Youngmoo Kim is Director of the ExCITe (Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies) Center, an institute at Drexel University for transdisciplinary research and discovery connecting technology and communities, and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory pursues AI for music and sound, human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and K-12 outreach for maker and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics) education. Youngmoo has also served as Resident Technologist for Opera Philadelphia, developed LiveNote with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and is an advisor for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
In 2018, he co-organized the National Convening of Education Innovation Clusters in Philadelphia with Digital Promise and co-authored the Making Culture, a national study of education makerspaces. He is co-author of the National Academies report “Branches from the Same Tree” on the integration of the Humanities & Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education, released May 2018, and recently co-edited a special issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focusing on creativity and collaboration. He received Drexel's 2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, took “Scientist of the Year” honors at the 2012 Philadelphia Geek Awards, and is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the NAMM Foundation, among others.
Youngmoo received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab and holds Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music (Vocal Performance Practice) from Stanford University as well as Engineering and Music degrees from Swarthmore College. He has extensive experience in music performance, including 8 years as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and as part of productions with American Musical Theater of San Jose and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston).