Kwangtaek Kim has been doing research in haptics to design/develop novel immersive user interfaces utilizing touch sensing and feedback in three main areas: (1) haptics enhanced imaging systems, (2) 2D/3D haptic user interfaces, and (3) touch-aware arm/leg rehabilitations.
He has over 37 publications in the three areas and his work has appeared in leading journals such as IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, and Sensors. He is an inventor on 10 issued patents in Korea, China, and US. He has previously received multiple grants totaling more than $400K from the National Research Foundation in Korea.
He is a former researcher at Microsoft Research Asia, LG Electronics, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute. He holds an affiliate visiting professor position at University of Paris-Est Creteil (UPEC), Paris, France, and is also currently a member of Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI) at KSU, IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics, IEEE RAS (Robotics and Automation Society) Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics, IEEE Signal Processing, and ACM.
Representative research projects are haptics-enhanced human skin exam, wearable haptic orthosis for gait rehabilitation, haptic soft keyboard with piezoelectric actuators on touchscreens, a haptics-assisted driver seat for the deaf driver, point charge simulations in education, haptic guidance feedback for in-air hand gestures, etc.
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Haptics, assistive rehabilitation with haptics, biomedical (skin, cancer) imaging with haptic feedback, 2D/3D image processing for haptic rendering, visual and touch perception (psychophysics), touch-aware virtual/augmented reality, tactile feedback on touchscreens, actuator and signal pattern designs for haptic feedback, usability study, 3D haptic watermarking