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Inki Kim

Position: Assistant Professor
Office: Olsson 101H
Phone: 434-982-2191
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Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015
M.S., Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University, 2007
B.S., Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University, 2005


Inki Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia. During his Ph.D. program at Penn State, his efforts to develop a simulation system for resident training was recognized as a finalist for the Alphonse Chapanis Best Student Paper Award by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) in 2014 and was given the Best Student Paper Award by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) in 2013. His work has also won three research grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Innovation & Entrepreneurship Funds, and Hal & Inge Marcus Research Funds. Before joining Penn State�s Ph.D. program in 2009, he conducted and managed thirteen industry projects to improve the usability and look-and-feel of various consumer products for companies including IBM, Hyundai Motors, LG Electronics, LG chemical, and the Korea Railroad Corporation. During his M.S. program in 2006 at Seoul National University, Korea, he built a statistical model to predict the affective responses of cinema audiences based on the visual and auditory cues in movies, and the work won a Research Grant Award from the Korea Film Council.

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  • Dr. Kim pursues an in-depth understanding of how humans interact with complex systems when given task goals and constraints. The main thrust of his research is to create systems that serve people in the context-of-use, despite realistic variability. Ultimately, these research efforts are geared towards improving human performance, learning, and safety by system design and redesign.

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