Youngjun is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the department of computer science at University College London (UCL) and a co-founder of KIT-AR (UCL/Sintef Spinout).
He explores, builds and evaluates novel techniques and technologies for the next generation of physiological computing (PC)* and artificial intelligence (AI) that boost disability technology innovation.
He has pioneered mobile thermal imaging-based physiological sensing and automated detection of affective states (e.g. mental stress). He obtained a PhD in computational physiology and thermography from Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL.
In 2011-2018, he worked as a senior researcher at LG Electronics (full-time: 2011-2015, leave of absence: 2015-2018) and led a variety of industrial research projects, successfully commercialising his novel sensing and machine learning technologies (e.g. gesture-driven advanced touchscreen for vehicles)**.
He has authored more than 50 articles (including patents) in areas related to affective, physiological computing, machine learning, human-computer interaction and multimodal sensing and feedback. Some of the achievements have been featured in forums for the general public such as BBC News, Phys.Org, Imaging and Machine Vision Europe, Science Daily, and SBS News.
*What he means by physiological computing (PC) is technology that helps us listen to our bodily functions, psychological needs and adapts its functionality.
** His work in industry had been promoted to Google, BMW, Porsche, Bentley, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Mercedes-benz, etc. (One of commercialised products he has contributed to: Proximity Touch for 12.3inch-unit display in Porsche Panamera).
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