Professor Munchurl Kim was awarded the President’s Commendation at the ‘54th Invention day’ ceremony held on May 27 at COEX.
Professor Munchurl Kim has received 51 registered patents (20 international and 31 domestic) and applied 34 patents (18 international and 16 domestic) for video compression technology, artificial intelligent deep learning based image processing technology, and intelligent machine learning technology for the past 5 years (2014.01.01 ~ 2018.12.31).
Professor Munchurl Kim has obtained 26 international standard patents for HEVC video compression applied to UHDTV/broadcasting among 51 registered patents. He applied these to overseas institutions and created a lot of patent royalties, so he conducted source technology research in university and gained intellectual property rights. In addition, he linked this to the international standardization (HEVC standardization) activity that high value-added, so presented successful research cases that can lead to high research productivity in university.
He also contributed to the enhancement of the competitiveness of the high-quality contents service industry through improving the image quality of the existing video (legacy contents) by developing super high-quality image generation and image enhancement technology using artificial intelligence technology that will lead the fourth industry. In particular, “AI Deep Learning based Low Complexity Super Resolution Method and Device” patent proved superiority in the excellent journals of its field as the world’s first deep learning based upscaling hardware technology that converts full HD video into UHD video at 60 frames per second in real time. It was exhibited at CES 2019, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, and received high interest.
Therefore, this award is a contribution to the national competitiveness of the contents industry, related equipment/parts industry and to the deriving a high value-added patent which enables acquisition of high value-added image contents through deep learning based super high-quality image conversion research.