Woo Soo Kim | Empowering Agriculture and Food Security Through 3D Printing

Equity + Justice, Climate + Environment, 2023, PFL 2023-2024, President's Faculty Lectures

This talk will discuss cutting-edge innovations poised to revolutionize the agricultural landscape. We will journey into the future, where 3D printing technologies serve as critical elements for transformative change. Discover the potential of 3D printed environmental sensors, poised to optimize resource allocation and enhance crop yield. Explore the realm of 3D printed end effectors, which are set to revolutionize fruit picking through robotic precision. 

Moreover, we will delve into the realm of 3D printed conductive wireless sensors, revolutionizing the Internet of Things in farming and aiding in sustainable resource management. The discussion wouldn't be complete without a spotlight on 3D printed drones, heralding a new era of precision agriculture and innovative soil and crop management techniques. 

Join us on September 27th as we unfold a future where 3D printing propels agriculture into a more sustainable, productive, and secure paradigm.

— Woo Soo Kim

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The President's Faculty Lectures

The President’s Faculty Lectures shine a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by SFU President Joy Johnson, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and researchers that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.

The theme of this year’s lectures is Making a Difference for B.C. Approaching this theme from a variety of disciplines, each short lecture will be followed by a conversation with Joy Johnson and an audience Q&A session.  

Save the date for more upcoming President's Faculty Lectures!

  • November 29, 2023: Caroline Colijn – Professor & Canada 150 Research Chair, Department of Mathematics
  • January 23, 2024: Andréanne Doyon – Assistant Professor and Director of the REM Planning Program, School of Resource and Environmental Management
  • February 13, 2024: Victoria E. Thomas – Assistant Professor, School of Communication
  • March 12, 2024: Wenona Hall – Associate Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies
  • April 30, 2024: Bohdan Nosyk - Professor, St. Paul's Hospital CANFAR Chair in HIV/AIDS Research, Faculty of Health Sciences

Woo Soo Kim

Dr. Woo Soo Kim has been a Professor in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University (SFU) since 2010 and currently serves as the Scientific Director at B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation. Before joining SFU, he served as a Senior Research Scientist at Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga for two years and spent time as a Post-doctoral Associate at MIT, USA. He earned his BS at Yonsei University and completed his MSc and PhD at KAIST in South Korea.  

Dr. Kim received the Quadrant Award 2007 and Hanwha Corporation's New Faculty Award in 2016. He has been an editorial board member for journals including IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, IEEE Flexible Electronics, IOP Flexible and Printed Electronics, and Advanced Sensor Research.  

He is actively engaged in agricultural networks, serving on the steering committee of B.C. Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network, and as a member of Surrey’s Agriculture and Food Policy Advisory Committee. Dr. Kim’s research focuses on the engineering aspect of Advanced 3D printing for diverse sensing applications.

Wed, 27 Sep 2023

5:30 p.m. (PT)

In-Person and Online Event

There will be a 30 minute reception beginning at 5:00pm in the Atrium, with the lecture starting at 5:30pm. Please join us for cookies, coffee and tea!

The Presentation Studio (Applied Sciences Building - Room 10900)

SFU Burnaby

8888 University Drive W., Burnaby

BC, V5A 1S6

Closed captioning in English will be available at this event for online attendees. Please register to receive a link for the online event.


In-Person Accessibility

Please note that the event will be taking place at the The Presentation Studio (Applied Sciences Building - Room 10900) on the SFU Burnaby Campus (8888 University Dr W, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6).

Bike racks are available on campus for public use.

SFU Burnaby is accessible by bus and car. Visit the Translink website for routes and schedules.

Visit the SFU Burnaby website to learn more.

Washrooms are located on the first floor, with accessible stalls available. There is an elevator which can be used to access the lecture room.  

Finding The Presentation Studio (Applied Sciences Building - Room 10900):

  1. Via bus: Get off at the main bus loop. With Starbucks and the shops to your left, proceed downhill past the water feature on your right. After about 1-2 minutes by foot, the Applied Science Building entrance will be at your right.
  2. Via personal vehicle: From the East Parking Lot, proceed West towards the Applied Sciences Building. Once inside, before the Renaissance Coffee shop, turn left into the atrium. Walk through the atrium and head up the stairs/elevator.

There will be signage and staff directing attendees to the lecture room. 

Online Accessibility

Closed captioning in English will be available through the online event.

Technology requirements

Online attendees will need a computer (laptop or desktop), tablet or smartphone, with speakers or headphones. A microphone and/or a webcam are recommended if you would like to fully participate in the interactive portions of this event.

We recommend that you use a computer for the best experience of this event. Some interactivity and accessibility features are not available when using a smartphone or tablet.

Protecting your privacy

This event will be recorded, but only the speakers will be visible in the published recording. The recording will be shared with all registrants and published on SFU Public Square’s website, YouTube and social media channels.

To ensure that we are using online event technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the event link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password-protect the event
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

To protect your own privacy:

  • We remind you that whatever you say during the event is public, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others:

  • Please do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the event, unless permission is requested and given.

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Community guidelines

Our community guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of all guest speakers and event participants, and to foster honest, socially accountable dialogue at our events. Thank you for respecting these guidelines!

  • Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence or discrimination against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, or disability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants (whether through chat, video, audio or otherwise) will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.
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  • Take space, make space: share your perspective, and make space for other voices to be heard too. Recognize that we are all here to learn.

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