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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

  • 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.”

  • 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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