Faculty + Staff
Dr. Chan-Jin (CJ) Chung
Professor of Computer Science, Director of CS Robotics Labs
Taubman Complex, J355
Taubman Complex, J234 and Management Bld, M137
Dr. CJ Chung attended HongIk University in Seoul, Korea, where he earned a B.S. Computer Science degree. While he was working for Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) as a research scientist from 1982 to 1992, he was involved in developing TDX switching systems that later became the base system for the first commercialized CDMA system in the world. Chung also worked as a visiting researcher to develop AXE-10 software modules for L.M. Ericsson in Sweden in 1983-1984. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wayne State University in 1997. His doctoral research was the development of a self-adaptive AI system motivated by cultural evolution processes, which was then applied to solve various optimization problems. He was the advisor of LTU team who won 1st place award in 3D design optimization competition sponsored by HONDA R&D Europe GmbH as a part of the IEEE World Congress in Computational Intelligence Conference in 2002. His research interests include evolutionary computation, cultural algorithms, evolutionary-neuro-fuzzy algorithms, deep neural network learning, evolutionary robotics, robotics in education, and CS education. Prof. Chung founded a world-wide autonomous robot competition called Robofest (www.robofest.net). As of Jan 2021, over 29,000 students from 18 US States and 28 countries have participated in the competition since 1999. He launched numerous STEaM+CS education programs such as RoboParade, a parade of autonomous vehicles in 2006 and Vision Centric Robot Challenge in 2007. He has been a faculty advisor of LTU’s IGVC (Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition) teams since 2003. His H2Bot team won 1st place design award in 2007. His team was also selected to represent the USA to compete at RoboCup Four-legged robot soccer division in 2007. BigBoot II team won the Grand Award LESCOE Cup in 2016. He served as the founding USA National Organizer for the World Robot Olympiad in 2014 and 2015. Currently, he leads ACTor (Autonomous Campus TranspORt) project using 2 drive-by-wire electric vehicles. The ACTor vehicle team won the Self-Drive Challenge competition at the IGVC in 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2011, IEEE USA honored Dr. Chung with its citation of honor award for his leadership in STEM education.