Dr. Byung-Cheol ("B.C.") Min is an Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Computer and Information Technology, and the Founder and Director of the SMART Lab at Purdue University. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Purdue Robotics Accelerator, the Center for Innovation in Control, Optimization, and Networks (ICON), and the Center for the Environment (C4E) at Purdue. From 2014 to 2015, prior to his faculty position at Purdue University, He 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 completed his Ph.D. in Technology with a specialization in Computer and Information Technology from Purdue University in May 2014. His Ph.D. dissertation was on Multi-robot systems for building end-to-end wireless communication. He obtained his M.S. degree in Electronics and Radio Engineering with a specialization in Automatic Control from Kyung Hee University in South Korea in 2010, and his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from the same university in 2008. 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.
Dr. Min is a roboticist (in other words, a robotics technologist). He conducts basic and applied research in robotics technologies and seeks to combine practical and theoretical approaches to solve real-world problems in robotics. His research interests include multi-robot systems, human-robot interaction, and robot design and control, with applications in field robotics and assistive technology and robotics. The goal of his current research is to: 1) design algorithms and systems to enable multiple robots to collaborate with each other in a distributed way and to flexibly interact with any humans, in any situation, anywhere, 2) develop applications that can leverage the advantages of human multi-robot systems, and 3) develop low-cost and open-source robot platforms to enable their easy building and use by the public and researchers.
Dr. Min received the NSF CAREER Award in 2019, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute Outstanding Faculty in Discovery Award in 2019, the Purdue's Department of Computer and Information Technology Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2019, the Purdue's Department of Computer and Information Technology Outstanding Faculty in Discovery Award in 2019 and 2021, Purdue Focus Award in 2019, and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award in 2021. He was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar in 2021. He also led the Purdue-Hongik Team that placed as a finalist in the NASA Space Robotics Challenge Phase 2. His research has been supported by NSF, NIFA, NIJ, UNSA, and Purdue University. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 50 peer-reviewed conference papers. He has served as an associate editor of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and a co-organizer of the NSF workshop to Explore US/Korean Collaboration in Human-Friendly Co-Robotic Technologies.
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