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Sung Kim


4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347G - Robotic Manipulation and Sampling

Sung Kyun Kim, Ph.D.

Robotics Technologist


Sung Kyun Kim is a Robotics Technologist with a research focus on functional autonomy of robotic systems in stochastic environments. Specifically, he is interested in sequential decision making under motion/sensing uncertainty where the planner should take into account imperfect control and state estimation.

Sung has broad experience in robotics, including surgical manipulator design, redundant arm-hand system control, and mobile manipulation planning. At JPL, he currently works on sampling autonomy for the Europa Lander mission, which requires a higher level of autonomy and efficiency due to its limited lifetime and communication capabilities. He is also leading the efforts for autonomy development for multi-robot exploration in large unknown environments, in search of scientific interests or possible threats to human teams.

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Ph.D. in Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, 2019
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, 2009
B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea, 2007

Professional Experience

Robotics Technologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA, 2019–Present
Research Scientist, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, 2009–2013

Research Interests

  • Planning under uncertainty
  • Search-based motion planning
  • Robotic manipulation
  • Planetary exploration