Robot Intelligence Technology (RIT) laboratory was founded in 1988. The laboratory has been involved in research on "the study of intelligence technology through six categories of robot intelligence – cognitive intelligence, social intelligence, behavioral intelligence, ambient intelligence, collective intelligence and genetic intelligence – and its applications for realization of Robots That Think (RTT)." The origin of artificial species, artificial creatures Rity and DD, genetic robot GeneBot, ubiquitous robot UbiBot, humanoid robot HanSaRam, robotic fish Fibo, soccer robot, personal robot Mybot, etc. are the brain children of RIT laboratory.

The research areas include computational intelligence, software robots, embedded robots, humanoid robots, mobile robots (omni-direction), multi-agent robotic systems, entertainment robots, intelligent machines, pattern recognition, modeling and simulation of dynamic systems, high-precision control, etc.

In my laboratory, creative research is promoted through periodic lab seminars and project meetings. Proposed theories and ideas are validated by implementation on real robot systems and external projects in related current technologies. The exchange of information about these new ideas and their respective results is conducted through international conferences.

The MiroSot (Micro-Robot World Cup Soccer Tournament) was born in RIT laboratory in 1995, which led to the establishment of FIRA (Federation of International Robot-soccer Association) in 1997 and IROC (International Robot Olympiad Committee) for Robot Olympiad in 1998. In addition, my lab contributed a lot to organize the international conference on SEAL (Simulated Evolution and Learning) at KAIST in 1996, to hold IEEE CEC (Congress on Evolutionary Computations) in Seoul in 2001 and IEEE CIRA (Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation) in Daejeon in 2009, and to establish the international conference on RiTA (Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications) in Gwangju in 2012.

Recent research interests include the core technologies of intelligence Operating Architecture (iOA) to implement robot intelligence, humanoid robots in ubiquitous environment, multi-robot coordination and task allocation among omni-wheeled mobile robots and humanoid robots. Computational intelligence including multi-objective evolutionary algorithm and preference-based solution selection algorithm; and multi-criteria decision making for bio-inspired robots that consider environmental contexts and internal willingness are also key research issues.

If you would like to know more about the RIT laboratory activities or to apply for your MS/Ph.D. degrees or as postdoctoral follow or visiting scholar, please do not hesitate to contact me at

June 1, 2012


Jong-Hwan Kim,

KT Chair Professor
President, FIRA
President, IROC
Fellow, IEEE

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