Dr. Byung-Cheol ("B.C.") Min is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology and the Founder and Director of the SMART Lab at Purdue University. 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 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, robotics technologist). He combines the practical and theoretical approaches 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 research interests include multi-robot systems, sensor networks, human-robot interaction, robot design and control, with applications in field robotics and assistive technology and robotics. His current research focuses on how to enable multiple robots to collaborate with each other in a distributed way and to flexibly interact with any humans, in any situation, anywhere.
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, and Purdue Focus Award in 2019. His research has been supported by NSF, NIFA, NIJ, UNSA, and Purdue University, and has been presented at numerous international conferences and has been published in top journals such as in IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, and Journal of Field Robotics. 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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