Featured article on adaptive robots

Prof. Kwon’s article on adaptive robots was featured in the See Futures Magazine.

See more on this PDF file.


Seminar on Microscale Robotic Sytems

Prof. MinJun Kim will be presenting a seminar on microscale robotic systems.

Date : 21th (MON) July 2014, 4:30pm-5:30pm

Place: Department of Mechanical Engineering
E1 Seminar Room (#3213)

Title: Gangnam Style in Microbiorobotics:

Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Sytems

Speaker: MinJun Kim(Associate Professor, Drexel University)

One of the challenges in microrobotics is to find suitable and simplistic ways to swim in low Reynolds number. For such work, magnetically controlled achiral microswimmers with the simplest possible body structures were shown to swim in low Reynolds number environment. Most previous works on artificial microswimmers had always focused on using chiral or flexible structures to generate non-reciprocal swimming motions in low Reynolds numbers; this inevitably brings complicity to the swimmers shapes and structures. However, an achiral and rigid structure can swim under the proper conditions, as demonstrated by this work. An achiral microswimmer consists of three magnetic micro-particles conjugated through avidin-biotin chemistry and magnetic self-assembly. A magnetic control system of approximate Helmholtz coils was used to control the microswimmers. Both directional and velocity control were successfully implemented to navigate the swimmers through low Reynolds number environment. Furthermore, multi-robot manipulation, modular robot control, and PIV characterization had been employed. The implication of the swimming phenomenon and the robust control demonstrated herein serves as great potential to revision future developments of microrobots, especially for therapeutic targeting and minimally invasive surgical procedures.


Bio:  Dr. MinJun Kim is presently an associate professor at Drexel University with a joint appointment in both the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health System. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University in Korea and Texas A&M University, respectively. Dr. Kim completed his Ph.D. degree in Engineering at Brown University, where he held the prestigious Simon Ostrach Fellowship. Following his graduate studies, Dr. Kim was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rowland Institute in Harvard University. For the past several years, Dr. Kim has been exploring biological transport phenomena including cellular/molecular mechanics and engineering in novel nano/microscale architectures to produce new types of nanobiotechology, such as nanopore technology and nano/micro robotics. His notable awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2008), Drexel Career Development Award (2008), Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award (2009), Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2010), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2011), KOFST Brain Pool Fellowship (2013), Bionic Engineering Outstanding Contribution Award (2013), Louis & Bessie Stein Fellowship (2014), and ASME Fellow (2014).

Host:  Prof. Dong-Soo Kwon(Tel. 3042, kwonds@kaist.ac.kr)


Eurohaptics 2014

Dongbun Pyo and Semin Ryu had presented their work on surface haptics at Eurohaptics held at Paris, France during June 2014 .

  • Demo paper : Semin Ryu, Dongbum Pyo, Seung-Chan Kim and Dong-Soo Kwon. Surface Haptic Interaction
  • Oral paper: Dongbum Pyo, Semin Ryu, Seung-Chan Kim and Dong-Soo Kwon. A New Surface Display for 3D Haptic Rendering

More information on http://eurohaptics2014.limsi.fr/node/37

Seminar on Medical devices

Title: Development of Medical Devices: Bench to Market

Speaker: Daniel H. Kim (Professor, University of Texas)

Date : 14th (Mon) April 2014, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Place: C1 Seminar Rm (#1121) at Department of Mechanical Engineering


The process of designing innovating medical devices is divided into three phases: identify, invent and implement. First, you identify an unmet medical need and its solution that is not only feasible but also commercially viable. Second, you develop a solution to this need through a group process and prototyping. Last, you transform an idea and a prototype to a real product which can be used to treat patients at the market.
Here we introduce two companies that were founded though this innovating design process. Spinal Kinetics is currently conducting clinical trials of the M6-C Artificial Cervical Disc. Spinal Modulation, Inc. is developing next generation Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) technology to treat chronic pain. We believe that the innovation process helps you to develop a research and implementation plan for a technology or an idea with a potential clinical application.


Dr. Daniel H. Kim is Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas where he also serves as the Director of Spinal Neurosurgery and Reconstructive Peripheral Nerve Surgery at Memorial Hermann

Seminar on Medical Device Start-Up by SEAN J. NA

Medical Device Start-Up Experience in Silicon Valley

Date: 9th(WED) April. 2014, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Place: Department of Mechanical Engineering C1 Seminar Room (#1121)

Speaker: SEAN J. NA (licensed Attorney in the State of New York, Managing Partner Intellectual Property Attorney)

Highlights of Discussion
- What is problem? Is this real problem?
- What is Innovative or/and Sustainable? Design Control
- What are unfair advantages?

Seminar on Metallic Glass

TCL will host a seminar titled “Structural and Functional Properties of Metallic Glass : thin film to bulk.”

Date : 13th (THU) March. 2014, 4:30pm-5:30pm
Place: Department of Mechanical Engineering
C1 Seminar Rm(#1121)

Title: Structural and Functional Properties of Metallic Glass : thin film to bulk

Speaker: Haein Yim (Professor, Department of Physics, Sookmyung Womens University)

Abstract: Metallic glass can be considered as a new type of metallic materials since it has extraordinary structural and functional properties when compared with corresponding crystalline metallic materials. Metallic glass has promising properties such as high yield strength, hardness, and elastic strain limit, along with relatively high fracture toughness, fatigue resistance, and corrosion resistance. Metallic glass also exhibits good electrical and magnetic properties, so metallic glass has a great potential to be used as a part in various types of devices. Especially, metallic glass has excellent soft magnetic properties (low coercivity Hc, modest anisotropy constant Ku, and almost zero magnetostriction). Based on the recent exciting developments in enhancing the properties of the metallic glass, the possible functional application of bulk metallic glass will be presented.

KAIST Commencement 2013

Members of TCL have graduated from KAIST.
Ph.D Students:

  • Seung-Chan Kim (Spring, 2013)
  • Won-ho Shin (Spring, 2013)
  • Seongyong Koo (Fall, 2013)

MS Students:

  • Yongman Park (Spring, 2013)
  • Jaechul Kim (Fall, 2013)
  • Jin-Tae Kim (Fall, 2013)
  • Yongho Jo (Fall, 2013)
  • Jei-Han Lee (Fall, 2013)

Let’s celebrate !

2014 IEEE RAS AdCom Class Announced

Prof. Dong-Soo Kwon is elected as a IEEE RAS member beginning 1 January 2014.

Congratulations !





IROS 2013

Seongyong Koo had presented his work titled “Multiple Object Tracking Using an RGB-D Camera by Hierarchical Spatiotemporal Data Associatio” at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2013 .

Summer workshop at Seoraksan

We had Summer Workshop at Mt. Seorak (Seoraksan).

Internship at MSRA

A Ph.D student, Byung-Kil Han started an internship at HCI Group at MSRA from July 2013.

Good luck to BK !


Seongyong Koo, a Ph.D student, will be presenting his work titled “GMM-based 3D Object Representation and Robust Tracking in Unconstructed Dynamic Environments” at IEEE ICRA 2013.

See more information on http://robot.kaist.ac.kr/paper/view.php?n=363.

The 2nd TUM‐KAIST Workshop 2013

There will be the second TUM-KAIST workshop at CoTeSys CCRL 2, Karlstrasse 45, Munich, Germany on May 3, 2013.
Jong-Gwan Lim, Seung-Chan Kim, Seong-Yong Koo, Byung-Kil Han, Chan-Soon Lim will be presenting their work.


CHI 2013

Seung-Chan Kim and Byung-Kil Han will be presenting their work titled “Feeling the Unseen: Physical Interaction with Depth-embedded Images” at ACM CHI 2013.

More information available at http://robot.kaist.ac.kr/paper/view.php?n=367.




IEEE WHC 2013 will be held at Daejeon Convention Center (DCC) during April 14 ~ 18, 2013.

The IEEE WHC 2013 will offer opportunities to share the most up-to-date scientific discoveries and innovative products. The ultimate objective is to advance our field of haptics through networking among academia, industry, and affiliated specialists; and to build mutual understanding among colleagues from all over the world.

For more information, visit http://www.haptics2013.org/


We had bike trip to Bburi-park in Daejeon.

See more photos here : http://robot.kaist.ac.kr/photo/?p=162

New members joined

Hyun-Young Lee, Chan-Soon Lim, and Seri Sun joined TCL as MS students from this semester !

Welcome to TCL ! Nice to have you with us !

KAIST Commencement 2013

MS students Seung-Geon Moon, Kyung-Su Chun, and Semin Ryu graduated from TCL.

Congratulations on your graduation !

Seminar notification

Dr. Seong-Young Ko (Assistant Professor, Chonnam National University) will be presenting a talk titled “Bio-Inspired Flexible Needle for Percutaneous Intervention and Single-Port Neurosurgical Robotic Platform” on 5 th December 2012.

  • Date : 5 th (WED) December 2012, 8:30pm-10:00pm
  • Place: Department of Mechanical Engineering C1 Seminar Rm(#1121)

Abstract: Minimally invasive surgery for the diagnosis and treatment of variety medical pathologies has become important choice in many clinical applications. In this presentation, two researches in medical robotics will be mainly explained. The first topic is development and control of a bio-inspired flexible needle for a neurosurgical percutaneous intervention, which is being developed in the Mechatronics-in-Medicine Laboratory at Imperial College London, UK, where the speaker worked as a research associate. Inspired by the ovipositor of certain insects, the flexible needle was designed so that it consists of multiple segments that are able to slide with respect to each other. The flexible probe can follow an arbitrary smooth trajectory using its unique motion mechanism, so-called a programmable bevel. It was shown that the needle can follow a predefined path in the soft tissue with high accuracy. The another topic of the presentation is a single-port neurosurgical robotic platform, which is being developed in the Robotic Research Initiative at Chonnam National University, Korea, where the speaker works now. In order to minimize an opening for a neurosurgical procedure, surgical instruments are designed to be integrated into a 20mm outer diameter cannula. Through this single port, two highly articulated robotic arms and one stereo endoscope are integrated. It was shown that it provides a sufficient workspace and a dexterous motion to perform the surgical removal procedure of brain tumor. In addition, other research experiences such as an intravascular microrobotic system and a robotic couch for a heavy ion therapy will be outlined briefly.


Lab Tour : Dr. Aaron Steinfeld

Dr. Aaron Steinfeld ( Associate Research Professor, Robotics Institute (RI) and Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT) at Carnegie Mellon University ) has visited TCL on Jan. 29, 2015.