Seung-Jae Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Bioengineering

Office Phone: 951-552-8635
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, 210J
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Bioengineering University of Utah 2006
M.S. Bioengineering University of Utah 2002
M.S. Mechanical Engineering Pohang University of Science & Technology (in Korea) 1995
  • Additional Education

    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Han-Yang University (in Korea), 1993

  • Courses Taught

    EGR344 Dynamics
    EGR305 Engineering Statistics
    EGR261/262 Fundamental of Bioengineering-I & II
    EGR361 Introduction to Biomechanics
    EGR365 Bioengineering Research
    EGR464 Neural Engineering
    EGR461 Rehabilitation Engineering

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Neural Engineering
    Fundamentals of Bioengineering
    Rehabilitation Technologies
    Principles of Physiology for Engineering
    Engineering Neurophysiology

  • Teaching Experience

    2.5 years at Cebu College and Bicol University in Philippines

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    [Research Lab Web]

    From 2006-2011, Dr. Kim worked as a post-doctoral research fellow conducting multiple research projects in the fields of neuro-rehabilitation engineering and biomechanics at the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems at Arizona State University and the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    Dr. Kim has extensive experience in the field of biomedical research, especially in the areas of neural prostheses, biomechanics, and rehabilitation research. His recent research focuses on developing better forms of rehabilitative gait training by employing combinational strategies that include robot-assisted, functional electrical stimulation, and visual feedback technologies. Inspired by his hemophiliac brother, Dr. Kim’s interest in assistive technologies also led him to conducting several studies where nerve stimulation and neural recording techniques were employed to regain sensorimotor functions. The long-term goals of his research are to understand and improve rehabilitation therapy and to develop assistive devices that help people with disabilities to regain their lost functions.


    Kim SJ, Manzi D, "Effects of explicit visual feedback distortion on human gait”, Journal of NeuroEngineeirng and Rehabilitation 2014 Apr 28; 11(1):74

    SJ Kim, HI Krebs, “Effects of implicit visual feedback distortion on human gait”, Experimental Brain Research, 2012, 218:495-502

    M Fairchild, SJ Kim, A Iarkov, JJ Abbas, R Jung, “Repetitive hindlimb movement using intermittent adaptive neuromuscular electrical stimulation in an incomplete spinal cord injury rodent model”, Experimental Neurology, 2010 Jun;223(2):623-33.

    Kim SJ, Mallika Fairchild, Alexandre Iarkov, James Abbas, Ranu Jung, “Adaptive control for functional neuromuscular stimulation movement therapy”, IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2009 Feb; 56(2):452-61.

    Kim SJ, Badi AN, Normann RA, “Neuronal Responses in Cat Primary Auditory Cortex to Direct Intraneural Auditory Nerve Stimulation”, Laryngoscope. 2007 Jun;117(6):1053-62.

    Kim SJ, Manyam S, Warren D, Normann RA, “Electrophysiological Mapping of Cat in Primary Auditory Cortex with Microelectrode Arrays”, Ann Biomed Eng. 2006 Feb;34(2):300-9. Epub 2006 Feb 16.

    Seung-Jae Kim, Hwasoon Choi, Yougil Youm, “Development of strategies for myoelectric prosthetic control”, J. Biomed. Eng. 2005; Res. Vol.26, No. 243-249.

    D'astous JL, Macwilliams BA, Kim SJ, Bachus KN, “Superficial Versus Deep Transfer of the Posterior Tibialis Tendon”, J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 March/April; 25(2):245-248.


    SJ Kim, Joon-Ho Shin, “Effects of visual feedback distortion on gait adaptation”, Soc. Neurosci. Abs., 2013.

    SJ Kim, D Manzi, HI Krebs, “Effects of visual feedback distortion on human gait”, Soc. Neurosci. Abs., 2012.

    SJ Kim, HI Krebs, “Implicit Visual Distortion Modulates Human Gait”, 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), Massachusetts, Sept, 2011

    HI Krebs, S Rossi, SJ Kim, PK Artemiadis, D Williams, E Castelli, P Cappa “Pediatric Anklebot”, International Conference of Rehabilitation Robotics, Zurich, Switzerland, June, 2011

    SJ Kim, HI Krebs, “MIT-Skywalker: Preliminary Insights on Performance-Based Locomotor Training”, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, Sept, 2010

    M Fairchild, JL Burton, SJ Kim, JJ Abbas, R Jung, “Use of adaptive neuromuscular electrical stimulation for hip movement in an incomplete spinal cord injury rodent model”, Soc. Neurosci. Abs., 2009.

    Abbas J, Kim SJ, Fairchild M, Allison S, Krishnamurthi N, Jung R, “On the Use of Adaptive Control in Stimulation-Assisted Neuromotor Therapy”, International FES Society Conference, German, 2008

    Andrade J, Kim SJ, Christensen D.A., “Bioengineering Education via Projects and Activities for an Interactive Science Center: the University of Utah Experience”, 3rd Biomedical Engineering Education Summit Meeting, St. Charles, IL, June, 2008.

    Kim J, Cho S, Kim SJ, “Preliminary Studies to Develop a Ubiquitous Computing and Health-monitoring System for Wheelchair Users", BodyNets, Tempe, AZ, March, 2008.

    Kim SJ, Mukherjee M, Jung R, “Adaptive Control for Neuromuscular Stimulation Therapy in an Intermittent Training Paradigm”, BMES, Los Angeles, CA., Sept, 2007.

    Kim SJ, Mukherjee M, Jung R, “Adaptive electrical stimulation for rodent locomotion training produces fatigue-resistant responses”, Int. Neurotrauma Symposium, 2007.

    Kim SJ, Badi AN, Normann RA, “Electrophysiological Mapping of Cat Primary Auditory Cortex with Microelectrode Arrays”, Soc. Neurosci. Abs., 2005.

    Kim SJ, Manyam S, Badi AN, Normann RA, “Neural Responses in Feline Auditory Cortex to Direct Auditory Nerve Stimulation”, Soc. Neurosci. Abs., 2004.

    Badi A.N., Kim S. J., Shelton C., Normann R.A., “Electrode Independence in a Novel VIII Nerve Auditory Prostheses”. Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, 2003.

    Kim SJ, Boninger M, Cooper R, Koontz A, Souza A, “Wheelchair Braking Biomechanics”, Resna Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July, 2002

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Vision Community Church

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Dr. Kim is married to Soyoung and they have two sons, Jaeson and James. Dr. Kim enjoys playing sports, reading books, and writing essays.

  • Personal Philosophy

    “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him -Psalms 62:5”