Joon-Young Park

Joon-Young Park – Experience in Developing
Live-line Maintenance Robots

KEPCO Research Institute,
Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO),


Live-line maintenance works for power transmission lines are very dangerous due to the dangers of high voltage and the risks of falling from heights. For this reason, there has been an increasing manpower shortage in this field and new active techniques using innovative robots

have been required. This keynote speech will present our over ten years’ experience in developing live-line maintenance robots from insulator robots to a recent and ongoing drone.


Dr. Joon-Young Park received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, in 1995, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1997 and 2004, respectively. His research spans a broad range, from hazardous environment robots, optimal kinematic design and nonlinear system control to wind turbine monitoring. He joined KEPCO Research Institute in 2004, where he is now a principal researcher at the Power Transmission Laboratory. He developed live-line maintenance technology for power transmission lines such as a 345kV insulator cleaning robot, a 345kV insulator inspection robot and a 154kV insulator inspection tool. He also developed a SCADA system and a condition monitoring system for wind turbines.

He is an author and co-author of more than 40 papers in international journals, conference proceedings and over 50 patents in his research fields, and has been a member of the international program committees for CARPI and CIGRE Canada conferences since 2010. He was awarded with a minister prize in 2008 Energy, Resources and New Technology Development Contest, and with a gold medal for outstanding performance of the live-line insulator inspection tool in 2011 International Trade Fair for “Ideas-Inventions-New Products”.


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