Curriculum Vitae


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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Inclusive robotics, Bayesian instance-based learning, learning from demonstration, human-behavior modeling,
human-robot interaction, accessible technology
 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2014
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
• Thesis: “Robot Learners: Interactive Instance-based Learning with Social Robots” 
• Advisor: Ayanna M. Howard
• Committee: Henrik Christensen, Andrea Thomaz, Charles Kemp, and Linda Wills
• Minor: Computer Science 

M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2009
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
• Topic: “Human motion primitives study and recognition” Minor: Computer Science

B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2006
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea
• Visiting Scholar; University of Waterloo, Canada, 2004–2005 


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2015-Present                                                                                                                                                           
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Cambridge, MA
Postdoctoral Associate MIT Media Lab
Curious Robot Mindset: Developing a unifying AI architecture of curiosity and mindset for social robot companions incorporating novel algorithms for artificial curiosity and mindset with expressive behavior.
Personalized Robot Storyteller: Developing a social robot companion that autonomously assesses children’s story and generates a collborative storytelling. Integrating the system for a longitudinal 9-month study to evaluate its effect on children’s language skill development.

2014–2015                                                                                                                                                           
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Atlanta, GA
Postdoctoral Associate | Institute of Robotics & Intelligent Machines (IRIM)
Funded by NSF Accelerating Innovative Research - Technology Translation (AIR-TT) grant to seek lab-to-market opportunity of my PhD work.
Intelligent Therapy Robot: Developing a social robot that infers about children’s skill deficits through interaction and presents therapeutic tasks necessary for successful interventions. 
Robot Prompting: Studying the effective timing and method of providing prompts (verbal, gestural cues) for children to maintain engagement in a task.
• Extended Effects of Robot Intervention: Studying whether the effect of robot interven- tion can further benefit children with social impairment’s interaction with other people.

2014–Present 
ZYROBOTICS, Atlanta, GA
Consultant
• Leading technology transfers on long-term deployable robot agents and accessible interfaces for providing at-home therapeutic interventions.

2009–2014
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Atlanta, GA
Graduate Research Assistant | Human-Automation Systems Lab
Interactive Instance-based Learning (IIBL): A Bayesian case-based reasoning system with neural networks for fast instance retrieval and reuse for robot task learning from demonstration.
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Reverse LfD Error Modeling: An instance clustering method that exploits children’s demonstration error patterns to model task skill deficits.
Methods for utilizing touchscreen interface for accessible human-robot interaction: Developed controllers and interfaces to use touchscreen computers as a shared workspace for accessible user interaction with robots. Technology licensed to Zyrobotics, LLC.
TabAccess, A Wireless Controller for Tablet Accessibility: A bluetooth adapter for connecting alternative switch input devices to smartphones and tablets for users with motor impairments. Created a standard input protocol for controlling iOS and Android devices via switch inputs. Technology licensed to Zyrobotics, LLC.

2012-2014
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Atlanta, GA
Entrepreneurial Lead | NSF I-Corps
TabAccess: Conducted lab-to-market research on a bluetooth adapter for individuals with limited upper-body mobility that enables the users to connect alternative input interfaces for controlling smart devices.

2009
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Atlanta, GA
Simulation and Controls Team | Building Humanoid Robots
• Conducted research with Prof. Mike Stilman on physics modeling and simulation of a humanoid robot
Golem Krang for balance control.

2006-2007
KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Seoul, Korea
Research Scientist | Cognitive Robotics Center, Robot Vision Group
• Conducted research on multi-modal object learning system for visual SLAM with Dr. Sung-Kee Park in collaboration with Dr. Martial Herbert (CMU)

2005-2006
POHANG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Pohang, Korea
Undergraduate Research Assistant | Electrical & Electronics Engineering
• BiPi: Designed a 23-DOF humanoid robot under the advisement of Prof. Sang Woo Kim. Conducted research on bipedal gait, object tracking, sign reading, and obstacle avoidance algorithms. 


INTERNSHIPS

2005
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, Suwon, Korea
Winter Intern | Corporate Technology Operations SQA, S/W testing using Doxygen and CppUnit

2004
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, Kiheung, Korea
Summer Intern | Semiconductor System LSI Division Mobile phone application development 


PUBLICATIONS

Please see Publications page


PATENTS

Please see Patents and Research pages

 

FUNDED GRANTS

[G.6] National Science Foundation, SBIR Phase I: “An Accessible Platform for Engaging Children with Motor Impairments in the Classroom Environment”, Dec. 2014 - Jun. 2015
$150k (Key personnel & lead proposal writer: Hae Won Park; PI: Johnetta MacCalla)

[G.5] National Science Foundation, PFI:AIR-TT: “An Accessible Robotic Platform for Children with Disabilities”, May. 2014 - Oct. 2015
$200k (Key personnel & lead proposal writer: Hae Won Park; PI: Ayanna M. Howard, Roberto Casas)

[G.4] Georgia Research Alliance, Venture Lab Phase 1B, Dec. 2013 - Jun. 2014
$25k (Key personnel & lead proposal writer: Hae Won Park; PI: Ayanna M. Howard)

[G.3] Georgia Research Alliance, Venture Lab Phase 1A, Jan. 2013 - Jun. 2013
$25k (Key personnel & lead proposal writer: Hae Won Park; PI: Ayanna M. Howard)

[G.2] Atlanta Pediatric Device Consortium, Jan. 2013 - Jun. 2013
$25k (Ayanna M. Howard, Hae Won Park, Giancarlo Valentin)

[G.1] National Science Foundation, Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), Jul, 2012 - Dec. 2012
$50k (Entrepreneurial lead & lead proposal writer: Hae Won Park; PI: Ayanna M. Howard)


INVITED TALKS & DEMONSTRATIONS

[IT.18] Robots Learning from Children
Brains & Bots Day, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 2015

[IT.17] Inclusive Robotics: Customizing Robot Intervention for Individuals with Special Needs
RoboGrads Student Seminar, Georgia Tech, 2015

[IT.16] (Guest Lecturer) Socially Assistive Robotics and Its Path to Inclusive Robotics
Assistive Robotics, University of Maryland College Park, 2014

[IT.15] Robot Learners: Interactive Instance-based Learning with Social Robots
Computer Science & Engineering Seminar, Notre Dame University, 2014

[IT.14] Robot Learners: Interactive Instance-based Learning with Social Robots
Robotics Seminar, George Mason University, 2014

[IT.13] Inclusive Robotics: Intelligent Social Robots Helping People
DARwIn Workshop, ASME IDETC, 2014

[IT.12] Interactive Instance-based Learning and Its Application to Therapeutic Tasks
HRI Pioneers Workshop (One of the two invited student presentations), 2014

[IT.11] Interactive Learning in a Shared Human-Robot Workspace
NSF Avatar & Robotics Signing Creatures Workshop, Washington D.C., 2013

[IT.10] (Tutorial) Using Tablets and Robots to Engage Children with Disabilities in STEM
Closing the Gap Conference, Bloomington, MN, 2013

[IT.09] Instance-based Learning from Demonstration in a Shared Human-robot Workspace
Bosch Research & Technology Center, Palo Alto, CA, 2013

[IT.08] Task-Learning Framework for Human-Robot Interaction
Korea Academic Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea, 2013

[IT.07] CBR-LfD: Towards Human-robot Collaboration for Task Engagement
Yujin Robots Co. Ltd., Seoul, Korea, 2013

[IT.06] Task-Learning Framework for Human-Robot Interaction
Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, 2013

[IT.05] Case-based Reasoning Approach to Learning from Demonstration
AI Brain, Seoul, Korea, 2013

[IT.04] TabAccess: A wireless controller for tablet accessibility
Abilities Expo, Atlanta, GA, 2013

[IT.03] (Tutorial) Aropability: Robot-programming curriculum development for students with disabilities
Closing the Gap Conference, Bloomington, MN, 2012

[IT.02] RAS (Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation)-based intervention for engaging individuals with motor impairments in a physical task
Atlanta Grammy Board Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2012

[IT.01] TabAccess: Celebrating 100-days Before The Olympics/Paralympics, Representing GT-Robotics
British Consulate General Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 2012 


HONORS & AWARDS

• Finalist, ”Angry Darwin: Robot Learners & Interaction Studies”
Pecha-Kucha Opening Reception Speaker Series |
ICRA 2014

• First Place, “Angry DARwIn: Human-robot Task Collaboration on a Shared Tablet Workspace”
Humanoids Application Challenge | ICRA 2013

• Best Video Award, “Angry DARwIn: Human-robot Task Collaboration on a Shared Tablet Workspace”
Humanoids Application Challenge | ICRA 2013

• Finalist, “GTAccessors: Wearable Tablet Interface for Individuals with Motor Impairment”
Cornell Cup Competition sponsored by Intel 2012

• Second Place, “I-Natural: Wearable Tablet Interface” 
Cisco VIP Innovation Competition 2012

• First Place, “23-DoF humanoid design and bipedal walking algorithm” 
Senior Design Project
| POSTECH, 2006 

• Distinguished Scholar Scholarship | Institute of Information Technology Assessment, 2004-2005 

• Highest GPA Dean’s Award | POSTECH, 2003

• Diploma of Honors | POSTECH, 2003, 2004, 2005


SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE

INTERACTIVE ROBOT LEARNERS
• Georgia Tech team pairs humanoid with popular game to help kids with rehabilitation | NSF News, 2014
• Robot Learns To Play Angry Birds By Watching Kids First | RedOrbit, 2014
• Your next Angry Birds opponent could be a robot | Phys.org, 2014
• Children can now do something typically reserved for engineers & computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills | IEEE Spectrum, 2014
• Kids with disabilities can teach this robot how to play ’Angry Birds’ | Engadget, 2014
• Kids Can Now Teach Robots To Play Angry Birds ? For Science! | TechCrunch, 2014
• Kids, Angry Birds and Robots Could Lead to Future Rehab Tool | NBC News, 2014
• Now Robots Are Playing Angry Birds, and the Reason Why Is Totally Inspiring | TakePart, 2014

TABACCESS
• TabAccess: A Wireless Controller for Tablet Accessibility | Top news on NSF Science Now Ep. 6, 2013
• Access4Kids input device allows disabled children to control touch-centric tablets | Engadget, 2012
• Device helps limited-mobility children to use touchscreens | ASEE First Bell, 2012
• Access4Kids helps disabled kids rock out on their tablets | TechCrunch, 2012
• Sensor system gives disabled kids a second shot at tablets | CNET, 2012
• Device helps children with disabilities access tablets | Phys.org, 2012
• Access4Kids device helps children with disabilities access tablets | Global Accessibility News, 2012
• Device helps children with disabilities access tablets | NSF Science 360 News, 2012
• Access4Kids created to help children with disabilities access tablets | RedOrbit, 2012


SERVICE & VOLUNTEER WORK

Editorship & Academic Organization

• Guest Editor, Special Issue on Assistive & Rehabilitation Robotics | Autonomous Robots, 2015
• Associate Editor | RO-MAN 2015
• Organizing Committee, PhD Forum Co-Chair | ICRA 2015
• Program Chair, Human-Robot Interaction Pioneers Workshop | HRI 2015
• Workshop Organizer, Assistive Robotics for Individuals with Disabilities | IROS 2014

Reviewer

• IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA)
• IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots & Systems (IROS)
• IEEE International Symposium on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)
• ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
• IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids)
• International Journal of Social Robots
• IEEE Transactions on Robotics
• IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics
• IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)

Outreach

• Robot Programming Camp for Children with Motor Impairment, 2011–2014
• National Robotics Week, Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center Open House, 2013-2014
• H.O.T. Days @ Georgia Tech, Robot Programming Workshop, 2012
• Scratch Workshop for Children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2011

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2011–2013
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Atlanta, GA
Teaching Assistant, Interdisciplinary Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Class
• Lectured submodule classes in embedded systems, sensor fusion, and interactive interface development for 6 semesters. Closely mentored individual project progresses.

2009–2013
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Atlanta, GA
STEM Curriculum Developer
• Developed robot programming curriculum for students with disabilities using Android and iOS mobile platforms.

2003–2004
POHANG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Pohang, Korea
• Teaching Assistant, Circuit Analysis, Intro Signal Processing, and Digital Systems
• Selected among the four special teaching assistants to hold 6 hours per week office hours for sophomore classes.


RESEARCH SUPERVISION

• Bi Ge, “Modeling therapeutic prompting behaviors in ABA sessions” | Georgia Tech, 2015
• Zhen Xu, “Robot emotion generator for everyday users” | Georgia Tech, 2015
• Princesa Cloutier, “Parameterized robot emotion generation (facial)” | WPI, 2015
• Jinwon Pyo, “Control laws for parameterized robot emotion generation (motion)” | Georgia Tech, 2015
• Hokyung Hwang, “Designing applied behavior analysis (ABA) tasks for robot intervention” | Georgia Tech, 2015
• Jin Xu, “Customized switch interface for accessible computing” | Georgia Tech, 2013
• Gregory Simpson, “Bipedal robot’s pose auto-adjustment for tablet interaction” | North Carolina A&T State University, 2012
• Ric’Sheika Branch, “Robot motion generation in simulation” | Winston Salem State University, 2012
• Giancarlo Valentin, William Johnston, Siu Chuen Yau, Tiffany Jernigan, & Andrew Nemchik, “GTAccessors: Wearable tablet interface for individuals with motor impairment”, 2012 Cornell Cup USA com- petition finalist team | Georgia Tech, 2011–2012
• Madeleyne Vaca, “Wearable interface for robot-arm control” | Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, & Technology, 2011–2012
• Luke Roberts, “Joint mapping of human’s upper-body motion to a humanoid using RGB-D sensors in ROS” | Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, 2011
• Jennifer Gregory, “Kinesthetic learning and playback with Pleo” | Hampton University, 2011
• Adrienne Haynes, “Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for iOS” | Norfolk State University, 2011
• Curley Williams, “Sensor fusion for alternative input interface” | Fort Valley State University, 2011
• Michelle McIntire, “Exploring touch-based sensors for wearable interface applications” | Wheeler Magnet School, 2010–2011
• Christopher Chidi, “ASL recognition using data glove for mobile robot control” | Georgia Tech, 2009
• Nazar Trilisky, “American Sign Language (ASL) recognition using data glove” | Georgia Tech, 2008 

© HAE WON PARK 2015