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KU launches the Institute of Data Science
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  • Date : 2020-05-29


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Key platform for convergence research in the era of AI:
KU launches the Institute of Data Science

 

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At the core of the fourth industrial revolution is artificial intelligence (AI). The development of AI is heavily dependent on the amount of collected data and the depth of research on the data, since AI feeds on data. To lead convergence research and education on AI and data science (DS), Korea University has established and been operating the Institute of Data Science. Having established Korea’s first AI Graduate School in September 2019, KU anticipates that the Institute of Data Science will not only promote convergence research based on AI and DS, the two main elements of the fourth industrial revolution, but also expand cooperation between industry, academia, and the institution.

Full-time support for AI and DS convergence research organizations
Non-degree courses also on offer at Data Science Academy


Based on AI and DS, the Institute of Data Science will prepare and implement collective research support programs to promote convergence research in various fields such as the humanities, the natural sciences, the applied sciences, and biomedical sciences. In addition, the institute will offer a full-time support system for AI and DS convergence research organizations, and provide omni-directional support to enhance the competitiveness of the organizations.

Such an environment for AI and DS convergence research will be directly connected to actual curricula. Under the auspices of the Institute of Data Science, the Data Science Academy will provide non-degree AI and DS convergence courses to KU faculty and students, the general public, and related businesses. Moreover, courses will be developed as a part of the general education curriculum to support all students with easy access to the basics of AI and DS as they complete their liberal arts courses.

The academy will also prepare courses for students of AI and DS convergence majors to help them develop their abilities in becoming the leaders within their field of study in the era of the fourth industrial revolution. The general education curriculum will be developed in the first semester of 2020, piloted in the second semester, and initiated in full from the first semester of 2021, while the curriculum for major courses will be developed for a year from the first semester of 2020 and offered to the students from the first semester of 2021.

Center for Business Partnerships under the Institute of Data Science:
Expected to offer optimum support for AI and DS convergence research between KU and partner companies


The Institute of Data Science is also expected to play an important role for the industry-academia cooperation. It will become the key organization for solving problems in the industry by supporting collaborations between researchers at KU and field experts at businesses. In specific, the Center for Business Partnerships will be established under the Institute of Data Science to offer optimum support for AI and DS convergence research between KU and partner companies. The center will also provide support for improving the research partnership environment when companies open AI and DS labs within KU.

Professor Kim Sang-sig (School of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering) has been appointed as the first Director for the Institute of Data Science, to attract participation from faculty members who are interested in or currently leading courses related to AI and DS convergence. Accordingly, Director Kim expressed, “We will strive to turn the Institute of Data Science into a platform that supports education and research and leads the era of the fourth industrial revolution, hand-in-hand with businesses.”

The opening and signboard hanging ceremony was held at 2pm on Monday, March 9th at the KU International Center for Converging Technology. Many faculty members attended the occasion, including President Chung Jin Taek, Executive Vice President for Research Ree Jin-han, and Director Kim Sang-sig. At the ceremony, President Chung announced, “By opening the Institute of Data Science, KU will be able to build a systematic education and research foundation for AI and DS which will serve to foster creative and talented individuals who can meet social needs.”

The opening of KUchive, the first achievement on the smart campus

Meanwhile, the idea of a data-based smart campus becomes a reality in the newly built SK Future Hall of KU, where active participation is welcomed. In SK Future Hall, users can simply use their smartphones to reserve spaces, check room entrance/exit/occupancy status, and even monitor the sensors. For this, KU has established the “ICT/IoT Campus Committee. Moreover, the name of the former Office of Information and Computing has been reformed to Office of Digital Information in July 2019, in an effort to turn the campus into a data-based smart campus.

To encourage a well-rounded education, KU has recently launched KUchive, a system that allows integrated monitoring of both regular curriculum and extracurricular courses. As the first achievement on the smart campus, KUchive analyzes the history of graduates accumulated over the past ten years into a data hub based on the data warehouse and AI, and provides recommendation services for scholarships, careers, convergence majors, and course curricula.

 

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Tel: 02-3290-1062 E-mail: hongbo@korea.ac.kr Update : 2019-06-27