I’m a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Michigan. I am part of the Neurobionics Lab, which is affiliated with the Michigan Robotics Institute and led by Dr. Elliott Rouse . My research areas lie within the field of Robotics, Computer Programming and Mechatronics. My PhD work aims to advance human mobility (i.e., locomotion) by designing control principles for wearable robotic system. In particular, I'm interested in high-level, decision making control strategies for classifying ambulation mode. I use the tools of system dynamics, identification, machine learning and control to develop wearable robotic technologies. My past research areas include scene segmentation and localizing grasp affordance for mobile manipulation for people in real-world scenarios. Although my research areas may seem broad, the path I followed was to answer this question: How human/robot perceives the world and interact with robot/human? I believe as following this journey, it will not only fulfill my thirst of curiosity but also will improve the quality of individuals, which is my core motivation of these works.
I received a B.S. degree in Physics from Korea University in 2015. While I was in Korea, I worked in rehabilitation robotics research at Center for Bionics at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology. Before joining the Neurobionics Lab, I worked in the Automotive Research Center at the University of Michigan from 2016 to 2017 and interned in Fetch Robotics Inc., as a robotics software engineer during Summer 2017.Aside from the research, I enjoy making computer games, playing basketball, watching Sci-Fi movies.