CJ Chung


ChanJin “CJ” Chung attended HongIk University in Seoul, Korea, where he earned a B.S. Computer Science degree. While he was working for Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI) from 1982 to 1992, he was involved in developing TDX switching systems that became later the base system for the first commercialized CDMA system in the world. Chung also worked as a visiting researcher to develop AXE software for L.M. Ericsson Co. in Sweden in 1984. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wayne State University in 1997. His doctoral research was the development of a self-adaptive system motivated by cultural evolution process, which was then applied to solve various optimization problems. His current research interests include evolutionary computation, cultural algorithms, evolutionary robotics, evolutionary-neuro- fuzzy algorithms, evolutionary timetabling, software engineering for robotics, self-driving vehicles, and robotics in education. Prof. Chung founded an autonomous robot competition, Robofest (www.robofest.net). Over 20,000 students from 14 States in the US and 17 countries have competed in Robofest since 1999. He launched numerous robotics education programs such as RoboParade in 2006, VCC (Vision Centric robot Challenge) in 2007, and GRAF (Global Robotics Art Festival) in 2013. He is the faculty advisor of Lawrence Tech’s IGVC (Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition) teams. His BigBoot II team won Grand Award with LESCOE Cup in 2016. He served as the USA National Organizer for WRO (World Robot Olympiad) in 2014 and 2015. He received The Mary E. and Richard E. Marburger Distinguished Achievement Award in 2007 at LTU. In 2011, IEEE USA honored Dr. Chung with its citation of honor award for his leadership in founding the Robofest competition to inspire interest in engineering among pre-college students.