Lik-Hang Lee, PhD

AR/VR, Metaverse, Human-centered Smart Systems & Designs

Assistant Professor, ISE and Grad. School of Data Sci., KAIST


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE)

Graduate School of Data Science (GSDS)

Graduate School of Culture Technology (GSCT)
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)


Contact Info: 

Address: Room 4210, Building E2, KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea. 

E-mail: likhang (dot) lee (at) kaist (dot) ac (dot) kr


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Short Bio:

I am an assistant professor (tenure-track) with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), The Republic of Korea. I am also leading the Augmented Reality and Media Lab.  (ARM Lab.) at KAIST [My resume].

My primary [research interests] are Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Data-driven Methodologies or AI-enabled Applications in the Metaverse. Since 2016, I have co-authored no less than 50 conference and journal papers, as well as technical reports related to diversified types of virtual and immersive environments (i.e., AR/VR and the Metaverse) [List of publications]. My recent projects have covered broad-spectrum [topics], including AI systems in AR/VR, mobile AR/VR solutions, AR/VR facilitated intelligent objects (e.g., IoT and Robotics), and user privacy and safety in immersive cyberspace. In addition, I am serving as technical program committees/ programme committees/ workshop organizers/ reviewers in well-recognized conferences and journals, such as ACM CHI, IMWUT, CSUR, IEEE PERCOM, IJCAI, AAAI, ACM Multimedia, and so on [Services]I am looking for motivated and outstanding candidates for Postgraduate studies (PhD and Mphil) and Postdoctoral Researchers to work on real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables, and other emerging virtual environments in the immersive Internet (also known as the Metaverse). Here is a list of students I supervised or co-supervised [List of students].


  • Sept 2022 We got an article into IEEE Multimedia, regarding XR Operating System for the Metaverse [link]

  • Sept 2022 I shared my opinion about the metaverse readiness [article], interviewed by the Hong Kong Economic Journal

  • Sept 2022 We got a paper into ACM Asia Multimedia regarding a real-time human-avatar interaction framework

  • Sept 2022 We got two papers into ASONAM 2022 (Acceptance rate 19.6%) regarding (1) Anchor Store Effect based on Location-based Social Network; and, (2) Mental Health Communications with Instagram Coaches

  • Sept 2022 We got a paper about Meditation, Mindfulness and Virtual Reality in Chinese CHI 2022

  • Sept 2022 Our paper regarding AR frameworks [link] appears at ACM Computing Survey CSUR

  • Sept 2022 Our paper, regarding Federated Split GANs, was accepted into MobiCom 2022 Workshop (the 1st Workshop on Data Privacy and Federated Learning Technologies for Mobile Edge Network)

  • Aug 2022 I delivered a talk regarding XR and real EduTech Applications (A case of virtual-physical geography lesson), invited by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) [Snapshot][Playback]

  • Aug 2022 I delivered a talk `When Education meets the Metaverse: an overview and challenges' at the Global Smart Education Conference [snapshot​]

  • Aug 2022 A metaverse project with Hong Kong Productivity Council, namely i4.0 Digital Lean in Metaverse for Virtualised Process Optimisation, got into the Finalists for the 2022 R&D 100 Awards (its 60th year) [snapshot][link]

  • Aug 2022 I delivered a talk regarding fundamental metaverse concepts & applications at Hong Kong Productivity Council

  • Aug 2022 A research collaboration project, namely MetaHKUST—i.e., a virtual-physical blended university [Snapshots], eventually goes `online' and gets publicity, listed selected news articles: [WenWeiPo][on.cc][orange news]

  • Aug 2022 We got two papers into ACM ICMI'22. In particular, one of the papers is related to Martian Metaverse

  • Aug 2022 We got a poster into ASSETS 2022

  • Jul 2022 I delivered a talk at The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) - ``I&T elites teach you how to integrate the business into Metaverse"

  • Jul 2022 We got the best paper award at SocialMeta'22 [cert]

  • Jul 2022 I delivered a talk at Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) - `When Digital Lean meets the Metaverse'

  • Jul 2022 I shared my opinion about metaverse interoperability, interviewed by Andrew Singer with Cointelegraph 

  • Jul 2022 We got one paper into ACM MM 2022

  • Jul 2022 We got one paper considering drone controller designs in VR, accepted by IEEE/RSJ IROS 2022

  • Jun 2022 We delivered a PG-level Augmented Reality Course (KSE801, Spring'22) at KAIST

  • Jun 2022 A very first survey regarding metaverse education was accepted in Smart Learning Environments

  • Jun 2022 One paper was published at ACM Proc. HCI (EICS) 2022

  • Jun 2022 I delivered a seminar at KAIST The First Wednesday Multidisciplinary Forum (June): `Visualization of Virtual Entities in the Metaverse'

  • May 2022 Our Metaverse article and AR research were highlighted by HKUST's 30th anniversary featured articles

  • May 2022 I delivered a seminar at SUNY Korea: `Building User-centric immersive cities in the metaverse era'. 

  • Apr 2022 We delivered the first-ever professional Metaverse course (42 hours) to HKPC (Corporate Training) at KAIST

  • Apr 2022 Our paper investigating virtual reality brainstorming appeared in Digital Creativity

  • Apr 2022 We got one paper into ACM MMSys 2022

  • Apr 2022 I delivered an invited seminar at HKUST AI Thrust

  • Mar 2022 One paper was published at IEEE Haptics 2022

  • Mar 2022 Our research has been highlighted by KAIST Breakthroughs

  • Mar 2022 We successfully organized the 1st Metaverse Workshop, namely METABUILD, at IEEE VR'22

  • Mar 2022 I delivered a talk at Smart Learning Institute, Bejing Normal University: `Metaverse in Education (International Webinar Series)'

  • Feb 2022 We got one paper into IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

  • Feb 2022 We got one paper into IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems

  • Feb 2022 I delivered a seminar at HKBU: `Building User-centric immersive cities: Interactivity Bandwidth, Privacy, and Safety'.

  • Feb 2022 I delivered a seminar at HKPC: `The Masterplan of Constructing the Metaverse'

  • Jan 2022 I shared my view on the Metaverse and Play-to-earn games with Hindustan Times: `Level up: Tour the new battlegrounds of the gaming world'

  • Jan 2022 I delivered a seminar at USTC: `Immersive Human-City Interaction in the Metaverse Era'

  • Jan 2022 We got two papers into TheWebConf 2022

  • Jan 2022 We got one paper into Ubicomp 2022

  • Dec 2021 We delivered a UG-level Global Innovation Course (IE481, Fall'21) at KAIST

  • Nov 2021 I shared my view regarding Implementing `Metaverse Cities' with MingPao Hong Kong

  • Nov 2021 We delivered a talk at CUDAN Open Lab, University of Tallinn: `The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Metaverse'

  • Oct 2021 We released a comprehensive survey detailing our vision for the future metaverse

  • Sep 2021 Our paper at ACM MM 2021 was selected as one of `the Best Paper Candidates'

  • Aug 2021 We got two papers into ACM MM 2021

  • Jul 2021 We got one paper into ACM ICMI 2021

  • Jun 2021 Two papers were published at ACM Proc. HCI (EICS) 2021

  • May 2021 We got one paper into ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR)

  • Apr 2021 After joining KAIST, my research was first highlighted by the KAIST ISE Dept. Newsletter

  • Mar 2021 I delivered a talk regarding human-city interaction at KAIST ISE Colloquium 

  • Dec 2020 One paper was presented in AIS ICIS 2020

  • Sept 2020 I accepted the offer of Tenure-track Assistant Professor with the Dept. ISE at KAIST

  • Aug 2020 We got one paper into ACM ICMI 2020

  • Jun 2020 We got one paper into Ubicomp 2020

  • Apr 2020 We got one paper into Pervasive and Mobile Computing

  • Mar 2020 We got one paper into MMSys 2020

  • Dec 2019 We got one paper into Percom 2020

  • Nov 2019 I officially started as a Postdoctoral Researcher (5GEAR Project) at the University of Oulu

  • Aug 2019 We got one paper into Ubicomp 2019

  • Aug 2019 We got one paper into ISWC 2019

  • May 2019 Our AR-Driven Product had been tried by the 4th Hong Kong Chief Executive

  • Jan 2019 We got two papers into Percom 2019

  • Dec 2018 Our AR-Driven Product received the Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity.

  • May 2018 A survey on Interaction Method for Smartglasses appeared in IEEE ACCESS

  • Apr 2018 I delivered a talk regarding AR education at Internet Economy Summit (IES) 2018

  • Mar 2018 Our AR-Driven Product received two HKICT Awards under the categories of Smart Living (Silver) and ICT Software (Merit)

  • Feb 2017 Our Mobile AR research was highlighted by HKUST PG Newsletter

  • Jan 2017 Our research was reported in a featured article written by Hong Kong’s Information Services Dept.: `A new system for AR enthusiasts

  • Jan 2017 I got invited by M21.hk to share my views on technology and R&D with the 3rd Hong Kong Chief Executive

  • Oct 2016 I served as a panel speaker at GMIC Hong Kong 2016 (Topics related to AI/5G/AR)

  • Sep 2016 Our research was highlighted by South China Morning Post: `Hong Kong Researchers laud bright future for augmented reality technology' and Wenweipao: `HKUST's platform for fast AR app development cycle shortening to one week'

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  • ACM Multimedia 2022 (External Reviewers)

  • ACM ICMI 2022 (Program Committee)

  • IEEE ISMAR 2022 (External Reviewers)

  • ACM IMWUT 2022 (Reviewer)

  • International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (ISSN: 1044-7318), Reviewers

  • ACM ICWSM'22 (External Reviewers)

  • Complexity, Hindawi, External Reviewer

  • IEEE Virtual Reality (VR) 2022 : Workshops (Co-chair and Organiser) (I) MetaBuild and (2)  Data4XR

  • Patterns, Cell Press (Reviewers)

  • New Techno-Humanities [ISSN: 2664-3294] (Reviewers)

  • CHI 22 – Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (External Reviewers)

  • AAAI 22 – the Thirty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (PC)

  • KAIST HCI Initiative (Committee)

  • IJCAI-ECAI'22 (PC)

  • IEEE Percom 2022 (TPC)

  • PerFail 2022 –The 1st International Workshop on Negative Results in Pervasive Computing (TPC)

  • IEEE Network Magazine (Reviewers)

  • Virtual Reality [ISSN : 1359-4338], Reviewers

  • ACM CHI 2021 Workshop Organiser (2VT: Visions, Technologies, and Visions of Technologies for Understanding Human Scale Spaces)

  • Ubicomp 2021 Workshop MIMSVAI 2021 (TPC)

  • ACM ICMI 2021 (PC, the standard track and BlueSky track)

  • IJCAI 2021 (PC)

  • ACM IMWUT 2021 (Reviewer)

  • ACM Multimedia 2020 (Reviewers)

  • IJCAI 2021 – the 30th International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (PC)

  • PRICAI 2020 – the 17th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (PC)

  • IJCAI 2020 – the 29th International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (PC)

  • ACM MobileHCI 2020 – the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (Reviewers)

  • ICCCCN 2020 – the 29th International Conference on Computer Communications and Communication Networks​ (PC)

  • ECAI 2020 – the 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (PC)