Before beginning my studies at UMD's iSchool, my focus was mainly on computing systems and software engineering including signal processing (e.g., image and sound data processing) and embedded software (i.e., low-level customized software for computing devices). For my master's thesis, I designed a MapReduce-inspired software framework for swarm robot systems to reduce the complexity of application development while allowing energy-efficient transmissions of robots' sensory data. At that time, I read Swarm Intelligence (Kennedy et al., 2001), and was intrigued by the underlying philosophy of swarm robot systems, which assumed that intelligence was possible only when multiple agents exchanged their different perceptions of information. This raised my intellectual curiosity for people's use and exchange of information that resulted in high intelligence of humans, and eventually led me to pursue studies in the field of Information Science.
Myeong is a doctoral student studying information science. His research interests are in understanding the dynamics of cities and local groups, and local information inequality. He also designs and implements systems that demonstrate and solve local information issues.
Through research studies, Myeong aims to further conceptualize the urban dynamics and disparities in people's access to local information, and ultimately contribute to civic engagement, policy-making, and organizational and information accessibility theories. The relevant fields of his research interests include, but are not limited to, HCI & community, community informatics, and urban computing.
He is a Junior Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI), a research network in the iSchool; also he is a Data Science & Technology Fellow at The Center for Open Data Enterprise, a non-profit that advocates for open data movements, where he led the development of the Open Data Impact Map in 2016 and currently advise the SDG National Reporting Initiative on data management and technical strategy. He was a co-founder and Director of Software Development of Torooc, an emotional robot start-up in South Korea.