Personal Information
  • English nickname: Jesse
  • Email: kimjs70@gmail.com or jkim115@jhu.edu


  • Ph.D., 2006, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • M.S., 2004, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • M.S.E., 2000, Dept. of Mechanical Design and Production Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
  • B.S., 1997, Dept. of Mechanical Design and Production Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Research Interest

     Interested in applying mathematical modeling and simulation based on physics and engineering principles to a variety of problems in the medical, biological and engineering fields. Specific research interests lie in robotics and computational biology/biomechanics, as follows:
  • Robotics
    • Kinematic and dynamic modeling and analysis of redundant/continuous robotic manipulators for medical and engineering applications
    • Application of non-commutative harmonic analysis
  • Computational Biology / Biomechanics
    • Self-organization/self-assembly of proteins and fibrous polymers
    • Dynamical system modeling of cells and tissue (e.g., cell and tissue morphology in epithelia)
    • Computational structural modeling of large macromolecules

Professional Experience
  • Lecturer (2018 - present), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics, Johns Hopkins University
  • Assistant Research Professor (2014 - 2018), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer (2016 - present), Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals (JHU-EP)
  • Post-Doc (2012 - 2014), Institute for NanoBio Technology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Post-Doc (2009 - 2012), Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Post-Doc (2006 - 2009), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Graduate Research Assistant (2003 - 2006), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Research Engineer (2000 - 2001), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Research Assistant (1998 - 2000), Institute of Advanced Machinery and Design, Seoul National University

Teaching/Course development Experience
  • Instructor, "Robot Devices, Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control" (ME 530.646), Johns Hopkins University, Spring 2018
  • Instructor, "Dynamics of Robots and Spacecrafts" (ME 530.424/624), Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2017, 2016, 2014
  • Instructor, "Introduction to Fluid Mechanics" (EN 570.351), Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2017
  • Instructor, "Intermediate Dynamics" (EN 535.412), JHU-EP, Fall 2017, 2016
  • Instructor, "Dynamics of Robots and Spacecrafts" (EN 535.624), JHU-EP, Spring 2018, 2017
  • Instructor, "Intermediate Vibrations" (EN 535.423), JHU-EP, Spring 2018, 2017
  • Instructor, "Robot Motion Planning" (EN 535.422), JHU-EP, Spring 2017
  • Developed an online course for "Dynamics of Robots and Spacecrafts", JHU-EP, Fall 2016
  • Co-developed an online course for "Robot Motion Planning" (EN 535.422), JHU-EP, Spring 2016

Selected Publications
  • R. Tsumura, J. S. Kim, H. Iwata, and I. Iordachita. Preoperative needle insertion path planning for minimizing deflection in multi-layered tissues. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 3(3):2129-2136, 2018. 
  • J. S. Kim, M. Chatrasingh, S. Kim, J. Suthakorn, and I. Iordachita. Fiber Bragg Grating Based Needle Shape Sensing for Needle Steering System: Evaluation in Inhomogeneous Tissue. IEEE Sensors, 2017.
  • J. S. Kim and G. S. Chirikjian. Symmetrical Parameterization of Rigid Body Transformations for Biomolecular Structures. Journal of Computational Biology, 25(1):72–88, 2017.
  • J. S. Kim, J. Guo, M. Chatrasingh, S. Kim, and I. Iordachita. Shape Determination During Needle Insertion With Curvature Measurements. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2017.
  • J. S. Kim, D. Levi, R. Monfaredi, K. Cleary, and I. Iordachita. A New 4-DOF Parallel Robot for MRI-Guided Percutaneous Interventions: Kinematic Analysis. International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2017.
  • J. S. Kim and G. S. Chirikjian. Inverse Kinematics Solutions of 6-D.O.F. Biopolymer Segments. Robotica, 34(8): 1734-1753, 2016.
  • J. S. Kim, B. Afsari, and G. S. Chirikjian. Cross-Validation of Data Compatibility Between SAXS and Cryo-EM, Journal of Computational Biology, 24(1):13-30, 2016.
  • H. Dong, J. S. Kim, and G. S. Chirikjian. Computational analysis of SAXS data acquisition. Journal of Computational Biology 22(9):787-805, 2015.
  • J. S. Kim and G. S. Chirikjian. Bayesian Filtering for Orientational Distributions: A Fourier Approach. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Information Fusion, 2015.
  • E. Stukalin, I. Aifuwa, J. S. Kim, D. Wirtz, and S. X. Sun. Age-dependent stochastic models for understanding population fluctuations in continuously cultured cells. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 10:20130325, 2013.
  • J. S. Kim*, C.-H. Lee, B. Y. Su, and P. A. Coulombe*. Mathematical Modeling of the Impact of Actin and Keratin Filaments on Keratinocyte Cell Spreading. Biophysical Journal 103:1828-1838, 2012. (*: corresponding author)
  • O. N. Yogurtcu*, J. S. Kim*, and S. X. Sun. A Mechanochemical Model of Actin Filaments. Biophysical Journal 103:719-727, 2012. (*: equally contribute)
  • J. S. Kim*, C.-H. Lee, and P. A. Coulombe*. Modeling the Self-Organization Property of Keratin Intermediate Filaments. Biophysical Journal 99:2748-2756, 2010. (*: corresponding author)
  • J. S. Kim and S. X. Sun. Morphology of Caulobacter Crescentus and the Mechanical Role of Crescentin. Biophysical Journal 96:L47-L49, 2009.
  • J. S. Kim and S. X. Sun. Continuum Modeling of Forces in Growing Viscoelastic Cytoskeletal Networks. Journal of Theoretical Biology 256: 596-606, 2009.
  • J. S. Kim and G. S Chirikjian. Conformational Analysis of Stiff Chiral Polymers with End-Constraints. Molecular Simulation 32:1139-1154, 2006.
  • R. Webster III, J. S. Kim, N. J. Cowan, G. S. Chirikjian, and A. M. Okamura. Nonholonomic Modeling of Needle Steering. International Journal of Robotic Research 25:509-525, 2006.
  • W. Park, J. S. Kim, Y. Zhou, N. J. Cowan, A. M. Okamura, and G. S. Chirikjian. Diffusion-Based Motion Planning for a Nonholonomic Flexible Needle Model. Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 4611-4616, Barcelona, Spain, 2005.
  • J. S. Kim and G. S. Chirikjian. A Unified Approach to Conformational Statistics of Classical Polymer and Polypeptide Models. Polymer 46:11904-11917, 2005.

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