About Jungseok

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I am a Ph.D. student in Robotics at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Minnesota Robotics Institute, University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a member of IRV LAB advised by Junaed Sattar. My research endeavors have been focused on addressing “How to enable robots to perceive unstructured enviroments with a vision-based learning approach?”. My research interests include field robotics, robot vision, and computer vision. With my Electrical Engineering background, I have worked on hardware side of robots as well as algorithms. I have worked on underwater, field, and manipulation robots. Outside of my research hours, I like to be active (e.g., swim and play tennis). I am also a certified scuba diver. Check out my research projects and publications.

Seeking Employment after Spring 2023

I plan to graduate around Spring 2023. I am interested in postdoc, academic, and industrial positions after my gradation. Please feel free to reach out to me via my email if you are interested in my works.

Recent News

2023.05 I will be attending ICRA 2023 in London to present Semantic Mapping with Confidence Scores through Metric Embeddings and Gaussian Process Classification.

2023.05 I received ICRA 2023 RAS Travel Grant.

2023.05 I successfully defended my thesis.

2023.03 I was invited to MIT and presented my research “Toward robotic autonomy in data-scarce and visually challenging environments” at the MIT CSAIL seminar.

2023.03 I submitted a paper in IROS 2023 about overcoming data scarcity challenges in the underwater domain.

2023.03 I submitted a paper in IROS 2023 regarding diver face identification for human-robot collaboration.

2023.02 I attended 20th Annual Marine Robotics Workshop & Field Trials in Holetown, Barbados, where we conducted intensive underwater robot trials in Caribbean Sea for 5 days and I presented my research.

2023.02 My story as a Ph.D. student was covered by the University of Minnesota Computer Science and Engineering Deparment News CSpotlight and their Twitter.

2023.02 I submitted a paper regarding diver pose identification for human-robot collaboration.

2023.01 Self-supervised Wide Baseline Visual Servoing via 3D Equivariance manuscript has been updated.

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Released Datasets

trashcan dataset TrashCAN (2020.07)
An Instance-Segmentation Labeled Dataset of Trash Observations.
trasch-icra19 dataset Trash-ICRA19 (2020.07)
A Bounding Box Labeled Dataset of Underwater Trash.

Invited Talks

  • Toward robotic autonomy in data-scarce and visually challenging environments, MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Seminar, Host: John Leonard, Cambridge, MA. March 2023.
  • Toward robotic perception in data-scarce and visually challenging environments. 20th Annual Marine Robotics Workshop & Field Trials, Host: Greg Dudek, Holetown, Barbados. February 2023.
  • Robust Object Detection, Localization, and Exploration for Autonomous Robots in Unstructured Environments. Samsung AI Center New York, Host: Volkan Isler, New York, NY. Januaray 2022.
  • Semantically-Aware Strategies for Stereo-Visual Robotic Obstacle Avoidance, ICRA virtual presentation, 2021.
  • A Generative Approach Towards Improved Robotic Detection of Marine Litter, ICRA virtual presentation, 2020.
  • Towards the Detection and Localization of Underwater Trash by Autonomous Robotic Platforms, University of Minnesota VCAI Seminar, Minneapolis, MN. April 2019.

Industry Experiences

2022.02-2022.09 Samsung AI Center New York Research intern. Worked on visual servoing and semantic mapping. Published an IROS 2022 paper and an ICRA 2023 paper.

2020.05-2020.08 Sentera Deep learning intern. Worked on weed identification pipeline.

Professional Services

International Journals/Conferences Reviewer

IEEE RA-L 2022
ICRA 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020
IROS 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
CRV 2021, 2020, 2019
CRV Program Committee Member for 2021

Faculty Hiring Commitee 2020-2021

  • Student Representative, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Selected Honors and Awards

  • ICRA Robotics and Automation Society Travel Grant, $1,300. May 2023.
  • Received 2nd place award at the 21st Korean Computer Scientists and Engineers Association in America (KOCSEA) Technical Symposium, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, November 6-7, 2021.
  • UMII MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship, University of Minnesota MnDrive, $50,000. Awarded in recognition of academic record and potential for future research productivity in Robotics, 2019.
  • Summa Cum Laude, South Dakota State University (GPA: 3.96/4.0) (Top in the EE program), Dept. of EE, 2015.
  • Power System Protection Scholarship, Schweitzer Engineering Lab. (SEL), $4,000. Awarded in recognition of outstanding academic and personal achievements, 2015.
  • BENNET Fellowship, South Dakota State University, $3,000. First international student recipient. Awarded to one student annually in recognition of outstanding academic and personal achievements, 2014.
  • Samsung Full Scholarship, Sung Kyun Kwan University, $40,000. Awarded in recognition of outstanding Korean SAT score and high school GPA, 2007-2015.


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