Jung Kim 김정, Ph.D.

  • Office: #5201, N7-3 (Mechanical Bldg), 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon
  • Email: jungkim at kaist dot ac dot kr
  • Tel: 042-350-3231
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2014 ~ present Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST
Adjunct Professor, Robotics graduate program, KAIST
2019 ~ present Director, BK21+ KAIST value-created Mechanical Engineering
2021 ~ present Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST

Research Interests

  • Main research interests have been in bio-medical engineering and physical human-machine interactions, particular attention to the following areas:
    • Haptics and robot perception
    • Biosignal based physical human-robot interactions (pHRI)
    • Tactile learning for robotics
    • Wearable sensors for health monitoring and biomechanical analysis
    • Soft robotics


2004 Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, MIT
1993 M.S. Precision Engineering and Mechatronics, KAIST
1991 B.S. Production Engineering, KAIST

Work Experience

2012 ~ 2013 Visiting scholar, University of California at Berkeley, CA, USA
2007 ~ present Associate Director, KAIST Institute for Design of Complex System (KIDCS)
2004 ~ 2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST
2003 ~ 2004 Senior Research Engineer, Yantric Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA
1999 ~ 2004 Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA
1995 ~ 1996 Visiting Scientist, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA
1993 ~ 1999 Researcher, Institute for Advanced Engineering (IAE), Seoul, Korea

Honors and Awards

2021 IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Service Robotics at ICRA 2021
2020 Gaheon Academic Award, SindoRicho Foundation
2020 IROS Academic Award, ICROS (Institute for Control, Robotics, and Systems)
2020 IEEE ICRA Best Student Paper Finalist at ICRA 2020
2016 Award for International collaboration, KAIST
2012 Award for academic excellency, Korea Society of Precision Engineering
2010 Best paper Finalist, IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
2009 Best Project Instructor Award for ED100, KAIST
2008 Distinguished Achievement award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST
2005 Outstanding Instructor Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST
1999-2001 Korean Government Overseas Scholarship Grantee
1993 Best Graduate Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST

Professional Activities

  • IEEE Member, IEEE Member in Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • President, Korean Society of Biomechanics (KSB)
  • Vice President, Korea Robotics Society (KROS)
  • Board Member, Institute of Control, Robotics and System (ICROS)
  • Board member, Korean Society of Precision Engineering (KSPE)
Professional Service
General Chair Annual Conference of Korean Robotics Society(KRoC 2021)
Conference Board
(Co-ordinating Committee Vice-Chair)
CC 4 – Mechatronics, Robotics and Components in International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) (2020~2023)
Vice-Chair Technical Committee 4.3 Robotics in International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
General Chair ACM/IEEE International conference of Human Robot Interactions (HRI 2019)
Program Chair International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2018)