Yelin Kim (Lin)

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Email: yelinkim at umich dot edu


Yelin Kim is a Ph.D. student in the Computational Human-Centered Analysis and Integration Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, working with Professor Emily Mower Provost since 2012. She received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2011, and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering-Systems from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2013. In Summer of 2014, she has worked for the Computer Vision Lab at GE Global Research, NY, developing an automatic video segmentation and human action recognition system (Mentors: Dr. Jixu Chen and Dr. Peter Tu). During her undergraduate studies, she has interned at Infosys Technologies Ltd., India, developing an assisted healthcare system for children in rural India (Mentor: Dr. Anutosh Maitra).

Her research interests are in computational human behavior analysis and affective computing by utilizing multimodal (speech and video) signal processing, and machine learning techniques. She computationally measures, represents, and analyzes human behavior data (vocal and facial expressions, body gestures, etc.) to illuminate fundamental human behavior and emotion perception, and develop natural human-machine interfaces.

Areas of Interest

Human behavioral signal processing, affective computing, machine learning, multimodal signal processing, artificial intelligence, computer vision

Awards and Honors

CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop Travel Grant (2014)
Best Technical Poster Award (1st place), The 10th Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference (2014)
Best Poster Award (1st place), Engineering Graduate Symposium, University of Michigan (2013)
CSE Grace Hopper Conference 2013 Travel Award (2013)
Korean Government Scholarship for Study Abroad (2011-2013)
Qualcomm Scholarship (2011)
Korea National Science Scholarship (2007-2011)
Seoul National University Engineering Women Fellowship (2010)
Temasek Foundation-Singapore Management University Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking Scholarship (2010)
The National Academy of Engineering of Korea: Young Engineers Honor Society (2009)


Yelin Kim and Emily Mower Provost. "Say Cheese vs. Smile: Reducing Speech-Related Variability for Facial Emotion Recognition." Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM'14). Florida, USA, November, 2014. (accepted as ACM full paper) [pdf]

Yelin Kim and Emily Mower Provost. "Emotion Classification via Utterance-Level Dynamics: A Pattern-Based Approach to Characterizing Affective Expressions." IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. May, 2013. [pdf] [poster]

Yelin Kim, Honglak Lee, and Emily Mower Provost. "Deep Learning for Robust Feature Generation in Audio-Visual Emotion Recognition." IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. May, 2013. [pdf] [poster]


Graduate Student Instructor, EECS 451: Digital Signal Processing, University of Michigan, Fall Semester 2014.
Guest Lecturer, EECS 498: Intelligent Interactive Systems, University of Michigan, February 2014.
Guest Lecturer, EECS 498: Human-Centered Computing, University of Michigan, March, 2013.


Lightning Talk, the Society of Women Engineers First Annual Leaders in Engineering Summit, University of Michigan, March, 2014.
Panelist, College of Engineering New Graduate Student Welcome, University of Michigan, August, 2013.
Panelist, EECS Faculty/Grad/Alum Panel Event, hosted by student groups IEEE/ACM and gEECS (Girls in EECS), University of Michigan, March, 2013.
Panelist, CSE tour for Tech Day, University of Michigan, September, 2012.

Relevant Coursework


Department Representative, CoE Graduate Student Advisory Committee, University of Michigan (2013-Present)
Student Member, IEEE (2013-Present)
Vice President, Korean Student Association - Graduate, University of Michigan (2013-2014)
Second Prize Winner, Infosys Business Case Competition (2010)


3945 Bob and Betty Beyster Building, University of Michigan, 2260 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2121
Email: yelinkim at umich dot edu


Last updated August 26th, 2014