Dr. Shin Yoo, a faculty member of School of Computing, KAIST, has been appointed as an editorial board member of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM) starting from July 2019. TOSEM is one of two SCI journals in software engineering, along with IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. TOSEM has the impact factor of 2.516 in JCR 2017, and is currently ranked at the 18th place by Google Scholar among the Software Systems conferences and journals.
In 2019, KAIST Graduate School entrance briefing session will be held in Seoul and Daejeon as follows. ○ Seoul - Date: Mar. 15, 2019(Fri), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Location: KAIST Dogok Campus Classroom 103 ○ Daejeon - Date: March 22, 2019 (Fri), 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Location: KAIST Main Campus N1 102 For more information, please refer to the poster below.
Professor Jeehoon Kang has been appointed to the School of Computing as of February 27, 2019. Professor Jeehoon Kang received his doctorate degree from Seoul National University in 2019 and his major is Concurency, Parallelism, Programming Language, Verification, and his detailed history is as follows. https://cs.kaist.ac.kr/people/view?idx=590&kind=faculty&menu=160 Let's welcome Professor Jeehoon Kang！
The research team KAIST's Smart Science Museum exhibition technology held the first-half workshop of science and culture exhibition services on Feb. 21-22 at the Hyatt Hotel in Seogwipo, Jeju Island. The Science and Culture Exhibition Service project was started in 2018 as a project supported by the Korea Research Foundation. A total of 15 research teams are involved in Smart Science Museum research group, with three teams from KAIST are participating. In School of Computing Professor Han Dong-soo (the head of the research team), Professor Park Jin-ah and Professor Lee Ki-hyuk are participating, and Professor Lee Woo-hoon is participating from the industrial design department. At the workshop, 15 research team’s manager, joint research institutes, the National Museum of Science research team, and officials from the exhibition headquarters of the National Daegu Science Museum participated to announce their 2019 research plans and reflect on their findings in 2018. During the workshop, Lee Jung-mo, director of the Seoul Municipal Science Museum, Kwak Soo-jin, CEO of "The Shake Creative," and Kwon Ki-kyun, CEO of "Science Museum and Culture," attended to give a talk on the science and cultural exhibitions. In addition, a joint advisory meeting was held with advisors for the Science and Culture Exhibition Service Capacity Enhancement Support Project and the research manager of 15 teams. “The workshop was nice because we could exchange information through various research exchanges," said Professor Han Dong-soo. “It was a good place to get hints to strengthen the exhibition capacity of the Korean Science and Culture Exhibition Service," he said
The software security research lab (Supervisor : Professor Cha Sang-gil) of the Graduate School of Information Security at School of Computing has handed over 2.8 million won to the department. The software security lab won the Information Protection R&D Data Challenge contest (datachallenge.kr) last November by participating in the auto-detection of vulnerabilities field. Kim Soo-min, Han Hyung-seok, and Choi Jae-seung (Ph.D course), Kim Hong-sik, Oh Dong-hyun, Jeong Min-gyu (Master course), and Cha Sang-kil, who participated in the contest, said they donated 2.8 million won for the development of the School of Computing Choi Jae-seung, the team's representative, said, "Based on the good results at the competition, I think it was the help of the schools and departments that we applied for the study. All of us decided to donate the money in the hope that we would give some back to our juniors, said.
In NeurlPS, one of the most notable international societies in machine learning, MARS AI Integrated Research Center and our school held ‘KAIST AT NeuralPS 2018’. The event was organized to promote our academic achievements and exchange with overseas researchers of artificial intelligence. MARS AI Integrated Research Center, which is a part of our school and the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, held an event called ‘KAIST AT NeuralPS 2018’ to promote the research and interact with the leading international artificial intelligence researchers. In addition to our school, more than 100 Korean machine learning researchers attended overseas universities such as MIT, Oxford, Univ. of Michigan, and Univ. of Toronto and domestic universities such as Seoul National University and Yonsei University and worked in industries such as Google, Naver, NVIDIA. The NeurlPS 2018 conference, which was held in Montreal, Canada, was attended by researchers from around the world and presented more than 1,000 papers. Our school presented six papers, one of which earned the honor of Spotlight. A detailed introduction to the papers and events published in NeurlPS 2018 can be found on the following website: http://ml.kaist.ac.kr/neurips2018
30 students from Munjeong Middle School math and science club and 25 students from Chungnam Girls' Middle School science club visited School of Computing through the Science and Exploration Laboratory University Visit Program organized by the Korea Women's Science and Technology Association (KWSE) on October 11 and 12. Students who visited this program listened to a seminar on the latest virtual reality technology (Professor Park Jin-ah) with the introduction of the School of Computing and had a mentoring session with college students.
The Tech Forum held at the KAIST Academic Cultural Center on September 7, 2018 entitled "The The Tech Forum held at the KAIST Academic Cultural Center on September 7, 2018 entitled “The Next Big Thing: Exploring Block Chain Technology from Computer Science” was hosted by the KAIST School of Computing and run by the Korean Women’s Science and Technology Association. Professor Sukyoung Ryu of the School of Computing and Professor Yong-Dae Kim of the Department of Electricity and Electronic Engineering held this forum sponsored by the KAIST Cyber Security Research Center. Students who study block chain technology in various schools, such as Seoul National University, Sogang University, Sungkyunkwan University, Yonsei University, Korea University, Catholic University, Chungang University, Soongsil University, and 130 people who develop the block chain technology, such as Ground X, Hashid, Bon Angels and Balance Hero, participated in the exhibition that included members of KAIST. https://blockinpress.com/archives/8822 https://blockinpress.com/archives/8845 https://outstanding.kr/discussion/?action=readpost&post_id=418596
Hong Seok-In (advisor: Soon-Tae Kim), a graduate of KAIST's School of Computing, was appointed as an assistant professor of computer science at Kyungbook National University. After graduating, he worked as a senior researcher at Samsung Electronics and worked on DRAM design. After that, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at IBM TJ Watson Research Center and conducted research on low power memory system, near-data processing, and secure processor architecture . https://sites.google.com/view/seokinhong/
Professor Kwon Young-jin has come to our School of Computing on August 27, 2018. Professor Kwon Young-jin received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018, and majored in Operating systems and System security. https://cs.kaist.ac.kr/people/view?idx=582&kind=faculty&menu=160 We sincerely congratulate you on your appointmen
Hong Jeong-kyu (Advisor: Kim Soon-tae), a graduate of KAIST's School of Computing, was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Yeungnam University. Dr. Hong has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the embedded computing laboratory for one year after his doctoral degree and has conducted research on reliability and low power memory systems.
Professor Sung-Eui Yoon was selected as an ACM Senior Member in June 2018. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) was established in 1947 and is the world's first association of academics and academics in the field of computer science. As of 2007, there are about 83,000 members worldwide. ACM members who have demonstrated technical leadership for more than 10 years have been selected as senior members. Professor Sung-Eui Yoon, who was selected as a senior member of ACM, won the test-of-time 2006 and the best paper award at the High-Performance Graphics Society in 2015, was ACM Interactive 3D Graphics and Games (I3D) Co-President and Program Chair from 2012 to 2013, and held various tutorials in related research fields at IEEE and ACM conferences. So far, about 70 outstanding papers and high h-index have been recognized.
Ph.D student Han Young-hoon (Advisor : Professor Kang Sung Won) attended at the 1st Annual Meeting of the National Science and Technology Advisory Council held at the Blue House on July 26 (Thursday) as the student delegation. At the meeting presided by the chair of the National Science and Technology Advisory Council, the President Moon Jae-In held discussions on 1) National R & D Innovations 2) Strengthening the rights and interests of university researchers and improving research conditions. Prior to the conference, a preliminary ceremony for the growth of young scientists was held with the president of the university, the president of the university, and student representatives.
Graduated from the School of Computing, Professor Ryu Duksan (Professor Baek Jongmun) was appointed as an assistant professor of software engineering at Chonbuk National University. After graduating, Dr. Ryu Duksan worked as a research assistant professor for two years at our department. During his undergraduate degree, Dr. Ryu Duksan received a Ph.D fellowship from Naver studying software defect prediction and the Best Paper Award from the School of Computing. After his graduation, he taught programming fundamentals and data structure theory in our school.
Researchers from HCI＠KAIST, an in-school community of human-computer interaction researchers at the KAIST School of Computing, showed active participation at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018). Currently, about 20 laboratories from four departments are participating. The CHI 2018 Conference held in Montreal, Canada from April 21 to 26, 2018, attracted more than 3,000 researchers from around the world and published over 600 papers. The HCI ＠ KAIST research society has published 19 papers, ranking KAIST among the world’s top 10 institutions in terms of the number of papers. Prof. Juho Kim of our faculty published seven papers in total and ranked 4th among global researchers based on the number of papers. Also, HCI＠KAIST held an annual KAIST Night event on the evening of April 25. KAIST Night aims to expand the network of international HCI researchers, promote international research collaboration, attract excellent faculty to HCI, and expand student internship opportunities. The KAIST School of Computing, Department of Industrial Design, and Golfzon sponsored this year's event. A total of more than 250 researchers from more than 60 institutions worldwide, including MIT, CMU, and Stanford University, as well as corporate HCI researchers from Google, Facebook, and Adobe, attended the event. A summary of the activities of HCI＠KAIST at CHI 2018 can be found on the following website: https://sites.google.com/site/hcikaist/workshop/chi2018
Under the supervision of Prof. Sung-eui Yoon, Dr. Duksu Kim mainly researched utilizing CPUs and GPUs together, otherwise known as heterogeneous parallel computing, and joined KISTI as a researcher before moving to moving to academia. More information on his research can be found :https://sglab.kaist.ac.kr/bluekds/
Dr. Jae-il Kim (advisor: Prof. Jinah Park, graduated in 2015), an alumnus of the School of Computing, has been appointed as an assistant professor at Kyungpook National University's School of Computer Science and Engineering. He actively conducted research in the field of computer science and medical imaging at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Postdoctoral Research Associate commencing in June 2016. Dr. Jae-Il Kim also worked at Samsung Electronics as a Senior Engineer. His major research interests are diffusion-weighted atlas construction and learning-based missing image prediction, ultrasound image fusion, and 3D foot bone modeling for foot joint analysis, and surface-based shape analysis for subcortical structures and brain ventricles.
Prof. Shin Yoo has been appointed as an editorial board member of Springer’s Empirical Software Engineering journal, starting from February 2018. Springer’s Empirical Software Engineering is an SCIE-indexed journal that specializes in empirical and data-driven software engineering research. ESE is one of the most prestigious software engineering journals: in 2016, ESE had an impact factor of 3.275 and a 5-year cumulative impact factor of 3.759. Google Scholar currently ranks ESE 12th among the software systems conferences and journals.
Professor Sue Bok Moon was appointed as a regular member of the National Academy Engineering of Korea on January 3, 2018. The members of the National Academy Engineering of Korea are selected from universities, research institutions and industry based on their contribution to the country through advancement in science and engineering. The selection process, which spans four stages (search, nomination, review, election), considers not only the nominee’s academic contributions, but also the IPs, education output, and industry contributions.
The 9th Asian Conference on Machine Learning, where Prof. KeeEung Kim served as the General Chair, took place in Yonsei University from November 15th to 17th. In the conference experts and researchers shared results and ideas on machine learning, and discussed proposals centered around innovative machine learning ideas and paradigms. Since 2009, ACML has been a gathering of new ideas and technology about machine learning, which has taken important roles in various fields in the industry. ACML has started in Asian region and has been held in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and China. The conference has helped the scientists gain a broader understanding on machine learning and get insights for applying them in the industry.
During his visit in Asiacrypt 2017 that was held in Hong Kong from December 3rd to 7th, Prof. Kwangjo Kim got the approval to hold the Asiacrypt 2020 in Korea after giving his proposal in the Coordination Committee meeting held in December 4th. Asiacrypt Coordination Committee decides the host country of Asiacrypt that takes place every December. Currently there are up to 3 representatives from each of the 13 countries, including Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, UAE and Pakistan. The representatives from Pakistan could not attend this day’s meeting. Korea, Singapore and UAE gave their hosting proposal, and as the result of the voting procdure, Korea got 6 votes and UAE and Singapore got 3 votes each, which didn’t count as majority for Korea. In an additional meeting without the three running countries, the committee chair, Prof. Lai of Shanhai Jiao Tong University, chose Korea as the hosting country. The hosting of Asiacrypt2020 in Korea will be finalized once the IACR Board confirms during Eurocrypt held in Israel next April. Thus Asiacyrpt 2020 is to be held in Korea (Daejeon). The conference is expected to be attended by renowned cryptographers, and that research in cryptography in Korea will mature once more. Prof. Kwangjo Kim is currently IACR Fellow and will serve as the committee chair of Asiacrypt 2020.
From May 29 to June 1, Professor Junehwa Song and Professor Wang-Chien Lee of Pennsylvania State University co-chaired the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM), hosted by KAIST. Celebrating its 18th year, MDM is an academic conference that focuses on data management in mobile, ubiquitous and pervasive environment. MDM deals with topics addressed by both academia and industry such as IoT, autonomous vehicles, crowdsourcing and mobile sensing. A total of 50 papers were presented by 105 researchers from 13 countries. In addition to domestic and international researchers, companies such as Google, IBM, and Delta Electronics participated in discussions about the potentials of mobile data in the future. The conference was held with the support of IEEE, KAIST School of Computing, IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering(TCDE), University of Pittsburgh, Daejeon International Marketing Enterprise, Software Research Center of Chungnam National University and Daejeon Metropolitan City.
On September 19th, all three projects proposed by KAIST Computer School of Computing were accepted in the Next Generation Information Computing Technology Development Project, which was announced by the Ministry of Science and ICT and National Research Foundation of Korea. The project’s mission is to "support development of basic SW technology that differentiates itself from existing R&D in IT, in order to secure long-term national competitiveness" The detailed projects assigned to our department are as follows. - SuggestBot: Context-based smart interaction Research Goal: Development of software technology including big data of interaction, engine for situation inference and action suggestion, wearable UI and computing subsystem to realize in-situ, intelligent, and in-time smart interaction in wearable computing environment. Project manager: Geehyuk Lee Participants from School of Computing: Juho Kim, Sung Hyon Myaeng, Alice Oh, Junehwa Song Participants from other departments: Uichin Lee -Development of reliable intelligent CPS complex system and on-the-fly verification technology Research Goal: Development of software engineering technology for reliable and safe software development in Cyber-Physical System (CPS) environments such as Vehicle to Everything (V2X) and Smart Factory Project manager: In-Young Ko Participants from School of Computing: DooHwan Bae, Sungwon Kang, Junehwa Song, Jongmoon Baik Participants from other institutions: Jang Ui Hong(Chungbuk Univ.), Junbeom Yoo(Konkuk Univ.), Seung-Woo Kang(KoreaTech) -Multilanguage Verification and Debugging of Full Stack SW through Intelligent Automation Project manager: Moonzoo Kim Participants from School of Computing: Sukyoung Ryu, Shin Yoo Participants from other institutions: Yunja Choi(Kyungpook Nat. Univ.), Kyungmin Bae(POSTECH), Shin Hong(Handong Univ.) The project runs from September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020 (3 years and 4 months), with funding total of 9.53 billion won.
KAIST Convergence AMP program (KCAMP, supervisor Prof. Young Whan Kim) held the 15th entrance ceremony on September 4th. The reason CEOs continue to study is to be responsive to new trends and to have wider human networks. If so, a CEO program could be evaluated according to the contents of the curriculum and the composition of the study group. In this regard, the KCAMP is a prestigious program with a curriculum that is tailored to the tastes of corporate executives. The KCAMP program aims to be a distinguished CEO course by integrating KAIST’s capabilities as a global research-oriented university with the fields of management and humanities. It is known to have Korea’s best faculties, differentiated curriculum, diverse students, wide network with alumni, detailed learning support service, active support from KAIST and geographical advantages of Gangnam. The convergence of industries and the transition into a hyper-connected society made by novel technologies such as artificial intelligence, IoT, Big Data and 5G inform us that the fourth industrial revolution is emerging. The KCAMP course aims to educate CEOs who have to prepare for the era of the 4th industrial revolution and to foresee the big trends of industry and society. The KCAMP course aims to train convergence type leaders in preparation for the fourth industrial revolution era. The students were well suited for the convergence program. Among the 40 students were 15 representatives/officers of mid and small sized companies, 8 officers of large size companies, 6 from government and public institutions and 5 from finance, with some people from the media, lawyers and other professionals. The entrance ceremony was attended by more than 50 senior students who have completed the program. They welcomed and socialized with the new students, and organized monthly gathering of all students and alumni to form networks. Professor Kim, the manager of the program, emphasized that KCAMP is striving to become a platform for industry-university cooperation through his speech in the ceremony. He proposed specific directions for development such as linking KAIST students and companies for recruitment, conducting joint research and projects between KAIST and companies and training human resources. KCAMP is a 19-week long program. Upon completion of the program in next January, students of the 15th cycle will be able to participate in various projects held in KAIST and utilize advanced research facilities as KAIST alumni.
Our very own School of Computing alumnus Jeongseop Ahn, Ph.D (class of 2015, advisor: Prof. Jaehyuk Huh), was appointed an Assistant Professor at Ajou University’s Department of Software. Dr. Ahn worked at a postdoc position in University of Michigan after graduating, and afterwards found a research job at Oracle Labs in Silicon Valley. For his Ph.D, Dr. Ahn worked on fundamental cloud computing technologies such as virtualization and convergence in computer architecture technologies. At Oracle Labs, he worked on systems for big data analysis platforms, both SW and HW. The resultant research found themselves published on top architecture conferences, including ISCA and MICRO, where Dr. Ahn published multiple papers. Dr. Jeongseop Ahn’s achievements are available on his website, at: https://jeongseob.github.io/
※ Pictured, from left to right: Professors Hongseok Yang, Meeyoung Cha, and Sooel Son We at the School of Computing welcome the appointment of Professors Hongseok Yang, Meeyoung Cha, and Sooel Son. □ Prof. Hongseok Yang was appointed a professor at the SoC as of July 24 His areas of interest include programming languages and machine learning A more detailed introduction is available on his page https://cs.kaist.ac.kr/people/view?idx=552&kind=faculty&menu=160 □ Prof. Meeyoung Cha was appointed a professor at the SoC as of Aug. 1 Her areas of interest include network science, computational social science, and statistical inference A more detailed introduction is available on her page https://cs.kaist.ac.kr/people/view?idx=418&kind=faculty&menu=160 □ Prof. Sooel Son was appointed a professor at the SoC as of Aug. 1 His areas of interest include web security & privacy, and web authentication A more detailed introduction is available on his page https://cs.kaist.ac.kr/people/view?idx=553&kind=faculty&menu=160 We extend our most sincere congratulations on their appointment.
KAIST School of Computing Professor Sungwon Kang published a book on “Systematic Software Product Line Development” last June via Hongrung Publishing (475 pages). Prof. Kang’s previous works include “Invitation to Software Architecture; Principles and Fundamentals of Software Architecture Design” (also Hongrung, first print 2012, 2nd edition 2015, 271 pages), the first Korean scholarly journal in the field of software architecture. “Systemic Software Product Line Development” is also a first, being the first Korean scholarly journal in the field of software product line. The work presents a coherent and comprehensive approach to software product line development superior to existing journals, both inside and outside Korea. The book defines the fundamental principles, and offers case studies to demonstrate the principles. Software product line development is a development paradigm on developing multiple similar products simultaneously. The paradigm analyzes and maximizes the utilization of the common features within a product set to best utilize the similarities to produce high quality products with a low cost within a short time. The technique is indispensable in today’s software development, where the customers’ various needs must be addressed as quickly as possible. Prof. Kang is serving as the chair of the Korean Institute of Information Scientists and Engineers (KIISE) Software Engineering Society and the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing’s Software Architecture Track.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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/
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/
＊＊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.
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