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  • Prof. Dae Young Kim launches joint research with t..

    Our very own Professor Dae Young Kim and his research team launched a joint research with the European Union (EU) on developing and establishing an open standard and architecture for an integrated Internet of Things (IoT) global produce business ecosystem as a part of The Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020). Article (in Korean): http://www.sedaily.com/NewsView/1OAURXDKKL

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  • Undergraduate Seunggeun Baek awarded the TOPCIT gr..

    Our very own Seunggeun Baek (Undergraduate, guidance professor: Moonzoo Kim) was awarded the grand prize in IITP’s 6th TOPCIT Regular Scheduled Evaluation, held at the Seoul Palace Hotel last Dec 22nd. We extend our most sincere congratulations. **Article (in Korean): http://www.ajunews.com/view/20161223160755505. * TOPCIT is a test to diagnose and evaluate a person’s core abilities to successfully perform in the Software (SW) industry.

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  • “You can learn so much by just talking” – An inter..

    KAIST ACM Student Chapter’s 2nd newsletter presents an interview with the handsome Prof. Sung-Ju Lee. “You can learn so much just by talking” – An interview with Prof. Sung-Ju Lee IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the largest organization in the field of computer science and electrical engineering, evaluates its member scientists and engineers in to different ranks. From the bottom, you have Student member, Member, Senior member, and on the very top of the membership hierarchy, you have the Fellow. Only those with excellent and internationally renown research in the field qualify for the title. Prof. Sung-Ju Lee is one of the two IEEE Fellows at KAIST’s School of Computing. (Prof. Lee has since become the only Fellow, due to Prof. Kyu-Young Hwang’s retirement this year) What did you major? While studying abroad, wireless communication research was starting to get attention. Back then, we didn’t have Skype, and email was only just getting mainstream attention. I realized knowledge in networks would be crucial for helping people connect. The thought of exchanging information without any wires at all sounded amazing, something I wanted to be a part of; so I chose wireless networks as my major. But you’re not just working on networks. I was at a company for a long time after getting my degree. My work was in infrastructure, which doesn’t afford much people time, even when compared to other network work. As a professor, I want to do research I couldn’t before. My interest was always in connecting people, and mobile devices fit that goal perfectly. Back then, to explain my research to others, I had to be good at analogies. Now, I don’t have to do that anymore with the research I do. Human-Computer Interaction, Natural Language Processing, emotion analysis, Machine Learning, et cetera et cetera. They’re all so interesting, and I’m studying them all, albeit in a rather shallow fashion. Of course, research in Wi-Fi and infrastructure continues as well. Can you share one of your research with us? Smartphone application notifications interrupt people’s social interaction. People tend to ignore notifications when talking with their professors, but not when talking with their friends or family. It’s interesting and ironic that they feel it’s fine to be rude to those you care about the most. But most notifications are not urgent at all. We made an application that collects notifications until it finds a breakpoint between conversations, and only then alerts the user. For example, when people stop talking because someone went to use the bathroom. You were employed for quite some time I worked for HP (Hewlett-Packard Company) for 12 and a half years. It was mostly Wi-Fi work, which included the project with Shell, an oil company. It was the most fun I had, where I was charged with inventing a “next generation oil exploration system”. To find out where oil is, you need to dig, and that costs a lot. You dig holes to bury sensors, which geologists pore over for months, conducting seismology experiments. The research was on reinventing the wired system as a wireless system. It was a world first, and working from the beginning with the actual producers was of great help, learning about them and how they think. Why did you decide to become a professor after 12 and a half years? The reason I chose industry over academia was mostly to get back at my father, who was also a professor. The reason I choose academia over industry now is to be a good son. (laughs) Honestly, I enjoyed working with the young 3 month interns. Although I wasn’t paid anything for it, mentoring them was what felt the most rewarding to me. It felt like that was what I was best at. Research was fun, guiding students was fun, and so I became a professor. Also, I’m making more of a difference when I’m internationalizing Korean students, than if I’m doing research in America. You love talking with people It’s important to share your experiences and knowledge with others in your community, and speaking and listening is much more helpful for learning. Compared to American students, Koreans don’t seem to understand this fact, something I find disappointing. Korea is always about generating results, and showing off the results. The why and how are absent; only the result pops up after working on it alone. In other countries, professors don’t like students that keep to themselves. Is that why you encourage asking questions? I absolutely do encourage asking questions. It’s obvious, but by asking something, students realize they don’t know something. At first they’re skittish, but after one or two students start off, the rest start asking questions as well. At first, you ask the question and let them voice their opinions. Of course, I don’t plan the lessons specifically to encourage questions. I was immersed in a culture that encouraged debates, and it feels like students feel encouraged even if I’m just being myself. I heard students say they didn’t want to speak since they weren’t good at English, but felt encouraged after seeing their friends join in. Everyone was doing it, and so there was nothing to be scared of. It sounds a bit unfair, but 10% of the grade is participation points, and students with good grades usually have full points in that respect. You have so many papers and patents. How do come up with all the ideas? It’s not something that’s easy to explain. For starters, it’s important to know what the problem is. Sometimes, you get a breakthrough after reading a countless number of papers. Research from other fields is especially helpful. You can look at the other fields’ solutions and get inspiration from them. Students doing research for the first time might find it hard to decide on what papers to read. Do you have any advice for them? Start with the main conferences in the field you’re interested in. Good papers are normally published at good conferences. After reading a few papers, you will recognize a few papers that keep getting referenced. Reading those papers next can then broaden your horizon. Asking for advice from older graduate students can be helpful as well. If you have research you want to do, even if it’s only a vague idea, ask other students and your professor for similar work and researchers in the area. Any words for KAIST undergraduates First, get all you can from KAIST’s excellent faculty. This doesn’t happen in lecture halls. You need to talk with them outside the classrooms. Don’t be afraid of professors. Engage with the professors. Secondly, don’t worry too much about grades. Your skills are much more important than your GPA. Third, make as much friends as you can. You need so many friends on top of your high school friends. Fourth, leave your comfort zone. Get as much new experiences as you can. Do something new, something you’ve never done before. I very much recommend going on an exchange program. It will help overcome the fear of starting something new. Lastly, don’t be afraid of English. Credits available in the Korean version.

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  • Check your child’s location in real-time… “Line Ki..

    The following is a Korean article on the CEO of the developer of Line Kids Phone, Kiwi Plus: Sangwon Seo, a Ph.D student from the School of Computing (advisor: Prof. Seungryoul Maeng). http://www.hankyung.com/news/app/newsview.php?aid=2016110810471

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  • Controlling a turtle with your mind…amazing techno..

    Our very own School of Computing Professor Sungho Jo made an appearance on 8 O’clock News. Here is a copy of the segment. “Controlling a turtle with your mind…amazing technology” From SBS News (article in Korean) http://news.sbs.co.kr/news/endPage.do?news_id=N1003835422&plink=NEW&cooper=SBSNEWSSECTION&plink=COPYPASTE&cooper=SBSNEWSEND <Anchor> Control a turtle with but a thought. Just think “left” and it goes left, “right” and it goes right. This amazing technology is advancing every day. Reporter Kuhee Jung is with a story on how this is possible. <Reporter> Drink with a robot arm just by thinking about it. This is possible via the application of Brain-Computer Interface technology, where a computer reads the changes in brain waves that occurs when you think. Using this technology, you can control animals with just your thought. Turtles walk in figure 8 shaped paths, or walk in circles around an object: all done by a researcher thinking about it. The researcher can control the turtle with the use of a thought controlled curtain mounted on the turtle’s shell, taking advantage of turtles’ instinctive fear of darness, which forces them to walk towards the light. <Sungho Jo, Professor at KAIST> Turtles shrink when they can’t see, and head towards whichever direction their vision is not obscured. If we let them see to their right when the person thinks “right”, the turtle will instinctively walk to the right. <Reporter> These are brain waves, detected from various points on my head. The waveforms change according to whether I’m thinking “left” or “right”, which the computer analyzes, and once it understands what I’m thinking, it can read my mind. As Brain-Computer Interface technology advances, we expect to see applications such as robots to act as limbs of the disabled, remote controlled animals and robots for exploration, or real time analysis of emotions to help prevent mental illnesses such as depression.

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  • Mutual exchange agreement on cyber security traini..

    The following link is the newspaper article of a mutual exchange agreement of cyber security training and education between KAIST and National Security Research Institute on July 11, 2016: http://www.daejonilbo.com/news/newsitem.asp?pk_no=1221438 The supported program of this agreement is under the lead of the School of Computing at KAIST.

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  • [Essay] The future of Artificial Intelligence and ..

    The following link is the Professor Alice Oh’s essay of “The future of Artificial Intelligence and human” on March 17, 2016: http://news.joins.com/article/19736242

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  • Lessons we need to learn from ‘AlphaGo impact’ [Fr..

    The following link is the Professor Kee-Eung Kim’s essay of “Lessons we need to learn from AlphaGo impact” on March 15, 2016: http://news.joins.com/article/19723142

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  • National Research Foundation of Korea Webzine Vol...

    The following URL is about Professor Jinah Park of School of Computing from the article, National Research Foundation of Korea Webzine Vol. 5, “Meeting researchers – a global woman leader” (http://webzine.nrf.re.kr/nrf_1605/?chapter=2&sub=1)

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  • Computer Science Returns… The Average Entrance Sco..

    A rapidly increasing number of people prefer Computer Science and Engineering to medical school. More than a half of the students taking KAIST SW courses are not majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. Taewon Seo (Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in Korea University) are teaching his students how to handle computer hardware. By Kyung-hoon Shin (nicerpeter@hankyung.com) A Digital Logic Design course teaches how computer software operates a hardware device. On April 26th in Korea University, 11 students of total 92 students enrolled as an elective (non-major); they are majoring in Business Management, Statistics, and Korean Language & Literature. In-Sung Kim (23), majoring in Business Management, made a perfect score in this course. Kim said, “I took this course because I think it is important to have a deep understanding of computers to work in IT and software companies in the future.” Taeweon Suh, the professor of the Computer Science and Engineering who teaches this course said, “There were no students taking this course as an elective,” and “The number of students interested in computer software is increasing.” As more students are interested in computer software, the computer-related majors are also getting a favorite major for students. The minimum score to enter the computer-related majors for top universities has increased, and there was a “registration war” on computer courses as many students wanted to take the computer courses. Computer Science students in KAIST have doubled. Computer Science and Engineering in Korea University is one of the top schools to enter among the college of science in Korea. According to the analysis result from Jongro private institute, the rank of the Computer Science and Engineering in Korea University has risen five places from 11th place out of 22 schools in 2012 to 6th place today. In addition, the Computer Science in Yonsei University also has risen from 16th place to 6th out of 26 schools this year. The number of people who wants to enter software-related schools has also increased. The competition rate of the Computer Science and Engineering in Korea University has been increased from 3.1:1 to 5.4:1, and the Computer Science in Yonsei Universty has been increased from 2.7:1 to 3.7:1 for a year. Every year, KAIST admits students without assigning any major, and let them choose them a major on sophomore. From 2004 to 2010, the number of students who choose Computer Science (currently the School of Computing) was below 50, but 69 students applied Computer Science last year, and 76 students chosen Computer Science this year. In addition, as the number of students who withdraw their application for the Computer Science and Engineering of Seoul National University to apply for other majors, such as a medical school, has been decreased, and the acceptance rate of the application has increased from 70% to 93%. Professor Kunsoo Park, the head of the Computer Science and Engineering of Seoul National University, said, “There are also a number of students who have chosen the Computer Science and Engineering and withdrew the admission of the medical school.” The minimum score to enter the Computer Science has increased because people believe that majoring computer-related field have an advantage of getting a job as industries demands more software technicians. Last year, the employment rate of the people who graduated from the Computer Science of Yonsei University was 80.8%, which is higher than the total employment rate, 64.1%. Also, the employment rate of the people who graduated from the Computer Science and Engineering of Korea University was 80%, which is 10% points higher than the total employment rate, 69.3%. An increasing number of students who take computer classes as an elective As the number of people who want to learn programming increases, a number of people register the Computer Science classes, including the major courses. In 2012, the enrollment rate of the students who take computer programming courses as an elective was 9%, but in this semester, the rate has increased to 55%. More than a half of the students in Computer Science courses, such as “Data Structures,” in the first semester of this year in KAIST take the course as an elective. Profess Doo-Hwan Bae, the head of the School of Computing said, “Two classes for each course was enough for students before, but even four classes per course is not enough today.” In Korea University, after enforcing the rule that forbids to take “C Programming” as an elective, non-Computer Science students even made appointments with professors to make an exception for taking the Computer Science courses as electives. According to the school, there were various reasons for taking Computer Science courses as an elective; a student majoring in business management wanted to learn programming for startup in the future, and another student wanted to learn it would be beneficial to get a job. Therefore, the department of the Computer Science and Technology of Korea University decided to admit the half of the upcoming students from liberal arts division. One possible reason non-Computer Science students want to take Computer Science classes is that there are many ways to apply software technology, such programming, into various fields of study. Soo Yeon Lee (21 year-old, majoring in Statistics in Korea University) said, “I am taking Computer Science courses because I am interested in analyzing combined field of Statistics and Artificial Intelligence.” By Hyung Joo Oh / Tae Hoon Kim, ohj@hankyung.com

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  • A KAIST Student Invented a Low-Cost 3D Printer: “T..

    A KAIST Student Invented a Low-Cost 3D Printer: “Terrific!” “I found out that there were so many inconvenient features on the previous 3D printers, so I decided to create a new one for people to use conveniently.” Seok-hyeon Seo (23-year old, Computer Science, KAIST), who is a college student and has succeeded on business by inventing the cheapest 3D printer, said, “A good product has to be easy to use for many people.” He also said, “If I improve the performance continuously, the product will not only cheap but also shows a good performance.” Last year, Mr. Seo, Sung-hyun Cho (22, Mechanical Engineering, KAIST), Jong-hoon Choi, Won-hee Kim (21, Mechanical Engnieering), and Dong-jin Kim (23, Oxford Univ.) has gained attention for inventing a 3D printer costs about 900,000 won, which is a quite cheap price. They received about 100 pre-orders for 3D printer before the release, and they founded a company called, ‘KAIDEA’. They entrusted the business management section to the professionals, so they are only focusing on the product development. As the order continues, KAIDEA is planning to increase the number of factories in Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do during the first half of this year, and they are planning to make inroads into a larger market abroad, which is the expected the scale of 13.5 billion won in 2018. Mr. Seo said, “We have decided to leave the management part to the professionals since the beginning of designing the product.” He also said, “Since all of my friends are pursuing their own study, I think we made a right choice for the management part.” The idea of developing a low-cost 3D print came from ‘KAIST idea factory’. The idea factory is an open studio at trial, supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, to help college students to perform an experiment and create a prototype with their creative idea. He said, “The idea factory made possible to develop a 3D printer.” He also said, “Because there are a number of equipment tools with additional financial support for materials, everyone can invent with their own ideas.” As for his future plan, he said, “I want to enter the graduate school in KAIST to study more after graduating next year,” and he show his ambition by saying, “I want to study more to give technological benefits to many people.”

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  • The Godfather of the Internet in Korea

    [Prof. Kilnam Chon] While it is a commonly known fact that the United States is the birthplace of the Internet, many people are surpised to learn that Korea was the second country to successfully establish the Internet. The historic setting was May 15, 1982 inside a research laboratory located in Gu-mi, Korea. Dr. Chon and his team watched as their computer printed out “$ rlogin snucom” on the screen, indicating a successful remote login to a computer at Seoul National University. Hugging each other and crying shouts of joy, the research team led by Dr. Chon had officially opened a new chapter in the history of the Internet. From that day on, Chon has remained the godfather of the Internet in Korea. Dr. Chon received a PhD degree in computer science from University of California, Los Angeles in 1974, and a BS degree in engineering science from Osaka University. He joined the Korea Institute of Electronics Technology in 1979 to work on computer system development, and moved to Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1982 as a professor in the Computer Science Department. In a recent interview with a Korean newspaper, Dr. Chon explained that he came to Korea with a determination to make a difference in the country with his technical expertise. With a full support from the Korean government, Dr. Chon and his fellow researchers pursued the challenging goal of advancing the computing technology in Korea and succeeded in making Korea to be the world’s second to establish the Internet. During his time as a professor in KAIST Compuster Science Depeartment, Dr. Chon was well known for his demand for perfection from his students. He would not only help his students fulfill their full intellectual potential but also emphasize the importance of regular physical exercise. He sharply points out the fact that the students who succeeded the most after graduating from his laboratory are the ones who exercised the most rigorously under his advice. After his retirement, Dr. Chon, the godfather of the Internet in Korea, is currently working as a professor at Keio University with the goal of making its computer science program to be the best in Japan.

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