Byung-Cheol Min, Ph.D.

 Associate Professor, Purdue University


 

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I am a roboticist. I conduct basic and applied (i.e. use-inspired) research in robotics technologies and seek to combine practical and theoretical approaches to solve real-world problems in robotics. Broadly, my current research interests can be categorized into three categories:

  • Multi-robot systems: multi-agent systems, swarm robotics, distributed control, robotic sensor networks, networked robotics
  • Human-robot interaction: human-robot teams, human multi-robot interactions, human swarm interaction, affective computing
  • Robot design and control: assistive robotics, search-and-rescue robots, unmanned aerial/surface/underwater vehicles

The goal of my 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.


Current Research Grants

Detecting Humans¡¯ Adaptive Behavior Using Deep Learning Application to Provide Active Thermal Comfort Controls in Occupancy Spaces, Role: Co-PI (PI: Kyubyung Kang), Sponsor: Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Amount: $8,000 (11/04/2021 - 06/30/2022).

2021-22 COVID-19 Research Disruption Fund, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue University, Amount: $25,000 (10/05/2021 - 04/30/2021).

CAREER: Adaptive Human Multi-robot Systems, Role: PI, Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Amount: $500,000 (02/15/2019 - 01/31/2024). (Link)

CPS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Closed Loop Sustainable Precision Animal Agriculture, Role: Co-PI (PI: Richard Voyles), Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Amount: $541,448 (09/01/2018 - 08/31/2022). (Link)

PFI-RP: Partnerships for Innovation in Interoperable Building Information Modeling Technology for Applications in Automated Building Code Compliance Checking and Modular Construction Automation, Role: Co-PI (Jiansong Zhang), Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Amount: $915,597 (09/15/2018 - 08/31/2022). (Link)

UNSA NEXUS: Robotic Water Quality Monitoring and Distribution Systems: A Pilot Study, Role: PI, Sponsor: Universidad Nacional de San Agustin, Amount: $365,439 (01/01/2018 - 12/01/2021). (Link)

I/UCRC Phase I: Robots and Sensors for the Human Well-being, Role: Senior Personnel (PI: Richard Voyles), Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Amount: $637,202 (09/15/2014 - 08/31/2022). (Link)

 

Past Research Grants

Cybersecurity and Safety Challenges in Autonomous Vehicles: Threats Identification and Countermeasures Development, Role: PI, Sponsor: National Institute of Justice, Amount: $147,131 (08/01/2017 - 8/31/2021). (Link

FY20-21 PRF Research Grants: Human-Delivery Robot Social Interaction for Last-mile Delivery, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue University, Amount: $31,119 (08/17/2020 - 08/16/2021).

Reconfigurable Cyber-Physical Simulators for Multi-Robot Systems, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Amount: $8,000 (08/01/2020 - 06/30/2021).

Wheeled Mobile Parallel Robots with Hybrid Moving and Manipulation Functions, Role: Co-PI (PI: Dongming Gan), Sponsor: Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Amount: $8,000 (08/01/2020 - 06/30/2021).

Workshop to Explore US/Korean Collaboration in Human-Friendly Co-Robotic Technologies, Role: Co-PI (PI: Richard Voyles), Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Amount: $14,980 (09/01/2017 - 03/31/2020). (Link)

18-19 Laboratory and University Core Facility Research Equipment Program: Acquisition of a Modular Robotic Walkway for Development and Testing of Soft Assistive Exoskeletons, Role: Co-PI (PI: Richard Voyles), Sponsor: Purdue University, Amount: $169,845 (01/01/2019 - 12/31/2019).

FY18-19 PRF Research Grants: Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems for Control of Harmful Algae Blooms, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue University, Amount: $30,144 (05/10/2018 - 09/14/2019).

Mobile Crowd Sensing for Sustainability Challenges: A Behavioral Approach to Inducing User Participation, Role: Co-PI (David J. Yu), Sponsor: Purdue Center for the Environment, Amount: $15,000 (06/01/2018 - 06/30/2019).

Distributed Multi-robot Systems for Autonomous Construction, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Amount: $8,000 (11/01/2018 - 06/30/2019).

Developing Crancobots to Support Automated Construction of Buildings, Role: Co-PI (PI: Jiansong Zhang), Sponsor: Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Amount: $8,000 (11/01/2018 - 06/30/2019).

17-18 Laboratory and University Core Facility Research Equipment Program: Acquisition of Multiple Mobile Robot Platforms, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue University, Amount: $83,500 (01/01/2018 - 12/31/2018). (Link)

Drone-based Visual Inspection for Airplane, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Amount: $8,000 (04/01/2018 - 06/30/2018).

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Machine Learning Research Infrastructure, Role: Co-PI (PI: Vetria Byrd), Sponsor: Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Amount: $8,000 (04/01/2018 - 06/30/2018).

Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) Summer Faculty Research Grant, Role: PI, Sponsor: Purdue University, Amount: $8,000 (06/01/2017 - 07/31/2017).

Provost Major Equipment Grant: Bi-Manual Dexterous Manipulation for Intuitive Autonomy, Role: Co-PI (PI: Richard Voyles), Sponsor: Purdue University, Amount: $144,732 (07/01/2016 - 06/31/2017).

Sejong-Purdue Program 2016, Role: Co-PI (PI: Eric T. Matson), Sponsor: Sejong University, Korea, Amount: $89,998 (05/01/2016 - 12/31/2016).

KyungPook National-IITP-Purdue Summer Software Program, Role: Co-PI (PI: Eric T. Matson), Sponsor: Kyungpook National University, Korea, Amount: $45,426 (05/01/2016 - 12/31/2016).

 


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