Prof. HyunChul Shim

Interview with new professor in fall semester 2018

Q. Hello, Could you introduce yourself?

A. Hello, My name is HyunChul Shim. I joined the CNS group in the School of Electrical Engineering from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in June. I went to the Department of Mechanical Design at Seoul National University. I was interested in the field of control engineering that the machine was controlled automatically. The first unmanned aerial vehicle contest in the United States was the occasion to decide my major as the control of the helicopter.

 

Q. Why do you move to the School of Electrical Engineering from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering this semester?

A. After a few years of research in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, I began to think about my research identity. Because my research is so convergent, I feel the need to expand my research area. Since the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is limited to the aviation sector, I was attracted to the School of Electrical Engineering, which is the largest research field. 

 

Q. Could you explain about your research area?

A. I am doing research in various fields such as mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, and aeronautical engineering rather than just one field. The area of greatest interest is the unmanned autonomous mobile system in which a system moves by itself. There are researches about it, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and robots. These three studies are also combined together, including a flying robot that combines an unmanned aircraft and a robot, a flying car that combines an unmanned aircraft and an automobile, and an autonomous mobile robot that combines an autonomous vehicle and a robot. And we are also developing an autonomous flying car that can be combined with all three. Our lab is a lot of work, so our research might seem a little tough when people are sitting and doing a simulation. But it's a great lab for those who want to do more active research. And because the results are visible to the eye, companies are also interested in our laboratory.

 

Q. What kind of lab do you want to make in the future?

A. I would like to do such research that has a vision and a thrill. Actually, I do. We look ahead to the future. I think that insight is important to look promising first. Most researchers are not aware of unmanned aircraft in 1991 when I first started an unmanned airplane, but I was just starting to have fun. Also, I started to study autonomous driving in 2009 when researchers did not have much interest in Korea yet. As an aviation professor, I thought that it would be possible to take part in the development of a promising Mars exploration robot that would deal with autonomous navigation. Since I have been in various fields so far, my goal is to create innovation through convergence research. This time, NASA JPL invited us to come up with a suggestion to launch a helicopter on Mars. Our lab is very well received at home and abroad, and we also have suggestions for research. I am making a lot of effort to take advantage of these opportunities.

 

Q. Which qualification do you request to students? 

A. First of all, the control system is the most important subject and you need to learn circuit design, C language, Python coding, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Our labs have many research areas, so anyone who feels joyful about touching and making various things will fit in our lab. We also welcome students who are active, active, and motivated because they have a lot of physical activity.

 

Q. Finally, do you have something to tell students?

A. I want students to have a bigger and broader view. Although there are many things that can be done only by electronics engineering in the future, students should build a foundation for basic mathematics, physics, and informatics, and do not have a bias against various fields. And I would like students to be passionate about throwing away the passive figure. Korea is not much different from the stage of copying what advanced countries did in the 8th and 90s, but now China is adding more creativity to it. China has been our late player in the past, and now it is overtaking us in many areas. I am hoping that students will be more active and competent because we have only a small amount of technology in Korea. When you look at a rabbit and a turtle, the rabbit loses to the turtle because he sleeps, but there are many rabbits in the world who do not sleep. It is difficult to win the geniuses who study without sleep. When we look at those geniuses who try so hard, I think our students should really jump in and study and study.

 

Reporter Minjun Cha  / krjun0315@kaist.ac.kr

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