Last year, an undergraduate student at KAIST donated his earnings from his developed app to the school. This time, the graduated students donated their earnings from the app they sold. Last December, the School of Computing student, Young-Hoon Park (25 years old), donated 10 million KRW (＄8,200 USD). On September 9th, 2014, Park sold his smartphone application “Seoul Bus” to Kakao Corp. and donated the part of the earnings as a grateful to the school. In addition, Dong-Woo Kim (29 years old) who graduated from the school also donated 10 million KRW to KAIST with a message to use it for his younger students on last December. They are all graduated from the School of Computing at KAIST and worked together for the social commerce company, ‘Rottyful.’ The younger students’ donation news lead to the seniors’ donation; they founded a startup company, ‘Rottyful,’ together. The 8 co-founders of ‘Rottyful’—Kyung Ryul Goo (33), Dong Ju Kim (34), Dong Hee Yoon (34), Joon Ki Lee (34), Cham Sol Lee (33), Hyun Jong Lee (34), Sung Hoon Jang (33), and Joo Young Jung (34)—donated 100 million KRW (＄82,000 USD) total, on last December. ‘Rottyful’ is a social commerce company provides a discount sale information based on the location information. This is the first service provides a real-time nearby discount information from the user’s location information. The service has spotlighted for the investigation of SoftBank Ventures Korea Corp, and has merged to Kakao Corp. in 2011. The alumnus, Sung Hoon Jang said, “I heard the news that my younger students have donated to the school,” and said, “We used to talk about the donation before, but we couldn’t take it to action. We were very proud of them when we heard the news, so we decided to donate as well.” The alumnus, Cham Sol Lee said, “We decided to donate together without any hesitation because we all were interested in the donation before,” and said, “We get a benefit from the school even after the graduation. I hope this donation to be helpful to the school.” After Kakao Corp. merged Rottyful, the startup members of Rottyful have lead Kakao’s growth. Now, most members have retired from the company and preparing for the next startup. The alumnus, Hyun Jong Lee said with smile, “I hope our donation lead to the other student’s donation,” and said, “We are planning on another startup, so we will work hard to donate more.” President Sung-Mo Kang at KAIST said, “The graduated students’ interest and investment is the motivation of KAIST’s growth,” and said, “I greatly appreciate for the alumni to support and encourage our school.” The appreciation plaque to the Rottyful startup members will be held at 1:00 PM, on Monday, February 1st.
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.
On December 20th, Jung Hee Kim, the Chief Executive Officer of ePapyrus Inc, has donated a software application which values about 21 million KRW (about 17,500 in USD). ePapyrus Inc. is a company established by Jung Hee Kim who graduated in the Computer Science at KAIST, specialized in developing an eDocument software application. In 1995, during his study at KAIST, he founded a company with two of his friends, using his dormitory room as their office. As he focus more on working, he paid less attention to his study. Eventually, he was expelled from the school on the first semester of his junior year for receiving academic warning a number of times, but he got a second chance to finish his school in 2003 and he successfully graduated from the school. Kim said, “I always wanted to give in return to the school for giving me a second chance to finish my school,” and said, “I found out that KAIST needed my company’s product, so I decided to donate the software. I am glad with it.” President Sung-Mo Kang at KAIST said, “The software he donated will be useful to our school,” and said, “We appreciate for alumni’s expectations and encouragement, and we will do our best to be the world’s leading university.
On November 24th, NXC Corp. Chief Executive Jung-ju Kim received an alumni award from the School of Computing in the room #1501, E3-1. Kim received the award for the contribution of leading the field of national digital contents and improving the information service industry. There were about 200 students, and the president and vice-president of KAIST also attended to the ceremony.
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.
On November 6th, there was a signboard hanging ceremony for celebration of the ‘Cho Jung-Wan CAIR Room,’ to commemorate Professor Jung-Wan Cho’s contribution to the School of Computing at KAIST. A number of faculty, students, and staff participated in this ceremony. The procedures of the event included a welcoming ceremony, plaque presentation, acknowledgement of appreciation, and introducing undergraduate programs. Professor Doo-Hwan Bae, the Head of the School of Computing at KAIST said, “This ceremony is meaningful for reminding Professor Jung-Wan Cho’s constant love and support of other faculties as a senior professor from the beginning of the School of Computing (formerly Computer Science Dept.), and his donation and support will help the School of Computing prosper and encourage the donation system. Professor Jung-Wan Cho had been in KAIST from 1973 to 2005, and he was also the president of The Korean Institute of Information Scientists and Engineers (KIISE), and the president of Center for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR).
At the opening ceremony of commemorating the 569th anniversary of the proclamation of Hangeul that was held at the Sejong Center last Friday, the 9th of October, Professor Key-Sun Choi of KAIST’s School of Computing was conferred the Order of Service Merit Aquamarine Stripes Medal for his distinguished, life-long contribution to the development and promotion of Hangeul and the Korean language. Professor Choi has not only developed a natural language processing parser that enables effective data-processing of Hangeul and the Korean language, but also internationally commercialized its sharing software. Professor Choi has been contributing greatly to the informatization of Hangeul in many different ways as well, by constructing Korean-language-oriented dictionaries for computers and so forth. Having acknowledged his such ability and effort both at national and international level, Professor Choi is continuing to play a leading role in a wide variety of academic conferences and standardization organizations. Related Video : https://youtu.be/OYDGb9KsseM Related Article : http://www.mcst.go.kr/web/s_notice/press/pressView.jsp?pSeq=14594&pMenuCD=0302000000&pCurrentPage=1&pTypeDept=&pSearchType=01&pSearchWord
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/.
To commemorate this upcoming year’s 130th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and France, the French Government declared this year as ‘Korean Year,’ and they improved the mutual exchanges on science, culture, arts, and many different fields to enhance the relationship. During Korean Prime Minister Kyo-ahn Hwang’s visit to France on September 18th, Professor Kwangjo Kim of the School of Computing at KAIST signed a research and development agreement with Marc Bertin, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Oberthur Technologies (OT). By this agreement, KAIST obtained an opportunity to have a practical international collaboration on mobile security and an opportunity for graduate students to participate in internships of OT. OT is an international mobile security company; OT established a research center in Korea, in July 2014, which is a forth of its research center in Asia, and they are currently conducting a research and development on smartphone security solution, with Samsung, LG, and other competitive companies in smartphone industry.
Our early work on ray tracing received "Test-Of-Time 2006 Award" at High-Performance Graphics, 2015: RT-DEFORM: Interactive Ray Tracing of Dynamic Scenes using BVHs Christian Lauterbach, Sung-eui Yoon, David Tuft, Dinesh Manocha This work proposed bounding volume hierarchies (BVHs) for ray tracing dynamic models. BVHs are commonly used now as an acceleration data structure for ray tracing using CPUs or GPUs. This concept has been adopted by recent interactive ray tracing kernels such as Optix and Embree. It received 149 citations as of 2015.
[Woosang Lim (Ph.D. candidate of KAIST School of Computing) is in the middle.] From August 23rd to September 6th, Woosang Lim (advisor Doo-Hwan Bae), a Ph.D. candidate of KAIST School of Computing, presented his research on Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS) 2015 in Kyoto, Japan. Since 2002 Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS) is a yearly program where leading experts present their research. This year, 420 appointed experts participated to the program: 60 faculties; 60 industry professionals; 150 Ph.D. candidates; 100 master candidates; and 50 undergraduate students. There were 180 selected research publications for MLSS poster sessions; a number of them were already published on other well-known excellent conferences, such as ICML, NIPS, ICCV, and ICDM. Among them, 20 research works were selected as research spotlight; the presenters had an oral presentation with 14 invited speakers. Woosang Lim presented his paper, “Double Nyström Method: An Efficient and Accurate Nyström Scheme for Large-Scale Data Sets,” which he published in International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2015, on the spotlight session. The paper analyzes and introduces the theoretical property and minimizing error of Positive Semi-Definite (PSD) decomposition which is often mentioned in machine learning and proposes the algorithm that performs Eigen-Decomposition on a PSD matrix for large-scale data sets about 10 times more efficiently and accurately than other methods. The proposed theoretical analysis is a novel methodology to solve the difficult problem, and Lim received a scholarship from International Machine Learning Society (IMLS), sponsored by Intel Corporation. References http://www.mlss.cc http://www.i.kyoto-u.ac.jp/mlss15/
Soya Park, an Undergraduate Student of KAIST School of Computing, Has Won the First Prize on Undergraduate Research Participation Program (URP). Along with URP, a paper from the research has been accepted from 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data(acceptance rate: 18.5％), with the details as follows: Paper: Practical message-passing framework for large-scale combinatorial optimization º Research Title: Large-scale Parallel Combinatorial Optimization through Belief Propagation º Researchers: Soya Park (School of Computing), Inho Cho (Dept. of Electrical Engineering) º Advisory Professor: Dongsu Han (Dept. of Electrical Engineering), Jinwoo Shin (Dept. of Electrical Engineering) ºTeaching Assistant: Sejun Park (Dept. of Electrical Engineering) º Abstract (or Summary): Graphical Model (GM) has provided a popular framework for big data analytics because it often lends itself to distributed and parallel processing by utilizing graph-based ‘local’ structures. It models correlated random variables wherein particular, the max-product Belief Propagation (BP) is the most popular heuristic to compute the most-likely assignment in GMs. In the past years, it has been proven that BP can solve a few classes of combinatorial optimization problems under certain conditions. Motivated by this, we explore the prospect of using BP to solve generic combinatorial optimization problems. The challenge is that, in practice, BP may converge very slowly and even if it does converge, the BP decision often violates the constraints of the original problem. This research proposes a generic framework that enables us to apply BP-based algorithms to compute an approximate feasible solution for an arbitrary combinatorial optimization task. The main novel ingredients include (a) careful initialization of BP messages,(b) hybrid damping on BP updates, and (c) post-processing using BP beliefs. Utilizing the framework, we develop parallel algorithms for several large-scale combinatorial optimization problems including maximum weight matching, traveling sales-man, vertex cover and independent set. We demonstrate that our framework delivers high approximation ratio, speeds up the process by parallelization, and allows large-scale processing involving billions of variables. Congratulations on receiving the award.
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/
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
Professor Dong Soo Han’s laboratory in KAIST School of Computing developed an on-campus indoor/outdoor navigation system called, ‘Campus Atlas’. The system provides a direction to the destination by simply getting a visitor’s name or the room number of the building. For more information, please refer to the news article in Korean: http://www.dt.co.kr/contents.html?article_no=2015090302109976731002
There will be a fall hiking for everyone (faculty, student, and staff) in the School of Computing as follows: 1. When: 11:30-19:00 on September 12, 2015 (Saturday) 2. Where: Mt. Gyejoksan and Open-air Theater [W9] (barbecue party) 3. Details: light hiking, barbecue party, algorithm band concert, prize-winning events 4. Souvenirs for Participants: lunchbox, snacks, T-shirt, and towel 5. Application URL: http://bit.ly/1EdqSUt
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.
Three undergraduate students of KAIST School of Computing (Sera Lee, Yong-sun Lee, and Hyeon-Gi Jeon; entered college in '11) have won the second prize from the '2015 LG CNS Hackathon', held for two days (24-hour straight) from August 21st, in the undergraduates’ section, participating as ‘Team Tripuler’. There were 136 participants (44 teams) — 93 employees from LG CNS (32 teams) and 43 undergraduate students (12 teams). Using the project they performed from the class 'Computer Science Project', Team Tripuler participated the competition with the subject, 'Travel recommendation system based on the user’s calendar'. The Team Tripuler’s proposed service, Tripuler (Trip ＋ Scheduler), analyzes the user’s calendar, and recommends the best place to travel in the spare time, with the direction to the destination and the weather forecast. Applying the criteria of creativity, completeness, marketability, and the possibility of social contributions, the first evaluation from judging committee members in the firm evaluated the system, and the second evaluation by presentation and demo, from LG CNS directors and college professors, the Team Tripuler won the second prize among the undergraduate teams. Congratulations on winning the award.
Before After 우리 전산학부(E3-1) 앞에있는 자전거거치대와 오토바이 보관소 개선공사를 아래와 같이 완료 했습니다. New bike shelters have been installed in front of the School of Computing (Bldg. E3-1). Please do not block the entrance by parking vehicles in the doorway for the safety of the people entering and exiting the building. ■ Installation: Computer Science Bike Shelters Installation on Information & Electronics Building ■ Details: 5 bicycle racks and 1 motorcycle racks (6 total) Installation Details Capacity ○ Installing a roof shade made up of stainless steel and polycarbonate ○ Excavation for column and placing for base concrete ○ Installing pillars made of galvalume coated with fluorine. ○ Bike racks: 35 (5 stations ＊ 7) ○ Motorcycle racks: 5 (1 station ＊ 5)
A paper published from Software Testing and Verification Group (SWTV; Professor Moonzoo Kim’s Laboratory) has been accepted to IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE), one of the best conferences in computer science. Congratulations for the approval！ S. Hong, B. Lee, T. Kwak, Y. Jeon, B. Ko, Y. Kim, and M. Kim, Mutation-based Fault Localization for Real-world Multilingual Programs, IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE), Nov 9-13, 2015 (acceptance rate: 21％)
The Professor of the School of Computing, Sung-Ju Lee, has received the Best Paper Award from the 35th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, held in Columbus, Ohio in the United States from June 29th to July 2nd. ICDCS is the oldest and the most authoritative conference in distributed computing systems. In this year, 70 papers were accepted out of 543 submitted ones about cloud computing, data center, distributed operating system, algorithm theory, information security, social networking, green computing, sensor network, wireless mobile network, and distributed data management, and only one paper was awarded as the best paper. The paper, “Systematic Mining of Associated Server Herds for Malware Campaign Discovery”, was the study result of Texas A&M University and Symantec in the United States, and Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy. The research team presented a complementary approach to identify a group of closely related servers that are potentially involved in the same malware campaign. This paper was selected as the best paper for the excellence in new technology and validation through the actual network data. Professor Lee said, “This study is deeply meaningful as the result of industry-academic cooperation of researchers and security experts. It will be useful for network security in actual industries, campus, and internet service providers.”
Team Scamper (Jun Hee Woo, Jin Man Choi, Ikc Chan Cho, Hun Gwan Ha), the M.S. candidates of Software Graduate Program in KAIST School of Computing, are received MSIP Minister’s award from ‘2014 Happy Science and Technology Contest: a Hope with an IT’, held by KOFST (The Korean Federation of Science and Technology). Team Scamper joined the contest with a subject of ‘Child Protection Robotic Ball’, using what they have learned from ‘Mobile Software Development’ class in Software Graduate Program, in KAIST School of Computing. The project was under the lead of Professor Jongmoon Baik, Yoon Joon Lee, Young Hwan Kim, and ByungSun Hwang, from beginning to the end. ‘Child Protection Robotic Ball’ provides a differentiated service from a security camera solution, by recognizing a child’s crying sound, notifications to mobile devices, and giving a feedback to the child at the same time. In addition, they designed the product with a ball-shape to make it friendly to children. They also added interesting functions, such as remote access from mobile devices or portable speakers, for making a good product. The contest (for 8 months from October 2014 to May 2015) was about developing a solution from four different categories (protecting children, helping seniors, helping people with disabilities, and space exploration rovers), and scored by creativity, social contribution, technology, and presentation skills with a process of document inspection, oral presentation, and final inspection. In the end, Team Scamper have won the grand prize from the non-student division. Jun Hee Woo, Ick Chan Cho, Hun Gwan Ha in Team Scamper had also won a second prize on ‘SoC Drone’ from ‘Intelligent SoC Robot War 2014’ with their school mate, Dong Hyun Choi, last year. Contest Website: http://happysntcontest.kofst.or.kr/ A news report of a MSIP Minister, Yang Hee Choi, visiting the contest: http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/photos/1990000000.html?cid=PYH20150702101200013&input=1196m
Sung-Ju Lee, the professor of KAIST School of Computing, has been appointed as a Technical Program Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM 2016). Started in 1992, INFOCOM is a prestigious international conference that covers various networking topics such as the Internet, wireless networking, mobility, datacenters, and others. Professor Lee is appointed as a TPC chair of INFOCOM for his contribution to the networking communications research; he is the first Korean to chair the TPC of the conference. He will select 650 technical program committee members who will review more than 1,600 paper submissions. Professor Lee is a leading researcher in wireless mobile networking systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and was the General Chair of ACM MobiCom 2014 (International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking). He also serves on the editorial board of IEEE TMC (Transactions on Mobile Computing) and IEEE Internet of Things Journal. The 34th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications will be held in April 2016 in San Francisco, California, USA.
The following news reports are about the national first image forensic tool developed in Professor Heung-Kyu Lee’s Laboratory, which is on a web service for testing at 'http://forensic.kaist.ac.kr'. Don’t Even Think About Faking a Picture with Photoshop！ – Donga Science 2015-06-12 The Research Team of Professor Heung-Kyu Lee in KAIST Developed ‘Digital Image Forgery Identification Technology’ In 2008, Iran announced that they launched ‘Shahab-3,’ a medium-range ballistic missile, and gave away the picture of launching four missiles for the proof. However, after revealing the picture, there was a rumor that the picture is a fake. Iran government made no comment about the rumor. Recently, a national research team developed an image forgery detector and verified the image. As a result, the detector found out three suspicious areas on the image, including smoke trails from three missiles. The research team of the professor Heung-Kyu Lee in KAIST developed an image forgery detection tool and created a webpage (forensic.kaist.ac.kr) for testing the tool. For example, if a picture of banana has modified by coloring light green on the top of the banana to make it fresh, the tool notifies the user by highlighting the modified area. Another example is that rafting people on a river; the tool even finds out that the picture is fake, a combined picture of a river and a rafting people. Professor Lee’s Team observed the statistical changes on the picture’s small dots (pixels) when modifying pictures. Using those changes, they developed the technology to find out the image forgery, such as copy-and-paste or retouches. It only takes a few seconds to find out. The research team commented that it would be helpful on research ethics or medical problems by applying the technology to pictures on academic papers, or medical videos. Professor Lee said, “The research on an image forgery detection is important, but there is a lack of research on it,” and he added, “We are planning to research on verifying various images successfully from the testing period.” Daejeon = Reporter Seung Min Jeon of Donga Science, enhanced＠donga.com "Identifying a Picture from Photoshop"… On a KAIST Research Team’s Website – Chosun Ilbo 2015-06-11 By Gun Hyung Park As many people generally use digital pictures, it gets easy to modify pictures using photo editors, such as Photoshop. Modifying pictures can be critical if the picture is used for an evidence on a criminal investigation. A national research team developed an image forgery detection tool and opened to the public. Heung-Kyu Lee, a professor of KAIST School of Computing, said, “We opened a web service detects an image forgery from a digital picture, which is not noticeable to the human eye.” Lee said, “An image forgery technology has been on a research worldwide for more than ten years, but there was an issue on accuracy,” and said, “This technology can identify the forgery with a success rate of 90~95％.” The service is available on the website (forensic.kaist.ac.kr) for anyone, for free. The research team of Professor Lee developed a software application by using three image analyzing techniques introduced in the world. The basic technology is ‘Digital Multimedia Pixel Analysis’ technique. When modifying a picture, the digital image’s small dots (pixel; a smallest element in an image) rapidly cut off or smash. If there is such area, then the image is a fake. The tool also uses the technique detects a pattern generated by Photoshop by analyzing ‘compression’ and ‘restore,’ called, ‘format-based detection’ technique, and a unique pattern generated from each camera, called, a ‘camera-based detection.’ Using this tool, the research team demonstrated the picture of launching ‘Shahab-3’, a medium-range ballistic missile announced by Iran government, is a forgery. At that time, Iran government modified a different picture and announced it to hide the failure to launch the missile. However, the tool detects the alteration successfully. Professor Lee said, “When a user uploads a picture, the tool analyzes and highlights the suspicious area of the image with three analysis techniques in about a minute,” and said, “We believe that we can increase the accuracy by opening this technique to the public.”
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
Professor Sue Bok Moon’s laboratory in the School of Computing has won the “Best Student Paper Award.” Congratulations on winning the award. Conference Name: EuroSys 2015 (ACM European Conference on Computer Systems) Title: NBA (Network Balancing Act): A High-performance Packet Processing Framework for Heterogeneous Processors Authors: Joongi Kim, Keon Jang, Keunhong Lee, Sangwook Ma, Junhyun Shim, and Sue Moon
This is the news article about Dr. Sung Hoon Kim (Advisor: Professor Dae Young Kim), the CIO of Ybrain Inc., invented the world’s first wearable medical device for dementia relief. Kiwon Lee, the CEO of Ybrain, Introduces a Medical Device for a Dementia Relief 2015-05-06 21:33:05 Healthcare Startup The world’s first wearable medical device for a dementia relief Electronic signals stimulate brain cells… Currently under a clinical trial to 200 patients “A necessary technology in the world”… persuaded a venture capital for an investment. Kiwon Lee, the CEO of Ybrain Inc, explains about features of the wearable medical device, “Yband.” (provided by Ybrain Inc.) “Is there any way to help other people based on what we have studied so far?” Three companions who have successfully finished their master’s and doctorate program from KAIST put their heads together. Each student majored in Materials Science and Engineering, Brain Engineering, and Comupter Science, and they decided to do, “a significant job which is necessary to many people but difficult to try.” Finally, they developed a wearable medical device for dementia relief called, “Yband.” After creating a prototype, they established a venture company, “Ybrain Inc.” Kiwon Lee (32-year old), the CEO of Ybrain Inc, said, “Yband is currently under a clinical trial to 200 patients in Samsung Medical Center,” and “we are planning to put our products in market in the first half of the next year.” Yband is the world’s first wearable medical device to relieve dementia. Dementia is caused by a brain cell death or a reduction of the brain cell activity. Yband helps patients by giving a weak electronic signals to make stronger connections between the cells. Yband looks similar to a headband, and the inner part is made of hydrogels to transmit electronic stimuli. The device is simple; all the patient needs to do is pressing a button and wearing it, 30 minutes every day. Lee said, “Our objective is to develop a device which is simple and easy-to-operate,” and “the device rings if the patient wears the device in a wrong way.” Ybrain Inc. has registered 15 patents and applied 31 patents. Despite we developed a technology and established a company, a clinical trial was a burden to us. The clinical trial is mandatory to use it in hospitals, but it is too expensive for us to afford it. Therefore, Lee persuaded venture capitals by saying, “it is a necessary technology in the world,” and he also said, “For now, we got investments of 4.2 billion KRW (＄3.86 million USD) from Stonebridge Capital, DSC Investment, and others.” In addition, Ybrain Inc. recently received a fund of 0.9 billion KRW (＄0.82 million USD) from MOTIE (the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy). There are many newborn IT companies but few healthcare companies because it takes a longer time to develop and requires much more financial capitals than IT companies. In addition, it is difficult to startup for telemedicine technology and mobile medical devices are prohibited. In the end, the other two colleagues who established the company together has left and went back to school to study. Lee said, “I am proud of us for creating a device to help patients in pain,” and “some employees were formal doctors and nurses.” He made no comment on about being merged from larger companies with saying, “for now, I want to focus on making Yband with relatively cheap price for many patients to use it.” Translated the news report from: Korea Economic Daily (hankyung.com)
The proposal from Scalable Graphics/Geometric Algorithm Lab. (Professor Sungeui Yoon), with the name of, “(SW Star Lab) Nearest Query Software Development for Mass Image Search and Prototype Rendering,” has successfully accepted. The proposal is about developing and extending “Proximity Computing” technology into various practical fields and opening the related software applications into public. The project will be supported up to 8 years with a fund of 0.3 billion KRW (＄0.27 million USD) per year. Also, they will cooperate with Professor Otfried Cheong’s team to develop a strong technology on theory. Please refer to the attached document for more information about SW Star Lab. Government Plans to Raise National SW Technology up to 80％ of the United States 2015.04.12 / PM 02:13 To make a competitive global software company, government enhanced supporting research and development (R&D); government made an objective to improve the software technology of Korea from 73％ up to 80％ of the United States. In addition, government plans to increase the number of global open-source software applications from 2 to 5, and global professional software companies from 20 to 50. On May 12th, MSIP (the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning) prepared for ‘K-ICT SW Global Leadership Strategy’ to create software-driven society and made sure to support for creating a global software company. The strategy is one of the ‘three-year plan on economy,’ to transform the SW R&D project into focusing on raising national software industry to lead the international software markets. ▲ MSIP’s K-ICT SW global leadership strategy K-ICT SW Global Leadership Strategy is classified into three areas: ▲ the main source area ▲ application development area ▲ SW R&D creation of outcome. In the main source area, they select eight main-source areas on software technology, and nominate some graduate school laboratories into ‘SW StarLab’ and support up to 8 years. The eight main-source areas are operating systems, machine learning, intelligent software, database management systems, and others. They designated 10 Star Labs in this year and planning to increase the number up to 25. In an application development area, they support SW R&D project through stages by changing the project into a free competition under the policy that the proposer and performer must be the same. SW R&D project has simplified the applying procedures to help creative and challengeable startups, who have won from contest or the creative economy town, to commercialize and launch new products quickly. They plan to shorten the processing period from 4.5 months ∼ a year to 2.5 months. For developing companies, government is planning to introduce the MOS (Market Oriented SW) project in this year, using the market-selecting and incubating capability of investment companies, including global venture capitals. The GCS (Global Creative SW) project, which is for globalizing companies, will change the process to support R&D and overseas expansions within one-stop. They will announce in April after changing the system from government-leading project to a free competition. To accelerate taking the outcome of the SW R&D project, they reorganize the overall system of the project, such as tasks, evaluations, and maintenance (including quality assurance). They also plan to avoid external performance indicators such as the number of patents and support qualitative indicators, such as the capability of software quality management, the practical use open source software. Also, they apply the open-evaluation to professionalize the evaluation and plan to support improving the capability of software quality management. Yanghee Choi, the Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning said, “This strategy is for the globalization of the national software industries by transforming the SW R&D project from deployment-oriented project into the achievement-oriented project. Translated the news report from: ZDNet Korea
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.
Dear students of School of Computing in KAIST; Please be advised that the School of Computing of KAIST has recently made the Academic Exchange Agreement with the Innopolis University in Russia. Through the Agreement, undergraduate or graduate students are able to take courses and the corresponding credits at Innopolis University for one or two semesters. You may visit at the department office to see the full contents of the Agreement. Thank you.
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.
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！
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
Here are the teams have won the Qualcomm Innovation Award 2015 in the School of Computing. Congratulations for winning the award: Sung-Ho Bae, Munchurl Kim, “HEVC-based Perceptual Video Coding Using a Local Distortion Detection Probability Model” Honggu Lee, Soohwan Song, Sungho Jo, “3D Reconstruction using a Sparse Laser Scanner and a Single Camera for Outdoor Autonomous Vehicle” Duc Hoang Bui, Hyosu Kim, Insik Shin, “Energy-Efficient Web Page Loading on Smartphones” Wonseok Jeon, Sae-Young Chung, “Superdirectivity in Wireless Channels” Dai-Kyung Hyun, Han-Ul Jang, and Heung-Kyu Lee, “Source Camera Identification Using Triangle-Test” Hyosu Kim, Insik Shin, “Application Characteristics-Aware Audio Device Management on Commodity Mobile Devices” Hak-Yeol Choi, Dai-Kyung Hyun, Heung-Kyu Lee, “Resampling Detection for DIBR 3D Images” Soohwan Song, Honggu Lee, Sungho Jo, “Boundary Enhanced Supervoxel Segmentation for Sparse Outdoor LiDAR data and Its Application”
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.”
On February 17th, the Computer Science department have chosen top 10 representative research and staff of the year for the 44th school anniversary as the following: Professor Jong-Cheol Park: a web tool for searching the meaningful relationship between cancer and heredity from biomedical bibliographic databases. Awarded staff of the year for the 44th year school foundation anniversary Contribution award: Bangyoun Weon Excellent staff award: YunJeong Lee Professor Junehwa Song: Awarded Excellent Faculty (Academic Award) for the 44th year school foundation anniversary
Interactions, a bi-monthly magazine published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the largest educational and scientific computing society in the world, features an article that introduces the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab at KAIST in its latest issue of March and April 2015 (http://interactions.acm.org/archive/view/march-april-2015/human-computer-interaction-lab-kaist). The HCI Lab (http://hcil.kaist.ac.kr/) is run by Professor Geehyuk Lee of the Computer Science Department at KAIST. Started in 2002, the lab conducts various research projects to improve the design and operation of physical user interfaces and develop new interaction techniques for new types of computers. For the article, please go to the link below: ACM Interactions, March and April 2015 Day in the Lab: Human-Computer Interaction Lab ＠ KAIST http://interactions.acm.org/archive/view/march-april-2015/human-computer-interaction-lab-kaist
The stories of successful entrepreneurs who are KAIST graduates are presented in a news article. It features several graduates of our CS department, including the founders of innovative companies such as Nexon, Naver, and Neowiz. For more information, please refer to the news article in Korean: http://news.mt.co.kr/mtview.php?no=2015012109165952423&VN
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.”