KIST Hosts 2018 Academia-Research Convergence Conference
On October 4, at its headquarters in Seoul, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) co-hosted the 2018 Academia-Research Convergence Conference with the five universities (Korea University, Kyung Hee University, Hanyang University, Kookmin University, and Konkuk University) it partners with in operating the Academia-Research Joint Faculty Program, designed to spark joint convergence research and foster creative/convergence talents.
The conference began with “Philosophy Questions A.I.”, the keynote presentation given by Lee Jinwoo, a professor at POSTECH’s Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. This was followed by presentations on three convergence research fields: BT-IT, NT-IT, and ET-IT. Fifteen professors from the Academia-Research Joint Faculty Program gave lectures, three doctoral students conducted presentations, and participating students displayed 65 new academic posters.
KIST first launched the Academia-Research Joint Faculty Program back in 2012. Dr. Lim Hyewon, director of KIST’s International Affairs Division, stated that “KIST is heavily focused on convergence research for solving social problems and nurturing young S&T talents. This year’s conference was an opportunity to share R&D outcomes, identify future convergence research areas, and seek out joint programs to enable us to fully benefit from the 4th Industrial Revolution.”
The Academia-Research Joint Faculty Program was intended to kickstart joint research and education through the shared utilization of human resources by government-funded research institutes and universities, in accordance with the Industrial Education Enhancement and Industry-Academia-Research Cooperation Promotion Act. Outstanding professors and researchers designated by the program are fully affiliated with both the institute and the university, and they jointly conduct convergent research and education.