B.S. ​Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2005M.S. ​Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2007Ph.D. ​The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, 2015

"Human-centered approaches to systems engineering allow us to design and apply engineering solutions that can be widely acceptable by people."

Inki Kim, Assistant Professor

Inki Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, and a faculty advisor for Human Factors Student Chapter at the University of Virginia. His research interest focuses on experiment, simulation and modeling of human behaviors and performance while interacting with advanced technologies. He supervises a laboratory (HCSI: Human-Centered Systems and Innovation) to empirically test cognitive and physical responses of people in reality and Virtual/Augmented reality. During his Ph.D. program at Penn State, he developed a virtual haptic simulation for resident training, and it was recognized in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and the work contributed to winning research grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Before joining the Ph.D. program in 2009, he had conducted and supervised thirteen industry projects to improve usability and affective responses to various consumer products for IBM, Hyundai Motors, LG Electronics, LG chemical, and the Korea Railroad Corporation. Earlier during his M.S. program at Seoul National University, Korea, he built a statistical model to predict affective responses of cinema audiences based on the visual and auditory cues in movies, and the research was sponsored by the Korea Film Council.


  • Finalist, alphonse chapanis best student paper award 2014 HFES annual meeting
  • Best student paper, Computer & Information Systems Division 2013 IIE annual conference
  • Student prize winner, Citi-KIF Financial Essay Competition, Citibank Foundation 2009
  • Distinguished paper award, Journal of the Ergonomics Society of Korea 2007

Research Interests

  • Human Factors
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Human Machine Interface
  • Computational Statistics and Simulation/Statistical Modeling

Selected Publications

  • Examining Consumer Emotions: Tapping Wealth of Information in Online Forums Can Boost Next-Generation Product Design”, Industrial Engineer, 48(4). 2016. I. Kim, Gül E. Okudan Kremer, Brennan Cornell
  • Performance Comparisons Between Thumb-based and Finger-based Input on a Small Touch-Screen under Realistic Variability, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 31(11): 746-760. 2015. Ι. Kim and J. Jo.
  • A systematic framework for evaluating design concepts of a new product, Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries, 20:424-442. 2010. Lee C-W, Suh Y, Kim I-K, Park J-H, Yun MH.
  • Development of a Ride-comfort Model for Korea Train eXpress (KTX) Passengers, Journal of the Ergonomics Society of Korea, 26:87-92), Distinguished Paper Award. 2007. Lee J-H, Lee C, Kim I-K, Yun M-H.
  • A Comparison of Modeling Methods for a Luxuriousness Model of Mobile Phones, Journal of the Ergonomics Society of Korea, 25:161-172. 2006. Kim I, Yun M-H, Lee C.
  • Computerized Video Motion Tracking: A Tool for Evaluating Surgical Skills, April 12, Department of Surgery, University of Virginia. E. Krebs, I. Kim, Y. Hu, A. Deshpande, H. Kim, A. Schroen, P. Smith, S. Rasmussen
  • Engineering and Better Simulator: A Pilot Study Assessing a Haptic Robot as a Training System for Central Venous Catheter Insertion, Association for Surgical Education, April 12-13 20 K. Mirkin, I. Kim, D. Pepley, M. Yovanoff, S. Miller, J. Moore, D. Han
  • Stochastic Event Detection in Needle-Tissue Interaction, Proceedings of the ASME 2015 IDETC, Boston, MA (2015). I. Kim, S. Miller, A. Gordon
  • Needle Insertion Force Model for Haptic Simulation, 10th ASME 2015 Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Charlotte, NC (2015). A. Gordon, I. Kim, A. Barnett, J. Moore.
  • User Sentiments in Online Forums to Evaluate and Visualize Features in Multiple-Generation Products, Proceedings of the IIE 2013 ISERC, Nashville, TN (2015) B. Cornell, I. Kim, G. Kremer.
  • Using Learning Curves to Assess Resident Surgical Skill Acquisition: a Case Study of Ultrasound-guided Catheter Insertion, Proceedings of the HFES 2014 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, (2014), Best Paper Nominee and Presenter. I. Kim, S. Miller, A. Freivalds.
  • Motion Analysis as an Evaluation Framework for Eye-Hand Coordination: a Case Study in Ultrasound-guided Catheter Insertion, Proceedings of the ASME 2014 IDETC, Buffalo, NY (2014), Presenter. I. Kim, S. Miller, A. Freivalds.
  • Analytic Scheme to Organize Large Archived Data into Hierarchical Affinity: a Case of ADVERSE Outcome Reports of the FDA Database, Proceedings of the IIE 2013 ISERC, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013), Best Paper and Presenter. I. Kim, G. Kremer
  • Adjusting Fitts’ Paradigm for Small Touch-Sensitive Input Device with Large Group of Users, Proceedings of the 2012 HFES Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2012), Presenter. I. Kim, J. Jo
  • Identification of Visual and Auditory Design Attributes for the Affective Interaction Design in Movies, Proceedings of the IFAC 2007, the 10th Symposium on Human-Machine Systems, Seoul, Korea (2007). I. Kim, H. Kim, C. Lee, W. Chang, M. Yun.
  • Development of Structural Models of Ride Comfort for High Speed Rail Passengers using a Quantification Method, Proceedings of the IEA, the 16th World Congress on Ergonomics, Maastricht, Netherlands (2006), Pr I. Kim, B. Jin, J. Lee, C. Lee, Y. Ji, M. Yun.
  • Development of structural models of ride comfort for high speed rail passengers using a quantification method. Τhe 9th Korea-Japan Joint Symposium on Ergonomics. 42 (2006): 596-599. I. Kim, Joo Hwan Lee, and Bum Suk Jin.
  • Evaluating the Cultural Fitness of User Interface: an Analysis Paradigm for In-Vehicle Information Systems Display, Proceedings of the HCI International, the 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Las Vegas, J. Park, I. Kim, M. Yun.
  • A new framework of measuring the business values of software. In: Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Design and Usability. Springer, pp 559-568. (2007). Kim IK, Jin BS, Baek S, Kim A, Ji YG, Yun MH.
  • Statistical Modeling of Affective Responses from Visual and Auditory Attributes in the Movies. In: Aykin N (ed.) Usability and Internationalization. Global and Local User Interfaces, vol. 4560. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Berlin Heidelberg Kim I, Lee K, Chang W, Yun M. pp 397-406. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-73289-1_46. (2007).

Courses Taught

  • SYS 4036/6036 Design of Experiments
  • SYS 3023/6581 Human Machine Interface