Robotics Seminar

The Next Technological Wave: Intelligence Technology (InT) for Intelligence Super-Agent

Jong-Hwan KimKT Chair Professor, Director, Center for Robot Intelligence Technology, Department of Electrical EngKAIST

Since the industrial revolution, technological evolution has been the defining aspect of the societal progress. Among all the technologies that emerged over the years, information technology (IT) is the one that truly revolutionized the modern lifestyle. IT booming since the early 1990s, is the application of computers and telecommunication equipments to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data. In 1990s, the concept of Information Superhighway was developed to realize the goals of IT across the globe.Now we are facing a new technological challenge on how to store and retrieve knowledge and manipulate intelligence, in addition to the management of information and data, for autonomous services by intelligent systems. To address this issue, the speaker proposed "Intelligence Technology for Robots That Think" in his recent paper in IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (August 2013). Intelligence Technology (InT) is intelligence operating technology, which is the application of machines and agents to perceive and process data and information for knowledge-based reasoning and utilize their own reasoning to execute an appropriate action. As IT has been flourished through information superhighway for the last two decades, InT also needs a central and ubiquitous medium, which is interconnected with the information superhighway, with the ability to intelligently process and autonomously act on data by operating the technology. The medium would be intelligence super agent (iSA) that can enhance human capability in perception, reasoning and action and provide intelligent supervision to the less intelligent agents and robots within its domain.
This talk presents the definition of InT and the concept of iSA and Intelligence Operating Architecture (iOA) for realizing iSA using InT. This talk also introduces the related research outcomes for building thinking robots, i.e. "Robots That Think," carried out at the Robot Intelligence Technology Lab., KAIST in recent years. These research outcomes include mechanisms of thought for robots, the gaze control for humanoid robots for HRI, on-line multi-objective evolutionary navigation for humanoid robots, etc. Moreover, UDREAM (User-centered Development of Robots Enacted through Agent-based Modularization) is also introduced as a framework for realising iSA. With these outcomes, it is expected that InT for iSA will lead to the next technological wave to enhance human capabilities in perception, reasoning and action..
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Jong-Hwan Kim received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1981, 1983 and 1987, respectively. Since 1988, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST and is currently KT Chair Professor. He was Head of Robotics Program, KAIST for 2004-2006. He is Adjunct Professor of Griffith University, Australia and Honorary Professor of De La Salle University, the Philippines. Dr. Kim is Director for the Research Center for Robot Intelligence Technology. His research interests include intelligence technology and ubiquitous and genetic robotics. Dr. Kim has authored 5 books and 5 edited books, 2 journal special issues and over 300 refereed papers in technical journals and conference proceedings. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE T. on Evolutionary Computation and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. Dr. Kim is one of the co-founders of the Int'l Conf. on Simulated Evolution and Learning in 1996, FIRA Robot Wold Congress in 2002 and Int'l Conf. on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications (RiTA) in 2012. He was General Chair for the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Korea, 2001, the IEEE Int'l Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation, Korea, 2009, and RiTA 2012 and 2013. He has been on the program committees and advisory boards of more than 100 int'l conferences. Dr. Kim has delivered over 200 invited talks, keynote speeches and tutorials on computational intelligence and robotics in 24 countries. His name was included in the Barons 500 Leaders for the New Century in 2,000 as the Father of Robot Football. He is the Founder of FIRA and IROC and is currently serving them as President. Dr. Kim was the recipient of the science and technology award from the President of Republic of Korea in 1997 and has been elevated to 2009 IEEE Fellow.

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Unversity of Michigan, Department of EECS