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.
He received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab and holds Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music (Vocal Performance Practice) from Stanford University. 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, and is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. Youngmoo co-chaired the 2008 International Conference on Music Information Retrieval and was an invited organizer for the National Academy of Engineering's 2010 Frontiers of Engineering conference. 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, and co-editor of a special issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focusing on creativity and collaboration. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the NAMM Foundation, among others.
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).
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