Jongwoo Kim

Jongwoo Kim is a part-time Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. He is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Center for Image-Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI), the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto since 2019. His current research interests include surgical robots and medical devices, as well as soft robotics and smart materials.

Before coming to Toronto, Jongwoo researched minimally invasive surgical robots and soft robots at Biorobotics Laboratory, Seoul National University for his PhD. His Ph.D. work included modeling of robot kinematics, development of new mechanisms and robots, FEM simulation and topology optimization methods, development of robot control systems, and realization of prototypes for experimental validation. During his Ph.D., he also worked at the Center for Medical Robotics, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). At KIST, he researched on slim, dexterous, and teleoperated robots for minimally invasive surgery. Jongwoo received a B.S., and a combined Master’s-PhD degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, in 2013 and 2019, respectively.

He is a recipient of the Global Ph.D. Fellowship and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program from the National Research Foundation of Korea, and Mitacs Globalink Research Award from Mitacs, National Research Organization of Canada.

Academic Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow

Continuum Robotics Laboratory
University of Toronto Mississauga

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Center for Image-Guided Innovation & Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI)
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada


Center for Medical Robotics
Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, Korea Republic

Graduate Student Researcher

Biorobotics Laboratory
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea Republic




Seoul National University, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering



Seoul National University. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering