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Modern computing is human-centric. Its focus has shifted significantly towards humans – the creators, users, and subjects of computing – from the hardware and software technologies. This paradigm shift, as demonstrated by the growing interest in social computing with big data, presents opportunities for a deeper understanding of individuals necessary to improve the quality of life. The KAIST School of Computing carries forward the vision of human-centric computing by staying committed to excellent research and educating future global leaders of computing technologies.

The School of Computing was established when KAIST was founded in 1972 and has since led computer science research and education in Korea with an emphasis on strong theoretical foundations as well as close ties with the industry. Our graduates have not only made great contributions to the academia and industry of Korea but also served various leadership roles in the international stage. As of Spring 2024, we have 51 faculty members, 477 graduate students, and 1,052 undergraduate students.

With the paradigm shift in computing, we have redefined our focus areas to human-centric computing. The School of Computing strives to provide human-centric computing research and education based on solid theoretical foundations, thereby pursuing the unbounded opportunities in computing and information service for humanity.

Paradigm shift in computing