Kangsoo Kim

I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Synthetic Reality Lab (SREAL) in the Institute for Simulation and Training with an appointment in the College of Nursing, University of Central Florida (UCF).

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.

In this era of technological advancements, 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 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 the trustworthiness of it.

Research Areas

  • XR (VR/AR/MR)
  • Virtual Avatars & Agents
  • Social Interaction in XR
  • Perception and Cognition in XR
  • Pervasive XR and IoT
  • Computer Vision for XR

Appointment

Period

Feb 2019 – Present

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


Position

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Assistant

Research Intern

UX Research Intern

Technical Intern

Researcher (AR Team)

Visiting Research Student

Research Assistant

Research Intern


Affiliation

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

Education

Year

2018

2015

2011

2009


Degree

Ph.D. in CS

M.S. in CS

M.S. in ECE

B.S. in ECE (Cum Laude)


Institute

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Hanyang University

Hanyang University


Advisor

Prof. Gregory F. Welch


Prof. Jong-Il Park

Honors and Awards

  • ACM SUI 2019 Best Paper Award
  • ICAT-EGVE 2018 Honorable Mention Award
  • ACM VRST 2017 Best Student Paper Award (with a 500 Euro prize, sponsored by ACM Europe Council)
  • UCF Graduate Presentation Fellowship (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Graduate Student Research Scholarship by UCF Student Government Association
  • IEEE VR 2016 Doctoral Consortium Fellowship
  • First Runner-up Award at UCF SVAD Premiere & Exhibition 2013
  • Brain Korea (BK) International Internship Program Fund 2009
  • Brain Korea Fellowship funded by The Korean Government (2009–2010)
  • Semester High Honors (2009–2010)
  • Semester Honors (2007)
  • National Scholarship for Engineering Students (2006)

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