2020-2021 RAS President-Elect Announced
Frank Chongwoo Park will serve as RAS President Elect in 2020-2021. During it's 9 November meeting in Macau, China, the RAS Administrative Committee elected Park to serve as President Elect under President, Seth Hutchinson and to assume the Society presidency in January 2022. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served RAS on the Administrative Committee, as RAS Secretary, as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, as Distinguished Lecturer, and on numerous other RAS Committees and RAS Conferences.
Frank Chongwoo Park received his B.S. in EECS from MIT in 1985, and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1991. He joined the mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty at the University of California, Irvine in 1991, and since 1995 he has been professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Seoul National University, where he is currently serving as department chair since June 2017. His research interests are in robot mechanics, planning and control, vision and image processing, machine learning, and related areas of applied mathematics. He has been an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Lecturer, and received best paper awards for his work on visual tracking and parallel robot design. He has served on the editorial boards of the Springer Handbook of Robotics, Springer Advanced Tracts in Robotics (STAR), Robotica, and the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics. He has held adjunct faculty positions at the NYU Courant Institute and the Interactive Computing Department at Georgia Tech, and is currently adjunct professor at the Robotics Institute at HKUST.
He is a fellow of the IEEE, past editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, developer of the EDX course Robot Mechanics and Control I, II, and co-author (with Kevin Lynch) of Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning and Control (2017 Cambridge University Press).