Dr. Yong Kwon Cho

Dr. Yong K. Cho is an associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000. He is the director of the Robotics and Intelligent Construction Automation Lab (RICAL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a 2011 recipient of National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award, his research and teaching interests include construction robotics and field automation. He is leading the development of a new paradigm in these research areas by challenging the current understanding of science/engineering technologies in field operations. Among the challenges he is investigating are robotizing and automating several critical construction, maintenance, and field management tasks for worker’s safety and productivity. Dr. Cho is currently serving as the Academic Advisor to the new Fiatech Sector, and as Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Computing Division’s Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS) Committee.

Dr. Cho has been incorporating CII research findings into his courses at the Georgia Institute of Technology: He has offered the CII Best Practices course since 2015 and recently introduced a new course, Automation and Robotics in Construction, which incorporates several CII materials including Needs Assessment for Construction Automation, the CII Model Plant, and a Methodology for Identifying Automation Opportunities in Industrial Construction.