Polytechnic professor receives NSF CAREER award to advance human/robot synergy

Byung-Cheol "B.C." Min

Byung-Cheol “B.C.” Min was honored with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award for his work related to human-robot interaction and multi-robot systems.

The five-year, $500,000 award will enable Min, assistant professor of computer and information technology and director of the Smart Machine and Assistive Robotics Technology (SMART) Lab, to develop adaptive human/multi-robot systems that respond to changes in situations and tasks based on real-time monitoring and analysis of the cognitive and emotional state of the robots’ operators. Resulting technologies will improve the functionality of human/multi-robot teams deployed in demanding situations, such as environmental monitoring, nuclear cleanup, disaster response, and defense.

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“The project will increase our understanding of how multiple robots can more effectively interact with multiple humans and vice versa, and advance the scale and capability of human/multi-robot systems,” Min said. “I’m very excited!”

Min’s project advances STEM education and workforce development by involving K-12 students, undergraduate and graduate women, minorities and underrepresented groups in human-robot interaction and multi-robot systems.

The CAREER Awards are the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious accolades. The awards support early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

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