Inseok Hwang (황인석)

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I am a daydreamer, engineer, and designer who dreams of the unreal and struggles to make it real a bit at a time, driven by novel mobile / IoT technologies and artificial intelligence on physical worlds.

Technically, my research roams around mobile / IoT systems, embedded AI, ubiquitous computing, applied machine learning, and human-computer interaction. On top of those technical fundamentals, I am passionate about designing and architecting first-of-its-kind systems that could be immediately influential to our real life. In this light, many of my research have been aiming at or inspired by interdisciplinary applications such as health and well-being, family and children, social activism, cyber-physical instrumentaion, immersive telepresence, workplace augmentation, and so on. As for long-term values, through my research, I envision augmenting and transcending human-to-human interactivity in real worlds.

To date, I have been serving on the program committees and/or editorial board of a number of premier academic venues leading my areas of research, including ACM MobiSys, ACM UbiComp/IMWUT, ACM CHI, IEEE Infocom, and so on. I served on the NSF panel as a panelist to review grant proposals.

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 :-)


  • Oct. 2018: I am serving on ACM MobiSys 2019 Technical Program Committee as a TPC Member. 
  • June 2018: I am serving on IEEE Infocom 2019 Technical Program Committee as a TPC member.
  • May 2018: Our paper on a co-present robotic avatar system letting a user live at multiple homes at the same time has been accepted to ACM MobiSys 2018. (Thanks to my awesome intern, Bumsoo Kang, for his hard work!)
  • Jan. 2018: I am serving on ACM UbiComp 2018 Organizing Committee as a Workshop Co-Chair.
  • Aug. 2017: I am serving on ACM HotMobile 2018 Technical Program Committee as a TPC Member.
  • June 2017: Our paper "Card-stunt as a Service" has been selected as the Best Video Award winner, as well as the runner-up of the Audience Choice Award at ACM MobiSys 2017!
  • June 2017: I am serving on IEEE Infocom 2018 Technical Program Committee as a TPC member.
  • May 2017: Our paper on a mobile-crowd system to create instant collective visualization on a massively packed crowd has been accepted to ACM MobiSys 2017. (Thanks again to my awesome intern, Chunkuk Yoo, for his continuing dedication on this work.)
  • Jan. 2017: This year I am serving on an NSF Proposal Review Panel as a panelist. 
  • Dec. 2016: I am serving on IEEE MDM 2017 Organizing Committee as an Industry Track Co-Chair.
  • 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 my 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.