About Dr. Youngmoo Kim

Dr. Youngmoo Kim

Director – The ExCITe Center – Drexel University

Youngmoo Kim is Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, an institute at Drexel University for transdisciplinary research and discovery connecting technology and communities. He is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) pursues the machine understanding of audio, music information retrieval, human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and K-12 outreach for maker and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics) education.

He is recipient of Drexel’s 2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, took “Scientist of the Year” honors at the 2012 Philadelphia Geek Awards, was LiveConnections’ 2017 “Connector of the Year”, and is an Apple Distinguished Educator. He is co-author of the National Academies report “Branches from the Same Tree” on the integration of the Humanities & Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education, released May 2018. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the NAMM Foundation, among others.

In partnership with the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, he created Young Dragons, a free 6-week Summer STEAM camp serving middle schools students in the West Philly Promise Zone. Youngmoo also has extensive experience in music performance, including 8 years as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He has performed in productions at American Musical Theater of San Jose and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston) and currently sings with The Tonics, an a cappella ensemble in Philadelphia.

Dr. Kim’s TEDxDrexelU talk will be “Creating at a Distance.” In this talk, Dr. Kim will highlight examples of some amazing work from artists and organizations around the world created by individuals in isolation coming together.

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