 2015
    • Member of Board of Directors, ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems), 2014 - 2016
    • Member of Board of Directors, KRSA (Korea Robot Soccer Association), 2012 - Present
    • Member of Board of Directors, KROS (Korea Robotics Society), 2012 - Present
    • Member of Board of Directors, ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems) Daejeon-Chungchung Section, 2008 – Present
    • Chief of Board of Directors, ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems) Daejeon-Chungchung Section, 2017.
  • Invited Talk (Int'l)
    • "Autonomous Navigation for Disaster Robotics," 2019 DRC-IRS Int'l Workshop on Disaster Response Robot Technology, Disaster Robotics Center, Pohang, 17 June 2019.
    • "Urban Robotics for Smart Cities," Plenary talk at IEEE SAS (Sensors Applications Symposium) 2018, Koreana Hotel, Seoul, Korea, Mar. 14, 2018.
    • "Drone Technologies for Smart Cities," Invited talk at Drone Conference in Seoul, Seoul, Korea, Nov. 10, 2017. 
    • "Urban Robotics for Smart Cities," Invited talk at Samsung AI Forum, Seoul, Korea, Oct. 20, 2017.
    • "For Ultimate Autonomous Navigation," Invited speech at 1st Aslla Symposium, Gangneung, Korea, May 27, 2017.
    • "Structural and Environmental Monitoring using Robotics," Invited talk at Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC San Diego, USA, Jan. 4, 2017.
    • "Recent Advances in Urban Robotics," Invited talk at NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose, USA, June. 15, 2016.
    • "Recent Advances in Urban Robotics," Invited talk at Dept. BAE (Biological and Agriculture Engineering), UC Davis, USA, Apr. 11, 2016.
    • "Robotics in Civil Engineering,” Invited talk at APSS (Asia-Pacific Summer School) on Smart Structures and Systems, NTU, Taiwan, Aug. 4, 2014.
    • "Robot Navigation and Monitoring Technologies for U-City,” Keynote Lecture at RiTA (Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications) Conference, Denver, US, Dec. 20, 2013.
    • "Recent Advances in Urban Robotics,” Invited talk at NUS (National Univ. of Singapore), Singapore, Nov. 19, 2013.
    • "Trends and Recent Advances in Urban Robotics,” The Eighth KAIST-Tongji Symposium on Civil Engineering, KAIST, Korea, July 29, 2013. (Keynote Speech)
    • “Recent Advances in Urban Robotics,” Asia-Pacific Student Summer School on Smart Structures Technology, KAIST, Korea, July 25, 2013.
    • “Recent Advances in Urban Robotics,” The Seventh Tongji Univ.-KAIST Symposium on Civil Engineering, Shanghai, China, July 23, 2012.
    • “Introduction to Urban Robotics Lab,” The Fifth Tongji Univ.-KAIST Symposium on Civil Engineering, Shanghai, China, January 19, 2010.
    • “Soft Computing-based Active Control,” The KAIST-Tongji Univ. Summer School, KAIST, Korea, July. 22, 2009.
    • “Robotics for Civil Engineering,” The Third KAIST-Tongji Univ. Symposium on Civil Engineering, Shanghai, China, January 13, 2009.
    • “Toward Intelligent Home & Civil Robot,” Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, August 18, 2008.
    • “Active Structural Control - Intelligent Control,” Asia-Pacific Student Summer School on Smart Structures Technology, KAIST, Korea, Aug. 1, 2008.
    • Chung-Bang Yun, Hyung-Jo Jung, Hyun Myung, “R&D and Application Activities in Korea,” The Fifth International Workshop on Structural Control and Monitoring, Dalian, China, June 4-8 2008.

  • Invited Talk (Domestic)
    • "지능 로봇 기술의 건설 분야 적용 (Application of Intelligent Robotics to Civil Engineering)," Invited talk at 2019 BIM Symposium (한국 BIM 정기학술대회), 건설회관, Seoul, June 13, 2019.
    • "건설 및 유지관리를 위한 로봇기술 (Robot Technologies for Construction and Management)," GS E&C (GS 건설), Seoul, May 30, 2019.
    • "지속가능한 스마트시티를 위한 로봇 공학 (Robotics for Sustainable Smart City)," Invited talk at Changwon Science High School (창원과학고), May 24, 2019.
    • "인공지능 기법 및 활용 (AI techniques and its applications)," Invited talk at K-Water (한국수자원공사), Daejeon, Apr. 9, 2019.
    • "Overview of SLAM Technology," Invited talk at LG Innotech (엘지이노텍), Seoul, Jan. 24, 2019.
    • "스마트시티를 위한 로봇 및 AI 기술 (Robotics and AI Technologies for Smart Cities)," Plenary talk at 2018 BIM Symposium, Kyungbuk National Univ., Daegu, Nov. 1, 2018.
    • "스마트시티 & 팩토리를 위한 로봇 공학 (Robotics for Smart City & Factory)," Invited talk at 로봇지능화산업 융합 기술교류회, Daejeon Lotte City Hotel, Oct. 23, 2018.
    • "지속가능한 스마트시티를 위한 도시로봇 공학 (Urban Robotics for Sustainable Smart City)," Invited talk at Sejong-city (세종시), Sep. 27, 2018.
    • "스마트 시티를 위한 로봇 기술 (Robotics for Smart Cities)", Invited talk at Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National Univ. (서울대 융합과학기술대학원), Sep. 11, 2018.
    • "Robotics and AI for Smart Cities (미래도시의 로봇 및 AI)", Invited talk at KAIST Summer Camp, Aug. 4, Aug. 6, KAIST, 2018.
    • "드론/로봇 감시정찰을 위한 인공지능 기반 자율주행 기술," Invited talk at LIG Nex1 (LIG넥스원), Pangyo (판교), June 18, 2018.
    • "Robot Technology for Disaster Safety (재난안전을 위한 로봇 기술)," Invited talk at ROKA (Republic of Korea Army) 4.0 Special Training Course, KAIST, Feb. 8, 2018.
    • "미래도시와 로봇 기술 (Future Cities and Robotics Technologies)," Invited talk at KEPRI (한전전력연구원), Daejeon, Sep. 27, 2017.
    • "실내외 동적 환경에서의 3D SLAM 기술 (3D SLAM Technology in Dynamic Indoor/Outdoor Environment," Invited talk at Hancom (한글과컴퓨터), Pangyo (판교), Sep. 21, 2017.
    • "Trends and Challenges in Autonomous Robot Navigation," Invited talk at Chungbuk National University (충북대학교), Aug. 22, 2017.
    • "Robot Technology in Future Cities (미래도시의 로봇 기술)," Invited talk at KAIST Camp, KAIST, July 24, 2017.
    • "Robot Technology in Future Urban Environment (미래 도시 환경의 로봇 기술)," Invited talk at Science Touch @ Friday, NRF, July 7, 2017.
    • “Intelligent Disaster Management Using Robots,” Invited talk at Public Safety and Security Academy, Ministry of Public Safety and Security (국민안전처), Sejong, Mar. 7, 2017. 
    • “Future City and Robots,” Invited talk at Midam Scholarship Foundation (미담장학회), KAIST ICC Campus, Daejeon, July 27, 2015. 
    • “Robotics for fusion of Civil-IT,” Invited talk at Science Academy, KSA (Kwangju Science Academy) for the Gifted (광주과학고 과학영재학교), Gwangju, May 21, 2015. 
    • “Hybrid Directional Drilling and Underground Localization Technology,” Invited lecture, Workshop on Polar Extreme Engineering, Korea Polar Research Institute (극지연구소), Incheon, June 19, 2015. 
    • “Recent Advances in Urban Robotics and Navigation Technologies,” Invited lecture, Dept. Electrical Engineering, Korea Univ. (고려대학교), Seoul, Dec. 16, 2014. 
    • “Recent Advances in Urban Robotics and Robot Navigation Technologies,” Invited lecture, Dept. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University (서울대학교), Dec. 5, 2014. 
    • “Swarm Marine Robots for Efficient Marine Works,” Invited talk, MOU ceremony with NIA (National Information Society Agency, Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning), Seoul, May 28, 2014. 
    • “Urban Robotics,” Invited talk, KPF (KAIST Presidential Fellowship) student meeting, KAIST, Apr. 4, 2014. 
    • “Advances in Marine Robotics,” Invited talk, KCG (Korea Costal Guard) Research Institute, Cheonan, Feb. 14, 2014. 
    • "Dynamic Model and HILS development for Verification of Dynamic Positioning System of Ocean Plant," Kahn, Co., Geojae, Jan. 27 - Mar. 31, 2014.
    • “Core Technologies of Urban Robotics,” Invited talk at 4th Future Spatial Information Forum, Yonsei Univ., Nov. 28, 2013.
    • “Robots in the future city,” Invited talk at World Vision Dream School, Daejeon EXPO Science Park, Oct. 26, 2013.
    • “Robot Navigation Technology for U-City,” Invited talk at Yonsei Univ., Apr. 20, 2013. 
    • “Marine Robotics and Its Application to Jellyfish Removal”, KCG (Korea Costal Guard) Research Institute, Incheon, Nov. 16, 2012. 
    • “Introduction to Marine Robotics and Jellyfish Removal Robot - JEROS”, NFRDI (Nat’l Fisheries R&D Institute), Busan, Sep. 12, 2012. 
    • “Introduction to Jellyfish Removal Robot”, Korea Western Power, Co. Ltd., Gunsan, Sep. 4, 2012. 
    • “Robots in the future city,” Invited talk as a Science and Technology Ambassador, Daejeon Dunwon Elementary School, June 5, 2012. 
    • “Precision Navigation Technology,” KRRI (Korea Railroad Research Institute), Sept. 7, 2011. 
    • “Introduction to USV/UUV Navigation Technology,” PIRO (Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics), Pohang, Korea, Aug. 30, 2011. 
    • “Introduction to Robot Navigation and Localization Technology,” ETRI, Daejeon, Korea, Aug. 22, 2011. 
    • “A Review on Optimization Techniques,” Samsung Electronics, Yongin, Korea, Feb. 22, 2011. 
    • “Recent Studies on USV/UUV Navigation,” ONR (Office of Naval Research) Global, UK, KAIST, Korea, Jan. 28, 2011. 
    • “Autonomous Navigation for ASV/AUV,” Invited Talk, Samsung Thales Co., Gumi, Korea, Jan. 27, 2011. 
    • “Introduction to Robot Navigation Technology,” Intelligent Robot Seminar Series hosted by Daejeon Technopark, Chungnam Univ., Korea, Aug. 21, 2009. 
    • “R&D Status of Civil Robots,” Invited Lecture of Future Civil Engineering Committee, KSCE (Korean Society of Civil Engineers), Seoul, Korea, Nov. 25, 2008.