Yoonseob Lim

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Yoonseob Lim (임윤섭), Ph.D


Ph.D, Senior Researcher
Center for Robotics Research
Convergence Research Center for Diagnosis, Treatment and Care System of Dementia
Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)

Email : yslim AT kist.re.kr
Office : International Cooperation Building L8309
Tel : +82-2-958-6641

Research Interests

  • Human-robot interaction
- Artificial intelligence for reliable human-robot interaction in dynamically changing environment
- Recognition of human behavior characteristics while interacting with robot
  • Auditory neuroscience
- Intelligibility of speech sound with limited spectrotemporal information
- Advanced cochlear implant electrode and speech signal processing system
  • Signal processing
- Object-based sound signal processing and recognition algorithm


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University (2002)
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Seoul National University (2004)
  • Ph.D. in Auditory Neuroscience at Boston University (2014)
Thesis : "Seeing Sound: A New Way to Illustrate Auditory Objects and Their Neural Correlates"
Advisor : Timothy J. Gardner
  • Research Engineer, Hyundai Motor Company (2004-2006)


Journal paper

  1. G. Son, S. Kwon, Y. Lim, "Speech Rate Control for Improving Elderly Speech Recognition of Smart Devices," Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering, vol.17, no.2, pp.79-84, 2017, doi:10.4316/AECE.2017.02011
  2. Y. Lim, R. Lagoy, B. Shinn-Cunningham, T. Gardner (2016) Transformation of temporal sequences in the zebra finch auditory system, eLife 2016;10.7554/eLife.18205
  3. M. Aoi, K. Lepage, Y. Lim, U.T. Eden and T.J. Gardner (2015) An approach to time-frequency analysis with ridges of the continuous chirplet transform, IEEE Trns. Signal Processing, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 699-710
  4. K.S. Min, S.B. Jun, Y.S. Lim, S.I. Park and S.J. Kim (2013) Modiolus-hugging intracochlear electrode array with shape memory alloy, Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, vol. 2013
  5. Y. Lim, B. Shinn-Cunningham and T. Gardner (2012) Sparse contour representations of sound. IEEE Signal Processing Letters, vol. 19, pp. 684–687
  6. Y. Lim and J. Choi (2009) Speaker selection and tracking in a cluttered environment with audio and visual information, IEEE Consumer Electronics, vol. 55, issue 3, pp. 1581 – 1589
  7. Y.S. Lim, S.I. Park, Y.H. Kim, S.H. Oh and S.J. Kim (2005) Three Dimensional Analysis of Electrodes Behavior in a Human Cochlear Model, Medical Engineering & Physics, vol. 27, issue 8, pp. 695-703

Book Chapter

  1. S. B. Jun and Y. Lim, "Implantable Optical Neural Interface," in Smart Sensors and Systems: Innovations for Medical, Environmental, and IoT Applications, C.-M. Kyung, H. Yasuura, Y. Liu, and Y.-L. Lin, Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017, pp. 209–236.

Conference Presentations

  1. H. Jeon, K. Yang, S. Park, J. Choi, Y. Lim (2018) An Ontology-based Home Care Service Robot for Persons with Dementia, IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interaction Communication (RO-MAN)
  2. H. Jeon, S. Park, J. Choi, Y. Lim (2018) Ontology-based Dementia Care Support System, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) (Oral presentation, acceptance rate: 42%)
  3. Y. Lim, J. Choi (2015) Object-based sound signal classification, Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Chicago, IL, USA
  4. Y. Lim, J. Markowitz, T. Gardner (2014) Motor and auditory coding of sub-syllabic transitions in zebra finch song, Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Washington DC, USA
  5. Y. Lim, B. Shinn-Cunningham, T. Gardner (2014) Temporal sequence processing and natural song time-scales in zebra finch auditory cortex, Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Washington DC, USA
  6. Y. Lim, B. Shinn-Cunningham, T. Gardner (2013) Stable time-frequency contours for sparse signal representation, 21st European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Marrakech, Morocco
  7. Y. Lim, B. Shinn-Cunningham, T. Gardner (2013) Time-scales of neural integration constrain a songbird operant behavior. Computational and System Neuroscience (COSYNE), Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  8. M. Aoi, Y. Lim, U. Eden, T. Gardner (2013) Object-based spectro-temporal analysis of auditory signals. Computational and System Neuroscience (COSYNE), Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  9. Y. Lim, B. Shinn-Cunningham, T. Gardner (2011) Contour representations of sound, IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA), New Paltz, NY, USA