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Recognition for the Ennoblement of the Human Sprit in Academics, The Arts, and Human Welfare

2019 Laureates

Introduction Video

  • Engineering
  • Jun Ho Oh
    Professor, KAIST
  • Education & Work Experience
    1954 Born in Seoul, Korea 1977 B.S.&M.S., Mechanical Engineering Yonsei University 1985 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkerley, USA 1985~ Professor, KAIST 2005~ Director, Humanoid Robot Research Center 2010~ Member, The National Academy of Engineering Of Korea 2013~2014 Vice-President for Budget and Planning, KAIST 2016~ Director, KAIST Research Institute for Robotics


Dr. Jun-Ho Oh has been leading the robotics research in Korea for the past 20 years, while assuming a pivotal role in the global efforts for developing humanoid robots. Dr. Oh is acknowledged globally as an iconic researcher in the field of humanoid robotics

With biped walking robots KHR-1 in 2002 and KHR-2 in 2003, Dr. Oh and his research team developed the first Korean humanoid robot named “Hubo” driven by their proprietary technology. Hubo was considered to be comparable to the world’s leading humanoid robot named “Asimo” developed in 2004 by Honda of Japan. At the 2005 APEC summit, his research team introduced “Albert Hubo”, a new concept android robot, capable of exhibiting various facial expressions and complex physical movement, along with Hubo FX-1, a biped robot that humans could ride. Hubo-II was developed in 2008 as the world’s lightest humanoid robot, and then became the first commercialized humanoid robot in 2011.

In June 2015, Dr. Oh entered his recently developed DRC Hubo in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, where the DRC Hubo was the eventual winner. The Challenge, hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA), consisted of competing robots performing respective capabilities under various disaster scenarios. DRC Hubo raised the standing of Korea’s robotic technologies by several levels through its victory over the world’s most competitive robots from the United States, Europe and Japan.

Dr.Jun-Ho Oh successfully commercialized the humanoid robot beyond its R&D phase. More than 20 units of Hubo were created for the purpose of education and research, which were then delivered to the United States at the request of Google, MIT, Purdue University and UNLV, and to Singapore at the request of Institute of Infocomm Research. His achievements on the humanoid robot and related technologies contribute not only to the field of robotics but also to various industries with applications found in areas as diverse as autonomous vehicles, aerospace applications and artificial intelligence, among many others.