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[The Cutting Edge] Korean team takes the win at AI World Cup Aug 27,2018 Artificial intelligence-powered players play football at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon during the AI World Cup on Wednesday. [YONHAP] Two years after the historic match between AlphaGo and Lee Se-dol, Korea played host to another contest designed to test the potential and limitations of artificial intelligence. This time around, the area of interest is football. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist) held the AI World Cup in Daejeon last week, proving that artificial intelligence is ready to take on the world of football. The three-day competition saw 24 teams from 12 countries pitted against each other. Kaist ultimately took the win, beating competitors from as far afield as Google, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Cheng Kung University. The AI World Cup was a variant of five-a-side football. Each virtual team consisted of five cube-shaped players of different colors that were pre-programmed with AI algorithms. The teams face off on the virtual football field, playing shorter games with five-minute halves. Kim Woo-joon, a PhD student at Kaist and the leader of the winning AFC-WISRL team, said that the result proves the powerful capacity of reinforcement learning used in the football match. Reinforcement learning is a central type of machine learning that lets software agents learn from the environment and receive rewards by performing certain actions. “The players are trained with an algorithm based on Q-learning, a kind of reinforcement learning,” Kim said. “The algorithm is designed to maximize rewards if an agent follows through with optimal action selections.” Kim explained the key to beating out all the advanced algorithms lies in a myriad of simulation practices that his team has done. “A robot can make five steps in one second in the algorithm,” Kim said, referring to certain actions that a robot can take. “We simulated 3 million different steps to see the optimal result depending on different circumstances.” As much as the AI technique is sophisticated, the head of the organizing committee said that the main goal of the event is to raise awareness of the “entertaining” aspects of AI. “People would like to see the progress made by the technology,” said Professor Kim Jong-hwan, chair of the organizing committee. “But a more essential question is how the technology can contribute to the happiness and well-being of humankind. The AI World Cup was held to show artificial intelligence can entertain people.” As noted by Kim, spectators seemed to have a good time while watching the games. The audience was especially amused when things went wrong - at one point, an AI player couldn’t handle the pressure and stood completely still when they had a chance to score. The World Cup also featured AI-powered journalists and commentators for the games and lectures from AI specialists. “We hope that spectators become familiar with different aspects of AI technology and become more open-minded,” Kim said. BY PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee＠joongang.co.kr]
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The National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK), one of the top engineering organizations in Korea, selected new members for 2018 after ten months of screening. Among the 45 newly appointed senior members were Jae-Bok Song, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Korea University; Han-il Park, president of the Korea Maritime and Ocean University; Jong Gye Shin, professor in the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering of Seoul National University; Nahmkeon Hur, professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sogang University; Sang-Bong Lee, president of LG Electronics; Eung-Sug Lee, director of Nano Technology Industry Promotion Center under the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM); and Kyung-Ryul Chung, principal research engineer of Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH). A total of 78 regular members were appointed. The new members in the field of mechanical engineering include Chul-Goo Kang, professor of Konkuk University; Kwangyong Kim, dean of the College of Engineering of Inha University; Jong Ho Kim, president of the Seoul National University of Science and Technology; Heonyoung Kim, president of Kangwon National University; Kyoung Doug Min, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Seoul National University; Joong-Hee Lee, professor in the Department of BIN Fusion Technology of Chonbuk National University; Changjin Lee, professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering of Konkuk University; Jintaek Chung, dean of the College of Engineering of Korea University; Dae Heung Moon, vice president of Hyundai Motor Company; Kisuh Park, CTO of KC Green Holdings; Chunhong Park, president of KIMM; Sang-Ryool Lee, director of Geostationary Orbit Satellite of Korea Aerospace Research Institute; Woojong Lee, head of VC Business Division of LG Electronics; and Sa Young Hong, senior research engineer of Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering. Jong-Hwan Kim, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST, was selected for the field of electrical, electronic and information engineering. NAEK members are appointed based on a rigorous screening of academic achievements, development of pioneering technology, patents, talent cultivation, and contributions to industrial development, followed by a vote by senior members. The members are experts who have made significant contributions to national development by undertaking outstanding research and innovative technological pursuits in universities, research institutes, and companies. With the recent addition, NAEK now consists of 277 senior members and 344 regular members. The types of NAEK membership are senior members, regular members, emeritus members, and foreign members. NAEK appoints members in recognition of their status as respected scholars in engineering and industrial leaders. The organization is also committed to enhancing Korea’s industrial competitiveness, nurturing talent, and improving related policies and infrastructure.
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On January 3, the College of Engineering held a joint New Year’s meeting for the Planning Committee, PR Committee, and administrative staff. The Planning Committee and PR Committee are new committees established in 2017. Through the New Year’s meeting, the two committees engaged in active discussions on future directions and shared their vision. The meeting began with an opening speech by the dean of the College of Engineering, followed by an introduction of the committees by the respective chairs. The PR Committee, which was expanded from the committee in charge of newsletter editing and publishing, distributed plaques of appreciation to its members for playing a key role in sustaining the College of Engineering Newsletter. The event was attended by the college dean, vice dean, members of the Planning Committee, members of the PR Committee, and administrative staff.
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In August 2014, master’s and doctorate program candidates take a group photo together in front of Apple headquarters during their participation at a seminar held at Silicon Valley, US, hosted by the research laboratory under KAIST Professor Jeong-Ho Kim (third from the left). Soo-Min Choi (right) who participated at the event is currently doing an internship at Nvidia and plans to officially join Nvidia after obtaining his doctorate degree next year. /photo credit=Professor Jeong-Ho Kim
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▲Research progress is presented at the 2017 1st Machine Intelligence Learning Workshop held at the KAIST Institute main hall in Daejeon.
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Hosted by the Machine Intelligence and Robotics Multi-Sponsored Research and Education Platform (MIR MSREP Head: KAIST Professor Jong-Hwan Kim), the 1st Machine Intelligence Learning Open Workshop will be held on the coming 14th in the 2nd Floor Matrix Hall of the KAIST KI Building in Daejeon.
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2017 JoongAng Ilbo University Ranking Natural Sciences and Engineering Department Assessment ? Electrical Engineering On November 22, Professor Jong-Hwan Kim, Dean of KAIST College Engineering, discussed a number of items including cooperation in the robotics education and technology field at the KAIST Seoul Dogok Campus. Mudanjiang City Deputy Mayor Mung Heo, Golden Jumping Group President Chun-Hak Kim, HIT Robot Group Vice President Zong Xiao, and Korea Robot Sports Association President Young-Soo Park took part in the meeting.
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【 Newscaster 】 We have already witnessed the alarming speed at which artificial intelligence is developing with AlphaGo, the AI-driven Go program. KAIST recently held the Open KAIST event, which presents the outcomes of its research programs to the public. Advanced technologies such as the world’s first AI World Cup and mobile health innovations were showcased. Here’s Lee Jae-gon with the story. 【 Reporter 】 AI, which has already demonstrated its alarming power in AlphaGo, has now entered the world of football. At Open KAIST 2017, the AI World Cup, which will be held for the first time in the world in December at KAIST, was demonstrated. Unlike programs in the past that were designed and controlled by humans, these robots have learned the data by themselves so that they can act according to their own judgments and predictions. ▶ Interview : Kim Jong-hwan/ Dean, College of Engineering, KAIST - “In the past, decisions to attack, pass or defend were made based on instructions given by human programmers beforehand. This AI learns everything by itself, rather than obeying commands.” This is the first time that AI will be playing a ball game independently. Moreover, the event will be reported live by AI commentators, and reports will be written by AI as well. The lights come on once the user sits on the chair, and biometric data appears on the screen with a wave of the hand. This is a biometric system that can measure biological data such as pulse rate, blood pressure, and temperature just by filming the user’s face with a camera, without the need for sensors attached to the body. ▶ Interview : Kim Chang-ik / Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST - "We have amplified microscopic changes in video signals that take place on the face but are not visible to the naked eye. This allows us to measure the number of times blood is pumped in a minute. " Just lie on the bed and it detects bio-signals while you sleep, and connect to the smart home for medical consultation via augmented reality. The Open KAIST event comprises over 70 programs including laboratory tours, demonstrations of research outcomes, and lectures, held by 23 departments and research centers. The event was attended by over 10,000 visitors last year. This has been Lee Jae-gon from TJB. TJB Taejon Broadcasting Corporation >> Link to original article http://www.tjb.co.kr/sub0301/bodo/view/id/28590/version/1