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  • Best Paper in Robotic Planning at the Internationa..

    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.

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  • KAIST SoC Prof. Meeyoung Cha Invited as Keynote Pr..

    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.

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  • SoC Students Win ACM GECCO Humies Silver Award

    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.

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  • Silver in 7th TOPCIT Periodic Evaluation

    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

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  • SoC Students Win KCC 2017 SW Development Contest’s..

    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.

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  • Prof. Emeritus Kyu-Young Whang Presented Korea’s B..

    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..

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  • Bronze in the 41st ACM ICPC World Finals

    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

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  • School of Computing Professor Otfried Cheong desig..

    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.

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  • 2017 46th Anniversary Awards

    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.

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  • KAIST Center for Mobile Software Platform was awar..

    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.

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  • Prof. Sung-Ju Lee Wins the WiNTECH Test of Time Aw..

    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.

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  • Ph.D Students Woosang Lim and Chungkuk Yoo Awarded..

    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

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  • Prof. Cheong wins the best paper award in SoCG'16

    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!

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  • Naver Fellowship appointment and award

    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

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  • NRF Midsize Core Research Appointment

    The research proposal, “Software Testing and Debugging Automation Technology for Quality Improvement,” of Software Testing and Verification Group (SWTV) laboratory of the School of Computing (advisor: Moonzoo Kim) has been accepted as a midsize core research project of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). (100 million in KRW (about 87,000 in USD) per year, 3 years since June 2016) Congratulations on the appointment.

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  • Faculty award of 2016 for the celebration of 45th ..

    As a commemoration of 45th year of the foundation, Professor Insik Shin (academic award), Alice Oh (creative lecture award), and Jinah Park (contribution award). Congratulations for the award!

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  • Professor Key-Sun Choi received the Order of Servi..

    At the opening ceremony of commemorating the 569th anniversary of the proclamation of Hangeul that was held at the Sejong Center last Friday, the 9th of October, Professor Key-Sun Choi of KAIST’s School of Computing was conferred the Order of Service Merit Aquamarine Stripes Medal for his distinguished, life-long contribution to the development and promotion of Hangeul and the Korean language. Professor Choi has not only developed a natural language processing parser that enables effective data-processing of Hangeul and the Korean language, but also internationally commercialized its sharing software. Professor Choi has been contributing greatly to the informatization of Hangeul in many different ways as well, by constructing Korean-language-oriented dictionaries for computers and so forth. Having acknowledged his such ability and effort both at national and international level, Professor Choi is continuing to play a leading role in a wide variety of academic conferences and standardization organizations. Related Video : https://youtu.be/OYDGb9KsseM Related Article : http://www.mcst.go.kr/web/s_notice/press/pressView.jsp?pSeq=14594&pMenuCD=0302000000&pCurrentPage=1&pTypeDept=&pSearchType=01&pSearchWord

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  • Soya Park, an Undergraduate Student of KAIST Schoo..

    Soya Park, an Undergraduate Student of KAIST School of Computing, Has Won the First Prize on Undergraduate Research Participation Program (URP). Along with URP, a paper from the research has been accepted from 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data(acceptance rate: 18.5%), with the details as follows: Paper: Practical message-passing framework for large-scale combinatorial optimization º Research Title: Large-scale Parallel Combinatorial Optimization through Belief Propagation º Researchers: Soya Park (School of Computing), Inho Cho (Dept. of Electrical Engineering) º Advisory Professor: Dongsu Han (Dept. of Electrical Engineering), Jinwoo Shin (Dept. of Electrical Engineering) ºTeaching Assistant: Sejun Park (Dept. of Electrical Engineering) º Abstract (or Summary): Graphical Model (GM) has provided a popular framework for big data analytics because it often lends itself to distributed and parallel processing by utilizing graph-based ‘local’ structures. It models correlated random variables wherein particular, the max-product Belief Propagation (BP) is the most popular heuristic to compute the most-likely assignment in GMs. In the past years, it has been proven that BP can solve a few classes of combinatorial optimization problems under certain conditions. Motivated by this, we explore the prospect of using BP to solve generic combinatorial optimization problems. The challenge is that, in practice, BP may converge very slowly and even if it does converge, the BP decision often violates the constraints of the original problem. This research proposes a generic framework that enables us to apply BP-based algorithms to compute an approximate feasible solution for an arbitrary combinatorial optimization task. The main novel ingredients include (a) careful initialization of BP messages,(b) hybrid damping on BP updates, and (c) post-processing using BP beliefs. Utilizing the framework, we develop parallel algorithms for several large-scale combinatorial optimization problems including maximum weight matching, traveling sales-man, vertex cover and independent set. We demonstrate that our framework delivers high approximation ratio, speeds up the process by parallelization, and allows large-scale processing involving billions of variables. Congratulations on receiving the award.

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  • 2015 LG CNS Hackathon Award Winner

    Three undergraduate students of KAIST School of Computing (Sera Lee, Yong-sun Lee, and Hyeon-Gi Jeon; entered college in '11) have won the second prize from the '2015 LG CNS Hackathon', held for two days (24-hour straight) from August 21st, in the undergraduates’ section, participating as ‘Team Tripuler’. There were 136 participants (44 teams) — 93 employees from LG CNS (32 teams) and 43 undergraduate students (12 teams). Using the project they performed from the class 'Computer Science Project', Team Tripuler participated the competition with the subject, 'Travel recommendation system based on the user’s calendar'. The Team Tripuler’s proposed service, Tripuler (Trip + Scheduler), analyzes the user’s calendar, and recommends the best place to travel in the spare time, with the direction to the destination and the weather forecast. Applying the criteria of creativity, completeness, marketability, and the possibility of social contributions, the first evaluation from judging committee members in the firm evaluated the system, and the second evaluation by presentation and demo, from LG CNS directors and college professors, the Team Tripuler won the second prize among the undergraduate teams. Congratulations on winning the award.

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  • Professor Sukyoung Ryu’s Laboratory Received the B..

    Professor Sukyoung Ryu’s Laboratory in our School of Computing received the Best Artifact Award from ECOOP (European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming) 2015, which is one of the top conferences in programming language. Paper: Scalable and Precise Static Analysis of JavaScript Applications via Loop-Sensitivity Authors: Changhee Park, Sukyoung Ryu Congratulations for receiving the award.

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  • Professor Sung-Ju Lee Received the Best Paper Awar..

    The Professor of the School of Computing, Sung-Ju Lee, has received the Best Paper Award from the 35th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, held in Columbus, Ohio in the United States from June 29th to July 2nd. ICDCS is the oldest and the most authoritative conference in distributed computing systems. In this year, 70 papers were accepted out of 543 submitted ones about cloud computing, data center, distributed operating system, algorithm theory, information security, social networking, green computing, sensor network, wireless mobile network, and distributed data management, and only one paper was awarded as the best paper. The paper, “Systematic Mining of Associated Server Herds for Malware Campaign Discovery”, was the study result of Texas A&M University and Symantec in the United States, and Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy. The research team presented a complementary approach to identify a group of closely related servers that are potentially involved in the same malware campaign. This paper was selected as the best paper for the excellence in new technology and validation through the actual network data. Professor Lee said, “This study is deeply meaningful as the result of industry-academic cooperation of researchers and security experts. It will be useful for network security in actual industries, campus, and internet service providers.”

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  • M.S. Candidates, Jun Hee Woo, Jin Man Choi, Ick Ch..

    Team Scamper (Jun Hee Woo, Jin Man Choi, Ikc Chan Cho, Hun Gwan Ha), the M.S. candidates of Software Graduate Program in KAIST School of Computing, are received MSIP Minister’s award from ‘2014 Happy Science and Technology Contest: a Hope with an IT’, held by KOFST (The Korean Federation of Science and Technology). Team Scamper joined the contest with a subject of ‘Child Protection Robotic Ball’, using what they have learned from ‘Mobile Software Development’ class in Software Graduate Program, in KAIST School of Computing. The project was under the lead of Professor Jongmoon Baik, Yoon Joon Lee, Young Hwan Kim, and ByungSun Hwang, from beginning to the end. ‘Child Protection Robotic Ball’ provides a differentiated service from a security camera solution, by recognizing a child’s crying sound, notifications to mobile devices, and giving a feedback to the child at the same time. In addition, they designed the product with a ball-shape to make it friendly to children. They also added interesting functions, such as remote access from mobile devices or portable speakers, for making a good product. The contest (for 8 months from October 2014 to May 2015) was about developing a solution from four different categories (protecting children, helping seniors, helping people with disabilities, and space exploration rovers), and scored by creativity, social contribution, technology, and presentation skills with a process of document inspection, oral presentation, and final inspection. In the end, Team Scamper have won the grand prize from the non-student division. Jun Hee Woo, Ick Chan Cho, Hun Gwan Ha in Team Scamper had also won a second prize on ‘SoC Drone’ from ‘Intelligent SoC Robot War 2014’ with their school mate, Dong Hyun Choi, last year. Contest Website: http://happysntcontest.kofst.or.kr/ A news report of a MSIP Minister, Yang Hee Choi, visiting the contest: http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/photos/1990000000.html?cid=PYH20150702101200013&input=1196m

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  • Qualcomm Innovation Award 2015

    Here are the teams have won the Qualcomm Innovation Award 2015 in the School of Computing. Congratulations for winning the award: Sung-Ho Bae, Munchurl Kim, “HEVC-based Perceptual Video Coding Using a Local Distortion Detection Probability Model” Honggu Lee, Soohwan Song, Sungho Jo, “3D Reconstruction using a Sparse Laser Scanner and a Single Camera for Outdoor Autonomous Vehicle” Duc Hoang Bui, Hyosu Kim, Insik Shin, “Energy-Efficient Web Page Loading on Smartphones” Wonseok Jeon, Sae-Young Chung, “Superdirectivity in Wireless Channels” Dai-Kyung Hyun, Han-Ul Jang, and Heung-Kyu Lee, “Source Camera Identification Using Triangle-Test” Hyosu Kim, Insik Shin, “Application Characteristics-Aware Audio Device Management on Commodity Mobile Devices” Hak-Yeol Choi, Dai-Kyung Hyun, Heung-Kyu Lee, “Resampling Detection for DIBR 3D Images” Soohwan Song, Honggu Lee, Sungho Jo, “Boundary Enhanced Supervoxel Segmentation for Sparse Outdoor LiDAR data and Its Application”

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  • Top 10 Representative Research and Staff of the Ye..

    On February 17th, the Computer Science department have chosen top 10 representative research and staff of the year for the 44th school anniversary as the following: Professor Jong-Cheol Park: a web tool for searching the meaningful relationship between cancer and heredity from biomedical bibliographic databases. Awarded staff of the year for the 44th year school foundation anniversary Contribution award: Bangyoun Weon Excellent staff award: YunJeong Lee Professor Junehwa Song: Awarded Excellent Faculty (Academic Award) for the 44th year school foundation anniversary

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  • Professor HeungKyu Lee Awarded for Technological I..

    Professor HeungKyu Lee received the 2014 Technology Innovation Award for his contributions to innovative research in the field of computer science. The 2014 Technology Innovation Award, given on December 15, 2014, offers 3,000,000 KRW to the awardee. Upon receiving the award, Professor Lee has donated 1,000,000 KRW to the KAIST CS department. Congratulations!

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  • Seung-Hwan Baek, MS student, and Prof. Min H. Kim ..

    Seung-Hwan Baek, MS student, and Prof. Min H. Kim presented their work on 3D stereo imaging and received the Songde Ma Best Application Paper Award and the Best Demo Award simulateneously at the Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV 2014). Congratulations on the best paper awards at ACCV 2014.

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  • Francisco Rojas, PhD student, received the Disting..

    KAIST Computer Science Ph.D. Student Francisco Arturo Rojas (http://mind.kaist.ac.kr/Francis) (age 32) who is advised by Professor Hyun S. Yang (http://mind.kaist.ac.kr/professor.php) since the spring of 2010 received the Distinguished Paper Award at the international CyberWorlds 2014 (http://www.cw2014.unican.es) conference which took place at the royal Magdalena Palace in Santander, Spain in October 6-8. He presented two full papers, and the paper that won the award was titled “Safe Navigation of Pedestrians in Social Groups in a Virtual Urban Environment”, which was additionally co-authored by the founder of PsyTech LLC (http://psychologicaltechnologies.com), Fernando Tarnogol, a licensed psychologist who with a hired team of developers created the city virtual environment with vehicular traffic for which the crowd simulation research work was applied. The crowd simulation featured in this paper is the most up-to-date extension of ongoing two-year research work at the Artificial Intelligence and Media Lab (http://mind.kaist.ac.kr/crowdsimulation.php) of KAIST in making non-playable virtual characters mimic how real people move together in real life in social formations, with previous versions published at conferences such as Computer Graphics International (CGI 2014) (http://rp-www.cs.usyd.edu.au/∼cgi14/program/papersessions.php) in Sydney, Virtual Reality Continuum and Its Applications in Industry (ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI 2013) (http://www2.mae.cuhk.edu.hk/∼vrcai2013/program.html) in Hong Kong, and Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2013) (http://www.cs.bilkent.edu.tr/∼casa2013/?p=schedulespeakers) in Istanbul. The crowd simulation realism results were positively evaluated by many individuals via the original Oculus Rift headset for developers. Furthermore, the virtual reality application itself for which the research is applied, called PHOBOS (http://phobos.psychologicaltechnologies.com), is actually meant to be a professional exposure therapy tool to be used by doctors for the treatment of many patients’ common phobias and anxiety disorders, such as fear of heights, flying, public speaking, being confined in closed or small spaces, crowds, and spiders, among others. Since October 7 there has been a crowd funding campaign by PsyTech LLC at INDIEGOGO (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/phobos-anxiety-management-vr-platform) in order to continue development of the product which is currently in its early stages. So far the campaign has generated over $1300 for which Francisco himself is actually a stakeholder given his major research contribution to the project. The funding campaign will close on November 25 this year.

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  • Prof. Kyu­Young Whang Receives Contributions Award..

    Prof. Kyu-Young Whang, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at KAIST, was the recipient of the 2014 ACM SIGMOND Contributions Award. Founded in 1947, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and profession. SIGMOD is the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Management of Data, which specializes in large-scale data management problems and databases. Since 1992, the ACM SIGMOND has presented the contributions award to one scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of database systems through research funding, education, and professional services. So far, 23 people including Professor Whang have received the award. Professor Whang was recognized for his key role in the growth of international conferences and journals in the field of database such as The VLDB Journal (The International Journal on Very Large Data Bases), VLDB Endowment Inc., IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering, and Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA). IEEE stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. For the full list of ACM SIGMOND Contributions Award recipients, please go to http://www.sigmod.org/sigmod-awards/sigmod-awards#contributions

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  • Eugen Wüster Prize Award

    [Prof. Key­Sun Choi] At the closing ceremony of the International Conference in Terminology and Knowledge Engineering (TKE) 2014 hosted by the German Institute for Standardization in Berlin, Germany, Professor Key-Sun Choi of Department of Computer Science and Korea Terminology Research Center for Language and Knowledge Engineering (KORTERM) at KAIST has been awarded the Eugen Wüster Prize for his long-time international achievements in the field of terminology science as the Secretary of ISO/TC37/SC4 for language resource management and the Vice-President of Infoterm since 2002. The Prize named in honour of Eugen Wüster (1898-1977), commonly known as the “Father of Terminology Science”, is being awarded every three years from 1997, to recognize scholars of outstanding achievements in the field of terminology science and other related studies. So far, a total number of 10 scholars around the world, including Prof. Choi, have received the Award. For further information, please visit http://www.infoterm.info/activities/news/2014/2014_07_06.php.

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  • Taiwoo Park Won ACM CHI 2014 Honorable Mention Awa..

    Taiwoo Park and his five co-authors including his advisor, Professor Junehwa Song, won this year’s ACM CHI Honorable Mention Award for their paper, “Human Factors of Speed-based Exergame Controllers.” The CHI conference is a highly prestigious conference, ranked at the very top of the MS Academic Search list for Human-Computer Interaction conferences. Congratulations on your award!

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