About Me

Contact Information

E-mail: youngkilee AT smu.edu.sg
Phone: +65-6808-5421

Research Interests

I am an assistant professor of the school of information systems in Singapore management university. I received my PhD from the computer science department in KAIST, Korea, and joined SMU in 2013. I have broad research interests in building experimental and creative software systems, which involve multi-dimensional considerations across operating systems, applications, and users. More specifically, my research interest lies in building mobile and sensor systems to enable always-available and highly-enriched awareness on human behavior, emotion, and surrounding contexts. Furthermore, I have been building innovative life-immersive sensing applications in various application domains such as daily healthcare, childcare, education, and retails in collaboration with domain experts. Here is the link to my research statement, and I summarized my current research interests as below. 
  • Mobile Sensing Systems and Applications
    • Mobile context sensing (location, activity, group, conversation, etc.)
    • Internal human state sensing (attention, stress, depression, etc.)
    • Mobile deep learning for continuous vision sensing
    • New life-immersive applications (well-being, childcare, education, ads, etc.)
  • OS Support for Mobile/IoT/Wearable Devices 
    • Energy efficiency and concurrency support
    • Programming model for continuous sensing applications
    • IoT and cyber-physical systems for smart spaces
    • Innovative user experiences using wearable devices
  • Large-Scale Data Analytics and Experimentation Platform
    • Large-scale mobile testbed
    • Mobile sensing-supported behavioral experimentation for social science research 
    • Urban context analytics (queue, groups, crowds, etc.)


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, KAIST, Korea, Feb. 2013
    • Thesis Title: Cooperative Context Monitoring Platform for Life-Immersive Sensing Applications
      [* Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award in Computer Science Dept *]
  • B.S., Computer Science, KAIST, Korea, Feb. 2004
  • Incheon Science High School, Incheon, Korea, Feb. 1999


  • Assistant Professor, School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University, Singapore, March 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Computer Science, KAIST, Korea, June 2015 - Present
  • Research Intern, Networking Research Group, Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA, April 2007 ~ June 2007, Mentor: Sharad Agarwal
  • Research Intern, System Research Group, Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China, September 2006 ~ March 2007, Mentor: Zheng Zhang
  • Teaching Assistant, Computer Science, KAIST, September 2004 ~ August 2008
    • Operating Systems and Lab, Computer Network, Internet System Technologies, Creative System Design, Formal Languages and Automata.
  • Undergrad Intern, Embedded OS Group, Samsung Software Center, Suwon, Korea, July 2003 ~ August 2003

PhD Students

  • Choo Tsu Wei Kenny 
  • Nur Camellia Binte Zakaria
  • Huynh Nguyen Phan Sinh
  • Huynh Nguyen Loc
  • Amit Sharma


  • IS480 Final Year Project, Spring 2017.
  • IS203 Software Engineering, Fall 2016.
  • IS203 Software Engineering, Fall 2015.
  • IS203 Software Engineering, Fall 2014.
  • IS203 Software Engineering, Fall 2013.

Academic Services

  • ACM UbiComp 2018, General Co-Chair
  • ACM HotMobile 2018, Technical Programm Committee
  • ACM IMWUT, Associate Editor
  • International Workshop on Embedded and Mobile Deep Learning 2017, Technical Programm Committee 
  • Physical Analytics Workshop 2017, Technical Programm Committee 
  • ACM MobiSys 2017, External Review Committee
  • IEEE SECON 2017, Technical Programm Committee
  • ACM HotMobile 2017, Technical Programm Committee and App Co-Chair
  • IEEE INFOCOM 2017, Technical Programm Committee
  • ACM MobiCom 2016, App Chair
  • Mobiquitous 2016, Technical Programm Committee 
  • Physical Analytics Workshop 2016, Technical Programm Committee 
  • WearSys Workshop 2016, Technical Programm Committee 
  • ACM MobiSys 2016, Technical Programm Committee 
  • ACM MobiSys 2016, Local Arrangement Chair
  • ACM HotMobile 2016, Technical Programm Committee
  • Urb-IoT 2016, Publicity Chair
  • IEEE INFOCOM 2016, Technical Programm Committee (Recognized as a distinguished member)
  • ICDCN 2016, Publication Chair
  • ACM SenSys 2015, Workshop Co-Chair
  • ACM Workshop on Mobile Systems for Computational Social Science (MCSS) 2015, Program Co-Chair
  • Physical Analytics Workshop 2015, Technical Programm Committee
  • ACM UbiComp 2015, Doctoral School Co-Chair
  • ACM UbiComp 2015, Technical Programm Committee
  • ACM MobiSys 2015, External Review Committee
  • Mobiquitous 2015, Technical Programm Committee
  • IEEE SECON 2015, Technical Programm Committee 
  • ACM Workshop on Mobile Systems for Computational Social Science (MCSS) 2014, Technical Programm Committee and Publicity Chair 
  • MobiCase 2014, Publicity Chair
  • ACM UbiComp 2014, Technical Programm Committee
  • ACM MobiSys 2014, External Review Committee
  • ACM Multimedia Systems Conference Special Session on Mobile Multimedia Sensing (MMSys) 2014, Technical Programm Committee
  • PAKDD workshop on Mobile Sensing, Mining and Visualization for Human Behavior Inference 2014, Technical Programm Committee 
  • ICMU 2014, Technical Programm Committee
  • ACM Hotmobile 2014, Student Travel Grant Chair
  • APSys 2013, Poster/Demo Session Chair
  • ACM Workshop on Pervasive Urban Crowdsensing Architecture and Applications (PUCAA) 2013, Technical Programm Committee
  • ACM MobiSys Ph.D. Forum 2013, Organizing Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Lee Kong Chian Fellowship, 2017 
  • Best Paper Award (Smartwatch-based Diet Monitoring), WristSense Workshop, 2015
  • Best Paper Award (TalkBetter), ACM CSCW, 2014
  • Best Demo Award (SocioPhone), ACM HotMobile, 2013
  • Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award, KAIST Computer Science Department, 2012
  • Best Demo Award (ExerLink), ACM MobiSys, 2012
  • KOSAF National Science and Engineering Graduate Research Scholarship, 2010
  • KFAS Graduate Study ScholarshipKorea Foundation for Advanced Studies, 2004 ~ 2008
  • Ph.D. Student FellowshipMicrosoft Research Asia, 2006
  • Best Paper Award (BMQ-Index)IEEE MDM, 2006
  • Honorable Mention (MISSA), SAMSUNG Human Tech Thesis Prize, 2006
  • Bronze Prize (LARI), SAMSUNG Human Tech Thesis Prize, 2005
  • Summa Cum Laude GraduationKAIST, 2004
  • Highest Academic Excellence ScholarshipKAIST, 1999 ~ 2003