Kyurae Kim


I am a PhD student advised by Professor Jacob R. Gardner at the University of Pennsylvania working on Bayesian machine learning, Bayesian inference, and Bayesian optimization. I acquired my Bachelor in Engineering degree at Sogang University, South Korea, during which I did undergraduate research under Professor Hongseok Kim, Tai-kyong Song, Sungyong Park, and Youngjae Kim. During this time, I also worked at Samsung Medical Center, South Korea, as an undergraduate researcher, at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, South Korea, as a visiting researcher, and at Hansono, South Korea, as a part-time embedded software engineer. After graduating, I was a research associate at the University of Liverpool under Professor Simon Maskell and Jason F. Ralph. I hold memberships in the ACM, ISBA, and the IEEE (which implies that I’m a good tipper…)

Previously, I used to work on medical imaging, computer systems, high-performance computing, and array signal processing, but I’m also broadly interested in topics such as computational statistics, programming languages, and optimization. Here is a list of papers that I found interesting over my career.

productivity tools that I use

(Last updated in Dec 11 2022)
I heavily use cross-platform opensource software tools.

  • Emacs (heavily customized) for writing code
    • Magit for accessing Git within Emacs
  • Zotero for managing citations and exporting bibtex
  • Inkscape for drawing vector diagrams (but also Tikz if not in a rush)
  • Veusz for quick publication quality plots (but also PGFplots, Makie.jl for fancier stuff).
  • sioyek for viewing and Master PDF for editing, and annotating PDF files.
  • Nomacs for viewing a lot of image files quickly (on Windows, FastStone is hard to beat)
  • Flameshot for taking screenshots


Sep 14, 2022 1 paper has been accepted to NeurIPS’22.
Jul 3, 2022 I’ll be flying back to South Korea on July 15 2022.
Apr 14, 2022 I’ll be joining the University of Pennsylvania as a Ph.D. student.
Sep 17, 2021 I’m joining the University of Liverpool as a research associate.

selected publications

  1. Markov Chain Score Ascent: A Unifying Framework of Variational Inference with Markovian Gradients
    Kyurae Kim, Jisu Oh, Jacob R. Gardner, Adji Bousso Dieng, and Hongseok Kim.
    In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (to be presented) 2022
  2. A Probabilistic Machine Learning Approach to Scheduling Parallel Loops with Bayesian Optimization
    Kyurae Kim, Youngjae Kim, and Sungyong Park.
    IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems 2020
  3. Automatic Myocardial Segmentation in Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Perfusion MRI Using Monte Carlo Dropout in an Encoder-Decoder Convolutional Neural Network
    Yoon-Chul Kim,  Kyurae Kim, and Yeon Hyeon Choe.
    Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine 2020
  4. EVCMR: A Tool for the Quantitative Evaluation and Visualization of Cardiac MRI Data
    Yoon-Chul Kim,  Kyurae Kim, Kwanghee Choi, Minwoo Kim, Younjoon Chung, and Yeon Hyeon Choe.
    Computers in Biology and Medicine 2019