Jinwoo Shin


Jinwoo Shin is currently an associate professor (jointly affiliated) in the Graduate School of AI and the School of Electrical Engineering at KAIST. He obtained B.S. degrees (in Math and CS) from Seoul National University in 2001, and the Ph.D. degree (in Math) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 with George M. Sprowls Award (for best MIT CS PhD theses). He was a postdoctoral researcher at Algorithms & Randomness Center, Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010-2012 and Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences Department, IBM T. J. Watson Research in 2012-2013.

Dr. Shin's early works are mostly on applied probability and theoretical computer science. After he joined KAIST in Fall 2013, he started to work on machine learning: topics include graphical models, distributed optimization, uncertainty estimation, transfer learning, large-scale spectral functions, adversarial examples, generative adversarial networks, meta learning, model compression and reinforcement learning. He received the Rising Star Award in 2015 from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for the computer systems performance evaluation community (SIGMETRICS). He also received Kenneth C. Sevcik Award at ACM SIGMETRICS/Performance 2009, Best Publication Award from INFORMS Applied Probability Society 2013, Best Paper Award at ACM MOBIHOC 2013, Bloomberg Scientific Research Award 2015 and ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award 2019.

Erdös number 2 (Paul Erdös - Prasad Tetali - Jinwoo Shin) and Einstein number 4 (Albert Einstein - Ernst Gabor Straus - Béla Bollobás - David Gamarnik - Jinwoo Shin)

Closely working (or advising) companies on machine learning (or AI): Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, QiSens, AIZEN, XBRAIN, AITRICS, i-SENS, KB Financial Group, Hana Financial Group.

Ph.D. Thesis

Efficient Distributed Medium Access Algorithm

Jinwoo Shin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics, 2010
George M. Sprowls Award (for best doctoral theses in MIT CS)
Advisor: Devavrat Shah, Department of EECS, MIT

Selected Honor

Selected Service

  • Journal Associate Editor

  • Senior Program Committee (or Area Chair)

    • Senior Program Committee, IJCAI 2020

    • Area Chair, ICLR 2020

    • Area Chair, ICLR 2019

  • Technical Program Committee (or Reviewer)

    • 2020: AAAI, AISTATS, ICML, UAI

    • 2019: AAAI, ACML, ICML, NIPS, UAI


    • 2017: AAAI, INFOCOM, NIPS


    • 2015: INFORMS Meeting, SIGMETRICS, WIOPT

    • 2014: MOBIHOC

    • 2011: MOBIHOC


Email: jinwoos@kaist.ac.kr
Phone: 82-42-350-7432
Office: N1-914