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Hyungil Kim

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


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2045 ERF


842 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607

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  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago, 2024-
  • Assistant Professor, Oakland University, 2020-2023
  • Senior Research Associate, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2018-2020
  • Vehicle Safety Engineer, General Motors Korea, 2006-2012
  • Research Engineer, LG Electronics Productivity Research Institute, 2001-2006


Research Interests: Dr. Kim has more than 10 years of research experience in human factors and ergonomics from both academia and industry. He is leading the Human-Centered Engineering lab where his team explores new methods to better understand human interaction with emerging technologies such as extended reality and intelligent transportation systems with an emphasis on human-technology partnerships at future workplaces. He has served as PI or Co-PI of more than 10 research projects and published more than 30 papers in top-tier journals and conferences such as Human Factors, IEEE Virtual Reality, IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ACM Automotive User Interfaces, and ACM Intelligent User Interfaces.


Selected Publications

  1. Albawaneh, A., Murthy, S., Singla, G., Wu, J. & Kim, H. (2023). Augmented Reality Order Picking Aid for Foreign Workers in Warehouses. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 67, No. 1, pp. 1508-1509).
  2. Greatbatch, R. L., Dunn, N. J., Kim, H., & Krasner, A. (2023). Guiding Driver Responses During Manual Takeovers from Automated Vehicles (No. VTTI-00-026). Safety through Disruption (Safe-D) University Transportation Center (UTC).
  3. Kim, H., & Gabbard, J. L. (2022). Assessing Distraction Potential of Augmented Reality Head-up Displays for Vehicle Drivers. Human Factors, 64(5), 852-865.
  4. Kim, H., & Doerzaph, Z. (2022). Road User Attitudes Toward Automated Shuttle Operation: Pre and Post-Deployment Surveys. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 66, No. 1, pp. 315-319).
  5. Kim, H., Song, M., & Doerzaph, Z. (2022). Is Driving Automation Used as Intended? Real-world Use of Partially Automated Driving Systems and their Safety Consequences. Transportation Research Record, 2676(1), 30-37.
  6. Kim, H., Martin, S., Tawari, A., Misu, T., & Gabbard, J. L. (2020). Toward Real-Time Estimation of Driver Situation Awareness: An Eye-tracking Approach based on Moving Objects of Interest. In 2020 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV) (pp. 1035-1041). IEEE.
  7. Large, D. R., Kim, H., Merenda, C., Leong, S., Harvey, C., Burnett, G., & Gabbard, J. L. (2019). Investigating the Effect of Urgency and Modality of Pedestrian Alert Warnings on Driver Acceptance and Performance. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 60, 11-24.
  8. Gabbard, J. L., Smith, M., Tanous, K., Kim, H., & Jonas, B. (2019). AR DriveSim: An Immersive Driving Simulator for Augmented Reality Head-up Display Research. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 6, 98.
  9. Lisle, L., Merenda, C., Tanous, K., Kim, H., Gabbard, J. L., & Bowman, D. A. (2019). Effects of Volumetric Augmented Reality Displays on Human Depth Judgments. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI), 11(2), 1-18.
  10. Kim, H., Gabbard, J. L., Anon, A. M., & Misu, T. (2018). Driver Behavior and Performance with Augmented Reality Pedestrian Collision Warning: An Outdoor User Study. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 24(4), 1515-1524, Presented at the IEEE VR 2018
  11. Merenda, C., Kim, H., Tanous, K., Gabbard, J. L., Feichtl, B., Misu, T. & Suga, C. (2018). Augmented Reality Interface Design Approaches for Goal-directed and Stimulus-driven Driving Tasks. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 24(11), 2875-2885, Presented at the IEEE ISMAR 2018, Best Paper Award Honorable Mention
  12. Gabbard, J. L., Fitch, G. M., & Kim, H. (2014). Behind the Glass: Driver Challenges and Opportunities for AR Automotive Applications. Proceedings of the IEEE, 102(2), 124-136.
  13. Merenda, C., Kim, H., Gabbard, J. L., Leong, S., Large, D. R., & Burnett, G. (2017). Did You See Me? Assessing Perceptual vs. Real Driving Gains Across Multi-Modal Pedestrian Alert Systems. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (pp. 40-49). ACM. Best Paper Award Honorable Mention.
  14. Kim, H., Isleib, J. D., & Gabbard, J. L. (2016). Virtual Shadow: Making Cross Traffic Dynamics Visible through Augmented Reality Head Up Display. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 2093-2097). SAGE Publications. Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.


Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech, 2017

Graduate Certificate, Human-Computer Interaction
Virginia Tech, 2015

B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Korea University

M.S., Mechanical Engineering
Korea University

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