Inseok Hwang (황인석)

Research Staff Member, IBM Master Inventor
IBM Research - Austin
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I am a daydreamer, engineer, and designer whose heart lies in augmenting human-to-human empathy, driven by novel mobile computing technologies and machine intelligence on physical worlds.

Technically, my current research focus is on building novel models and applications delivering cognitive computing experiences through our everyday sensory computing platforms, including today's prevailing mobile devices and upcoming robotic platforms. (Yes, I do play with robots too. It's pain and fun!) Fundamentally, my research interests roam around the intersection of mobile systems and human-computer interaction.

Before joining IBM Research, I was a Research Assistant Professor at Center for Mobile Software Platform in KAIST, Korea. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from KAIST in 2013 under the advisement of Dr. Junehwa Song, and B.S. / M.S. in Electrical Engineering from KAIST.
Just a prosperous day at work :-)


  • Nov. 2016: I am serving as an Associate Editor of PACM on IMWUT (Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies)
  • Oct. 2016: I have been recognized as an IBM Master Inventor
  • Oct. 2016: I am serving on AAAI ICWSM 2017 Technical Program Committee as a TPC member.
  • Sep. 2016: I am serving on ACM MobiSys 2017 Organizing Committee as a Posters/Demos/Videos Co-Chair.
  • Jul. 2016: I am serving on IEEE Infocom 2017 Technical Program Committee as a TPC member.
  • Jan. 2016: Our paper on ubiquitous near-3D surface interactivity enabled by a single smartphone has been accepted to ACM CHI 2016. (Thanks to our awesome intern, Chungkuk Yoo, for his hard work!)
  • Sep. 2015: Our paper on pre-installation prediction of the battery impact of mobile continuous sensing apps has been accepted to ACM SenSys 2015
  • Aug. 2015: I am serving on ACM MobiSys 2016 Organizing Committee as a Web Co-Chair, as well as on its External Review Committee as a reviewer.
  • July 2015: Our paper on helping users learn the smartphone battery impact from their walking/moving behaviors has been accepted to ACM UbiComp 2015.
  • June 2015: I am serving on ACM SenSys 2015 Organizing Committee as a Poster/Demo Co-Chair. 
  • May. 2015: I am co-chairing ACM MCSS 2015 with Youngki Lee (held in conjunction with ACM UbiComp 2015). Please consider submitting your early works!
  • Apr. 2015: I am serving on IEEE Infocom 2016 Technical Program Committee as a TPC member. 
  • Jan. 2015: Our paper on inferring people's relational orientation from Facebook activities has been accepted to ACM CSCW 2015
  • Oct. 2014: I am serving as an Associate Chair of ACM CHI 2015, in the subcommittee for Specific Application Areas.
  • Sep. 2014: Our paper on smartphone-based underwater multi-swimmer exergame has been accepted to ACM SenSys 2014.
  • July 2014: I joined IBM Research Austin as a Research Staff Member. 
  • May 2014: Our paper on smartwatch-based interpersonal touch interaction has been accepted to ACM UbiComp 2014.
  • Apr. 2014: We've won the Honorable Mention Award at ACM CHI 2014!
  • Feb. 2014: We've won the Best Paper Award at ACM CSCW 2014!
  • Feb. 2014: I've found that I am one of the three reviewers (out of 500+) who did most reviews in ACM CSCW 2014 :-)
  • Jan. 2014: Our paper on human factors of exergame controllers has been accepted to ACM CHI 2014
  • Jan. 2014: I am serving on the program committees of ACM UbiComp 2014 and AAAI ICWSM 2014
  • Aug. 2013: Our paper on a mobile pervasive care for language delay has been accepted to ACM CSCW 2014
  • May. 2013: I am serving on the program committee of of ACM MCSS 2013 collocated with ACM UbiComp 2013
  • Mar. 2013: Our paper on a mobile face-to-face interaction platform has been accepted to ACM MobiSys 2013
  • Feb. 2013: We've won the Best Demonstration Award at ACM HotMobile 2013!