The Center for Intelligent Robotics held its 16th Workshop for Technical Exchanges from August
24th to 26th in Gosung, Gangwon Province, Korea. At this workshop, which was attended by
130 people involved in the CIR project in Korea, the 8 years of the CIR R&D project (Frontier
R&D Program for Intelligent Robot) were summarized, and the next step for intelligent robotics
R&D activities after termination of the frontier R&D project in 2013 were discussed.
A total of 4 panel sessions were held for each group, including Robotic Knowledge-Intelligence,
Dependable Robotic Manipulation, Human-Robot Interaction, and System Integration.
At each panel session, experts discussed the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities
of current Korean technologies in comparison with world-class, state-of-the-art robotics technologies. With each panel discussion, guests also acknowledged the limitations of their technologies.
The below is the chairs and panelists in each panel discussion session
Panel 1. Proposal for robotic knowledge-intelligence in next generation
Chair Dr. Mun-Taek Choi, KIST
Prof. Jae-Ho Lee, Univ of Seoul
Prof. Il-Hong Seo, Hanyang Univ
Prof. Su-Yong Park, Sogang Univ
Panel2. Strategy for securing the natural Human Robot Interaction technologies
Chair Prof. Dong-Soo Kwon, KAIST
Prof. Jung-Yeon Su,h Sogang Univ
Prof. Dae-Jin Kim, POSTECH
Prof. Sung-Hwan Lee, Korea Univ
Dr. Jong-Suk Choi, KIST
Dr. Seung-Jong Kim, KIST
Prof. Su-Young Lee, KAIST
Panel 3. Future of Robotic Dependable Manipulation Technologies
Chair Prof. Suk-Han Lee, SKKU
Prof. Sung-Chul Kang, KIST
Prof. Jong-Woo Park, Seoul Nat’l Univ
Dr. Yong-Kwon Lee, KIST
Prof. Jae-Bok Song, Korea Univ
Panel 4. Strategy for Robotic System integration
Chair Prof. Jun-Ho Oh, KAIST
Dr. Hong-Sik Shin, Bonavision. Co. Ltd.
Prof. Byung-Kook Kim, KAIST
CEO. Mike Kim, RobotWare Co. Ltd.
Chair Dr-ing. Mun-Sang Kim, Center for Intelligent Robotics, KIST
Chairs of 4 panel sessions
Dr. Jong-Won Lee, KIST
Dr. Sung-Chul Kang, KIST
In the final summary session, which summarized all panel discussions, Dr -ing. Mun-Sang Kim, General
Director of the Frontier Robotic R&D Project, said that a clear research objective is the most important
element of the next frontier R&D project.
To sum up the workshop, he also said that it is urgent for CIR to build a technological collaboration network for each technological application and test-bed from remote places, and that CIR will focus on the
development of an ecosystem that supports collaboration in the CIR R&D Network system. He predicted
a bright future for the intelligent Robotics industry, once all robotic research scientists work hard on one
practical research objective and are connected with the network, even if they are far away from each
Most experts who participated in the workshop predicted that the next step for the intelligent Robotics
R&D project is practical and commercial outcomes, and believed that development will move more in
the direction of human life instead of the development of core technologies.