Jina Kim


Hello! This is Jina Kim (κΉ€μ§€λ‚˜ in Korean). I am a PhD student in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota and a member of Knowledge Computing Lab, advised by Prof. Yao-Yi Chiang.

My research interests lie in spatial artificial intelligence and multimodal learning. I mainly focus on developing techniques to automatically extract meaningful information from large-scale, multimodal spatial data. Heterogeneous spatial data includes overhead images, trajectories, and documents such as scanned images (e.g., scanned maps) or natural language documents containing valuable geographic information. I am also interested in validating technologies beyond accuracy by using social science methodologies. For more information about my research experience, please refer to my Curriculum Vitae (PDF).

I obtained my Master's degree in Interaction Science from Sungkyunkwan University under Prof. Eunil Park's supervision where I found my passion in conducting interdisciplinary research to solve real-world problems. During my Master's, I have completed the Intensive Artificial Intelligence Program offered by the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Before that I received my Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Hansung University.


  • [Nov. 2023] I won the first place in the Student Research Competition at the ACM SIGSPATIAL '23, with my research titled "Towards Learning of Spatial Triad from Online Text." My undergraduate intern, Rhett Olson, also won the first place in the undergraduate track!πŸŽ‰
  • [Nov. 2023] I will attend the ACM SIGSPATIAL '23 for participating the Student Research Competition, presenting the mapKurator system, and organizing SpatialW networking event!
  • [Aug. 2023] I attended DARPA CriticalMAAS project kick-off meeting held in the National Conservation Training Center. I am super excited to contribute to representation learning techniques capturing spatial characteristics!
  • [Apr. 2023] My poster on meaningful representations from multimodal spatial data won first place for the best poster award at SIAM SDM '23!πŸŽ‰ Thanks to whom enjoyed my poster pitch and voted for my research πŸ€— Link to the poster.
  • [Apr. 2023] SIAM SDM '23 is approaching! I will co-organize the networking session for the underrepresented groups and moderate a panel at the doctoral forum.
  • [Apr. 2023] I presented our mapKurator pipeline at the David Rumsey Map Center in Stanford. Link to the recordings.
  • [Mar. 2023] I will co-organize a session and have presentations in the GeoAI and Deep Learning Symposium at 2023 AAG Annual Meeting! Check out details via the program file.



GeoAI for the Digitization of Historical Maps
Yao-Yi Chiang, Muhao Chen, Weiwei Duan, Jina Kim, Craig A. Knoblock, Stefan Leyk, Zekun Li, Yijun Lin, Min Namgung, Basel Shbita, Johannes H. Uhl (2023).
In Handbook of Geospatial Artificial Intelligence, pp. 217-247, Springer.


Integrating Deep Learning and Machine Translation for Understanding Unrefined Languages
Honggeun Ji, Soyoung Oh, Jina Kim, Seong Choi, Eunil Park. (2022).
Computers, Materials & Continua, 70(1), 669-678. (SCIE, JCR 2020 IF=3.772)




* = co-corresponding author, ** = equal contribution

Fun Projects

Drone Live Video Streaming Solution using Raspberry PI
HIFLY Team Project   [Video]

We implemented a streaming system which can forward live video stream to multiple users from a Phantom4, a drone made by DJI. Also, we constructed the streaming server on Raspberry Pi 3 board for high mobility. The video stream can be played on any devices if the HTML5 standard web browser is utilized.


Visiting Scholar in Language Technologies Institute, Jan. to Jul. 2020
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, USA

M.Sc. in Interaction Science, Feb. 2021
Sungkyunkwan University
Seoul, Republic of Korea
B.S. in Computer Engineering, Feb. 2019
Hansung University
Seoul, Republic of Korea

Work Experience

AI Scientist Intern @ Raon Data, Mar. to Jun. 2021
Seoul, Republic of Korea

Undergraduate Intern @ Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Jun. to Aug. 2018
Daejeon, Republic of Korea