New Faculty Member, 2023–24
Assistant Professor, computer science and engineering
Hokeun Kim is fascinated with the idea of building safe and intelligent computing systems that include social infrastructure such as energy, transportation, health care and manufacturing, and how they can interact with humans in the physical world.
“That idea is what got me interested in engineering,” he says. “Computing systems enable sustainable growth of society and enhance the quality of life for people, especially those with physical challenges, although they still face numerous research challenges.”
Kim is preparing for a new role as an assistant professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.
“I was drawn to ASU because it has strong and fast-growing engineering programs for multidisciplinary and broad research areas, particularly in computer science,” he says. “ASU’s status as a public university committed to delivering high-quality undergraduate education also resonated with me.”
Before joining the Fulton Schools, Kim was an assistant professor at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea, and a part-time research staff member at the University of California, Berkeley. Kim also brings industry expertise as a former software engineer at Google.
He has been recognized with awards, including the Association for Computing Machinery and Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, Best Paper Award and IEEE Micro Top Picks Honorable Mention for his research contributions to the Internet of Things and computer architecture research. Kim also received a teaching award for his contributions to an embedded systems course as a graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley.
In his new role at ASU, Kim says he is excited to explore collaboration opportunities with faculty members and students across the Fulton Schools, in addition to building his own research group and working with bright students in his areas of expertise.
He will teach CSE 522 Real-time Embedded Systems, a graduate course covering a broad range of topics in design, architecture, modeling and applications of real-time embedded systems. Kim says students should expect a hands-on experience with embedded and cyber-physical systems and that successful students should have a prior understanding of computer systems and graduate-level skills in programming languages, including C and Python.
Outside of the classroom, Kim is a fan of classical music and enjoys playing the violin and viola. He also has several years of experience playing in amateur orchestras, including the Googler Orchestra, which he participated in while working at Google.
Written by Annelise Krafft