Dr. Youngjun Cho, Profile in 2020

Dr. Youngjun Cho is a lecturer (assistant professor) in the department of Computer Science at UCL (University College London) and in Global Disability Innovation. He explores, builds and evaluates novel techniques and technologies for the next generation of Artificial Intelligence-powered physiological computing to boost disability technology innovation. He obtained a PhD from UCLIC!

Before returning to academia, he worked as a specialist in machine learning for human-computer interaction at LG Electronics (full-time: 2011-2015, leave of absence: 2015-2018). He led a wide range of industrial research projects and successfully commercialized his novel interaction interfaces and sensing technologies. An example is Advanced Touchscreen with in-air gesture control which is equipped in Porsche Panamera cars.

His current research focuses on designing physiological computing technology that can sense our bodily functions, psychological needs and provide intervention. In particular, he has pioneered mobile, low-cost imaging for physiological sensing and mental stress monitoring. In a recent project funded by Bentley, his team has been exploring human comfort through physiological monitoring. Also, his team has been investigating physiological computing as a research tool to understand the barriers that disabled people face in the real world.

Youngjun is actively involved in innovation, enterprise and commercialization activity. He is a co-founder of a UCL spin-out company (KIT-AR) which has resulted from the EC Horizon 2020 HuMan project and has contributed to the creation of new jobs in Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality.

Also, he enjoys teaching which he believes is a process of active and collaborative learning. In 2019/20, he has been supervising more than 10 UG/MSc students.

To get to know more about Youngjun, please check out:

https://uclic.ucl.ac.uk/people/youngjun-cho and https://www.disabilityinnovation.com/about/team/youngjun-cho