Robot Intelligence Technology Lab. at KAIST

Welcome to the Robot Intelligence Technology (RIT) laboratory at KAIST, the research group primarily affiliated with and maintained by Dr. Jong-Hwan Kim and his colleagues. RIT was first founded in 1988 and 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 to bring the idea of Robots That Think (RTT) to life. Artificial creatures such as Rity and DD, genetic robot GeneBot ([1], [2], [3]), ubiquitous robot UbiBot, humanoid robot HanSaRam ([1], [2]), robotic fish Fibo, soccer robot, personal robot Mybot, etc. are some of the eye-catching products of RIT laboratory.

Our group’s research interests lie in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Artificial Evolution (AE). Specifically, for AE, our group has studied and outputted remarkable outcomes on quantum-inspired evolutionary algorithm, parallel evolutionary computations, and Swarm Intelligence based optimization algorithms. Many of our work involves enabling efficient machine learning. To do so, our group has worked on integrated memory to facilitate long-term memory, machine interaction and anomaly detection to expedite smart factories, and intelligent Operating Architecture (iOA). In particular, iOA is in the core of our research, which has led to outstanding research outcomes.

Machine Intelligence (MI) and Machine Intelligence Learning (MIL) are also key research area that we are currently focusing on. Based on the recent research outcomes of the RIT laboratory on MIL for active knowledge acquisition and adaptive knowledge application, Mybot, a humanoid robot developed in our group, is developed as a unified intelligent robot and applied in various forms including AI Robot with Task Intelligence, Interactive VQA Robot, IoT-based AI Robot, and AI Recommendation System.

We encourage exchange of creative ideas amongst the lab members through periodic lab seminars and project meetings. Proposed ideas from those sessions are implemented in real life application to validate the ideas.

The MiroSot ([1], [2], [3]) (Micro-Robot World Cup Soccer Tournament) was first organized by our group 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. Additionally, my group contributed a lot of effort to organize the international conference on SEAL (Simulated Evolution and Learning) at KAIST in 1996, IEEE CEC (Congress on Evolutionary Computations) in Seoul in 2001, IEEE CIRA (Computational Intelligence in Robotics and Automation) in Daejeon in 2009, and the international conference on RiTA (Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications) in Gwangju in 2012. To bring AI closer and more accessible to the general public, we hosted the very first AI World Cup in 2018, where players are trained to play soccer autonomously through reinforcement learning for AI soccer sector. In addition to AI soccer, AI commentator as well as AI Journalist sectors were also presented in the event in which each objective is to commentate on the game and summarize the overall game using AI algorithms.

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

October 17, 2019

Jong-Hwan Kim,

Fellow, IEEE
KT Endowed Chair Professor,
School of Electrical Engineering,

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