Youngwoo Yoon

I'm a Principal Researcher in the HRI Research Lab at ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute), South Korea. I am interested in problems at the intersection of HCI, robotics, and machine learning. In particular during my PhD, I have studied speech gesture synthesis for embodied conversational agents like virtual characters and humanoid robots using deep generative models.

contact: youngwoo .AT. etri.re.kr

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (Google scholar, Full list)

A Tool for Extracting 3D Avatar-Ready Gesture Animations from Monocular Videos

Andrew Feng, Samuel Shin, and Youngwoo Yoon
ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion, Interaction and Games (MIG)
2022
[ACM DL], [Project page]

The GENEA Challenge 2022: A large evaluation of data-driven co-speech gesture generation

Youngwoo Yoon*, Pieter Wolfert*, Taras Kucherenko*, Carla Viegas, Teodor Nikolov, Mihail Tsakov, and Gustav Eje Henter
(* equal contribution)

ICMI 2022 [arXiv], [ACM DL], [Project page]

SGToolkit: An Interactive Gesture Authoring Toolkit for Embodied Conversational Agents

Youngwoo Yoon*, Keunwoo Park*, Minsu Jang, Jaehong Kim, and Geehyuk Lee
(* equal contribution)
UIST 2021 (Acceptance rate: 25.9%) [arXiv], [ACM DL (incl. videos)], [Code]

A Large, Crowdsourced Evaluation of Gesture Generation Systems on Common Data: The GENEA Challenge 2020

Taras Kucherenko*, Patrik Jonell*, Youngwoo Yoon*, Pieter Wolfert, and Gustav Eje Henter
(* equal contribution)

IUI 2021 (Acceptance rate: 27%) [
arXiv], [ACM DL], [Project page]

Speech Gesture Generation from the Trimodal Context of Text, Audio, and Speaker Identity

Youngwoo Yoon, Bok Cha, Joo-Haeng Lee, Minsu Jang, Jaeyeon Lee, Jaehong Kim, and Geehyuk Lee
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH Asia 2020) (Impact factor 6.495, Q1) [arXiv], [ACM DL], [Video], [Code]

DeepFisheye: Near-Surface Multi-Finger Tracking Technology Using Fisheye Camera

Keunwoo Park, Sunbum Kim, Youngwoo Yoon, Tae-Kyun Kim, and Geehyuk Lee
UIST 2020 (Acceptance rate: 22%) [PDF], [ACM DL], [Project page]

Robots Learn Social Skills: End-to-End Learning of Co-Speech Gesture Generation for Humanoid Robots

Youngwoo Yoon, Woo-Ri Ko, Minsu Jang, Jaeyeon Lee, Jaehong Kim, and Geehyuk Lee
ICRA 2019 [arXiv], [IEEE], [Video], [Data and Code]

Automatic Container Code Recognition From Multiple Views

Youngwoo Yoon, Kyu-Dae Ban, Hosub Yoon, and Jaehong Kim
ETRI Journal 2016 [Paper]

Real-time Visual Target Tracking in RGB-D Data for Person-following Robots

Youngwoo Yoon, Woo-han Yun, Hosub Yoon, and Jaehong Kim
ICPR 2014 [Paper], [Video], [Data]

Best Combination of Binarization Methods for License Plate Character Segmentation

Youngwoo Yoon, Kyu-Dae Ban, Hosub Yoon, Jaeyeon Lee, and Jaehong Kim
ETRI Journal 2013 [Paper]

Square: 3x3 keypad mapped to geometric elements of a square

Youngwoo Yoon and Geehyuk Lee
IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics 2008 [Paper]

Context-Aware Photo Selection for Promoting Photo Consumption on a Mobile Phone

Youngwoo Yoon, Yuri Ahn, Geehyuk Lee, Sungmoo Hong, and Minjeong Kim
MobileHCI 2008 (Acceptance rate: 31%) [PDF] [ACM DL]

EMPLOYMENT

Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)

  • 2022-Present Principal Researcher, Intelligent Robotics Research Division

  • 2014-2022 Senior Researcher, Intelligent Robotics Research Division

  • 2008-2014 Researcher, Intelligent Robotics Research Division

EDUCATION

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

  • Ph.D. 2017-2022 in Computer Science

    • Thesis: Co-Speech Gesture Generation for Embodied Conversational Agents (🏆 Outstanding Thesis Award)

    • Advisor: Geehyuk Lee

  • M.S. 2006-2008 in Computer Science

    • Thesis: Context-Aware Photo Selection for Promoting Photo Consumption on a Mobile Phone

    • Advisor: Geehyuk Lee

    • Graduation with Honors

  • B.S. 2003-2006 in Computer Science

AWARDS

  • Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award, KAIST School of Computing, 2022

  • Distinguished Graduate Award, KAIST (ICU), 2008

  • Science and Engineering Research Scholarships, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, 2006-2007

  • ACM/International Collegiate Programming Contest Asia Regional - Seoul, 6th Place, ACM, 2005

  • Korean Presidential Science Scholarships, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, 2003-2006

  • Information and Communication Minister’s Award, 2002 (i-clean public contest)

SERVICE

TEACHING

  • Teaching Assistant, Machine Learning, KAIST(ICU), Fall 2007

  • Teaching Assistant, Human-Computer Interaction, KAIST(ICU), Summer 2006