Shim, Jae Kun

Associate Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Director, Neuromechanics Research Core, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) program
Department of Kinesiology
0110F School of Public Health (Bldg #255) 4200 Valley University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Research Interests 
Human motor control and synergies Human-human & human-robot physical collaboration Rehabilitation robotics for neurological disorders
Background Info 
Dr. Jae Kun Shim is Associate Professor in Kinesiology and directs Neuromechanics Research Core at University of Maryland ( He is a former recipient of two honorary awards, Promising Young Scientist Award of International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) and Young Scientist Award of American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). His research is focused on neural and mechanical mechanisms of human hand and digit actions and locomotion, as well as their applications to rehabilitation, medicine, and ergonomics. He has published research articles in a wide spectrum of scientific journals such as Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Applied Physiology, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Experimental Brain Research, Journal of Motor Behavior, Ergonomics, Robotics, etc. Dr. Shim serves as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and Associate Editor in Chief of Korean Journal of Sport Biomechanics. He also serves Editorial Board Member of Motor Control and Journal of Motor Behavior. Recently, Dr. Shim has been developing “Translational Neuromechanics Research” to help lower-limb amputees, stroke patients, and injured musicians. His research has been supported by National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD), National Research Foundation (KRF) of Korea, Ministry of Welfare and Health of Korea, Samsung Electronics, Under Armour Inc., etc. 


The current research focus includes robotic solutions for functional recovery of human locomotion in persons with lower extremity amputations and hand and multi-digit actions of people after strokeDr. Shim teaches Anthropomorphic Robotics, Neuromechanics of Bipedal Locomotion, Advanced Biomechanics, Advanced Neuromechanics, Biomechanics Theories, Biomechanics of Human Motion, etc.