Professor Emeritus Joong Hoon "Jay" KIM

Professor, School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Eng 

Korea University

Research Interests

Smart Water Management Systems and Micro Water Grid Systems in Smart Cities.

Design and Management of Water Distribution Systems.

Maintenance and Management Techniques of Urban Drainage systems

Real-time Management of Urban Water Systems Involving  Smart Monitoring, Telemetered Systems, and Sensor Networks.

Development of Alarm System against Urban Flood.

Development of Optimal Decision Making Systems about  Management of Water Supply and Sewage Networks.

        Teaching Interest


      Optimization Algorithms

Machine Learning

Water Resource  Planning  and Management

Water Resources Systems Engineering




Korea University, B.E., 1984.2

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.S.C.E. (Advisor : Chin Y. Kuo), 1986.12

"A Study of Infiltration Trenches in Unsaturated Soil"

University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. (Advisor : Larry W. Mays), 1992.12

"Optimal Rehabilitation/Replacement Model for Water Distribution Systems"


National Study Abroad Scholarship, Korean Ministry of Education, 1985.05

Quentin Mees Research Award, Arizona Water and Pollution Control Association 1994.03.

Korea Water Resources Association Achievement Award 2005.12.

National Emergency Management Agency Achievement Award 2007.11

Korea Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs Award 2012.02

KSCE-Springer Award, 2013.12

Songsan Grand Prize (Academic) by KSCE, 2019.10

Order of Science and Technological merit, 2021.04 

K-water Grand Academic Prize, 2022.12



"Harmony Search Optimization Algorithm and Its Applications in Water Resources Engineering" in Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources (JSHWR), Kyoto, Japan, 2011.08

First Won Tae Sang commemorative lecture, "Recent Trends in Optimization" in Korea Water Resources Association (KWRA), Kangwon Land, S. Korea, 2012.05

"Application of Harmony Search Optimization Algorithm to Water Resources Engineering" in New Zealand Hydrological Society Conference, Nelson, New Zealand, 2012.11 

"Optimization Algorithms as Tools for Hydrological Science" in Asia Oceania Geosciences Society(AOGS 2013), Brisbane, Austrailia, 2013.11 

"Recent Advances in Harmony Search Algorithm" in 4th Global Congress on Intelligent Systems(GCIS 2013), Hong Kong, China,  2013.12 

"Improving the Convergence of Harmony Search Algorithm and its Variants" in 4th Soft Computing in Problem Solving(SocProS) 2014, Silcha,  India, 2014.12

"Performance of Evolutionary Algorithms on the Fitness Landscape of Specific Problems" in 5th Soft Computing in Problem Solving (SocPros) 2015, Saharanpur, India, 2015.12

"Evolutionary Algorithms for Smart Water Management: which one to choose?" in 12th International Conference on Hydroinformatics (HIC 2016), Songdo, South Korea, 2016.08

"Smart World Smart Water : Hydroinformatic Approaches for 'Real' Paradigm Shift" in Smart Water Grid International Conference (SWGIC 2017), Songdo, South Korea, 2017.11

"Harmony Search variants and Their Applications to Engineering Problems" in Recent Trends in Operations Research and Statistics (RTORS 2017), IIT Roorkee, India, 2017.12

"Searching for the Harmony in Istanbul with Inter-ethnic Harmony Search" in 6th International Conference on Harmony Search, Soft Computing and Applications (ICHSA 2020), Istanbul, Turkey, 2020.07

"Engineering Applications of New Optimization Algorithm: Inter-ethnic Harmony Search" in 2nd International Conference on Communication and Intelligent Systems (ICCIS 2020), Uttarakhand, India, 2020.12 

"Bridging the Construction Engineering with Optimization"2021 Future-Shaping ACE(Architecture, Civil, and Environment) Congress, Seoul, South Korea, 2021.08

Conference Hosting

6th Asia Pacific Hydrology and Water Resources(APHW 2013), Seoul, S. Korea, LOC Chair

1st Symposium on Harmony Search Algorithm, Chair  

2nd International Conference on Harmony SearchAlgorithm(ICHSA 2015), Seoul, S. Korea, LOC Chair

12th International Conference on Hydroinformatics(HIC 2016), Songdo, S. Korea, LOC Co-Chair

4th International conference on Harmony Search, Soft Computing and Applications (ICHSA 2018), Gurgaon, India, Honorary Chair

13th International Conference on Hydroinformatics (HIC 2018), Palermo, Italy, LOC Vice Chair

5th International Conference on Harmony Search, Soft Computing and Applications (ICHSA 2019), Kunming, China, General Chair, 2019.07

6th International Conference on Harmony Search, Soft Computing and Applications (ICHSA 2020), Istanbul, Turkey, Honorary Chair, 2020.07

Congress in Intelligent Systems (CIS 2020), Jaipur, India, General Chair, 2020.09

Congress in Intelligent Systems (CIS 2021), India, General Chair, 2021.09 

7th International Conference on Harmony Search, Soft Computing and Applications (ICHSA 2022), Seoul, S. Korea, LOC Chair, 2022.02

Congress in Intelligent Systems (CIS 2022), India, General Chair, 2022.09 

Professional Affiliation

Korean Society of Civil Engineers

Korea Water Resources Association

American Society of Civil Engineers 

American Water Resources Association 

International Association for Hydraulic Research 

International Water Association 

International Association of Hydrological Science 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 

The National Academy of Engineering of Korea

Harmony Search Algorithm Website   

Prof. Joong Hoon KIM