Keynote Speakers

Hyun Myung

Speaker: Hyun Myung (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

Title: Urban Robotics for Smart Cities

Abstract: In this talk, the core technologies and their implementations to provide various services in the smart city will be introduced, mainly focusing on localization, autonomous navigation, and monitoring technologies. For robot navigation, some researches including wireless and vision-based SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping), and underground localization will be discussed. For Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), vision-based SHM and a wall-climbing drone for SHM will be introduced. For environmental robotics, JEROS (Jellyfish removal robot), oil-spill protection robot, and green algae removal robot will be introduced.

Hyun Myung received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea, in 1992, 1994, and 1998, respectively. He was a senior researcher with Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) from 1998 to 2002; CTO and director of digital contents research lab. with Emersys Corp. from 2002 to 2003; and a principle researcher with Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology at Samsung Electronics from 2003 to 2008. Since 2008, he is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at KAIST. He is also an adjunct professor in Robotics Program at KAIST. His research interests include robot navigation, SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), gesture recognition, structural health monitoring using robotics, machine learning, deep learning, and swarm robots. He is a senior member of IEEE and ICROS (Institute of Control, Robotics, and Systems) since 2015. He has served as a general chair of Int’l Conf. on RiTA (Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications) 2017 and program chairs of many international conferences. He is the co-Editors-in-Chief of Int’l Journal of ARR (Advances in Robotics Research) since 2017. His research was selected as one of the KAIST’s Top 10 research accomplishments in 2015. He received IROS Academic Award from ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems) in 2016. He is also a recipient of many best paper awards including the Best Robot Vision Paper Award from Asian Federation of Computer Vision (AFCV) in 2015.


Speaker: Dr. Ian Woodhead (Lincoln Agritech Ltd, Lincoln University)

Title: Sensors for Agritech

Abstract: Sensors and agritech are natural companions.  As pressure builds for greater productivity and sustainable production, the role of sensors in the agricultural and environmental spaces is becoming more important.  Sensing techniques in use for agriculture include large tracts of the electromagnetic spectrum, sonics, contact sensors, and their variants. Increasingly, sensor fusion, sensor arrays and smart post processing including artificial intelligence is being used to increase the capability of sensing systems and to extract higher quality information from sensor data.

This talk will describe the sensing landscape as commonly applied to agriculture and the environment, and provide examples of current practice. It will also look forward, to new sensing techniques and data analysis, and how these may lead to more efficient, productive and sustainable agricultural production.

Dr Ian Woodhead is Chief Scientist at Lincoln Agritech Ltd, Lincoln University, New Zealand and manages the technology group.  His main interests are focused on measurement of the broadband dielectric properties of composite materials, physical measurements using microwave and mm waves, moisture distribution measurement, and high speed electronics. Much of his work is directed towards agricultural and environmental sensing. 

Ian has published 25 refereed and 33 non-refereed papers, has 3 patents, and delivered numerous industry reports, workshops and invited presentations, and is recipient of the 2017 Scott medal from Royal Society Te Aparangi for advancing the theory and measurement of propagating electromagnetic fields and measurement of the dielectric properties of composite materials.  He has led many research projects, ranging from in-industry development to market distant research. He is a member of IEEE and the AP, IMS and MTT chapters, past chair of IEEE IMS New Zealand, member of the Science for Technical Innovation National Science Challenge management team and leader of the Agricultural and Environmental Technologies Portfolio, chair of New Zealand Robotics Automation and Sensing group and of the Electronics Institute Canterbury, member of IEEE Technical Committee on Environmental Measurements (TC18),  board member of the Centre for Soil and Environmental Quality, Lincoln University, member of University of Auckland Return on Science Agritech and Foodtech Investment Committee, editorial board member of Biosystems Engineering (Elsevier).  Ian is a regular advisor and referee for NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the French National Research Agency and a technical/organising committee member and session chair of IEEE I&M, SAS, ISEMA, ICST and TDR international conferences.


Speaker: ByungSung Kim (Samsung Electronics)

Title: ByungSung Kim (Samsung Electronics)

Abstract: With the growing connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors at home, home IoT industry has been developed from simple use cases with device-to-device control capability to sophisticated scenarios leveraging cloud-based platform to manage devices, sensors and security with seamless network and artificial intelligent technology. More and more giant tech companies have jumped in IoT industry in order to take advantage of IoT products. The main use cases and conspicuous trend in home IoT industry will be discussed and we will think about the future of our life with IoT technology.

ByungSung Kim brings 20 years of cutting-edge technology industry experience to his current position as the Head of Home IoT Product Strategy at Samsung Electronics’ Mobile & Communication Business Division. He leads the team focused on creating Home IoT products to impact on people’s life with IoT technology and on business development and investment for partners. Prior to Samsung Electronics, he had been a serial entrepreneur, program manager, inventor and analyst in consumer electronics, augmented reality, robotics, network, display and private equity industry, the diverse experience that result in the great expertise for business discovery, product planning & strategy, global operations and investment. As an innovator and a pioneer for innovative products, he launched Gear Smart Watch, Gear VR, and Galaxy View at Samsung Electronics before concentrating on IoT products. Also he has incubated various secretive projects for next innovation. Recently he has been leading to launch Samsung Connect Home, the first IoT product at Samsung Electronics, in the US market and expands the market globally. In addition to product strategy for Home IoT, he is in charge of creating new products as well as investment for startups. He holds a Bachelor Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.