Industry – Academia Cooperation Meetup Held
School of Computing Industry – Academia Cooperation Consortium (CCC) held a meetup last June 15 at the EL Tower Convention Center, Yangjae-dong, Seoul, with the topic “Software Vision for the 4th Industrial Revolution”. The event, hosted by our very own SW Education Center, aimed to develop closer ties between the SoC and the Consortium members via continued cooperation and the maintenance of the industry – academia cooperation system. Around 30 attended the event, including KAIST SoC professors and students attended the event, as well as executives from the Consortium member companies, including Naver, Hancom, and Golfzon. They presented recent trends in the field, and their analysis of them. The event was a good opportunity for professors, students, and industry to share ideas....Read more
HCI＠KAIST Group Reception (CHI 2017)
HCI＠KAIST Group held a reception at the AC CHI 2017 conference last May 10 in Denver, Colorado. The event aimed to increase interaction between HCI researchers. The School of Computing sponsored event hosted by HCI＠KAIST Group, looked to expand international HCI researcher networks, attracting outstanding HCI faculty, garner more opportunities for student internships, among others. Around 180 HCI researchers attended the event, from over 13 foreign universities including MIT, CMU, Stanford, as well as from the industry including Microsoft Research, Apple, and Google, who came together and mingled until late. HCI＠KAIST Group also performed admirably at the main event, with 7 presentations, 8 poster sessions, and 6 exhibitions at CHI 2017....Read more
SoC Prof. DooHwan Bae Wins ICSE 2020 for Seoul
School of Computing Professor DooHwan Bae attended the Steering Committee of the 39th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), and confirmed the 2020 event will be at Seoul. The conference lasted from last May 20 to 28 at Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2020 late May ICSE at Seoul will be the 42nd event, and will be held jointly by the ACM/IEEE and the KIISE (Korean Institute of Information Scientists and Engineers), a departure from previous ICSE events. The event is expected to contribute to the globalization of Korean software engineering search, engineers, and researcher, as well as their research and development talents. ICSE normally hosts 1400 – 1500 researchers and practitioners as the world’s foremost conference in the field of software engineering. The event includes 7 other collocated conferences in addition to the main conference, as well as approximately 20 workshops. A combined total of around a 1000 papers are submitted, of which the main conference’s research track receives 500 to 600, of which around 70 are and presented. We congratulate the successful attraction of the largest SE conference in 2020....Read more
SoC GSIS alumnus Il Gu Lee, Ph.D., appointed Assis..
Our very own School of Computing, Graduate School of Information Security’s first Ph.D. graduate Il Gu Lee (advisor: Prof. Myungchul Kim) was appointed an Assistant Professor at Sungshin Women’s University, College of Knowledge-Based Services Engineering, Department of Convergence Security Engineering, as of March, 2017. Dr. Lee graduated with his paper: Interference-Aware Secure Communications for Wireless LANs. He researched 5G giga-scale wireless communication systems and wireless LAN for 9 years at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), and recently spent 3 years researching wireless LAN based low energy long range IoT chipsets at Newratek, a lab based startup. Dr. Lee presented at various internationally renowned conferences and journals during his graduate school years in KAIST, researching wireless communication system security, performance, and energy efficiency as a masters and doctorate student. He plans to continue his research in IoT sensors & communication, and convergent security...Read more
SoC seminar rooms renovated
The aging seminar rooms were undergoing renovation from Jan. 20th to Feb. 15th in order to provide the SoC with a better environment for education and research. Six seminar rooms were renovated, all of them at E3: rooms 1408, 2401, 2450, 2452, 3420, and 3431....Read more
SIGPL Winter School 2017
SIGPL Winter School 2017, chaired by Professor Sukyoung Ryu, was held from February 8 to 10 at the 1st Common Lecture Hall, School of Computing, KAIST. SIGPL hosts Summer/Winter School every year giving lectures on programming languages from the fundamental research topics to the latest research topics. A total of 120 participants including students, professors, researchers etc. were at the winter school which was sponsored by KAIST SW Oriented University....Read more
School of Computing Ph.D Graduate Young-Seob Jeong..
School of Computing graduate Young-Seob Jeong, Ph.D, (Advisor: Prof. Ho-Jin Choi) was appointed Assistant Professor at Soon Chun Hyang University’s Big Data Engineering Department as of 2017 Jan. 2nd. Dr. Jeong graduated 2016 Feb with his paper “한국어 문서로부터의 시간 정보 추출” (Extracting time data from documents in Korean), after which he joined Naver Labs to research conversational AI. From this year onwards, he will continue his research in AI and data mining at Soon Shun Hyang University’s Big Data Engineering Department. Having graduated from KAIST’s School of Computing for both his Master’s and Doctorate, his fields of interest included topic modeling, text summarization via deep learning techniques, time dependent trend analysis, smartphone usage analysis, image segmentation, and time data extraction. He has published on internationally renowned journals such as Soft Computing, Sensors, IET Computer Vision, presented multiple of his research papers in internationally renowned academic conferences such as AAAI, CoNLL, COLING, PAKDD, and continues to do research in topic modeling, usage pattern analysis using deep learning techniques, and data extraction from text....Read more
Meeting Prof. Sukyoung Ryu, your friendliest mento..
KAIST ACM Student Chapter’s 1st newsletter presents an interview with Prof. Sukyoung Ryu. Every quarter, the ACM Student Chapter newsletter brings you an interview with a professor willing to be a mentor for students. The star of our first newsletter, Prof. Sukyoung Ryu, shares tips for future researchers, and advices for female scientists. You’re well known among the undergraduates for being very interested in them. Is there a reason you’re so attentive towards undergraduates? First, I’m interested in students. I even studied psychology because I wasn’t sure if I was counseling them correctly. I had to give up for various reasons, but I frequently ask for advice from the school’s counsellors. I feel like I can be a mediator between the school and the students. Also, a big part of it is I was a KAIST undergraduate myself. I want to share so many things I wish I knew. I was lucky in that I wasn’t a sensitive sort, and was happy with my time here, but I later found out many students did not feel the same. Many students worry about finding a research area that fits them. What led you to choose your current research area? I’m the kind of person that stumbles around, trying out many different things. I enrolled as a graduate student thinking I’ll work on databases or networks, fields that were popular at the time. However, the selection process at the time was even more professor friendly, and students didn’t have any say in what lab they joined. So I ended up in a PL (Programming Language) lab, an area I wasn’t interested in at all. I’m probably not a good role model, (laughs) but the story definitely fits me. For the School of Computing students: to be a developer or an engineer? First, how comfortable are you with studying things with no real answers? Those with faith and persistence should chose research, and those with talent that feel the joy of programming belong in industry. Secondly, you need experience to know what area you want to be in. There are lots of opportunities: URP, individual research, internships, exchange programs, etc. You’ll never know unless you try for yourself. Of course, you also need to stick with it for some time to really know. For those who want to go for research, how should you choose a research topic? Usually, you know what you don’t like by the junior year. Filtering them out makes it a bit easier. For me, it was architecture, parallel processing, OS and the like. Computer science can be split in to two broad categories, and finding which one you like can be of great help too. As long as you’re in the right half, you should be fine. The details can change later, and research is always about coming up with a problem you like. Any tips for undergraduates looking at graduate school? First, take compiler, networks, and DB. We look at what you took, not the grades you got. A student with lots of major courses will always win over a student with lots of liberal arts courses, even with a poor GPA. The best would be grades that keep climbing. All you need is an answer why. For example, getting lovesick, serving as a club president, just wanted to enjoy college life. Anything works. What do you look for in a graduate student? Depends on the field. For DB and networks, you need diligence, since you’re building large projects. For architecture, experiments can take a while so they want people that enjoy the work in and of itself. How new the lab is is also an important factor. For the first few years, the professor and the students’ chemistry is important. The few students decide how the lab will be. For our lab, we want students with the ability to survive as individuals. We don’t want people with inferiority complexes, or people that feel sorry for themselves. We want people with the nerve to look at an older student in the eye and say “No, that’s probably wrong.” It doesn’t matter how much you know. As a female scientist yourself, you’re also working in many different ways to encourage female students. Do you have any advice for KAIST’s female students? KAIST has so few females that I feel like a black sheep a lot of the times. Even when you’re wronged, it can feel like you were the one that made a mistake. You have to remember it’s not your fault. It’s draining to keep reminding yourself, so it’s also important to be selective about what you focus on. Also, this kind of sensitive issues are better voiced by our male students. Generally, when students see something wrong, they don’t speak out. Our male students should voice their concerns too. If you find yourself discriminated against for being female, or find yourself being sexually harassed, what should you do? First, make yourself heard. If you try to keep it under wraps instead of going public, the experience can stick with you. Find the courage instead of being sorry for yourself. If you can’t, find someone to speak for you. A few years ago, the school instituted the ombudsperson program. We have two really good natured retiree professors as ombudspersons. I think this kind of problem is best solved via ombudspersons. That’s what they’re for, a neutral party to speak on behalf of the wronged. Or, you could come to me. The student human right committee is also a good choice. If it can cause harm to you personally, it might be better for an impartial professor from a different department to be involved, instead of your guidance professor or someone else close to you. How should one solve these problems? Sexual harassment is not something you can solve by having smart people, it’s something you need to be taught. The society is full of sexual harassment we’re too used to to notice without looking for them. For example, an upperclassman at a welcoming party might say “who’s the prettiest freshman”. That’s not acceptable, but no one says anything. We need to educate people that this is wrong. Even the professors are being taught this now, but it’s hard to change things around with just taking a few online lectures. We need to be patient, and little by little be more mindful of our surroundings. That’s how you learn. Lastly, as an alumnus and a professor, what would you say to our undergraduates? First, leave your high school friends behind, and make more friends. If you look back, what high school you’re from is unimportant. When you first join, it feels like what school you’re from determines where you start off in the race, but after a while you realize everyone had a different starting point. You should forget about the unfairness of the starting point, and get many different friends. Second, health. Health is really important. In my 20’s, I exercised a lot, swimming and running. As a graduate student I went swimming with my friend almost daily, and that supported me in to my 30’s. Last, find a way to relieve your stress. Everyone’s different, and it’s up to you to find what works for you. As an undergraduate, I joined a music club and sang or cheered to relieve stress. It’s good to have a sustainable hobby to enjoy whenever things get rough. Credits available in the Korean article....Read more
Yoon.Kim Scholarship Awarded
(Left to right: Kim Sooyeon, Geonwoo Kim, Yoon Minkyu) Our very own School of Computing undergraduate students Kim Sooyeon (Supervisor: Prof. Min H. Kim), Geonwoo Kim (Supervisor: Prof. Myungchul Kim), and Yoon Minkyu (Supervisor: Prof. KeeEung Kim) have been awarded the Yoon.Kim Scholarship. The Yoon.Kim Scholarship is operated by the Brain Science Research Center on behalf of NC Soft’s President Taek Jin Kim, and Dr. Songyee Yoon. The program awards undergraduate students economic aid each month, as well as providing On-the-Job Training. The scholarship was started to encourage student participation in research, as well as alleviating their economic situation. The 2016 fall semester scholarship plans to award a total of 1.8 million to 2.4 million won to each of the above students for the semester. We sincerely congratulate their Yoon.Kim Scholarsip....Read more
ACM Student Chapter Started
The first ACM Student Chapter in Korea has been started by School of Computing students Juho Sun, Chae Hwan Song, Dongkwan Kim, and Jun Hui Park. Main activities include: ▲ publishing mentoring newsletter, and ▲ high school SW programming education. The chapter currently has 17 student members from the School of Computing and the School of Electrical Engineering, as well as professors Sukyoung Ryu, Sung-Ju Lee, Shin Yoo, and Professor Dongsu Han from the School of Electrical Engineering. The mentoring newsletter will be published quarterly, and contain interviews with professors willing to mentor students. The first newsletter will feature Professor Sukyoung Ryu, and will be published on the Chapter’s Facebook page on the 15th of October. https://www.facebook.com/kaistacmsc/...Read more
Dr. Bochang Moon Appointed Assistant Professor at ..
Dr. Bochang Moon Appointed Assistant Professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) Bochang Moon, Doctorate of the School of Computing (supervisor: Prof. Sungeui Yoon) has been appointed as an assistant professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) as of September, 2016. Dr. Moon worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Disney Research after completing Master’s and Doctorate courses in the Computer Science Department. He has published many high definition graphics papers in SIGGRAPH, the top conference in the field of computer graphics. Dr. Moon’s papers can be found in the website below: http://sglab.kaist.ac.kr/~bcmoon/...Read more
Tenures and Promotions
＊＊From top to bottom: Insik Shin, Geehyuk Lee, Min H. Kim As of the 1st of September, 2016, School of Computing professors Insik Shin and Geehyuk Lee have been granted tenure, and professor Min H. Kim has been promoted to associate professor. We congratulate them wholeheartedly on their tenure / promotion....Read more
New faculty announcement of Professor Eunho Yang
We are delighted to announce that Professor Eunho Yang has been appointed to the School of Computing at KAIST on July 11, 2016. Professor Eunho Yang majored in Statistical Machine Learning. Please refer to the following URL for details: https://cs.kaist.ac.kr/people/view?idx=537&kind=faculty&menu=160 Congratulations for the appointment...Read more
2016 KAIST-TUIT Collaboration Program Completion C..
The Spring 2016 KAIST-TUIT Collaboration Program Completion Ceremony was held on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the SoC faculty meeting room to celebrate achievements of the TUIT lecturers who took the training program at KAIST....Read more
Dr. Seonah Lee has been appointed to the assistant..
Dr. Seonah Lee from the School of Computing (advisor: Professor Sungwon Kang) has been appointed to the assistant professor of the Department of Aerospace and Software Engineering, Gyeongsang National University. Dr. Lee entered her Ph.D. research program in fall 2010 and obtained her Ph.D. on August 2013 with research into a recommendation system on understanding source code for software developers in software evolution based on her work experience in Samsung Electronics. She published five international journal papers including an S-level journal (IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering) and six international conference papers. She also developed the actual product based on her research (navmine.com). Congratulations on your new appointment....Read more
2016 KAIST Robot Programming IT Camp
On February 26th, 2016, the School of Computing opened, ‘2016 KAIST Robot Programming IT Camp,’ in digital laboratory room to help young students understand the recent trend of software and its importance with robot theory and practical training. This camp was supported by Institute for Information and Communications Technology Promotion (IITP) and the School of Computing at KAIST. The program was supervised by Professor Taisook Han and Joon-sang Lee. In addition, Professor Sungho Jo and students, Honnggu Lee (Ph.D. candidate); Bongjae Choi (Ph.D. candidate); Moonwon Yoo (Master candidate); Byeonguk Bae (Master candidate); and Jinhwan Hwang (Master candidate) were in charge of the overall program....Read more
Building completion ceremony for main entrance and..
On January 11, there was a building completion ceremony of the School of Computing main entrance and breakroom in E3-1, at 3 PM. The head, facility manager, academic council, facility team leader, student representative, 30 faculties and staffs of the School of Computing have attended to this ceremony. The construction was about reconstructing old canopies, entrance, signboard, and breakrooms....Read more
New faculty announcement： Professor Sang Kil Cha
We are delighted to announce that Professor Sang Kil Cha has been appointed to the School of Computing at KAIST on November 16, 2015. Professor Sang Kil Cha obtained his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University with research into Software Security and Program Analysis. His office is in Room 2220 of N5, and his office number is 3569. Congratulations on your new appointment....Read more
Professor Junehwa Song has been appointed as a Gen..
Professor JunHwa Song of School of Computing at KAIST has been appointed as a General Chair of the ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (ACM SenSys). Since its start in the year of 2003, SenSys is an annual conference on networked sensor systems, and this is the first time to hold the conference in Asia. In these days, the conference has been introducing not only networked sensor systems, but also new applications, mobile sensing, internet of things, smart devices, and security-related issues. The conference has been recognized for putting an effort towards commitment to continuous innovation and the importance of sensor technology today. Professor Song has been appointed as a General Chair for not only for the academic contribution of research on mobile systems, but also for his recognition of operative planning skills. This year will be the 13th SenSys conference, and he will appoint twenty committee members from worldwide professionals and organize the overall procedures of the conference. Professor Song is a leading researcher in the field of mobile and ubiquitous computing systems. He is the first professor who published his papers to top conferences on mobile and ubiquitous computing systems, such as ACM MobiSys and SenSys. Also, he received awards, such as the first prize or the best demo award, from many different conferences. In 2014, he was appointed as a Program Chair of ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), and new currently he is an Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC). The 13th ACM SenSys will be held in the Plaze Hotel Seoul from November 1st to 4th, and you can register on the website, http://sensys.acm.org/2015/....Read more
Google’s 2015 Global PhD Fellows Award
Shinae Woo (advisor Sue Bok Moon), the Ph.D. candidate of KAIST School of Computing, has been elected as the Google’s 2015 Global PhD Fellows. Google PhD Fellowship Program Google opened the PhD Fellowship program to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in Computer Science field. Now in its seventh year, Google awarded 33 PhD students in the world, and two PhD students—Shinae Woo (Network and Distributed System, KAIST) and Jungdam Won (Robotics, Seoul National University)—received the award in South Korea. Shinae Woo obtained her bachelor and master degree in KAIST, entered the PhD program in March 2012, and she have been published her paper to excellent conferences, such as Mobisys, NDSI, for three years of her study. For more information, please refer to the following websites: http://googleresearch.blogspot.kr/2015/08/announcing-googles-2015-global-phd.html http://an.kaist.ac.kr/~shinae/...Read more
New Faculty Announcement： Professor Shin Yoo and M..
We are pleased to announce our new faculty members as follows: Professor Shin Yoo (August 1st, 2015), and Professor Martin Ziegler (August 17th, 2015) Professor Shin Yoo received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, King’s College London, in 2009, majoring in software engineering and software testing. Website: http://sites.google.com/site/coinselab/ E-mail: shin.yoo (at) cs.kaist.ac.kr Phone: 042-350-3567 Office: 2405, E3-1 Professor Martin Ziegler received his Ph.D. from Universitaet Paderborn, 2002 (Habilitation, Universitaet Paderborn, 2008), majoring in complexity and real computation. Website: http://m.zie.de/ E-mail: Ziegler (at) cs.kaist.ac.kr Phone: 042-350-3568 Office: 3406, E3-1...Read more
The Chongqing-Liangjiang KAIST International Progr..
On August 18th, there was a closing ceremony of "The Chongqing-Liangjiang KAIST International Program," for the successful completion of the faculty training of Chongquing University of Technology by visiting KAIST, which both universities cooperated each other....Read more
An Announcement for the Winner of the Venture Rese..
Woosang Lim, a third-year Ph.D. student of KAIST School of Computing, won first place (the grand prize) on the Venture Research Program for Graduate and Ph.D. Students. Congratulations for winning the prize. Details: 1. Financial support for the research: 40 million KRW (＄36,300 USD) 2. Research period: April 1st, 2015 ∼ March 31st, 2016 3. Research title: Brain Network Topology Learning for Discovering Hierarchical Structures 4. Research content (abstract): learning hierarchical structures of a brain network in spite of a limited information environment. 5. Research expectations: expected to contribute to human brain research, which is difficult for the constraints to the experiment, compared to the research on animals....Read more
Agreement of Computer Science and Engineering Huma..
On last Friday (April 17th) at 2:00 pm, KAIST (Steve Kang, Chancellor) and Naver Corp. (Sang Hun Kim, CEO) made an agreement for an industrial-educational cooperation program. In this agreement, DooHwan Bae, the school director; and four professors (Geehyuk Lee, Yoon Joon Lee, Taisook Han, and Jaehyuk Huh) are attended in KAIST, and Jong-Mok Park, an external relations director; and Insoo Han, a senior researcher are attended in Naver Corp. In accordance with the agreement, Naver Corp. will create a program for industrial-educational cooperation in KAIST School of Computing. In addition, Naver Corp. will support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, up-and-coming professors, long-term research cooperation, industrial-educational associated lectures, educational servers, internships, circles, school events, laboratory-associated startups, research exchange fairs, and others....Read more
A Farewell Interview with Ms. Eun-Young Park
Ms. Eun-Young Park, who had been working for the School of Computing for 21 years, has transferred to another department. She always took care of the office with a smile, and we believe that she will help many KAIST members on a new place as well. Please tell us a little about yourself. I began working for KAIST after I graduated from my school in 1994. Therefore, I got my first job with the first-year graduate students who entered the school in the same year. I have two daughters, and my husband also works for KAIST. I majored in Chinese Language and Literature. Thank you for working hard for 21 years in the KAIST School of Computing. Is there any impressive moment of life during your stay in the department? There were many impressive and exciting moments. Especially, I remember when students were doing Samgyeopsal party in front of the Computer Science building. I also remember that recently Sang-Won Seo, the doctoral student, donated a scholarship to the department. I was touched by Mr. Seo that he was willing to donate as an appreciation for the school. I believe donating is not an easy job for a student. Is there anything you are proud of as a KAIST member? I am proud of that KAIST is on broadcast on every day’s morning news, and I think KAIST leads the scientific research of Korea. In addition, I always believe that Korea has a bright future in science for having students studying hard all day and night. As a parent, I wish my children would also attend the great school like KAIST. Is there any more things you want to say? Because I got married and raised two children during the stay, I feel that I grew up together with the School of Computing, and I was happy for having so much together with the School of Computing. For I love meeting people, I enjoyed meeting and having conversations with students, and I will miss those moments. The School of Computing will be my hometown in my heart. Now, I would meet new people in the new department and have a new relationship with them… Ms. Park, thank you again for everything！ We will all miss you very much！...Read more
Announcement of New Professor, Sung-Ju Lee
Professor Sung-Ju Lee has joined our School of Computing on April 1st, 2015. Professor Lee obtained the Ph.D. majoring in network, mobility, wireless, systems, and security with research into foundation, design, and social computing from UCLA. Please give a warm welcome to Professor Lee. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/wewantsj/ E-mail: sjlee (at) cs.kaist.ac.kr Phone: 042-350-3566 Laboratory: N1, 706...Read more
KAIST Hosts an Educational Camp Entitled, “Softwar..
KAIST’s Department of Computer Science organized a software (SW) training camp from January 25-29, 2015 in the Creative Learning Building on campus to promote talented women for the field of information technology (IT). Hosted by the National Information Society Agency in Korea and the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity, the training camp comprised a junior program to educate primary and secondary school students along with teachers and parents, while university students, software developers, and female professionals who had interrupted their careers participated in a senior camp. In the junior camp, participants learned how to employ Scratch and App Inventor as well as microprocessors by using Arduino and CRaspberry Pi. During the camp, students including those from multicultural families attended lectures from professors and software designers and received a career consulting session from them. The conference organizers will provide long-term mentoring for the primary and secondary school students by graduate student participants and other volunteer experts. The senior camp consisted of a program entitled “More Women, Better SW！” and a special lecture on “Women in SOS (Software Optimization Services)” took place at Google Korea. University students, teachers, and SW developers had an opportunity to design applications intended to improve daily living. At the “Women in SOS” program, Professor Alice Oh of KAIST and other industry experts gave talks about successful women IT personnel and digital literacy. One of the organizers, Professor Yoon-Joon Lee from the Computer Science Department said, “Software-centered societies in the future will demand delicate intuition and cooperative leadership, which are characteristics of women.” He added that “I hope more women become interested in this field through this event.”...Read more
Hancom-KAIST Research Center Opening Ceremony
KAIST and Hancom have pledged to jointly collaborate in research and development of innovative technologies and solutions for software development. The opening ceremony for Hancom-KAIST Research Center was held on October 29th, 2014 in the CS building, with President Steve Kang of KAIST, President Sang Chul Kim of Hancom and Vice-president Hong Goo Lee of Hancom in attendance. KAIST and Hancom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in April 2014 for research collaboration on software industry development. Since the signing of MOU, the two entities have held several important meetings to select five research projects and agreed to establish the Hancom-KAIST Research Center. In addition to carrying out the five projects, the Center plans to actively pursue new research projects. President Steve Kang of KAIST said in his congratulatory remarks, “KAIST will provide every support necessary to make the Research Center a role model in industry-research collaboration as well as a leading contributor to the software industry development in Korea.” He also spoke of his plans beyond joint research collaboration, by pledging to support “joint workshops and research efforts in future trend analysis, and talent exchange between KAIST and Hancom.” President Sang Chul Kim of Hancom said in his opening speech, “Through the newly established Research Center, Hancom and KAIST will collaborate closely and produce great synergetic effects in research and development.” Furthermore, he expressed his determination to, “make the Hancom-KAIST Research Center a ‘cradle of innovative software technologies’ and thus increase the competitiveness of software industry in Korea.”...Read more
SGLab and Boeing (USA) Sign Research Collaboration..
The Scalable Graphics Lab (SGLab) led by Professor Sungeui Yoon signed a collaboration agreement with Boeing for joint research on massive model rendering. This research collaboration is supported by a total ＄375K fund for two years. For more information, visit: http://sglab.kaist.ac.kr/T-ReX/...Read more
Robot Motion Planning and Applications
CS686 (Robot Motion Planning and Applications), taught by Prof. Sungeui Yoon, is a course offered recently from our CS department. Robots with some sort of intelligence are expected to be a part of our lives in the future, but many challenges are skill ahead of us to realize such robots. This course discusses various path and motion planning techniques and their applications. Robot industry is expanding to replace tedious and dangerous tasks of human with those of robots. Some of the recent examples include Google autonomous vehicles and Amazon Prime Air. Also, KAIST has an autonomous vehicle research team. This course was offered in Fall 2013 and is expected to be offered again in Fall 2015....Read more
Makao Talk： Undergraduate Student Spotlight
Donghwan Kim, Taesoon Jang, and Cheolho Jeon are the members of the team that placed first in the Kakao-KAIST Hackathon. 1) How did you get to join the Computer Science (CS) department? Taesoon: I had my first programming experience after I came to KAIST and kept programming for fun. When it came time for me to declare my major, I chose CS over chemistry, mainly because I really enjoyed the CS101 course and the CS department info session. Cheolho: I also had my first programming experience after I came to KAIST. In choosing my major, I knew I wanted to learn something that will be useful in the future and chose CS. Donghwan: I had originally intended to major in electrical engineering, but I changed my mind and chose CS because I enjoyed programming. I like the logical thinking process involved in programming and seeing the end result in an executable program. 2) What was your academic path like up until joining the CS department? Cheolho: I have an academic path that is different from most people here at KAIST. I attended junior high and high school in China and came here in the Spring of 2013. I remember I had a bit of hard time as a freshman while adjusting in the new setting. Taesoon: I graduated from a science high school in two years, which is an academic path commonly found among my peers here at KAIST. Donghwan: I graduated from Jang Young-Sil Science High School, which is where I first learned programming. 3) What was your childhood dream? What are you doing now to achieve that dream? Taesoon: When I was really young, I wanted to become a scientist. After I grew older, I wanted to become an entrepreneur, retire early, and then explore the world. I gained some entrepreneurship experience while taking the last three semesters off, and I would like to try it again in the near future. Donghwan: When I was young, I wanted to succeed, make a lot of money, and gain respect for my work. Now, instead of that kind of success, I want to do work that I can enjoy while collaborating with my friends. Cheolho: My dream was to have fun in life while helping to make the world a better place to live. I am having fun in life now and I expect it will be so in the future. I believe there are many ways to make the world a better place from where I am, such as doing research and creating a useful service. 4) What are your strengths? Taesoon: I work with a can-do spirit rather than fear of failure. Even if I do not know something well in the beginning, I have learned that confidence always leads to better end results. Cheolho: I think my passionate attitude about work is my strongest point. I am passionately driven to complete any project that I started, though the end result sometimes turns out to be rather unexpected. Donghwan: My strongest point is the ability to block out all the outside noise and sharply focus only on my work. 5) What are you passionately working on in the field of computer science these days? Cheolho: I am working on building a strong foundation of CS knowledge by studying hard and working with other CS people. Taesoon: I would like to get to know people of various backgrounds in our department, because they can become not only my friends but also coworkers someday！ Donghwan: I am constantly searching for what I want for my professional career. I try to participate in many different activities, and I am doing an internship this semester. 6) What values and future prospects do you see in your current work? Taesoon: The interaction I get with different people in the CS department will prove to be valuable in the future. They are all very intelligent and highly likely to succeed, so I look forward to working with them after college. Donghwan: My current internship is a great opportunity to explore my future career paths. Although I cannot measure its exact value, I am content and enjoying the internship as it is. Cheolho: The value of my current work will depend on how well I get it done right now. Also, networking with a lot of CS people will prove valuable in my future life as well as career. 7) What were your happiest and most disappointing moments, respectively, in the CS department? Donghwan: My happiest moment was when the project I worked on all night finally produced successful results. Any CS student can probably related to this moment of joy. My most disappointing moment was when I felt that course materials were too difficult even after trying hard to follow them. Taesoon: I personally cannot think of the most disappointing moment. My happiest moment was when my ideas got accepted by others during a project brainstorming session. Cheolho: My most disappointing moment was when the PA I worked for days failed. It consumed a lot of time and ruined the score in the end. I have had many happy moments so far, and the best one was successfully developing an application during Kakao-KAIST Hackathon. 8) What do you think is the best thing about studying computer science? Taesoon: With even just a small bit of knowledge, there are so many ways to apply it and make a difference. Cheolho: I think the ubiquitous nature of computing is the best thing – I will never go hungry as long as I have a laptop to work with. Donghwan: CS is attractive because it has technologies with potentials to make the world a better place. It is much more accessible than other engineering disciplines, such as electrical engineering and bioengineering. By studying CS, one gains access to the power to change the world in a positive way. 9) What would you like to say to those interested in joining the CS department? Donghwan: As Eric Schmidt once said, “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, get on, don’t ask what seat.” Cheolho: Mmm… CS is really fun. It doesn’t have to be a painful subject if you manage it well. I did not have any CS knowledge before entering KAIST, but I am doing fine now. The initial learning curve is not too high, so don’t be afraid to try！ Taesoon: Many people mistakenly assume that studying CS takes some special skills and give up before trying it out. If you enjoyed CS101, you should consider joining the CS department. I believe genuine interest in the subject is more important than special skills. 10) What are your future plans? Taesoon: After graduating, I would like to get a job abroad or in Korea, become an entrepreneur, or go to graduate school. Cheolho: I will go to graduate school or work in the industry. Until then, I would like to learn and experience as much as I can here at KAIST. Donghwan: I will fulfill the military service requirement by going to graduate school or working in the industry. Afterwards, I would like to find career that will allow me to make a positive difference in the world....Read more
SW Advanced Program
KAIST CS Dept. has been chosen as one of two teams for SW advanced programs, which will be supported by up to 7 years by NIPA. This program’s main goal is to foster undergraduate education by supporting financial aids and providing intern opportunities at abroad universities to KAIST undergraduate students. Most professors at Dept. of CS will participate in this program....Read more
Jaepil Huh, Student Spotlight
1) How did you get to join the Computer Science (CS) department? My high school friends who graduated before me significantly influenced my decision to join the CS department. I graduated from a science high school, where the curriculum was much focused on subjects such as math, chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy, and CS. I personally found CS to be most attractive, because it allowed me to study at a more flexible pace and use the computer during studying hours. Whenever I got lost in my studies, my upperclassmen friends were there to help me get back on the right track. I was especially lucky to meet one friend, who took the time to pass on his knowledge of fundamental algorithms and problem solving skills. I cannot forget the joy of learning CS concepts from my friends in the winter of 2013, a year from which I chose to join the CS department. 2) What was your academic path like up until joining the CS department? I graduated from Gyeongnam Science High School in 2 years and entered KAIST in 2004. After graduating with a B.S. in CS, I entered the Master’s program in 2008, and then the Ph.D. program in 2010. I am currently studying under the advisement of Professor Sungeui Yoon. 3) What was your childhood dream? What are you doing now to achieve that dream? Most children would name a job title when asked what their dream is, but I was different. My childhood dream was to do work which allows as many people as possible to make a living. In retrospect, that dream sounds thoughtful and embarrassing at the same time. I cannot exactly tell you what I am doing not for that dream, but I should work harder to get closer to making it come true. 4) What are your strengths? I laugh easily. Though, I should probably tell you something that is related to my CS skills: I believe I am good at thinking outside of the box when approaching a given problem. Of course, any idea that comes from outside of the box needs to be validated and is often proven wrong, but a really great idea comes by from time to time. 5) What are you passionately working on in the field of CS these days? I am currently studying image search, which is about searching an image database for images similar to a given image. More specifically, I am focused on scalable searching techniques which can deal with big database. I am passionate about developing, implementing, and evaluating a more accurate and faster method of image search and presenting it at a top conference. 6) What values and future prospects do you see in your current work? Currently, most of the online search is based on text, but image searching is expected to gain more attention in the future. The trend is evident in the rapidly increasing number of images in SNS and the Internet, which is made possible by the easy access to images from mobile devices. My current research topic of big data image search is an important issue in this trend, so I am working hard to make contributions. 7) What were your happiest and most disappointing moments, respectively, in the CS department? My happiest moment was when my first paper in the image search area got accepted at the most renowned conference in the field. It was all the more meaningful, because that was a time when I was feeling unsure about myself, after just having changed my research topic upon becoming a Ph.D. student. The most disappointing moment was when I found out that a research paper was published on the very topic that I had been working on myself. I was disheartened to find that the contents of the paper, from diagrams to experimental results, were almost exactly the same as mine. I later learned that this sort of event happens often in CS, a field where things progress rapidly. All in all, this is a life of a graduate student whose mood depends on how well the research is going and published. 8) What do you think is the best thing about studying CS? The field of CS is fast, and that is what I find to be the most attractive about studying it. I always have to stay alert to the rapidly changing trend in order not to get behind. I believe I have the energy to keep up with this field, which also plays very important roles across various domains. What’s more, the validation process of new ideas is also very fast in this field. Paper submission, reviews, and rebuttals happen regularly according to the schedule. I like this academically fast and interactive culture in the field of CS. 9) What would you like to say to those interested in joining the CS department? Although I do not believe I am at a position to give such advice, I will just say a few personal thoughts on it. As I mentioned above, because CS knowledge evolves fast, what we need is an ability to learn and adapt to new things rather than acquiring bits of knowledge. If you could also have critical thinking and creativity on top of that, it would be great. 10) What are your future plans? I would first like to express gratitude for this opportunity to participate in the interview. My foremost goal is to earn my Ph.D. degree. I did not decide on specific plans after that, but I am open to continuing my current research and working in the industry....Read more
Gyeongyeop Lee, MSc. Student Spotlight
1) How did you get to join the Computer Science (CS) department? I joined the CS department in Fall 2012 as a graduate student. 2) What was your academic path like up until joining the CS department? I majored in electrical engineering and minored in management science at KAIST. 3) What was your childhood dream? What are you doing now to achieve that dream? When I was in high school, my dream was to become a math teacher. I eventually chose to major in electrical engineering, because I wanted to work with mobile phones. It sounds abstract, but I have always wanted to do something that directly influences people in a close manner. While keeping that in mind, I worked on developing an English education product for smartphones at a small company named Today’s Word. My job as a project manager at that company involved some programming, which I personally enjoyed a lot. Ultimately, I realized that smartphones are products with strong influence on people’s lives, and I decided to study CS with an aim to maximize the positive side of that influence. 4) What are your strengths? I love working with kids. There are three ways in which I am still like a kid. First, I am never calculating when I interact with people. Also, I do not worry about things too much, because I have faith that God is always looking out for me in my life. Lastly, there are so many things that I do not know about yet, so I am open to learning new things. 5) What are you passionately working on in the field of CS these days? I am currently working in the IR&NLP lab and my research involves human languages in the form of text data. More specifically, my research is about searching for bias or falsifications in documents, such as online fake reviews. I have done research which applied past research results from psychology to develop a computer science algorithm. I am working to extend that research, and it is definitely an interesting research experience. 6) What values and future prospects do you see in your current work? Online reviews are known to heavily influence how people make their purchases. Fake reviews can lead to unfair online transactions which result hurt the customers as well as sellers. Therefore, I believe identifying fake reviews can contribute to the online community by providing a better experience for online shoppers and sellers. In this way, my research dealing with natural language can have positive effects on people in practical ways. 7) What were your happiest and most disappointing moments, respectively, in the CS department? I enjoy the moments which I am inspired by new ideas for research. Of course, the ideas may get rejected in the end, but I enjoy the whole process of exploring them with my advisor and lab members. I feel more excited when my ideas appear to be clever and actually get implemented to show promising effects. I remember that my first year as a graduate student had some disappointing moments, when I felt that my CS knowledge was not strong enough due to my background as an EE major. 8) What do you think is the best thing about studying CS? In my field of study, it is possible to implement new ideas and evaluate them with empirical studies without hardware constraints. I feel lucky to be researching in CS, whenever I hear that experiments take months to do in other departments. Studying CS strengthens problem-solving skills, as we search for better efficiency or effectiveness in our solution. Moreover, CS is attractive in the way that sometimes simple solutions, such as brute-force or rule-based methods, work the best, rather than some complex algorithms. 9) What would you like to say to those interested in joining the CS department? Many people believe that one must be excellent in programming in order to study CS, but that is not the complete truth. As long as one is passionate about studying CS, programming is something that can be learned over time. Research in CS evolves fast. In order to keep up with the fast pace, it is important to take the coursework seriously and maintain a proactive attitude about learning new things. I recommend to communicate often and effectively with one’s advisor. Lastly, one must be open to use interdisciplinary or integrated approaches when solving a problem in CS. 10) What are your future plans? I plan to continue my research in fake review and information identification as a Ph.D. student. I am also interested in providing information to users based on their personal text data on websites such as SNS. Another idea that interests me is developing an English writing assistant application for people whose first language is not English. After earning my Ph.D., I would like to become a professor and do research as well as teaching....Read more
Minjeong Yoo, BSc. Student Spotlight
1) How did you get to join the Computer Science (CS) department? I had my first encounter with CS in the introduction to programming course during my freshman year of university. I found it fascinating to see robots move on the screen exactly according to the code that I wrote. I especially enjoyed the logical thinking involved in every step of the programming experience, so I chose to major in CS. 2) What was your academic path like up until joining the CS department? I enjoyed studying mathematics when I was in middle school, so I attended a science high school afterwards and participated in math clubs for several years. 3) What was your childhood dream? What are you doing now to achieve that dream? It may sound a bit too abstract, but my dream was to become a great leader. I have not achieved that dream in significant ways yet. However, I believe that studying and working diligently in my field of choice, CS, will lead to making that dream come true eventually. 4) What are your strengths? My strength is that when I set a goal, I am very persistent in making sure that I achieve it. 5) What are you passionately working on in the field of CS these days? 6) What values and future prospects do you see in your current work? Currently, there is a shortage of people with science and technology background in the area of national policy making. Thus, I would like to utilize my CS background to create effective policies for advancement of science and technology in Korea. 7) What were your happiest and most disappointing moments, respectively, in the CS department? My happiest moment is when I finished my first project. It gave me the confidence that I much needed at the time, when I had just joined the CS department and was worried about my lack of skills. After finishing that project perfectly by myself, however, I was simply happy and felt more confident about my potential to excel in this field. 8) What do you think is the best thing about studying CS? Studying CS develops logical thinking skills, and putting new ideas into action is possible by writing code and implementing prototypes. 9) What would you like to say to those interested in joining the CS department? People tend to be shy about not knowing enough when they come to the CS department and begin learning CS in depth for the first time. I would tell them not to be shy about asking questions to friends or upperclassmen whenever they feel stuck on something. Asking questions and discussing problems will surely lead to better thinking and programming skills. 10) What are your future plans? After earning my degree, I would like to work for a government agency and work hard to make national policies that foster science and technology advancement in Korea....Read more
Huiseok Son, PhD Student Spotlight
1) How did you get to join the Computer Science (CS) department? My choice to join the CS department was, to be sure, a surprising one. When I was in high school, I was just a regular student who liked math and chemistry and knew nothing about programming. That was probably the reason why I did not receive a good grade from the required programming course here at KAIST. It left me feeling that my programming skills are rather inferior compared to those of my peers. On a fateful Teacher Appreciation Day, however, the adviser of my club told me something that changed my perspective. He encouraged me to apply to the Department if what I want to do in my future career is closely related to computer science. This advice motivated me to study harder during summer breaks, and when the time to apply for the Department came, I took the chance and chose the CS department. 2) What was your academic path like up until joining the CS department? I did not have any special academic path until I came to the Department. As I said above, I was just a regular high school student who studied hard according to the given curriculum, and after I came to university, I actively participated in the campus life. I motivated myself to work harder in order to stay competitive amongst my bright peers. As a result, my grades improved quite a lot during those times. 3) What was your childhood dream? What are you doing now to achieve that dream? My early childhood dream was to go to Harvard University, which is a very simple-minded and wistful dream in retrospect. I did not even know what I wanted to major in but just wanted to go the world’s best university. But, as I grew up, I found myself to be the happiest and passionate when I was passing on my knowledge to others. It led me to consider a teaching profession, so I now want to become a university professor. Since that dream took place within my mind, I have always asked myself if I will ever be knowledgeable enough to teach people at university level. That question humbles me and motivates me to work harder in my studies and research. I am also open to meeting and learning from people of diverse backgrounds. 4) What are your strengths? My strengths are my optimistic personality and healthy body. I never let go of optimistic thinking regardless of what circumstances I may find myself in. Such optimism has helped me reduce stress even at times of heavy workloads. I also believe that optimistic thinking often leads to wisdom that allows me to overcome the present hardship. My healthy body is a result of the regular exercise I have enjoyed doing since I was a child. Even now, when I feel stressed out, I would go out to exercise with my friends. Physical strength is an essential factor in one’s ability to do research. 5) What are you passionately working on in the field of CS these days? I am currently working at a laboratory, so I am working hard on the given projects as well as my individual research. I am eager to produce good results with my research soon and go to top conferences and get published on journals. What I really like about going to conferences is talking to researchers from other countries. I find such conversations to be academically enriching and fun！ 6) What values and future prospects do you see in your current work? My current research has to do with smartphones and their user experiences. Thus, if I can produce good results, it would help to alleviate some of the inconveniences that people feel while using their smartphones. Furthermore, if I can pass on the lessons from my current research experience to the future generation, that would be even more valuable of a contribution. 7) What were your happiest and most disappointing moments, respectively, in the CS department? Like most of the CS students, I had my happiest moment when I see that my program is working correctly after locating and fixing a bug after countless hours. Nothing can really compare to that moment of joy, which usually leads me to shout out “Hurray！” The most disappointing moment was when I got my conference paper rejected. Receiving cold reviews on a paper that I carefully composed can be hard to take. It is a humbling experience, but it also strengthens my desire to write better papers and get accepted to top conferences. 8) What do you think is the best thing about studying CS? The best thing is that the people I meet in this field tend to be very open-mined and practical. It is hard to find working environments that are freer than they are for CS-related jobs. People who study CS are always open to learning new things. The fact that computers are ubiquitous in today’s world means that there is more need for people who study CS like me. I find it highly attractive that CS is a field with a vast amount of opportunity to make a difference in the world. 9) What would you like to say to those interested in joining the CS department? I am sure that you are making a great choice for the present as well as the future！ This is a field that never gets boring and always presents new challenges. I would also like to tell those who are afraid of joining the CS department, that it may very well be worth a try. CS is a field of study with a relatively high learning curve at first, but after you open your eyes to all that it has to offer, it is truly an amazing experience. I am personally an example of someone who could not even program to print out “Hello World” during my freshman year, but now happily working on my Ph.D.. So, can your program print out “Hello World?” Then, I would say that you are at a better starting position than where I was. 10) What are your future plans? I want to publish outstanding papers and earn my Ph.D. degree. Although I am not sure where I will be working at afterwards, I do want to spend some time studying in the United States. I want to study in the States, where the best of minds in CS gather to develop and share their ideas, so that I could become a great researcher and professor myself. It is okay if I end up doing with a job other than being a professor, though, as long as I am always learning and improving myself as a person....Read more
Prof. Min H. Kim is appointed as an Associate Edit..
Prof. Min H. Kim is appointed as an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG). The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) was founded in 1947 and has served as the world’s most prestigious scientific and educational computing society along with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The roles and responsibilities of an Associate Editor include selecting appropriate referees to perform reviews on submitted manuscripts and preparing reports for the main findings of the review process. The manuscripts selected for publication are presented at the world’s largest Computer Graphics conference, ACM SIGGRAPH. Professor Kim has published numerous papers in the areas of computer graphics research, with emphases in the areas of 3D imaging spectroscopy and visual perception. He regards his appointment to TOC as a great opportunity and looks forward to making further outstanding contributions to advance research in computing....Read more
Developing a Text Mining Search Engine for Cancer ..
[Prof. Jong Cheol Park] The Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning announced on May 22nd that the research teams led by Professor Jong Cheol Park of KAIST and Professor Hyunju Lee of GIST have developed OncoSearch, a text mining search engine that searches Medline abstracts for sentences describing gene expression changes in cancers. This federally funded research project was carried out on an interdisciplinary research effort converging linguistics, computer engineering, biology, and medicines. In order to identify genes that cause cancers and to understand how such genes affect cancers, abnormal gene expressions in cancers are actively studied. To facilitate the studies, OncoSearch utilizes powerful text mining techniques to extract the relevant information from the large amount of information available in the biomedical literature. OncoSearch allows the user to efficiently search for genes that affect particular types of cancers, compare expression levels of a gene across various types of cancers, and explore a graph to find interactions between genes in a type of cancer. “OncoSearch is a novel tool that automatically collects information on cancer related genes using the latest text mining techniques, and we expect its active use will help the ongoing cancer research efforts,” said Professor Park. The research results were published in the online version of Nucleic Acids Research, on May 9th, 2014....Read more
Prof. Kyu-Young Whang Recognized for his Distingui..
Prof. Kyu-Young Whang has received the Distinguished Contributions Award at the Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD) which was held in Taiwan on May 13-16th. At this respected data mining conference in the Pacific-Asia region, Professor Whang was recognized for his influential work in the research field as a life member on the PAKDD Steering Committee. The award was given to 6 recipients including Professor Whang, and he is the first Korean person to be a recipient. In 2011, Professor Whang also received the Outstanding Contributions Award at another prestigious conference called Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA). The database and data mining research in the Asia-Pacific region, regarded as primitive 20 years ago, have come a long way to be on comparable footings with those in North America/Europe, thanks to relentless efforts and contributions made by countlessly many researchers including Professor Whang. Recently, database research in the Asia-Pacific region is much heightened as, among the three major academic organizations in the database area, Prof. Whang is leading IEEE TCDE, Prof. Beng Chin Ooi from Singapore The VLDB Endowment, and Prof. Don Kossmann from Switzerland ACM SIGMOD....Read more
Prof. Kwangjo Kim to Represent Korea in IFIP TC11
Prof. Kwangjo Kim was appointed to represent Korea in International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)’s Technical Committee-11 (TC-11) for his internationally recognized contributions to the advancement of security and cryptology research in the past 30 years. Since its establishment in 1960, IFIP has been the leading multinational, apolitical organization in Information & Communications Technologies and Sciences. It is recognized by many international organizations including the United Nations for bringing IT Societies from 56 countries together on important topics in informatics. In particular, TC-11 is involved in research for increased trustworthiness in information processing, such as developing a common frame of reference for security and privacy protection. “Through this IFIP role, I would like to present Korea’s outstanding information and security technology and show that we are one of the world’s leading nations in the security technology,” said Professor Kim. His previous roles include Director of International Association for Cryptologic Research, AsiaCrypt Steering Committee Chair, President of Korea Institute of Information Security & Cryptology, and visiting professor at MIT and KUSTAR. This year, he is serving as the General Chair of Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES) 2014, to be held in Busan this coming September....Read more