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Youngmoo Kim

Director of the ExCITe Center

Dr. Youngmoo Kim


B.A. (Music, Swarthmore College)
B.S. (Engineering, Swarthmore College)
M.S. (Electrical Engineering, Stanford University)
M.S. (Vocal Performance Practice, Stanford University)
Ph.D (Media Arts and Sciences, MIT, 2003)


Machine understanding of audio; human-machine interfaces; robotics for expressive interaction; analysis/synthesis of Sound; K-12 Outreach for engineering, science, and mathematics education.


Youngmoo Kim is Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory. He also serves as Resident Technologist for Opera Philadelphia.

Youngmoo received his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT in 2003 and also holds Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music (Vocal Performance Practice) from Stanford University as well as a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Music from Swarthmore College. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) focuses on the machine understanding of audio, particularly for music information retrieval. Other areas of active research at MET-lab include human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, real-time analysis, synthesis, and visualization of sound, and K-12 outreach for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics) education.

Youngmoo also has extensive experience in music performance, including 8 years as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (the chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra). He has performed in productions at American Musical Theater of San Jose and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston) and currently sings with The Tonics, a local a cappella ensemble. He is a member of Opera Philadelphia’s American Repertoire Council.

Honors and Awards:

Youngmoo was named "Scientist of the Year" by the 2012 Philadelphia Geek Awards and was recently honored as a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. He is recipient of Drexel's 2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He co-chaired the 2008 International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (hosted at Drexel) and was an invited organizer for the National Academy of Engineering's 2010 Frontiers of Engineering conference. Most recently, he was invited to participate in the 2015 National Academics Keck Futures Initiative Conference on Art and Science, Engineering and Medicine Frontier Collaborations. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the NAMM Foundation, among others.