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Dr. Joon Chung

Joon Chung
BSc, MASc, PhD
416-979-5000 ext. 557213

Areas of Academic Interest

MDO (Multidisciplinary Design Optimization) of Aircraft

Flight Simulation and HMI (Human Machine Interface)

VR/AR Mixed Immersive Simulation and Design

Aircraft Interiors Design and Optimization


Year University Degree
1997 University of Toronto PhD
1993 University of Toronto MASc
1990 Iowa State University

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
AER 814 Aircraft Design Project
AER 716 Aircraft Stability and Control
AE8139 Multi-disciplinary Design Optimization of Aerospace Systems


When Joon Chung was six years old, he wanted to design airplanes. Now, he’s using high-fidelity computation to turn his childhood dream into a virtual reality.

“Within multidisciplinary design optimization, when you scan an aircraft, you have to consider everything—aerodynamics, control, materials, propulsion,” Chung explains. Many technologies have evolved over the last 10 years for multidisciplinary design optimization, but virtual reality allows Chung to tackle design problems holistically.

His research group is one of the few Canadian labs developing cutting-edge applications that cover everything from pilot training, to technician repair, to customizing aircraft interiors. “Let's say you're designing a plane interior based on what a customer wants,” says Chung. “You can show them colour and layout options while the aircraft fixtures remain in place. Augmented reality gives you options.”

In the next five years, Chung wants to focus on Human Machine Interfaces from the perspective of designers, customers, maintenance technicians, and operators. He anticipates big improvements to augmented and virtual reality in the near future. “This is a new opportunity for us to improve interaction between pilots and machines,” he says. “I’m excited for what’s to come."

Joon Chung

“Before you fabricate something in real life, you can fabricate it virtually.”