Major Accomplishments of KIST Over Its 40-Year History. Since its foundation over 40 years ago, KIST has remained faithful to its role as a comprehensive research institute supporting Korea's interests and has made active contributions to the growth of the nation's industrial base through advancements in science and technology. A review of its major accomplishments through the years offer a peek into the most significant events in its history.

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Project Name Development of 3D film technology for the Gyeongju World Culture Expo
Year 2000 Director
Virtual reality technology enables people to feel digital information made by the computer through their sensory organs and provides them with a sense of concreteness and real-time interaction. In particular, it offers a new concept of information supply by bringing the audience to the world of experiences they cannot personally have due to time and space limitations. It can be applied to new computer-based fields in culture and the arts. The 3D Film Development Team (led by Hyung Gon KIM and Hee Dong GO at KIST) succeeded in building a theme film gallery for the Gyeongju World Culture Expo in 2000 by utilizing the world’s first virtual reality technology. This large-scale project was designed to recreate and communicate the traditions of Shilla in an innovative way for the new Millennium. Virtual reality technology was also applied to the reconstruction of Seorabeol Street, the Hwangryong Buddhist Temple, Mt. Nam in Gyeongju, Anapji, Wolseong, Seokguram, and Cheomseongdae. The team also developed the world’s largest virtual reality theater with 650 seats, IMAX-level stereo imagery, real-time butterfly control by the audience, release of the pine scent of Mt. Nam in Gyeongju, and a 3D surround audio system. One million visitors to the innovative gallery had nothing but high praise for the technologies on display. In 2002 a conference of Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM) was held in Gyeongju.

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