Professor Hyouk Ryeol Choi from the Department of Mechanical Engineering received the “Best HRI Paper Award” at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IEEE ICRA) with his research on developing a sensor that is vital for robots’ practical application.
The IEEE ICRA is an academic conference that is held annually. The conference covers advancements in robotics, and it is one of the leading conferences in its field. This year, the IEEE ICRA was held from May 16 to 21 in Stockholm.
Professor Choi’s research focused on developing a sensor that functions to detect humans and other objects from a maximum distance of 20 centimeters. The sensor also calculates the pressure that it is receiving when touched by a human or other objects. This development is vital because it combined the two basic functions of robots into one sensor, and it is believed that this sensor will be used by cognitive robots, or robots with intelligence. Furthermore, this sensor is believed to be more stable than existing sensors as well as easier to manufacture. Professor Choi’s development already acquired intellectual property rights and is expected to be put into practical use soon. Professor Choi’s achievement is also the first time that a Korean researcher received this award at the IEEE ICRA.
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