Ji-Chul Ryu, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Office Location: EB 210
Office Phone: 815-753-9035
Email: jryu@niu.edu


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware (2009)
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (1999)
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (1997)

Research Interests

  • Dynamic Nonprehensile Robotic Manipulation
  • Intelligent Human-Robot Interface for Work Collaboration
  • Wearable Sensor-based State Estimation for Biomechanical Studies
  • Integrated Planning and Control of Autonomous Robot Manipulators

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Certificate of Excellence in Online Teaching, NIU Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, 2021
  • Best Conference Paper Award finalist, IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, 2016
  • Young Faculty of the Year Award, NIU College of Engineering & Engineering Technology, 2016
  • Innovation Certificate of Recognition, NIU Research & Innovation Partnerships, 2015
  • MSC Simulation Software Award, ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference, 2007
  • Editorial Board: Advances in Robotics Research
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 2019–present
  • Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), affiliated with Dynamic Systems & Control Division, 2005-present
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), affiliated with Robotics and Automation Society, 2005-present


  • Intelligent Powered Mobility for Infants and Special Needs Children, Patent No. US8090488, 2012

Selected Publications

  • R. R. Konda, J.-C. Ryu, and J. H. Kim, "Three-Dimensional Global Acceleration Estimation in the Presence of Rotation Using an Inertial Measurement Unit for Whole Body Vibration Studies," International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (JOSE), Vol. 27, No. 1, 121-127, 2021.
  • D. J. Shernoff, J.-C. Ryu, E. Ruzek, B. Coller, and V. Prantil, "The Transportability of a Game-Based Learning Approach to Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Education: Effects on Student Conceptual Understanding, Engagement, and Experience," Sustainability, Vol. 12, No. 17, 6986 (Article No), 2020.
  • Mohammadi and J.-C. Ryu, "Neural Network-Based PID Compensation for Nonlinear Systems: Ball-On-Plate Example," International Journal of Dynamics and Control, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 178-188, 2020.
  • J.-C. Ryu and K. M. Lynch, "Contact Juggling of a Disk with a Disk-Shaped Manipulator," IEEE Access, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 60286-60293, 2018.
  • S. R. Erumalla, S. Pasupuleti, and J.-C. Ryu, "Throwing, Catching, and Balancing of a Disk with a Disk-Shaped End Effector on a Two-Link Manipulator," ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Vol. 10, No. 5, 054501, 2018.
  • K. A. Khan, R. R. Konda, and J.-C. Ryu, "ROS-based Control for a Robot Manipulator with a Demonstration of the Ball-on-Plate Task," Advances in Robotics Research, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 113-127, 2018.

Work Experience

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIU (2013-present)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience and Robotics Lab, Northwestern University (2010-2013)
  • Supplemental Professional, Mechanical Systems Laboratory, University of Delaware (2009-2010)
  • Research Assistant, Mechanical Systems Laboratory, University of Delaware (2005-2009)
  • Research Engineer, Mechatronics Center, Samsung, Korea (2002-2004)
  • Assistant Research Engineer, Daewoo Heavy Industries and UBprecision, Korea (1999-2002)
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