Daegu to Host 2020 Internation..
Daegu will be the host city for the 2020 International Robot Olympiad (IRO). At the 2018 General Assembly held in Manila, Philippines on December 15, the International Robot Olympiad Committee (led by President Jong-Hwan Kim, dean of the College of Engineering) announced that Daegu will be the host city for the 2020 IRO. Daegu sent a five-member delegation to Manila to present its bid, and received the majority of votes among various contenders, such as the United States, New Zealand, and Indonesia. IROC selected Daegu as the host city in consideration of the city’s robotics infrastructure, reputation as a leader in the robotics industry, and experience in organizing large-scale events, including the capacity to accommodate participants from around the world. ▲World Robot Olympiad held at EXCO, Daegu last August The international competition, comprised of more than ten categories such as Mission Challenge, Robot Gathering, Emergency Rescue, and Creativity, will be held at EXCO in mid-December 2020. More than 1,500 participants from 24 countries are expected to visit Daegu for the competition. Held for the first time in 1999, IRO is an annual international robot olympiad celebrating its 20th anniversary. It was founded by Jong-Han Kim, a KAIST professor, for the purposes of△enhancing scientific thinking among students, △ maximizing the potential of students with an interest in the robotics industry, and △ familiarizing students with the robotics industry and increasing demand for private robots. Korea hosted the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 14th, and 17th IRO, with the most recent held in Bucheon in 2015. With Daegu winning the bid, Korea will be hosting the IRO for the ninth time in 2020. In Korea, the preliminary rounds attract about 10,000 students each year. ▲ Opening performance at De La Salle Santiago Zobel School in Manila, Philippines on December 15 before an audience of 15 countries ▲ President Jong-Hwan Kim of the International Robot Olympiad Committee giving an opening address ▲ President Jong-Hwan Kim of the International Robot Olympiad Committee presenting a plaque of appreciation to Mayor Fresdeni of Muntinpula at the opening ceremony The 2018 IRO kicked off at Manila’s De La Salle Santiago Zobel School on December 15 with an opening ceremony, and will run through December 19. Participants from 15 countries, including Korean students who won the regional preliminary round last October, will be competing in the matches. ▲ Opening performance held on December 15 ▲ Opening performance held on December 15 ▲ Opening performance held on December 15 ▲ Distinguished guests gather for a group photo at the opening ceremony on December 15 ▲ Opening ceremony held at De La Salle Santiago Zobel School on December 15 ▲ Opening ceremony held at De La Salle Santiago Zobel School on December 15 ▲ Judges gather for a group photo at the opening ceremony on December 15 ▲ Opening ceremony held at De La Salle Santiago Zobel School on December 15 Gyu-nam Choi ceo＠irobotnews.com <© iRobotNews. Unauthorized reproduction or distribution prohibited. >
Deans’ Meeting With Department..
On November 26, a deans’ meeting was held between the College of Engineering (Vice-dean Hyochoong Bang) and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
AOTULE 2018 Annual Conference
On November 21–23, the College of Engineering attended AOTULE 2018, and participated in the deans’ meeting and student conference. The annual conference was held from November 21 to 23 at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). Formed in 2007 to enhance the quality of engineering education and promote international cooperation, Asia-Oceania Top University League on Engineering (AOTULE) consists of 13 engineering faculties from Asia and Oceania. It organizes an annual deans’ meeting, a student conference, and a summer student exchange program.
KAIST Signs MOU With Saudi Ara..
On November 22, the College of Engineering (Dean Jong-Hwan Kim) signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia’s MBS College for Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Advanced Technologies (MBSCSAI) to strengthen cooperative efforts. Under the agreement, the two institutes will actively cooperate to create synergy in research, and work towards the launch of an undergraduate program in robotics. Located in Riyadh, MBSCSAI was established by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. The college aims to foster talent with practical skills that can be readily applied to industries upon graduation.
Talks With Presidential Delega..
On October 18, the College of Engineering held talks with the presidential delegation from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). Representing KAIST were President Sung-Chul Shin, Dean Jong-Hwan Kim of the College of Engineering, Vice-dean Hyochoong Bang of the College of Engineering, and Dean Sang Kyu Kim of the College of Natural Sciences. The OIST delegation was composed of Dr. Peter Gruss, the president and CEO of OIST, and science assistant Dr. Sarah Wong. The representatives engaged in active discussions on the possibilities of cooperation between KAIST and OIST.
Opening Ceremony Held for AI Q..
On October 2, KAIST held the opening ceremony for the AI Quantum Computing Information Technology Research Center. The ceremony was attended by Heekyung Park, the vice president of research; Jong-Hwan Kim, the dean of the College of Engineering; and related personnel.
Dean’s Greetings for College o..
Dear alumni, students, and members of the College of Engineering at KAIST, Greetings. I am Jong-Hwan Kim and I am the dean of the College of Engineering. It is a great honor to be writing in the first issue of the College of Engineering newsletter. The College of Engineering newsletter contains the latest trends and research achievements of the 13 affiliated departments. I hope that this biannual newsletter will serve as a platform of exchange, playing a key role in keeping members informed on recent developments at the College. Since 2014, the College of Engineering has enhanced its global reputation through the English research webzine Breakthrough, which focuses on the excellence of research conducted by its members. Similarly, I expect this newsletter to contribute to the writing of a new chapter in history. The renewed website of the College of Engineering opened recently in October. Be sure to visit the website and share your experiences with others, and spread the word to anyone looking for information on the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering will continue to promote news-sharing and communication, so as to instill a sense of pride in alumni and all members. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to Chair Jinah Park of the PR Committee, Vice-dean Hyochoong Bang, Professor Min H. Kim, and all faculty behind the publication of this newsletter and the website renewal. Your support and encouragement are highly appreciated. Thank you. Sincerely, Jong-Hwan Kim, Dean of College of Engineering
2018 Matriculation Ceremony at..
On September 7, the 2018 Matriculation Ceremony was held at the Liangjiang Campus of Chongqing University of Technology (CQUT). The event was attended by Xiaohui Shi, president of CQUT; vice presidents Xianjun Zeng and Bo Tian; Jong-Hwan Kim, dean of the KAIST College of Engineering; Professor Chang-Hee Lee, co-director of the Liangjiang Campus; Professor Myoung Ho Kim, head of the School of Computing; Professor Jaekyun Moon, head of the School of Electrical Engineering; eight other KAIST professors, and related personnel of CQUT Liangjiang Campus. The incoming class of 2018 included 189 undergraduate students, and 9 graduate students. The ceremony featured presentations by Yuanqiu Liu, graduate representative of the incoming class of 2018; Yaxin Wang, undergraduate representative of the incoming class of 2018; and Zhecheng Zhong, undergraduate representative of the incoming class of 2015. Yuanqin Liu and Yaxin Wang declared a vision to become experts in their field by utilizing the university’s high-quality resources and international platform. They hoped to study hard, to overcome adversity, and to bravely march into the future based on an international outlook. Zhecheng Zhong, one of the first KAIST students to pursue a double degree, shared his experience with the new students. He was determined to exert his best efforts, so as to reach greater heights while studying at the international campus. After the student presentations, Professor Chang-Hee Lee congratulated the new students again. He encouraged them to maximize their potential throughout the four-year course, and looked forward to seeing them become elites in computer science, electronics, and information technology. Dean Jong-Hwan Kim emphasized three points for the new students, namely, to set clear goals, to build strong interpersonal relations, and to embrace challenges. In the last presentation, CQUT President Xiaohui Shi sent a message of hope to the new students. His recommendation was for students to take a step-by-step approach over the next four years. He told them to develop an international outlook, to experience the joys of deep thinking and patience, and to freely express themselves. After the ceremony, the presidents, faculty, staff, and students gathered at Shiji Square for a group photo.
Guest Lecture at KOREA–JAPAN S..
Jong-Hwan Kim, the dean of the College of Engineering, gave a guest lecture at the KOREA–JAPAN Symposium on the 4th Industrial Revolution on September 13. Organized by Elsevier Korea and supported by the Embassy of Japan in Korea, the symposium set the stage for Korean and Japanese researchers to engage in active discussions on the fourth industrial revolution, focusing on key research fields such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. Dean Jong-Hwan Kim gave a presentation titled “Agent-embedded Robot with Machine Intelligence” in Session 5.
[Munhwa Ilbo] World’s First AI..
With the hosting of the AI World Cup 2018, a first since the robot soccer competition was held in the 1990s, Dean Jong-Hwan Kim of the College of Engineering expressed a desire to “expand the AI World Cup to ball games beyond soccer.” On August 21 to 22, the AI World Cup was held at the Academic Cultural Complex of KAIST’s main campus in Daejeon. The event, which involves both students and researchers, was described by the dean as “an opportunity for anyone to easily learn and experience AI technology through source codes shared by AI leaders.” ―What are some advantages of applying AI technology to soccer? “The organizing committee runs programs submitted by each team from start to finish. At this stage, programming relies on pixel information. However, more realistic simulations may be possible with access to the necessary resources, such as FIFA data on World Cup players. For instance, we can create an AI player modeled after Heung-min Son. The technology can be further developed to analyze the style of play of different players based on video recordings. Strategies employed by high-ranking teams can also be analyzed.” ―The competition seems to lack sponsors despite its significance. Are there any plans to promote the AI World Cup? “The operations behind the AI World Cup have yet to stabilize. By investing in game companies, we will develop game characters and conduct related research. We are also exploring directions in education and entertainment. While some people have a negative view of games, we’d like to think of them as a useful tool in the understanding of AI. The website of the AI World Cup has already attracted 2.1 million visitors, and recorded 15,000 downloads. Once we are prepared, we will focus on securing more investment and support.” ―What was the inspiration behind combining AI and soccer? “Soccer is widely popular in Korea. We started with the hope of Korea becoming a leading country in robot soccer. The AI World Cup was first organized two years ago, after the shock of AlphaGo versus Lee Sedol. We wanted to restore human confidence, which was affected from being defeated by AlphaGo.” Daejeon = By Seong-yeol No nosr＠munhwa.com
[The Cutting Edge] Korean team..
[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]
[Robot News] Dean Jong-Hwan Ki..
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.