Prof Z Zenn Bien (Korea)

  • Prof Z. Zenn Bien 
  • Chair Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNIST 


Robotic Smart Home and Learning Issue Smart home technology is first briefly examined from several points of view. And then, as an advanced platform, the robotic smart home system is discussed with emphasis on outstanding issues to resolve for user-friendly realization. Finally, it is shown that the human-robot interaction in the robotic smart home can be enhanced toward a higher level only if the learning function is properly incorporated.


Zeungnam “Zenn” Bien (S’72-M’75-SM’91-F’07) received the BS degree in electronics engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1969, and the MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa, U.S.A., in 1972 and 1975, respectively. During 1976-1977, he was an assistant visiting professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, the University of Iowa. Since August 1 of 1977, he had been with Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea until February, 2009. As of March 1, 2009, he has joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology, Korea as a Chaired Professor. He had visited several educational institutes during his Sabbatical years as a visiting scholar, including Dep’t of EE, University of Iowa, CASE Center of Syracuse University, New York, Department of Control Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Handicom Lab of INT, France and HAM Center of Tokyo Denki University of Japan. His current research interests include intelligent automation and learning control methods, soft computing techniques with emphasis on fuzzy logic, service/rehabilitation robotics and smart home/smart life systems. He is a fellow of IEEE and also a fellow of IFSA. He was a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society during 2004-2005. He served as the president of IFSA during 2003-2005. He had been the Director of the Human-Friendly Welfare Robot System Engineering Research Center, KAIST during 1999-2008. In recognition of his life=long contribution by research activities and results of human-robot interaction in assistive robotics, he was awarded the 21st Sudang Prize in applied sciences from the Sudang Foundation on May2, 2012. Dr. Bien has 23 patents registered as well as has published more than 450 international journal/proceeding papers. He also has authored 2 technical books and has co-edited 6 volumes of books.

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