Kangsoo Kim

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Software Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, at the University of Calgary (UofC). Before joining the UofC, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the HCI Lab (University of Delaware) and the Synthetic Reality Lab (SREAL), Institute for Simulation and Training with an appointment in the College of Nursing (University of Central Florida).

In the new paradigm of technology, which merges and tightly integrates the physical, digital, and biological spheres, all the physical and digital things are becoming more and more intelligent and connected to each other through the Internet, and the boundary between them becomes blurry and seamless.

My research explores how to develop more influential interactive systems and how to effectively and efficiently enhance human abilities using immersive eXtended Reality (XR)—Virtual/Augmented/Mixed reality (VR/AR/MR), while pursuing a better understanding of human perception and behavior in (social) interactions with/through virtual entities, in a broad scope of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and User Experience (UX). For example, I investigate the effects of embodied Virtual Humans (VHs) with coherent and plausible behaviors interacting with the surrounding physical environment on the sense of social presence with the VH and its trustworthiness.

Research Areas



Sep 2021 – Present

Jan 2021 – Jul 2021

Feb 2019 – Dec 2020

Aug 2012 – Dec 2018

May 2018 – Aug 2018

Jun 2017 – Sep 2017

Feb 2017 – May 2017

Jul 2011–Jun 2012

Jan 2010 – Mar 2010

Mar 2009 – Feb 2011

Jun 2008 – Aug 2008


Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Assistant

Research Intern

UX Research Intern

Technical Intern

Researcher (AR Team)

Visiting Research Student

Research Assistant

Research Intern


Electrical and Software Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada

HCI Lab, University of Delaware, USA

SREAL, Institute for Simulation & Training (w/ UCF Nursing), USA

SREAL, Institute for Simulation & Training, (w/ UCF CS), USA

Army Research Laboratory-West, USA

Facebook Inc.’s Oculus, USA

Universal Creative, Universal Parks & Resorts, USA

MAXST Co., Ltd., S. Korea

HITLabNZ, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Mixed Reality Lab, Hanyang University, S. Korea

U-VR Lab, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, S. Korea








Ph.D. in CS

M.S. in CS

M.S. in ECE

B.S. in ECE (Cum Laude)


University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Hanyang University

Hanyang University


Prof. Gregory F. Welch

Prof. Jong-Il Park

Honors and Awards