Youngwoo Yoon

I'm a Senior Researcher in the HRI Research Lab at ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute). My research journey have started in HCI area. During the master course at KAIST, I created new input devices and interaction interfaces for mobile devices. My research interest has changed to HRI after I joined to ETRI. I study perception and expression technologies for social robots. Current research lies at the intersection of robotics, interactive interfaces, and machine learning.

contact: youngwoo .AT. etri.re.kr

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (Google scholar, Full list)

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 5.414, 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)

  • 2014-Present 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-Feb. 2022 (expected)

  • 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

  • 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