Together with Cristiano Calcagno, Dino Distefano and Peter O’Hearn at Facebook, Hongseok Yang at KAIST received the ACM SIGPLAN Most Influential POPL Paper Award for the paper “Compositional Shape Analysis by means of Bi-abduction,” which they presented at POPL 2009. POPL is a top international conference in programming languages. This annual award is given to the authors of the most influential paper among those published at POPL ten years ago. More information can be found in Facebook Research’s article: https://research.fb.com/popl-2019-most-influential-paper-award-for-research-that-led-to-facebook-infer/
Kim Dae-young, professor of School of Computing KAIST, was honored by the prime minister at the government office in Seoul on December 26. As the head of a new industry committee under the Public Data Strategy Committee, he was recognized for his contribution to discovering and opening data in new industries such as Smart City and self-driving cars, etc. https://www.yna.co.kr/view/PYH20181226167600013?section=search
At APLAS (Asian Symposium on Programming Language and Systems) 2018 which was held in Wellington, New Zealand on 12/3-5 and was sponsored by KAIST, Hong Jae-min (Advisor Ryu Seok-young) received the second prize for his thesis on Path Dependent Ties with Path-Equality at the Student Research Competition, which he participated with graduate students. He published the paper at ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Scala, which was held in St. Louis, U.S. on September 28.
LeeSeong-ho(Advisor Ryu Seok-young) School of Computing, KAIST was selected as the best reviewer for the Artifact Evaluation at OOPSLA 2018 (Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications), a class S international institute in Boston, U.S. on Nov. 7-9 and won the Distinguished Artifact Evaluation Committee Member Award.
Last November, ten Ph.D. students from our computer science department were chosen for NAVER PhD Fellowship. The selected person is - Gong Tae-sik (Professor: Lee Sung-joo) - Kwon Hyun (Professor Yoon Hyun-soo) - Kim Hyung-kyu (Professor Kim Soon-tae) - Nam Jae-hyun (Professor: Shin Seung-won) - Park Joon-young (Professor Ryu Seok-young) - Park Jin-seok (Professor Lee Heung-kyu) - Jang Young-soo (Professor: Kim Ki-ung) - Jeon Seok-joon (Professor: Kim Min-hyuk) - Jeong Dae-ryong (Professor: Shin In-shik) - Ha Jae-hee (Professor Kim Myung-chul) NAVER PhD Fellowship program is a program that selects Ph.D. student who submitted the first paper to the top-tier conference/journal of each computing field and pays scholarships. Naver selected eight students for NAVER Phd Fellowship in 2015, six first and eight second in 2016, 11 in 2017, and 10 in 2018, and paid a total of 235 million won to the selected students.
Two students from Graduate School of Information Security of School of Computing, KAIST, Choi Won-seok in Ph.d course and Lee Byeong-hak in master’s course(Advisor Professor Lee Ju-young) , won the grand prize for thesis “Indifferentiability of Truncated Random Permutations” at the 2018 National Cryptography Competition. The 2018 National Cryptographic Competition was held by the Korea Cryptographic Forum, Korea Institute of Information Security & Cryptology and and National Research Council of Science & Technology under the auspices of the National Intelligence Service to develop the nation's encryption technology. The total prize money is about 50 million won including the 10 million for the grand prize. Cryptographic Competition is divided into areas such as cryptography thesis, solving problems of cryptography, and ideas for using cryptography, and the grand prize is chosen only from the cryptography thesis area. The award ceremony was held at Ramada Seoul Hotel on November 15 as an additional event for the Future Password Workshop. In addition, Kim Sung-kwang in Ph.d course (Advisor Professor Lee Ju-young) received an incentive award in cryptography thesis section, and Kim Sung-kwang and Choi Won-suk in Ph.d course, and Lee Young-min in master’s course (Advisor Professor Lee Ju-young) received a special award.Two teams of undergraduates of KAIST hacking club GoN, led by Cha Sang-gil from Graduate School of Information Security, received the highest award and the incentive prize respectively in the problem-solving field. Meanwhile, Lee Ji-eun, a Ph.D. student in School of Computing, won the top prize at the National Cipher Skills Specialist Training Awards, and Lee Byeong-hak, a master's course student, won the excellence prize. Lee Byung-hak also won the top prize at the 2017 Cryptography Contest for his paper, "Tweakable Block Cippers Secure Beyond the Birtday Bound in the Ideal Cipher Model," which was adopted by the three major cryptographic societies Asiacrypt, this year.
Dr. Shin Yoo from School of Computing, KAIST, has been identified as one of the top 15 most impactful early career researcher in software engineering by a bibliographic study published at Journal of Systems and Software in October 2018 (Karanatsiou et al., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2018.10.029). The result is based on analysis of 14,456 papers as well as their citation counts published at top journals and conferences between 2010 and 2017.
Professor Hwang Sung-joo of School of Computing was selected as the winner in the Google AI Intensive Research Awards program announced on September 13th through Google Korea blog. related article: https://korea.googleblog.com/2018/09/googleaifocusedresearchawardsprogram.html
The papers presented at the Korea Computer Congress 2018 at the Jeju International Convention Center (ICC JEJU) from June 20 to 22, 2018 was selected as the Excellence paper. Those are listed on the bottom. [Artificial Intelligence] Detecting Rumors, Fake News, and Propaganda on Sina Weibo with Classifier based on Random Forest , Choe Jung, Cha Mi Young, Lee Won Jae (KAIST) Speech/Music Pitch Classification Based on Bidirectional LSTM with Probabilistic Attention, Kim, Han - Gyu (KAIST), Jang Gil Jin (Kyungbook National University), Park Jung Sik (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies), Oh Young Whan · Choi Ho Jin (KAIST) [Computer Graphics and Interaction] Lipid Droplet Tracking Method using Optical Flow in 3D Cell Image Data Jihoon Cho·Jinah Park(KAIST)
In the "9th TOPCIT Regular Evaluation" conducted by Ministry of Science and ICT and Institute for Information&communications Technology Promotion(IITP) on May 19 (Sat), Ryu Hyung-Wook(Advisor: Choi Sung Hee) and Kwon Oh-chan(Advisor : Choi Gwang Mu), students in master’s course, won Grand Prize (Minister of Science and ICT) and Special Prize (Navy Chief of Staff Award). The awards ceremony will be held on July 13, 2018 (Friday), at the Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Royal Ballroom (1st floor). TOPCIT is a system that diagnoses and evaluates the basic core knowledge, skills and attitudes required for ICT industry participants and SW developers to understand business and resolve tasks according to their needs and perform their business successfully.
Prof. Juho Kim of the KAIST School of Computing received an Honorable Mention Award at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018) held in Montreal, Canada, on April 21-26. The CHI conference is the premier conference in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, and only the top 5％ of all papers receive the Honorable Mention Award. The study was a result of international cooperation with Ching Liu, a master's student from Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University and also an exchange student at KAIST, and Prof. Hao-Chuan Wang from UC Davis. In the paper titled ”ConceptScape: Collaborative Concept Mapping for Video Learning”, they introduce a system that helps learners who watch lecture videos in an online education environment work together to create a concept map. Through the generated concept map learners can more easily explore and understand the contents of the lecture. paper link: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3173961 more: https://kixlab.org/publications/
On April 12, Prof. Jin Hyung Kim, an Emeritus Professor at the School of Computing, was selected as a winner of the technology sector of "The 21st Century Grand Prize." "The 21st Century Grand Prize" was established by NIMA (New Industry Management Academy) in commemoration of the founding of "21st-century executive club" in 1986. It is regarded as a "Nobel Prize in Business" to honor business executives who contributed to the development of Korean industry.
The paper, 'Invasive Software Testing: Mutating a Target Program to Diversify Test Exploration for High Test Coverage,' published by Prof. Moonzoo Kim of the KAIST School of Computing won the Distinguished Paper Award at IEEE ICST 2018 (International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation, acceptance rate:25％). They suggest Invasive Software Testing, which is a new technology that goes beyond the existing SW testing paradigm. Invasive Software Testing extracts a variety of information from a number of variants of the target SW program and effectively detects errors in the field that the conventional SW testing cannot analyze. In the paper, they demonstrate experimentally that the SW analysis outcome is significantly improved compared to the latest testing technology through the DeMiner (guiDEed test generation using MutatIoN ExploRation) framework, which implements the Invasive Software Testing paradigm.
Prof. Juho Kim and Jean Y. Song, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan and a visiting researcher at KAIST School of Computing, won the 'Best Student Paper Award Honorable Mention' at the ACM 2018 Conference on Intelligent User Interface held in Tokyo. In the paper titled 'Two Tools are Better Than One: Tool Diversity as a Means of Improving Aggregate Crowd Performance', they present a new method to overcome the limitations of existing crowdsourcing techniques. By providing multiple tools with complementary properties to crowd workers, it improves the accuracy of the aggregated result by minimizing the errors coming from crowd workers using a single tool. https://dl.acm.org/authorize?N43044
Prof. Jinah Park and her research team’s work on "Hippocampal Shape modeling based on a Progressive Template Surface Deformation and Its Verification" has been selected as one of 2017 KAIST Top 10 representative R&D outcomes. The purposes of the 2017 KAIST Top 10 representative R&D outcomes are as follows: - To inspire researchers' motivation toward research by discovering and celebrating the outstanding achievements of KAIST R&D - To accumulate core technical information and outstanding accomplishments through continuous publications of annual reports and videos. - To induce the progress of a performance management system through systematic performance case management The award took place during the Research Day event in May 2018.
Hyosu Kim, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Computing, won the bronze prize in the Computer Science & Engineering division of Samsung Electronics Human Tech papers on February 7th. A research team composed of Ph.D. candidates Hyosu Kim and Byungil Kim (advisor: Prof. Insik Shin) at KAIST and Ph.D. candidate Daehyeok Kim at CMU won the prize by developing a touch detection technology using touch sound in a mobile environment. The team was highly acclaimed for their sound-based techniques and mobile HCI technology. Title - TapSnoop: Leveraging Tap Sound to Infer Tapstrokes on Mobile Touch-screen Devices Authors - Hyosu Kim (KAIST), Daehyeok Kim (CMU), and Byungil Cho (KAIST) The Samsung Electronics HumanTech Paper Award was established in 1994 to discover creative and challenging young people who will lead the future science of Korea and to create a social atmosphere that emphasizes technology and revitalizes the research atmosphere in schools. An article in Korean is available at the following: https://humantech.samsung.com/saitext/board.do
Three School of Computing faculty members won the 2018 Faculty Award in Commemoration of the 47th foundation anniversary of KAIST: International Cooperation Award to Prof. Key-Sun Choi Innovation Award to Prof. Dong Soo Han and Excellent Lecture Award to Prof. In-Young Ko. The International Cooperation Award is given to a faculty member who has contributed largely to the university’s international cooperation, the Innovation Award to a faculty member who has contributed to innovations to industry through technology transfer and commercialization and to sharing and spreading of research achievements, and the Excellent Lecture Award to a faculty member who had the highest course evaluation results for the previous year. The award ceremony was held on Jan 12th 2018 at the 47th School Anniversary Event.
Prof. Eunho Yang was awarded the 2018 Songam Future Scholar Research Excellence Award. The Songam Future Scholar Research Excellence Award is granted according to the will of President Lee of Korea Former Co. and is given to Assistant Professors in Engineering Schools with less than five years at that position with an excellent research performance in order to encourage their research activity. The award ceremony was held on Jan. 12th 2018 at the 47th School Anniversary Event.
Prof. Jinah Park received an appreciation plaque from the Dean of College of Engineering for her devotion to KAIST Breakthroughs, a biannual research newsletter of the College of Engineering.
Team ‘NLPCL ＊ CGV’ attended the ‘SW/Demo Contest’ and won the best demo award during the Korea Software Congress 2017 held in Busan on December 20th~22nd. Team ‘NLPCL ＊ CGV’, comprised of Ph.D students Jung-Ho Kim, Wonsuk Yang and Fitsum Gaim of NLPCL Lab (advisor: Jong Cheol Park) and Master’s student Youngjin Ahn of CGV Lab (advisor: Jinah Park), has demonstrated a ‘VR training and mobile feedback system to increase communication ability in work environment’ by merging VR and AI technology.
On December 12th, KAIST undergraduate student Jaemin Shin and Dukgi Hong (Advisor Prof. Sue Moon) has earned the ‘Best Paper Award’ for their paper ‘Considerations on Deploying High-Performance Container-based NFV’ in the international conference ‘Cloud-Assisted networking Workshop at ACM CoNEXT 2017’ held at Incheon Paradice City Hotel. Congratulations！
Research team “Is this real story” lead by Prof. Meeyoung Cha was awarded the President of Artificial Intelligence Industry Association Award for their AI technology for identifying fake news by finishing first place in the university division of ‘AI R&D Challenge’ held in Gyeonggi Creative Economy Center. The ‘2017 AI R&D Challenge Competition’ aims to find problems that have high economic and social influence but are considered too challenging, and solve them using the AI technology. The first topic is this year’s identification of fake news. To identify fake news with coherence and inconsistency of news content two tasks were to be solved, and the competition had 6 million Won prize and 18 year R&D support totaling 1 billion Won. 71 teams of individuals, universities and companies participated in the qualifiers and final rounds. The top 3 teams were awarded the Minister of Science and ICT Award and the President of Institute for Information &communications Technology Promotions Award, with special awards of President of Artificial Intelligence Industry Association Award and Intel Award. Prof. Cha’s team (with PhD Student Keonwoo Park, Masters student Jeongmin Kim, Undergraduate student Taekyoon Kim and 3 students from Graduate School of Culture Technology) formed industrial-educational cooperation with Withcat and Jamong Lab, and developed a recurrent neural network that uses paragraph level embedding vectors to classify the coherence of information. The research team conducted the research with the support of KAIST 2017 AI Flagship project.
Professors, Insik Shin, Jaehyuk Huh and Min H. Kim, won MSRA Collaborative Research 2018 Grant Awards Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) Collaborative Research Program is a grant program for faculty members in Asia, working together with MSRA researchers on mutually interesting topics. MSRA aspires to foster talents and establish Microsoft as a valuable research and technology partner for higher education in Asia. In addition, KAIST is the university that won the largest number of grant awards, along with Tsinghua, HKUST, and USTC. The selected research projects are: TouchSurface: Supporting Touch User Interface with Sound on Any Surface Insik Shin, KAIST Securing Key-Value Stores with Hardware Trusted Execution Environments Jaehyuk Huh, KAIST Capturing Intrinsic Material Appearance via Spectro-Polarimetric 3D Imaging Min H. Kim, KAIST Since the announcement of Call for Proposals in mid-July, there has been a large number of submissions. MSRA Collaborative Research Program Committee carefully reviewed them based on the state-of-the-art and common research interests. Now MSRA announces 62 awards. The awardees are from 35 universities and institutes in China mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Singapore. We are pleased to announce that three professors of KAIST School of Computing, Insik Shin, Jaehyuk Huh and Min H. Kim, won MSRA Collaborative Research 2018 Grant Awards. Reference: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/lab/microsoft-research-asia/articles/msra-collaborative-research-2018-award-announcement/
Seung-Hwan Baek and Chang Hyun Park won MSRA PhD Fellowship 2017 [link]. Congratulations to Seung-Hwan Baek (advisor: Prof. Min H. Kim) and Chang Hyun Park (advisor: Prof. Jaehyuk Huh), on winning the 2017 Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship Award！ Their excellent guidance and continued support for the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship program are highly appreciated. This year, 107 distinguished Ph.D. candidates from 38 leading research universities or institutions were nominated for fellowships. Applicants included candidates from the China mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. Each candidate’s credentials, publications, and research projects were thoroughly evaluated by a review committee and only 10 extremely outstanding students have been awarded fellowships. A cash award is also provided to support the fellow’s research and academic endeavors. Moreover, Microsoft Research Asia would like to provide Moreove the PhD student a 3-month visiting research opportunity, which helps the winner to broaden his or her horizons by doing research at a top international research institute under the guidance of an experienced researcher. Seung-Hwan and Chang Hyun were invited to attend the 2017 MSRA Fellowship award ceremony held in Harbin, China, on Oct 19th. The ceremony was one of the key sessions of the 19th Computing in the 21st Century Conference, during which they could talk from distinguished scientists from around the world, and have a lunch meeting with Turing Award winner. Since its inception in 1999, the program has attracted applications from approximately 1,100 PhD candidates from more than 40 universities in the Asia-Pacific region, with 396 outstanding students having been awarded Microsoft Research Asia Fellowships. Many of them have become influential researchers in their area. We are glad to have Seung-Hwan and Chang Hyun as Fellowship winners this year, and we look forward to their future achievements！ Chang Hyun Park (left) and Seung-Hwan Baek (right)
On September 12th, KAIST PhD candidate Sangeun Oh was awarded the 2017 Google PhD Fellowship in Mobile Computing area, in recognition of his latest work "Designing Multi-device Mobile Platform for Cross-device Functionality Sharing". Google has been conducting Google PhD Fellowship Program to spotlight PhD candidates who are doing outstanding work in the field of computer science. The awardees are granted ten thousand dollars worth of scholarship and become connected with Google's specialists each field as mentors to discuss the research and get feedback. This year, a total of 47 PhD students worldwide were awarded, including 6 students in the East Asia, including Korea, China and Japan. Throughout his PhD years, Sangeun Oh developed platforms for mobile devices to share functionalities such as log in, payment and sensors, enabling user experiences previously impractical to implement. His research was presented last June 21th in ACM Mobysis, the most prestigious academic conference in Mobile computing.
KAIST School of Computing Ph.D. graduate Junghwan Lee, and M.S. student Heechan Shin (advisor: Prof. Sungeui Yoon) won the Best Paper in Robotic Planning award at the ICAR 2017, held last July 10 through 12 at Hong Kong. The award recognized their research on data-driven kinodynamic RRT. This research was on a method for constructing a database of known possible states and inputs of a kidonynamic robot’s movements for future reference, such that robots can simply search the database. By removing the need to calculate the inputs in real time, the research greatly reduces the computational load of robotic movement. Lee has a history of outstanding academic achievement, having published multiple papers at various internationally renowned journals and conferences during the course of his Ph.D. years, including the IEEE Transaction on Robotics (TRO), International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), and the International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Systems (IROS). Advisor: Prof. Sungeui Yoon, 1 st Author: Junghwan Lee, 2 nd Author: Heechan Shin IICAR 2017 Website: http://www.ee.cuhk.edu.hk/~qhmeng/icar2017/index.htm We offer our most sincere congratulations on their success.
KAIST School of Computing Professor Meeyoung Cha presented the keynote for the IEEE/ACM International Conference on ASONAM (Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining) with a talk on “The Propagation of Rumors and Fake News”. The conference, held this Aug 1 through 3 at Sydney, Australia, awarded Prof. Cha a plaque of appreciation for her services. The keynote presented an AI based method for detecting fake news online, and the validation of the theory using sociology. This research pointed out the problem that social media, being devoid of any fact checking stage, might propagate false information as if it was true, especially in a society where phones and social media enable a convenient and habitual consumption of information. The research team examined this social phenomenon scientifically, thus proposing a big data and AI algorithm based unsupervised method for online information credibility assessment. The research results were published on various renowned conferences and journals, including ICDM, IJCAI, and PLoS One.
A KAIST School of Computing research team led by Professor Shin Yoo won the 2017 Human Competitiveness Award (Humies) Silver Award at Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), a conference held by ACM SIGEVO. The event recognizes human parity achievements in research by evolutionary computation. Prof. Yoo’s research contribution involved machine learning based defect location technology (technology for automatically finding defective code found during software testing), which is on parity with existing methods researched by man, and also proved via machine learning that a more accurate method does not exist. Prof. Yoo provided the core elements of the theoretical proof, as well as led an international research team composed of researchers from China’s Wuhan University, Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology, and Briton’s University College London, and then submitted the paper to ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology in the Humies track. Fourteen teams competed in this year’s Humies track, out of which 9 passed the final selection from a panel of judges. The gold award went to a University of Sidney research team for using genetic algorithms for explaining the causal model of recent quantum entanglement research results. The bronze went to two teams, for a technology to optimize a structure’s truss arrangement, and a technology to optimize A/B testing on websites to maximize customer loyalty. ACM GECCO is a large scale conference with a proud 20 year history in the field of genetic and evolutionary computation research. Its 13 tracks cover various topics, including genetic and evolutionary computation, artificial life, artificial immune systems among others, and welcoms topics on both theory and application. This Humies Award was the 14th such award, created by ex-Stanford Professor John Koza, who greatly contributed to the research of evolutionary computation. Entries must prove via research papers that their evolutionary computation technique shows human parity in their performance in a specific field. Prof. Yoo is a world renown expert in the field of search based software engineering, which uses evolutionary computation techniques to solve software engineering problems.
Our very own School of Computing undergraduate student Seung Geun Baek (Advisor: Prof. Moonzoo Kim) won silver in the 7th TOPCIT Periodic Evaluation held jointly by the Ministry of Science and ICT, and the IITP. We extend our most sincere congratulations. Article in Korean: http://www.newstap.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=56908
Our very own KAIST School of Computing Ph.D. course students Youngsun Kwon and Taeyoung Kim (both under advisor Prof. Sungeui Yoon) won the Microsoft Research Award and first prize, respectively, at the KCC 2017 SW development / demo contest held last June 20th. The event, held in Jeju Island by the Korea Computer Congress, awarded their presentations of “Real-time updates for occupancy maps”, and “Illumination invariant color space computation using principal component analysis”, respectively. Mr. Kwon, who won the MS Research Award, won 2,000,000 KRW as a member of the Robotics-SGLab Team, and also won an internship at MS Research. Mr. Kim, the winner of the first prize, won 1,000,000 KRW as a member of the SGLab Imaging / Vision Team. We extend our congratulations on their success.
This article is on our very own Professor Emeritus Kyu-Young Whang winning Korea’s Best Scientist / Technician Award. http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/it/2017/07/03/2408000000AKR20170703049900017.HTML The award recognizes Koreans for outstanding, globally influential R&D achievements or technical innovations. The award acknowledged Prof. Whang’s accomplishments in developing technologies in the Korean computer science and software industries’ development and promoting information culture. Prof. Whang’s work in the field of database systems led to innovative theories and techniques in probabilistic statistics and close coupling. Probabilistic statistics deals with fast extraction of desired data, and close coupling leads to better performance in databases by deeply embedding information searching and spatial database functionalities in the engine. We would like to congratulate him on his success..
The 41st ACM ICPC World Finals was held on May 25th, 9 AM Korean time, at Rapid City, South Dakota. The KAIST team won 9th place, winning a bronze and also scoring the First Problem Solver Award, given to the first team to solve a problem. ACM-ICPC, sponsored by IBM, is an international university level coding competition where the Korean representatives are selected after a Daejeon regional qualifier, followed by a Korean national qualifier, where teams of three solve 12 questions. Our very own KAIST team was coached by Prof. Sung Yong Shin (Professor Emeritus, School of Computing), with Prof. Taisook Han (School of Computing) providing on-site coaching. The team members were School of Computing undergraduates Jihoon Ko and Hanpil Kang, joined by Department of Mathematical Sciences undergraduate Jongwon Lee. The three students achieved excellent results in the competition. More information on the competition is available on the official website at https://icpc.baylor.edu/worldfinals/results
Professor Min H. Kim of School of Computing won a Top 10 Distinguished Research Achievements of KAIST award during the 2017 KAIST Research Day, held Tuesday morning at KI building’s Fusion Hall. The award recognized his contributions to KAIST, citing his research in “birefractive stereo imaging for single-shot depth acquisition”. We sincerely congratulate him on his accomplishment.
ACM Distinguished Members can be either a Distinguished Engineer, Distinguished Educator, or a Distinguished Scientist. The title of Distinguished Scientist is awarded to an expert with over 15 years of experience in the field, over 5 years of consistent ACM activities, and a significant contribution or influence to the field of computing. Less than 10％ of ACM members are Distinguished Members, and Prof. Cheong was among the 45 selected this year, the only Distinguished Scientist in Korea. Reference: http://awards.acm.org/distinguished_member/year.cfm Prof. Otfried Cheong received his Ph.D. from Freie Universitaet Berlin in 1992, and enjoyed successful careers at Utrecht, POSTECH, HKUST, and TU Eindhoven before settling in KAIST in 2005. His research group explores discrete geometry and computational geometry.
The celebrations for the 2017 46th Anniversary of KAIST was held at the KAIST Auditorium on Jan. 16th. Our very own School of Computing Professor Sukyoung Ryu received the Best Lecture Award, undergraduate Soyun Park (Advisor: Prof. DooHwan Bae) received the Creative Activities Award, and School of Computing staff member Mikyung Kim received the Service Award. We congratulate them on their achievements.
KAIST Center for Mobile Software Platform (Head: Prof. Seungryoul Maeng) developed “UX Centric Mobile SW Platform”, designed to assist the development of next generation UX service technologies. During the commissioned research project, the Center has applied for 37 patents, both foreign and domestic, out of which 15 have been granted, while winning the best paper awards 10 times from various international academic conferences, and publishing 133 papers in Korea and internationally. In recognition of such results, they were awarded the Minister of the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning Award during the 2016 SW R&D Research Results Conference (2016 Nov. 29, COEX Grand Ballroom 105), an event hosted by the Ministry and the Institute for Information & Communication Technology Promotion (IITP). “UX Centric Mobile SW Platform” was designed with the advent of new services with new UX, and SW talent education in mind, providing an extensible situation processing platform expected to conserve device power.
On the 3rd of October, our very own School of Computing Professor Sung-Ju Lee won the 10th WiNTECH (ACM International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation & CHaracterization) Test of Time Award in the workshop held in New York City, USA. WiNTECH, a wireless networking workshop started in 2007, has gained recognition for its focus on spotlighting practical research results via experimentation and verification. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the workshop, the workshop’s first Test of Time Award was given. Test of Time Awards are given to papers that are still important in academia and industry many years since its original publication. Prof. Sung-Ju Lee’s paper “An Experimental Study on the Capture Effect in 802.11a Networks” received the Test of Time Award in a unanimous vote by the judges. The 2007 paper was a collaboration between Prof. Sung-Ju Lee and a Seoul National University research team. The research team showed via experiment that, despite the then common knowledge that signals affected by interference become unusable, the signals can be received depending on variables such as transmission power, transmission time, and transmission rate. The paper affected later wireless experiments and modeling research, and has been referenced more than 200 times. Prof. Lee commented that the award means a lot since it shows the paper is still impactful despite being almost 10 years since its original publication.
The Google Ph.D Fellowship Program was started in 2009 to find exceptional graduate students in computer science and related fields. Awardees are given ＄10,000 (approx. 11,000,000 Korean Won) in scholarship, and receive one-to-one mentoring for their research from Google’s experts in various parts of the field. The 8th year or the program, this year’s program saw over 250 applicants, of which 52 were selected, 6 from East Asia (Korea, Japan, and mainland China). Two students from KAIST’s School of Computing: Woosang Lim (supervisor: Prof. Doo-Hwan Bae), and Chungkuk Yoo (supervisor: Prof. Junehwa Song) have been given the honor of becoming the two Korean Fellows of the 2016 Google Ph.D Fellowship Program. Woosang Lim won the scholarship with his research on the efficient and accurate decomposition of large scale matrices, and the machine learning applications made possible thereof. He used the mathematical analysis of PSD (Positive Semi-Definite) matrix decomposition error, a common feature of machine learning, to propose a creative and novel form of data compression. Using this, he introduced an algorithm to perform eigendecomposition of large scale PSD matrices much more accurately and efficiently than existing methods. The paper was published in ICML last year, an international conference renown in the field of machine learning. He is currently working on generalizing the paper’s algorithm as well as working on other applications of the research. Lim has also shown his talent by winning the Korean Mathematical Society’s National College Level Mathematics Competition twice, winning the Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS) Best Presenter Award (Ph.D Student), winning the International Machine Learning Society (IMLS) Scholarship, and publishing papers in various top international conferences. Chungkuk Yoo became a Google Ph.D Fellow for his proposal and implementation of a novel service model using mobile sensors, which was recognized as an achievement in the field of mobile computing. During his Ph.D course, Yoo implemented a method for using smart phone camera to calculate the position of objects in 3 dimensional space. He used this to create a system in which arbitrary objects could be used as UI elements, which users can interact with by pointing to the said object with their finger. This research was a collaboration with IBM Research, and was published in CHI, the top international conference in human computer interaction. He is now working on improving his mobile vision based object position sensing technology to work in densely crowded areas as well, maximizing accurately, and minimizing latency. There are 5 US patents pending related to this work. Furthermore, Yoo was awarded the Best Paper award from CSCW in recognition of his research in the use of smart phones to identify children with language related disabilities via non-verbal cues, and educational / corrective services for use by such children within a family setting. CSCW is the top conference in social computing, and the award is a first for Korean organizations, which highlights the originality of his research. Reference: https://research.googleblog.com/2016/09/announcing-first-annual-global-phd.html?m=1
Professor Otfried Cheong received the best paper award in the SoCG 2016 held in Boston, USA last June. He's had two papers accepted and the following paper won the best paper award: “The Number of Holes in the Union of Translates of a Convex Set in Three Dimensions” by Boris Aronov, Otfried Cheong, Michael Gene Dobbins and Xavier Goaoc Congratulations！
On July 25, 2016, the following students of the School of Computing have been appointed to Naver Ph.D. Fellow and received the Fellowship Award: Duc Hoang Bui (Ph.D. candidate, advisor: Insik Shin), Soo In Kim (Ph.D. candidate, advisor: Alice Oh), Duksan Ryu (Ph.D. candidate, advisor: Jongmoon Baik), Gun Woo Park (Ph.D. candidate, advisor: Mi-young Cha), Changhee Park (Ph.D. candidate, advisor: Sukyoung Ryu), Sunjoon Kim (Ph.D. candidate, advisor: Geehyuk Lee). This award is sponsored by Naver Corp. to recognize the students who published the best papers to top-tier international conferences and journals on computer science field. Congratulations on receiving the award. ＊＊ Pictures Duc Hoang Bui, Soo In Kim Duksan Ryu, Gun Woo Park Changhee Park, Sunjoon Kim