Dr. Byung-Cheol ("B.C.") Min is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University, and he is the Founder and Director of the SMART Lab. From 2014 to 2015, prior to his faculty position at Purdue University, Dr. Min held a postdoctoral fellow position at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. At CMU, he worked on the assistive robots for blind travelers project in the context of human-robot interaction, funded by the NSF/NRI. He also held a graduate research assistantship at Purdue University where he received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Technology with a specialization in robotics in 2014. Before coming to the United States, he studied at Kyung Hee University in South Korea where in 2010 he received his M.S. degree in Electronics and Radio Engineering and in 2008 a B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering. From 2007 to 2008, he had an internship in the Robotics and Games Lab at Griffith University in Australia, and in 2005, another internship at Kanbay in India. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a signal corpsman in the Republic of Korea Army, Aviation Operations Command.
The goal of Dr. Min's research is to advance robotics technology to the point where it can be more widely applied everywhere and for everyone. This includes in developing countries, rural areas, dangerous situations, and for the elderly and people with disabilities. To do so, he combines the practical and theoretical for maximal impact, and the scope of his research has spanned robotic fundamentals to robot development, as well as system design and integration of robotics technology and algorithms. His current research focuses on human-robot interaction, control of multi-robot systems, development and design of robotic sensor networks, evolutionary algorithms for autonomous system control, and artificial intelligence in multi-agent systems and cyber-physical systems. Applications of his research include assistive technology and robotics, field and service robotics, search-and-rescue robots, sensor networks, and unmanned aerial and surface vehicles, robot navigation, object tracking, formation control, and embedded systems.
Dr. Min has served as an Associate Editor of ICRA, and as Guest Editor of International Journal of Advanced Robotic System (Special Issue on "Multi-robot System Assisted by Information Networks"), Journal of Sensors (Special Issue on "Integration of Sensors in Complex, Intelligent Systems"), and Journal of Technologies (Special Issue on "Assistive Robotics"). He has also been involved in various conference program committees, such as IEEE SAS, IEEE IRC, and ICSR. He actively participates as a peer reviewer for international conferences related to robotics such as ICRA, IROS, RSS, and RO-MAN as well as journals such as Journal of Intelligent & Robotics Systems and Journal of Field Robotics. His work has been recognized thru several awards, such as the Best Paper Award at ICROS and KIIS, and the Useful Idea Award from the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare.
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