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Timothy H. Chung
Assistant Professor
Mail Code: SE
Department of Systems Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-7858
Email: thchung (at)
PhD - California Institute of Technology, 2007
Mechanical Engineering
MS - California Institute of Technology, 2002
Mechanical Engineering
BS - Cornell University, 2001
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Engineering, 2011 to present
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Operations Research, 2008 - 2010
  • 2007-08 Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology
  • Probabilistic Search
  • Multi-agent Coordination for Information Gathering
  • Many vs. Many Autonomous Systems Research
  • Operations and Decision Support for Unmanned Systems
  • Systems Engineering and Integration for Robotic Systems
  • Interface between Autonomous Systems and Operation Research
  • Search Theory and Detection
  • Surveillance and Interdiction Operations
  • Gates Millennium Scholar alumnus
  • Recipient of numerous professional service awards
  • T.H. Chung and J.W. Burdick (2012). Analysis of Search Decision Making Using Probabilistic Search Strategies. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 28(1), 132-144.
  • T.H. Chung, G.A. Hollinger, and V. Isler. (2011). Search and Pursuit-Evasion in Mobile Robotics: A Survey. Autonomous Robots, Special Issue on Search and Pursuit/Evasion with Mobile Robots, 31(4), 299-316. Springer Netherlands.
  • J. Ma, T.H. Chung, and J.W. Burdick. (2011). A Probabilistic Framework for Object Search with 6-DOF Pose Estimation. The International Journal of Robotics Research, Special Issue on Semantic Perception for Robots in Indoor Environments, 30(10), 1209-1228.
  • S. Carpin, D. Burch, and T.H. Chung. (2011). Searching for Multiple Targets using Probabilistic Quadtrees. 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 4536-4543). San Francisco, CA: IEEE.
  • T.H. Chung and S. Carpin. "Multiscale Search using Probabilistic Quadtrees," 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Shanghai, China. 2011
  • K.L. Byers, T.H. Chung, and R.T. Johnson. "Modeling and Analysis of Tactical installation Protection Missions." Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference. Baltimore, Maryland, 2010
  • T.H. Chung, M. Kress, and J.O. Royset, "Probabilistic Search Optimization and Mission Assignment for Heterogeneous Autonomous Agents," 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Kobe, Japan. 2009
  • T.H. Chung, "On Probabilistic Search Decisions under Searcher Motion Constraints," 2008 Workshop on Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics, Guanajuato, Mexico. 2008
  • T.H. Chung and J.W. Burdick, "A Decision-Making Framework for Control Strategies in Probabilistic Search," 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Roma, Italy. 2007

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