The "Robotics Laboratory" has been established almost at the same time of the opening of POSTECH with the immediate mission to the automation of "Pohang Steel Company(POSCO)" in addition to the basic research. At the beginning, the Robotics Laboratory consists of the basic research team, mainly graduate students and applied research team with RIST research staffs.
The first project was to develop the "7-DOF Direct Drive Arm". This project was carried out in conjunction to Carnegie Mellon University. This robot was the first attempt to develop from the design to fabrication ever did in Korea with our own effort and manufacturing by the POSCO machining department.