The NYU-KAIST Next Gen of Robotics and AI center’s vision is to design safe, autonomous, intelligent, and interactive robots to assist humans in complex or dangerous tasks. Specifically, the principal investigators across the two institutions aim to combine complementary expertises on learning, perception, control, optimization, mechanical design, and human–machine interaction and interfaces to revolutionize robotics research.

These will impact and contribute to advancing several priority research areas and goals the group has currently identified.

Photo of some Next Gen Robotics and AI group members and NYU President-Designate, Linda Mills

These include, but are not limited to

  • Agile and collaborative robots: Study novel perception-action models and algorithms to speed up task execution as well as collaboration among robots
  • Human-centered robotics: Study safe novel algorithms and mechanical designs to facilitate human–robot physical and cognitive collaboration
  • Medical robotics: Establish novel medical procedures through intelligent robots
  • Robot locomotion and manipulation: Design novel optimal robot motion behaviors and environment interaction capabilities in challenging environments

The proposed scientific methodologies and approaches will produce a paradigm shift in the way current tasks are currently executed, boosting precision, accuracy, speed, safety, and resiliency in several applications such as search and rescue, monitoring, rehabilitation, inspection, construction, transportation, entertainment, and urban living.

This research partnership offers several unique and original research and education platforms with complementary efforts across both institutions. These will guarantee multiple sustainable, ethical, and world-renowned competitive future research and education programs in the area of robotics and AI. Other NYU-KAIST research areas can also strongly contribute to this vision due to the broad spectrum of topics it covers as well as the fundamental roles robotics and AI will play in the future of human well-being.

Inaugural Seminar

February 2, 2023
New York University - Brooklyn, NYC



Prof. David Hyunchul Shim

School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea

"From Theory to Policy: How KAIST Robotics Help Changed the World"

Prof. Jee-Hwan Ryu

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea

"Research Activities on Robot-X Interactive Systems at IRiS Lab"

Committee Members