Name: Jun-young Kwak (곽준영)
PhD completed 2013!
PhD Thesis: The Power of Flexibility: Autonomous Agents That Conserve Energy in Commercial Buildings
Affiliation: Spokeo, Inc.
Position: Senior Software Engineer (Backend)
Office Address: 199 S. Los Robles Ave, Suite 711, Pasadena, CA 91101
Email address: jkwak at spokeo dot com & inducer at gmail dot com
Dr. Jun-young Kwak is currently a Senior Software Engineer (Backend) at Spokeo, Inc. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California. He was one of USC Annenberg Fellows. During his Ph.D. tenure, he has done research on multiagent decision making in sustainability, specifically focusing on multi-objective optimization in energy domains, sequential decision making under uncertainty, and human-agent interaction/negotiation. He was also a member of the TEAMCORE research group at USC led by Professor Milind Tambe. Before joining USC, he worked as a Robotics Programmer at Agent Dynamics, Inc. and a Visiting Scholar at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He was doing research on multi-agent coordination and control for unmanned systems, specifically the ACCAST system (Advanced Command and Control of Autonomous System Teams) and the USAR (Urban Search And Rescue) projects. The ACCAST project was supported by DoD. He was mainly working with Professor Katia Sycara and Paul Scerri at Intelligent Software Agents Lab, CMU RI. Before starting to work, he did research on path planning and rough terrain navigation for his Master’s degree at CMU RI. This project was a part of Mars Technology Program supported by JPL, NASA. His research included planning algorithms under uncertainty, extending particle RRT, identifying the optimal vehicle models and reducing the execution errors using various learning techniques. He worked with Professor Reid Simmons.