JunHo Oh

Interview Location: Korea, Republic of

Interview Synopsis

In this interview, Oh discusses his interest and career in robotics, in particular the HUBO project. Outlining his involvement with various robotics projects, he goes on to describe the state of robotics in Korea and its future development and applications. Additionally he provides advice for young people interested in a career in robotics.


Jun Ho Oh was born on October 3rd, 1954 in Seoul, South Korea. He received a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University in 1977 and 1979, respectively. He briefly worked for the Korea Energy Research Institute before entering the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his Ph.D. in 1985. Following graduation, he returned to Korea as a Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); a position he continues to hold today. Professor Jun Ho Oh also serves as Director for the Humanoid Robot Research Center at KAIST, and is a member of IEEE, ASME, and the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. With research interests in robotics, mechatronics, and automatic and real-time control, his contributions to the field include the development of the first Korean Humanoid Robot (HUBO) in 2004, followed be a series of other humanoid robots. Other accomplishments include his involvement with the winning KAIST robot in the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015.