Joo  H. Kim

Joo H. Kim

Associate Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Dr. Joo H. Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at New York University (NYU).  Dr. Kim directs the Applied Dynamics and Optimization Laboratory with fundamental disciplinary areas in multibody system dynamics, optimization theory and algorithms, and design and control of engineering and biological systems.  His group’s research for application includes robots and machines, biomechanical systems, and their intersections such as powered exoskeletons and prostheses, with particular interest in nonlinear programming, contact optimization, machine and human energetics, and balance and gait stability.  Dr. Kim’s research has been sponsored by NSF, NASA, NYU, and industry.  He received a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering in 2006, M.S. degrees in mathematics, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering, all from the University of Iowa, and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.  Before joining NYU in 2009, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Center for Computer-Aided Design at the University of Iowa.  Dr. Kim is a member of ASME and IEEE, and has organized numerous symposia and sessions in international conferences.  He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the Tutorials and Workshops Chair for the 2016 ASME IDETC/CIE conferences in Charlotte, NC, USA.  Dr. Kim is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the 2007 Top Government Technology of the Year Award from the State of Iowa, the 2014 AMS Best Paper Award from the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division, and the 2015 Freudenstein/General Motors Young Investigator Award from the ASME Design Engineering Division.  

Journal Articles

SELECTED RECENT JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS (out of 20+ journal articles as of January 2013)

Kim, J.H. and Joo, C.B., "Optimal motion planning of redundant manipulators with controlled task infeasibility," Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 64, pp.155-174, June 2013. 

Mummolo, C. and Kim, J.H., "Passive and Dynamic Gait Measures for Biped Mechanism: Formulation and Simulation Analysis," Robotica, Vol. 31, n 4, pp.555-572, July 2013.      

Kim, J.H., Abdel-Malek, K., Xiang, Y., Yang, J., and Arora, J.S., "Concurrent Motion Planning and Reaction Load Distribution for Redundant Dynamic Systems under External Holonomic Constraints," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 88, n 1, pp.47-65, October 2011.  

Kim, J.H., "Optimization of Throwing Motion Planning for Whole-Body Humanoid Mechanism: Sidearm and Maximum Distance," Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 46, n 4, pp.438-453, April 2011.  


Other Publications

SELECTED RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (out of 50+ conference papers as of January 2013) 

Kim, J.H. and Joo, C.B., "Controlled Infeasibility for Physically Feasible Optimal Motion Planning of Manipulators," ASME IDETC 36th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference,August 12-15, 2012, Chicago, IL, USA.  

Roberts, D.P. and Kim, J.H., "DC Motor Energetics in Redundant Manipulators with Application to Walking Robots," ASME IDETC 36th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference,August 12-15, 2012, Chicago, IL, USA.  

Roberts, D.P. and Kim, J.H., "A Phenomenological Human Energy Expenditure Model in Joint Space," (poster presentation) 2012 ASB Annual Meeting,August 15-18, 2012, Gainesville, FL, USA.  

Roberts, D.P., Poon, J., Patrick, D., and Kim, J.H., "Testing Pressurized Spacesuit Glove Torque with an Anthropomorphic Robotic Hand," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation,May 14-18, 2012, St. Paul, MN, USA.    


The University of Iowa, 2006

Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering

The University of Iowa, 2005

Master of Science, Mathematics

The University of Iowa, 2005

Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering

The University of Iowa, 2000

Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering

Korea University, 1998

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering


New York University

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

From: August 2015 to present

New York University

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

From: July 2009 to August 2015

The University of Iowa

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

From: July 2006 to July 2009

The University of Iowa

Adjunct Assistant Professor

From: June 2008 to July 2009

Awards + Distinctions

• 2015 Freudenstein / General Motors Young Investigator Award, ASME Design Engineering Division

• 2014 NYU School of Engineering Service Award

• 2014 AMS Best Paper Award, ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division

• Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service, ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, ASME Design Engineering Division

• 2007 Prometheus Awards Top Government Technology of the Year, The Technology Association of Iowa, State of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Fundamentals in Dynamics and Control

• Multibody System Dynamics
• Optimization Theory and Algorithms
• Motion Planning, Design, and Control
• Applied Mathematics

  • Applications in Engineering and Biological Systems

• Robotics and Machines
• Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, and Biologically Inspired Systems
• Energetics of Dynamic Systems
• Balance and Gait Stability