Tschangho John Kim, began his education in architectural engineering in his native South Korea and completed graduate study in planning at Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1976. He completed two years’ graduate study in Urban Design in Austria, and worked in Germany, South Korea, Indonesia, Sweden, Kenya, and the People’s Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. In 1979–80 he served as project director of the National Comprehensive Transportation Study of Korea, sponsored by the World Bank. He also directed the Optimal Transport Sector Development Project in Indonesia in 1990–1. He served as the director of the Office of Overseas University Collaboration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was the University of Illinois liaison officer to the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities, Inc. (MUCIA). He was an advisor to Governor Thompson of Illinois on international affairs, a Fulbright scholar to Germany, senior Fulbright scholar toKorea, a member of the Geography and Regional Science Advisory Panel, National Science Foundation (NSF), and chair of the National Advisory Committee for GIS Implementation of Korea. He is editor of an international journal, The Annals of Regional Science, the head of delegates from Korea for Technical Committee for GIS Standardization (TC 211) of the International Organization for Standards (ISO), project leader for international standard for Multimodal Tracking and Navigation of LBS System, and an advisor to the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) in Saudi Arabia since 1994.
Kim teaches courses in transportation, GIS, and the application of the social sciences to urban and regional planning. Recent research funded by the National Science Foundation focused on models that attempt to show the impact of transportation on urban form and structure, and evaluate the economic impacts of transportation interruptions by unscheduled events. Other research projects include development of efficient, real time traffic data using personal communication systems (PCSs), travel time forecasting using real time traffic data, episodic and seasonal controls for transportation for improving air quality, and GIS standards.
Kim has published seven books dealing with urban systems analysis, regional systems analysis, expert systems applications to urban planning, expert systems in environmental planning, environmental programming evaluation, and spatial planning in Indonesia. In addition, he has published twenty book chapters, forty-six journal articles, and thirty-six professional articles.