KAIST – Oberthur Technologies(OT) has signed an MO..
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....Read more
Test-Of-Time 2006 Award
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....Read more
Spotlight Presenter Selection on MLSS 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/...Read more
Soya Park, an Undergraduate Student of KAIST Schoo..
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....Read more
Google’s 2015 Global PhD Fellows 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/...Read more
New Faculty Announcement： Professor Shin Yoo and M..
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...Read more
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...Read more
2015 Fall Hiking and Barbecue Party on the School ..
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...Read more
2015 LG CNS Hackathon Award Winner
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....Read more
New Bike Shelters Installed in front of the School..
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)...Read more
IEEE ／ ACM International Conference on Automated S..
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％)...Read more
Professor Sukyoung Ryu’s Laboratory Received the B..
M.S. Candidates, Jun Hee Woo, Jin Man Choi, Ick Ch..
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...Read more
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...Read more
Best Student Paper Award won by Advanced Networkin..
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...Read more
An Announcement for the Winner of the Venture Rese..
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....Read more
The Academic Exchange Agreement with the Innopolis..
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....Read more
Qualcomm Innovation Award 2015
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”...Read more
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.”...Read more
ACM Interactions： Day in the Lab： “KAIST’s Human-C..
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...Read more
A Doctoral Student of KAIST Donates Scholarship to..
Sang-Won Seo, a Ph.D. student at the Department of Computer Science at KAIST, recently donated USD 9,300 to the university to support joint degree programs with international universities. He received dual degrees himself for the Bachelor of Science both from KAIST and the Technical University of Berlin in Germany in 2009. Explaining his reason to donate, Sang-Won said, “I have always felt grateful for the support I received from KAIST during my study abroad. I’m glad for this opportunity to return to my alma mater what I have received.” In the picture below, Sang-Won Seo (fourth from the left) and his adviser Professor Seungryoul Maeng (to the right next to Seo) pose together holding the certificate of appreciation on January 14, 2015....Read more
Research Team led by Professors Junehwa Song and I..
Research Team led by Professors Junehwa Song and Insik Shin developed a method that utilizes multiple smartphone speakers to produce 5.1-channel surround sound. For the news article in Korean, please visit, http://www.hankyung.com/news/app/newsview.php?aid=2014123010377...Read more
Hwi Ahn Wins SIGAPP Student Travel Award
Hwi Ahn Wins SIGAPP Student Travel Award Hwi Ahn, Ph.D. Student from KAIST Software Architecture Laboratory, won the SIGAPP Student Travel Award for his paper "Reconstruction of Runtime Software Architecture for Object-Oriented Systems." Award: “The 30th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing - Student Research Competition program (Microsoft Research Sponsored)” Advisor: Professor Sungwon Kang Congratulations！...Read more
2014 Seoul Research Paper Award
At the 2014 Seoul Conference for Research using Public Data, the following paper from our department won third place in the Best Paper competition: "Public Transportation Movement Pattern and Topic Analysis based on Topic Modeling" by Ph.D Student Hosung Park and Professor Sue Moon. Congratulations！...Read more
Seung-Hwan Baek, MS student, and Prof. Min H. Kim ..
Seung-Hwan Baek, MS student, and Prof. Min H. Kim presented their work on 3D stereo imaging and received the Songde Ma Best Application Paper Award and the Best Demo Award simulateneously at the Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV 2014). Congratulations on the best paper awards at ACCV 2014....Read more
Francisco Rojas, PhD student, received the Disting..
KAIST Computer Science Ph.D. Student Francisco Arturo Rojas (http://mind.kaist.ac.kr/Francis) (age 32) who is advised by Professor Hyun S. Yang (http://mind.kaist.ac.kr/professor.php) since the spring of 2010 received the Distinguished Paper Award at the international CyberWorlds 2014 (http://www.cw2014.unican.es) conference which took place at the royal Magdalena Palace in Santander, Spain in October 6-8. He presented two full papers, and the paper that won the award was titled “Safe Navigation of Pedestrians in Social Groups in a Virtual Urban Environment”, which was additionally co-authored by the founder of PsyTech LLC (http://psychologicaltechnologies.com), Fernando Tarnogol, a licensed psychologist who with a hired team of developers created the city virtual environment with vehicular traffic for which the crowd simulation research work was applied. The crowd simulation featured in this paper is the most up-to-date extension of ongoing two-year research work at the Artificial Intelligence and Media Lab (http://mind.kaist.ac.kr/crowdsimulation.php) of KAIST in making non-playable virtual characters mimic how real people move together in real life in social formations, with previous versions published at conferences such as Computer Graphics International (CGI 2014) (http://rp-www.cs.usyd.edu.au/∼cgi14/program/papersessions.php) in Sydney, Virtual Reality Continuum and Its Applications in Industry (ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI 2013) (http://www2.mae.cuhk.edu.hk/∼vrcai2013/program.html) in Hong Kong, and Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2013) (http://www.cs.bilkent.edu.tr/∼casa2013/?p=schedulespeakers) in Istanbul. The crowd simulation realism results were positively evaluated by many individuals via the original Oculus Rift headset for developers. Furthermore, the virtual reality application itself for which the research is applied, called PHOBOS (http://phobos.psychologicaltechnologies.com), is actually meant to be a professional exposure therapy tool to be used by doctors for the treatment of many patients’ common phobias and anxiety disorders, such as fear of heights, flying, public speaking, being confined in closed or small spaces, crowds, and spiders, among others. Since October 7 there has been a crowd funding campaign by PsyTech LLC at INDIEGOGO (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/phobos-anxiety-management-vr-platform) in order to continue development of the product which is currently in its early stages. So far the campaign has generated over ＄1300 for which Francisco himself is actually a stakeholder given his major research contribution to the project. The funding campaign will close on November 25 this year....Read more
Makao Talk： Undergraduate Student Spotlight
Donghwan Kim, Taesoon Jang, and Cheolho Jeon are the members of the team that placed first in the Kakao-KAIST Hackathon. 1) How did you get to join the Computer Science (CS) department? Taesoon: I had my first programming experience after I came to KAIST and kept programming for fun. When it came time for me to declare my major, I chose CS over chemistry, mainly because I really enjoyed the CS101 course and the CS department info session. Cheolho: I also had my first programming experience after I came to KAIST. In choosing my major, I knew I wanted to learn something that will be useful in the future and chose CS. Donghwan: I had originally intended to major in electrical engineering, but I changed my mind and chose CS because I enjoyed programming. I like the logical thinking process involved in programming and seeing the end result in an executable program. 2) What was your academic path like up until joining the CS department? Cheolho: I have an academic path that is different from most people here at KAIST. I attended junior high and high school in China and came here in the Spring of 2013. I remember I had a bit of hard time as a freshman while adjusting in the new setting. Taesoon: I graduated from a science high school in two years, which is an academic path commonly found among my peers here at KAIST. Donghwan: I graduated from Jang Young-Sil Science High School, which is where I first learned programming. 3) What was your childhood dream? What are you doing now to achieve that dream? Taesoon: When I was really young, I wanted to become a scientist. After I grew older, I wanted to become an entrepreneur, retire early, and then explore the world. I gained some entrepreneurship experience while taking the last three semesters off, and I would like to try it again in the near future. Donghwan: When I was young, I wanted to succeed, make a lot of money, and gain respect for my work. Now, instead of that kind of success, I want to do work that I can enjoy while collaborating with my friends. Cheolho: My dream was to have fun in life while helping to make the world a better place to live. I am having fun in life now and I expect it will be so in the future. I believe there are many ways to make the world a better place from where I am, such as doing research and creating a useful service. 4) What are your strengths? Taesoon: I work with a can-do spirit rather than fear of failure. Even if I do not know something well in the beginning, I have learned that confidence always leads to better end results. Cheolho: I think my passionate attitude about work is my strongest point. I am passionately driven to complete any project that I started, though the end result sometimes turns out to be rather unexpected. Donghwan: My strongest point is the ability to block out all the outside noise and sharply focus only on my work. 5) What are you passionately working on in the field of computer science these days? Cheolho: I am working on building a strong foundation of CS knowledge by studying hard and working with other CS people. Taesoon: I would like to get to know people of various backgrounds in our department, because they can become not only my friends but also coworkers someday！ Donghwan: I am constantly searching for what I want for my professional career. I try to participate in many different activities, and I am doing an internship this semester. 6) What values and future prospects do you see in your current work? Taesoon: The interaction I get with different people in the CS department will prove to be valuable in the future. They are all very intelligent and highly likely to succeed, so I look forward to working with them after college. Donghwan: My current internship is a great opportunity to explore my future career paths. Although I cannot measure its exact value, I am content and enjoying the internship as it is. Cheolho: The value of my current work will depend on how well I get it done right now. Also, networking with a lot of CS people will prove valuable in my future life as well as career. 7) What were your happiest and most disappointing moments, respectively, in the CS department? Donghwan: My happiest moment was when the project I worked on all night finally produced successful results. Any CS student can probably related to this moment of joy. My most disappointing moment was when I felt that course materials were too difficult even after trying hard to follow them. Taesoon: I personally cannot think of the most disappointing moment. My happiest moment was when my ideas got accepted by others during a project brainstorming session. Cheolho: My most disappointing moment was when the PA I worked for days failed. It consumed a lot of time and ruined the score in the end. I have had many happy moments so far, and the best one was successfully developing an application during Kakao-KAIST Hackathon. 8) What do you think is the best thing about studying computer science? Taesoon: With even just a small bit of knowledge, there are so many ways to apply it and make a difference. Cheolho: I think the ubiquitous nature of computing is the best thing – I will never go hungry as long as I have a laptop to work with. Donghwan: CS is attractive because it has technologies with potentials to make the world a better place. It is much more accessible than other engineering disciplines, such as electrical engineering and bioengineering. By studying CS, one gains access to the power to change the world in a positive way. 9) What would you like to say to those interested in joining the CS department? Donghwan: As Eric Schmidt once said, “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, get on, don’t ask what seat.” Cheolho: Mmm… CS is really fun. It doesn’t have to be a painful subject if you manage it well. I did not have any CS knowledge before entering KAIST, but I am doing fine now. The initial learning curve is not too high, so don’t be afraid to try！ Taesoon: Many people mistakenly assume that studying CS takes some special skills and give up before trying it out. If you enjoyed CS101, you should consider joining the CS department. I believe genuine interest in the subject is more important than special skills. 10) What are your future plans? Taesoon: After graduating, I would like to get a job abroad or in Korea, become an entrepreneur, or go to graduate school. Cheolho: I will go to graduate school or work in the industry. Until then, I would like to learn and experience as much as I can here at KAIST. Donghwan: I will fulfill the military service requirement by going to graduate school or working in the industry. Afterwards, I would like to find career that will allow me to make a positive difference in the world....Read more
Jaepil Huh, Student Spotlight
1) How did you get to join the Computer Science (CS) department? My high school friends who graduated before me significantly influenced my decision to join the CS department. I graduated from a science high school, where the curriculum was much focused on subjects such as math, chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy, and CS. I personally found CS to be most attractive, because it allowed me to study at a more flexible pace and use the computer during studying hours. Whenever I got lost in my studies, my upperclassmen friends were there to help me get back on the right track. I was especially lucky to meet one friend, who took the time to pass on his knowledge of fundamental algorithms and problem solving skills. I cannot forget the joy of learning CS concepts from my friends in the winter of 2013, a year from which I chose to join the CS department. 2) What was your academic path like up until joining the CS department? I graduated from Gyeongnam Science High School in 2 years and entered KAIST in 2004. After graduating with a B.S. in CS, I entered the Master’s program in 2008, and then the Ph.D. program in 2010. I am currently studying under the advisement of Professor Sungeui Yoon. 3) What was your childhood dream? What are you doing now to achieve that dream? Most children would name a job title when asked what their dream is, but I was different. My childhood dream was to do work which allows as many people as possible to make a living. In retrospect, that dream sounds thoughtful and embarrassing at the same time. I cannot exactly tell you what I am doing not for that dream, but I should work harder to get closer to making it come true. 4) What are your strengths? I laugh easily. Though, I should probably tell you something that is related to my CS skills: I believe I am good at thinking outside of the box when approaching a given problem. Of course, any idea that comes from outside of the box needs to be validated and is often proven wrong, but a really great idea comes by from time to time. 5) What are you passionately working on in the field of CS these days? I am currently studying image search, which is about searching an image database for images similar to a given image. More specifically, I am focused on scalable searching techniques which can deal with big database. I am passionate about developing, implementing, and evaluating a more accurate and faster method of image search and presenting it at a top conference. 6) What values and future prospects do you see in your current work? Currently, most of the online search is based on text, but image searching is expected to gain more attention in the future. The trend is evident in the rapidly increasing number of images in SNS and the Internet, which is made possible by the easy access to images from mobile devices. My current research topic of big data image search is an important issue in this trend, so I am working hard to make contributions. 7) What were your happiest and most disappointing moments, respectively, in the CS department? My happiest moment was when my first paper in the image search area got accepted at the most renowned conference in the field. It was all the more meaningful, because that was a time when I was feeling unsure about myself, after just having changed my research topic upon becoming a Ph.D. student. The most disappointing moment was when I found out that a research paper was published on the very topic that I had been working on myself. I was disheartened to find that the contents of the paper, from diagrams to experimental results, were almost exactly the same as mine. I later learned that this sort of event happens often in CS, a field where things progress rapidly. All in all, this is a life of a graduate student whose mood depends on how well the research is going and published. 8) What do you think is the best thing about studying CS? The field of CS is fast, and that is what I find to be the most attractive about studying it. I always have to stay alert to the rapidly changing trend in order not to get behind. I believe I have the energy to keep up with this field, which also plays very important roles across various domains. What’s more, the validation process of new ideas is also very fast in this field. Paper submission, reviews, and rebuttals happen regularly according to the schedule. I like this academically fast and interactive culture in the field of CS. 9) What would you like to say to those interested in joining the CS department? Although I do not believe I am at a position to give such advice, I will just say a few personal thoughts on it. As I mentioned above, because CS knowledge evolves fast, what we need is an ability to learn and adapt to new things rather than acquiring bits of knowledge. If you could also have critical thinking and creativity on top of that, it would be great. 10) What are your future plans? I would first like to express gratitude for this opportunity to participate in the interview. My foremost goal is to earn my Ph.D. degree. I did not decide on specific plans after that, but I am open to continuing my current research and working in the industry....Read more