School of Electrical Engineering We thrive
to be the world’s
top IT powerhouse.
We thrive to be the world’s top IT powerhouse.

Our mission is to lead innovations
in information technology, create lasting impact,
and educate next-generation leaders of the world.

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School of Electrical Engineering We thrive
to be the world’s
top IT powerhouse.
We thrive to be the world’s top IT powerhouse.

Our mission is to lead innovations
in information technology, create lasting impact,
and educate next-generation leaders of the world.

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AI in EE AI and machine learning
are a key thrust
in EE research
AI and machine learning are a key thrust in EE research

AI/machine learning  efforts are already   a big part of   ongoing
research in all 6 divisions - Computer, Communication, Signal,
Wave, Circuit and Device - of KAIST EE 

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On January 24, Professor Youngik Sohn was invited to the ‘Conversation with President Seok-Yeol Yoon and Young Science and Technology Leaders’ and discussed ‘prospects and support plans for quantum science and technology’.
This event invited representatives from four research fields(AI, quantum, bio, space) to secure next-generation science and technology competitiveness, and Professor Son was invited as a scientist representing quantum fields.

[the Minister of Science and ICT Lee Jong-ho and Prof. Youngik  Sohn from right]
Professor Youngik Son(Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KAIST) in Quantum Field, Byeong-Gon Jeon (Seoul National University) and Sun-Ju Kim (Yonsei University) in Advanced Biotechnology, Seoul National University), Professor Woo Jae-seong (Korea University), and Space Science Professor Hyo-Sang Yoon (KAIST) attended.
President Yoon asked about the government’s support plan to secure competitiveness in each field, and the President’s Office reported that participants cited ‘importance of human resources’ as the first priority.
To this end, opinions such as attracting excellent overseas research institutes where excellent human resources can gather and establishing new research institutes where excellent human resources with master’s and doctorate degrees can continue research in these areas that are not directly in demand by companies are suggested.
Furthermore, President Yoon said, “Science and technology is the starting point for all fields, including security and the economy.
He also emphasized the importance of international cooperation to share roles with major countries such as the United States in each field, foster talent and create high value through this.
Minister of Science and ICT Lee Jong-ho, who was present at the meeting, was instructed to “improve the national research and development (R&D) funds properly so that concrete results can be produced,” the presidential office said.
[Prof. Youngik Sohn]
Professor Son is an expert in quantum information technology with more than 10 years of research and development experience in quantum computing and communication, and is currently serving as the director of the Center for International Cooperation in Quantum Technology at KAIST-Harvard.
Quantum information science technology is known as a promising future field that is expected to bring about a paradigm shift in information processing technology, such as more efficient calculations and safer cryptographic communication compared to existing classical information.

[From left: Professor Seungyoung Ahn, Jo Chun-shik Graduate School of Mobility, Professor Kyungmin Kim, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor Joungho Kim, School of Electrical Engineering]


In the KAIST System Semiconductor Packaging Laboratory, where Professor Joungho Kim is the head professor, Professor Seungyoung Ahn of the Cho Chunshik Graduate School of Mobility and Professor Kyung Min Kim of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering collaborate as participating professors.

They plan to deepen and develop the ‘system semiconductor packaging’ technology through intergenerational research cooperation. Based on this, the goal is to raise the competitiveness of the domestic system semiconductor industry to the next level. ‘System semiconductor packaging’ is a technology that three-dimensionally integrates a processor and memory, which have been used separately, into a single semiconductor.

It is a cutting-edge technology that significantly increases the learning calculation ability of artificial intelligence and at the same time reduces power consumption. It is a super-difference technology that continues the existing ‘Moore’s Law for semiconductors’ and a technology that enables the future artificial intelligence era.

In particular, the Cross-Generation Collaborative Lab led by Professor Kim is considered the world’s best lab in this field. 3D packaging technology is a key technology for next-generation artificial intelligence semiconductors used in supercomputers, high-performance servers in super-large data centers, and self-driving cars.

Based on 3D High Performance Heterogeneous Computing Packaging (3D High Performance Heterogeneous Computing Packaging) source technology, it plans to implement a high-performance, low-power, multi-functional system, and in particular, automate this entire design process with an artificial intelligence machine learning method.

Professor Joungho Kim, an IEEE Fellow, has been honored to open a first-generation collaborative laboratory among KAIST professors in the School of Electrical Engineering. Professor Joungho Kim of the ‘KAIST System Semiconductor Packaging Laboratory’ said, “We will contribute to enhancing the competitiveness of the domestic semiconductor industry by realizing specialized research in the field of system semiconductor packaging, which is essential for Korea to establish itself as a true semiconductor powerhouse.”


[Uk Cheol Shin, Kwanyong Park and Byeong-Uk Lee and professor In So Kweon from left]


WACV is a major academic conference ranked 9th in terms of the Google Scholar h-5 index within the field of computer vision.

The KAIST team’s award-winning work was among this year’s 641 published papers, which were by themselves selected out of 1,577 submission.

Titled ” Self-supervised Monocular Depth Estimation from Thermal Images via Adversarial Multi-spectral Adaptation”, their paper deals with the estimation of distance from a single thermal image, as one of the most difficult problems in computer vision involving challenges with the low resolution of thermal images and the lack of detailed image data labelled with temperature distribution. 

To address this problem, the team proposed a novel deep learning model that combines self-supervised learning with adversarial learning between multispectral images.

Unlike conventional methods that are limited by constraints such as the requirement of the exact camera settings, the model is able to learn without these constraints through the utilization of individual thermal and color images.

The model was tested in various experimental conditions such as day, night and poor illumination, and high performance was achieved under various conditions compared to the existing method.


[Gyuwan Kim]


Talent Award Korea, which is hosted by Ministry of Education and Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity, aims to recognize and celebrate young and outstanding individuals.

The ceremony for 2022 Talent Award of Korea was held at Government Complex Sejong Convention Center on 29th Afternoon. Gyuwan Kim, who is a R&D officer for Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and a KAIST EE graduate student, has been nominated for the young/university sector for his remarkable achievement in the field of optical communication and its application in defense science & technology.

Recipients of Talent Award of Korea have been carefully selected through regional and central examination of the 50 high school students and 50 university students / youth, who are recommended by heads of schools and institutions that they belong to.

The award recipients also received a monetary reward of 2,000,000 KRW.



Related Link: https://m.newspim.com/news/view/20221229000227

EE Professor Minkyu Je is awarded the Haedong Semiconductor Engineering Award.


Professor Minkyu Je of our department won the “Haedong Semiconductor Engineering Award” at the 2022 regular meeting of the Semiconductor Engineering Society held at the Seoul aT Center on December 7th.

The Haedong Science and Culture Foundation has made a lot of effort and dedication to discovering and motivating talent for technological development and industry in Korea.

In particular, in 2021, the “Haedong Semiconductor Engineering Award” was established for the semiconductor industry and technology to provide a cornerstone for discovering semiconductor talent.

This year’s 2nd “Haedong Semiconductor Engineering Award” is more meaningful because it is given now that the importance of the semiconductor field is being highlighted more than ever in the world


[Prof. Minkyu Je]


Professor Minkyu Je has conducted leading research in the field of biomedical and sensor interface integrated circuits/microsystems since the early 2000s while working at the IME Research Center under A*STAR in Singapore. He was awarded because it played an important role in leading the level of domestic research in this field to the world level by continuing the highest level of research. 

Since he has played an important role in leading the level of domestic research in this field to the world level by continuing the highest level of research, he was awarded. He is recognized internationally as a major researcher who has greatly contributed to the pioneering and development of the field, and is playing a role as a leading researcher in this field in Korea.

 In recognition of excellent research achievements in the field of circuits and systems for next-generation medical devices and neuronal interfaces, he was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) in 2020, and he presented a total of 110 SCI journal papers and 252 international conference papers.

 In particular, a total of 76 papers were published in various IEEE excellent journals related to the field, and a total of 25 papers were presented at the highest level international conferences, IEEE ISSCC, IEEE SOVC, and IEEE CICC. 

In addition, through research in this field, a total of 24 foreign patents and a total of 26 domestic patents were registered, and a total of 30 patents are pending domestic/overseas applications. 

Through active cooperation with start-ups and SMEs as well as large companies in related fields, he has significantly contributed to securing technological competitiveness in the bio/medical device and IoT sensor fields, creating and revitalizing the industrial ecosystem, and securing future growth engines targeting emerging markets. 




EE Professor Hyunjoo Lee wins 2022 4th S-Oil Future Scientist Award 


Professor Hyunjoo Lee won the 4th future scientist award (IT field), which was funded by the S-Oil Science & Culture Foundation and was co-hosted by Korean Academy of Science and Technology and Korean Association of University Presidents.


She also donated 4,000,000 KRW of the monetary reward to KAIST as school development fund. 


We send heartful congratulation and appreciation to Professor Lee for achieving numerous remarkable research feats and donating for the school improvement. 



Since 2011, Korean Academy of Science and Technology (https://kast.or.kr/) has been awarding young scientists in the field of natural science and engineering under the funding of S-Oil Science & Culture Foundation, aiming to foster them into the leaders of national science technology in 21st century.


On December 9th of 2022, five scientists selected in the fields of Physics, Physiology/Medicine, Chemical/Material engineering, Energy, and IT were awarded the research funding worth 200,000,000 KRW in the award ceremony co-hosted by Korean Academy of Science and Technology and Korean Association of University Presidents.


Related Link: https://www.ekn.kr/web/view.php?key=20221209010001964


EE professor Joo-Young Kim receives the Science and ICT Minister’s Award

Professor Joo-Young Kim has won the Science and ICT Minister’s award on December 12th at the 2022 Future AI Semiconductor Technology Conference, held at the Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy & Innovation, Pangyo. 
Professor Kim was recognized for his contribution within the artificial intelligence semiconductor industry.
Professor Kim’s works within the field include the national research and development of AI processors and PIM semiconductor technologies, as well as fostering future semiconductor engineers and contributing to fabless ecosystems.
Recently, he is actively researching AI semiconductors and hybrid memory-logic PIM semiconductors, for the application in large AI models.
[Prof. Joo-Young Kim ]
[Awards ceremony]
Professor Minsoo Rhu and Professor Minseok Jang of the electrical engineering department have been elected as members of the ‘2023 Y-KAST’ of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (hereinafter ‘Hallymwon’).
Y-KAST members are researchers with outstanding academic achievements among young scientists under the age of 43, and Hallymwon prioritizes the achievements made as independent researchers in Korea after receiving a doctorate degree, and fosters next-generation science and technology leaders who are highly likely to contribute to the development of science and technology in Korea.
On December 13, 2022 at 4:00 PM, ‘2022 Y-KAST Members Day’ will be held both online and offline, and Hallymwon plans to present membership plaques to new Y-KAST members and introduce research achievements.
The head of Hallymwon said “Hallymwon wants to build an environment in which young scientists can fully demonstrate their skills and grow as leaders in the future science and technology field, and we will support them to present new ideas for R&D innovation.”
[Prof. Minsoo Rhu]    [ Prof. Min Seok Jang]
Professor Minsu Rhu’s research achievements: Development of intelligent semiconductors and computer systems for artificial intelligence
Professor Min Seok Jang’s research achievements: 
Pioneering the border between science and engineering in the field of nano optics and metamaterials and solving important problems one after another in the research of two-dimensional material-based active optical devices, leading the field




2023. 01. 31 (Tues) 14:30 ~ 16:30


Prof. Sun-Yuan Hsieh (National Cheng Kung University)


Woori-byeol Conference Room, #2201 E3-2 (School of EE building)


01. 16 (Mon) 14:30 ~ 17:00


Prof. Myung Hoon Sunwoo (Ajou University), Prof Yoshifumi Nishio (Tokushima University), Prof. Hyun-Sik Kim (KAIST)


Woori-byeol Conference Room, #2201 E3-2 (School of EE building)