About Us

  • Sang Yup Lee
    Founding Director
    Sang Yup Lee

    Founding Director of the KPC4IR, Dean of the KAIST Institute

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    Sang Yup Lee
    Sang Yup Lee

    Dr. Sang Yup Lee is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is also the Dean of KAIST Institutes, Director of the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biotechnology, and Director of the BioProcess Engineering Research Center at KAIST. He is an honorary professor of the University of Queensland in Australia and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, and an advisory professor of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He has served as a Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies in 2011-2012, and as a Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Biotechnology in 2012-2013. He founded the World Council on Industrial Biotechnology in 2010. He is currently the chair of the Global Future Council on Biotechnology.

  • So Young Kim
    Director
    So Young Kim

    Director of the KPC4IR, Head of Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy

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    So Young Kim
    So Young Kim

    Prof. So Young Kim is the Head of the Graduate School of Science & Technology Policy at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology). She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from Northwestern University with Fulbright Scholarship specializing in international political economy and mathematical methods in social sciences. Prof. Kim worked as a data archivist for the Social Science Computing Center at the University of Chicago and taught as an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University before joining KAIST. Her research deals with high-stake issues at the interface of S&T and public policy such as government R&D funding and evaluation, basic science policy, science advising, science & engineering workforce, science-based ODA, and global governance of emerging technologies. Her scholarly work includes publications in International Organization, Journal of Asian Survey, Science and Public Policy, and STI Policy Review as well as the edited volume of Science and Technology Policy: Theories and Issues. Prof. Kim conducted large-scale science policy projects including Identification of Strategic Research Areas in Basic Research (funded by the National Research Foundation), Measuring Social Impacts of the Public R&D Programs (funded by the Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning), and Kenya KAIST Feasibility Study (funded by Korea Eximbank). As a public intellectual, Prof. Kim has served several governmental committees including the National Science & Technology Vision Committee, National R&D Evaluation Review Committee, Advisory Committee for the Science & Engineering Workforce Five-Year Plan, Long-term Policy Planning Committee of the Korea Federation of Women’s S&T Associations (KOFWST), and the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network of the Korea Federation of S&T Associations (KOFST). Most recently, she is serving as the deputy director for KAIST Fourth Industrial Revolution Intelligence Center (FIRIC).

  • Kwang-Hyun Cho
    Committee Chair
    Kwang-Hyun Cho

    Associate Vice President of Research, KAIST and Advisory Committee Member

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    Kwang-Hyun Cho
    Kwang-Hyun Cho

    Professor Kwang-Hyun Cho received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He was an Associate Professor at the College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea until 2007. Since then he has been a Professor in the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering at the KAIST and a director of the Laboratory for Systems Biology and Bio-Inspired Engineering (http://sbie.kaist.ac.kr), and is currently the Associate Vice President of Research of KAIST. He was the recipient of the IEEE/IEEK Joint Award for Young IT Engineer, the National Young Scientist Award from the President of Korea, and the Walton Fellow Award from Science Foundation of Ireland. He has been working on systems biology with biomedical applications, biological network control, and bio-inspired engineering. His innovative contribution to systems biology and bio-inspired engineering research by combining an engineering approach with biological experimentation has led to over 190 high-profile international journal publications. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of IET Systems Biology (IET, London, U.K.).

  • Yong Jeong
    Committee Member
    Yong Jeong

    Professor of Bio and Brain Engineering at KAIST

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    Yong Jeong
    Yong Jeong

    Dr. Yong Jeong is a Professor of Department of Bio and Brain Engineering at KAIST. Dr. Jeong received his M.D degree in 1991 and Ph.D. in neurophysiology in 1997 at Yonsei University. He is also a Neurologist and affiliated with Samsung Medical Center and KAIST Papparado Clinic. His main interest of research is to explore the fundamental architecture of brain underlying cognitive process and pathophysiology of neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular disease. He is studying the biological mechanisms underlying cognition from a network perspective. Brain networks span from the micro-scale of neurons and synapses to the macro-scale of long range connections between brain regions. We investigate how networks connect levels of organization in the brain and how they link structure to function. We also investigate pathophysiology and try to find treatment modalities of diseases that give perturbation to cognitive functions such as Alzheimer's disease. For these purposes, we mainly use in vivo imaging modalities such as two-photon microscopy, near-infrared fluorescence imaging, EEG and MRI. Images are obtained from human subjects and animal models to investigate how the integrative nature of brain function can be illuminated from a micro-scale network to a large-scale network. Through this he hopes to understand the higher cognitive functions of human brain (how the brain works) and to develop restoration, augmentation and modulation systems for patients with brain dysfunctions using current cutting-edge bioengineering techniques.

  • Yongdae Kim
    Committee Member
    Yongdae Kim

    Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST

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    Yongdae Kim
    Yongdae Kim

    Yongdae Kim is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, an affiliate professor in the Graduate School of Information Security and a director of Cyber Security Research Center at KAIST. He received PhD degree from the computer science department at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Gene Tsudik. Between 2002 and 2012, he was an associate/assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Before coming to the US, he worked 6 years in ETRI for securing Korean cyberinfrastructure. He served as a KAIST Chair Professor between 2013 and 2016, and received NSF career award on storage security and McKnight Land-Grant Professorship Award from University of Minnesota in 2005. Currently, he is serving as an associate editor for ACM TOPS, and he was a steering committee member of NDSS between 2012 - 2018. His main research includes novel attacks and analysis methodologies for emerging technologies, such as Cyber Physical Systems such as drone and self-driving cars, 4G/5G cellular networks and Blockchain.

  • Jong Chul Ye
    Committee Member
    Jong Chul Ye

    Chair Professor and Professor of the Dept. of Bio/Brain Engineering at KAIST

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    Jong Chul Ye
    Jong Chul Ye

    Jong Chul Ye is a KAIST endowed chair professor and professor of the Dept. of Bio/Brain Engineering and adjunct professor at Dept. of Mathematical Sciences of KAIST, Korea. Before joining KAIST, he worked at Philips Research, and GE Global Research, both in New York. He has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, IEEE Trans. on Computational Imaging, an Editorial Board member for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and an International Advisory Board Member for Physics in Medicine and Biology. He is currently a senior editor for IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, an associate editor for IEEE Trans. on Medical Imaging, and a section editor for BMC Biomedical Engineering. He is currently a vice-chair for IEEE Technical Committee for Computational Imaging and a General Co-Chair for 2020 IEEE Sym. on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI). His current research interests include machine learning and compressed sensing for various computational imaging problems for biology and medicine. His group was first place winner of the 2009 Recon Challenge at the ISMRM workshop with k-t FOCUS algorithm, and the second winners at the 2016 Low Dose CT Grand Challenge organized by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) with the world’s first deep learning algorithm for low-dose CT. His group has pioneered the development of new deep learning algorithms and mathematical theory for biomedical

  • Sangki Jeong
    Committee Member
    Sangki Jeong

    Director General/ Senior Research Fellow, STEPI

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    Sangki Jeong
    Sangki Jeong

    Dr. Sangki Jeong is Director General of Office of National R&D Evaluation & Analysis in Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering and master’s degree in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has previously served as Senior Engineer of Samsung SDI where he worked on developing flat panel televisions (PDP), Research Assistant of the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Research Scientist at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Research Student at Tokyo Institute of Technology and R&D Engineer for the New Materials Lab at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. He has published numerous articles and papers in the field of R&D policies and technologies. He was also a Member of Green Science and Technology Committee in the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. He was Research Director for the Planning of National Investment Strategy for Green Technology, Planning of National Evaluation Systems of R&D and a Facilitator of Nano Technology Division at the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). He was also an expert group member of the Working Group Meeting on Nano Technology (WPN) at the OECD Committee for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) from 2007 to 2008.

  • Chang Soo Kim
    Committee Member
    Chang Soo Kim

    Principle Researcher & Project Lead ETRI

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    Chang Soo Kim
    Chang Soo Kim

    Ph.D Chang Soo Kim is a Principal Researcher and Project Leader at ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute). He earned his Ph.D from Chungbuk National University on Information & Telecommunication Engineering Department, and M.S. from Sogang University on Computer Science. He worked as a Technical Engineer on Database Systems for the LG Electronics before joining ETRI. His research deals with DBMS(Database Management System), Distributed Storage System, Cluster Management System, Cloud Computing, Big data Platform, Big data Analytics, AI integrated Data Platform, Blockchain Storage & Data Processing System and so on.

  • Yong Tae Kim
    Committee Member
    Yong Tae Kim

    Head of the Center for Medical Convergence Metrology at KRISS

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    Yong Tae Kim
    Yong Tae Kim

    Dr. Yong Tae Kim is the head of the Center for Medical Convergence Metrology at KRISS (Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science). And He is also a professor of the Department of Medical Physics at UST (University of Science and Technology). He is currently a co-chairperson of the Medical Metrology Focused Group of the Asia Pacific Metrology Program. He also served as Korean expert to IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) TC (Technical Committee) 87 (Ultrasound field). He has been also a technical assessor of KOLAS (Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme) to improve the national quality infrastructure. He was awarded the commendation from the Minister of Knowledge Economy in 2010 and the commendation from the Committee President of the NST (National Science and Technology) in 2018. He majored in physics at HUFS (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) and received masters and doctoral degrees. His research interests are in the field of physical research such as photo-acoustic and thermo-acoustic phenomena as well as the medical ultrasound area. In particular, he conducted international measurements comparison related to the medical ultrasound as a pilot laboratory, and establish the international equivalence of national measurement standards. He is also working to provide the national measurement standards required by research laboratories and industries. He is also a technical committee member of the National Reference Standards Data Center and is working to improve the reliability of healthcare big-data. Academic research is focused on acoustic and ultrasound focusing mechanisms, which are related to acoustic lenses, high-resolution ultrasound imaging, and ultrasound exposure measurements.

  • Jahyun Koo
    Committee Member
    Jahyun Koo

    Fellow at Korea Development Institute

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    Jahyun Koo
    Jahyun Koo

    Dr. Jahyun Koo is Fellow at the Department of Knowledge in Korea Development Institute. He has worked in the Bank of Korea, central bank of Korea from 1996 before joining the KDI in 2013. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Lancaster University in UK. His research interest includes economic policies for innovation and growth. In particular, He has worked on Fintech-led Financial Innovation Strategies and Challenges, Financial Policy Issues for Revitalizing Start-ups and several policy papers on restructuring and SMEs. Recently his researches has been centered on what is the impact of the fourth industrial revolution on Korean Economy and how Korean economy achieve sustainable growth in the era of fourth industrial revolution.