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Pasadena, CA 91109

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347J - Perception Systems

Sunggoo Jung

Postdoctoral Fellow



Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST), 2020

  • Thesis title: A Deep Reinforcement Learning based Motion Planner for the Exploration of Unknown Environments with an Aerial Robot

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA, 2022–Present
  • Senior Research Scientist, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea, 2020–2022
  • Visiting Student Researcher, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA, 2019 (Jan - Sep)

Research Interests

  • Optimal Controller/Planner for Agile Flight
  • Reinforcement Learning based Planner
  • Unknown Area Exploration


  • Minister’s (Science and ICT) award, Korea, 2019
  • 2nd place, member of CoSTAR scout team, DARPA Subterranean Challenge, Tunnel Circuit, 2019
  • 2nd Prize, IEEE/RSJ IROS Indoor Drone Challenge, Spain, 2018
  • 1st Prize, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems Indoor Drone Challenge, 2016


  1. Ali-akbar Agha-mohammadi, et al., "NeBula: Quest for Robotic Autonomy in Challenging Environments; TEAM CoSTAR at the DARPA Subterranean Challenge," Journal of Field Robotics, 21 March 2021.