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Myunghee Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Building & Room:

2027 ERF


842 West Taylor Street, MC 251, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-3601

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Research Interests: Dr. Kim’s primary focus is the development of assistive robotic devices for improving mobility and quality of life through integrative approaches of numerical dynamic models, machine learning techniques, experimental testbeds, and controlled human-subject experiments. At present, she works on developing assistance methods to enhance balance and walking economy using wearable devices (e.g., exoskeletons and prostheses). As a part of this effort, she is also interested in using those devices to understand further impaired gait and advance training methods of motor function. In line with this research, Dr. Kim also explores the control of autonomous devices (e.g., legged robots).

Selected Publications

  1. Journal Articles
    1. M. Kim, T.Chen, T.Chen, and S.H. Collins, An ankle‐foot prosthesis emulator with control of plantarflexion and inversion‐eversion torque, Transactions on Robotics, 99: 1-12, 2018.
    2. M. Kim†*, Y. Ding†, P. Malcolm, J. Speeckaert, C. Siviy, C. Walsh, and S. Kuindersma, Human- in-the-loop Bayesian optimization of wearable device parameters, PLoS ONE,12 (9), e0184054, 2017, († equal contributor, * corresponding author).
    3. Y. Ding†, M. Kim†, S. Kuindersma, and C. Walsh, Human-in-the-loop multi-dimensional Bayesian optimization for hip extension assistance with a tethered soft exosuit, Science Robotics, († equal contributor).
    4. M. Kim and S. H. Collins, Step-to-step ankle inversion/eversion torque modulation can reduce effort associated with balance, Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 11: 62, 2017.
    5. M. Kim and S. H. Collins, Once-per-step control of ankle push-off work improves balance in a three-dimensional simulation of bipedal walking, Transactions on Robotics, 33(2): 406-418, 2017.
    6. M. Kim and S.H. Collins, Once-per-step control of ankle-foot prosthesis push-off work reduces effort associated with balance during walking, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 12:43, 2015.
    7. M. Kim, J. Oh, J. Lee. and M. Jeon, Development of Rollover Criteria Based on Simple Physical Model of Rollover Event. International Journal of Automotive Technology, 7(1): 51, 2006.

Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings

  1. S.H. Collins†, M. Kim†, T. Chen, T. Chen, An ankle-foot prosthesis emulator with control of plantar flexion and inversion-eversion torque. In Proceedings IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 6 pages, 2015 († equal contributor), * Best Medical Robotics Paper Award, ICRA 2015.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering,
Carnegie Mellon University, 2015

M.S., Mechanical Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006

M.S., Mechanical Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2004

B.A., Mechanical Engineering
Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, 2002