The faculty of the Computer Science Department of the College of Informatics has received a number of large-scale national projects and operates a project group through which Korea University will be become a bona fide research-oriented university.
BK21 FOUR R&E Center for Computer Science and Engineering
Head of the Center: JunBeom HUR
Contact: 02-3290-2553 / Office: Aegineung Student Center 313
Vision of the R&E Center
The vision of the R&E Center is to cultivate talent in data-driven science to discover value from data, create knowledge, and use it to present creative solutions to social problems in various domains.
Goal of the R&E Center
In the era of the 4th industrial revolution, technically challenging, socially urgent, and important problems are caused by multidisciplinary factors not specific to one field. Data-driven science is an educational research model that combines computer science and artificial intelligence, domain knowledge and real problems, and is an effective research model that can solve challenging and important technological and social problems connected with complex factors of multiple domains.
The R&E Center, based on efficient search space searching using artificial intelligence, aims to cultivate talent in people who have the ability to unify various fields, create creative hypotheses through data-driven bottom-up methods, and solve problems through global collaboration. To accomplish this, the R&E Center aims to cultivate more than 10 world-leading research fields by selecting collaborative, creative, and global data-led science professionals, and to enter the top 30 global centers in computer science.
BK21 FOUR R&E Center for Artificial Intelligence
Head of the Center: Sang Keun LEE
Contact: 02-3290-3586 / Office: International Center for Conversing Technology Building 202
Establishment of the R&E Center
The BK21 FOUR R&E Center for Artificial Intelligence was selected in October 2020 for the 4th step BK21 project of the Ministry of Education to nurture master's and doctoral-level experts and foster world-class research-oriented universities
Vision and Goals of R&E Center
Through this project, for the next 7 years, the BK21 FOUR R&E Center for Artificial Intelligence provides specialized training in the four specialized fields of artificial intelligence (healthcare, agents, cultural contents, and autonomous driving), and at the same time, through a global joint research network with top universities (e.g. CMU, MIT, UC Berkeley, MPI-IS, Princeton University, Cornell University, UCSD, UNC-CH, University of Toronto, EPFL, Weizmann Institute of Science, Tsinghua University), 20 domestic companies (e.g. Samsung Electronics, NCsoft, Netmarble, Naver, Interpark, SK Telecom), 11 international artificial intelligence companies (e.g. Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe, Facebook, Netflix, NVIDIA) as well as research institutes, aims to support innovative and talented artificial intelligence experts who will lead the era of the 4th industrial revolution.
Artificial Intelligence Research Center
Head of the center: JaeHo Han
Contact: 02-3290-3694 / Office: Science Library 404
Purpose of establishment
Ministry of Science and ICT’s University ICT Research Center Support Project
Development of technology for recognizing and learning models for specialized information in advanced fields
Development of new intelligent information processing convergence technology through research on the brain activity principles
Development of a fusion model to advance knowledge expansion and precision improvement
Intelligent information application service development: medical image intelligence, autonomous driving intelligence
Recent research achievements (Large-scale Research Project Group)
Patent application/registration (30 or more), research paper publication/announcement (100 or more)
Joint research with industry-university cooperation (more than 25 cases including Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Mobis, LG Electronics, POSCO, KT, and Naver)
Joint research with overseas universities and research institutes (e.g. Stanford University, Cambridge University, Adobe, Qualcomm)
Received awards awarded by the Minister of Science and ICT and the Director of the Institute for Information & Communication Technology Promotion
Human-inspired AI & Computing Research Center
Head of the center: HeuiSeok LIM
Contact: 02-3290-2544 / Office: Science Building Annex 105A
The present era is a smart digital era. There is a demand for a transition from the analog era to the smart digital world, not simply to digital transition. All industries and businesses can be competitive and create value only when smart artificial intelligence technology is applied.
On the other hand, predictions detail that countries or industries that fail to make smart changes will not be able to sustain the prosperity of the past. Industries and businesses can be competitive only when they can create intelligent outcomes from their traditional results through a function of smart transformation. Artificial intelligence technology that can contribute to creating value-creating smart functions is now a key growth engine that is desperately required in all worlds and industrial sites. Thanks to the recent advances in deep learning technology, the performance of artificial intelligence technology has improved. However, society is demanding artificial intelligence technology with human-level intelligence, and a great deal of research and effort is required to meet this demand.
The Korea University HI AI & Computing Research Center was established to meet these needs. The core direction of the research center is to develop human-like intelligence technology by modeling the most intelligent human brain and nerve information processing principles and core capabilities that enable human intelligence. Reinforcement learning, deep learning, and attention mechanisms, which exhibit the best performance in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, are examples of technologies that reflect human information processing principles.
The center endeavors to develop the best new artificial intelligence technology to be used like reinforcement learning and deep learning models. Here at the center, we look forward to contributing to industrial development, national competitiveness, and a happy life for humanity through these efforts.
Artificial Intelligence Graduate School Program
Head of the center: Seong-Whan Lee
Contatc: 02-3290-4280 / Office: International Center for Conversing Technology Building 202
Purpose of establishment
The program aims to secure future competitiveness in the field of artificial intelligence, which is the core foundation of the 4th industrial revolution, and to develop core sources of AI and applied technologies to create high added value. It also serves as a research hub for joint research with domestic and foreign companies, research institutes, and universities related to artificial intelligence.
Research is conducted based on core AI technologies such as deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing, voice recognition, big data, and neural networks, research on AI+X application-specialized fields (e.g. healthcare, finance, intelligent agents, games, and autonomous driving).
Recent research achievements
Consignment of the brain-computer interface technology development project in mobile environment by the Ministry of Science and ICT (SW Star Lab) (2015.4.1-2022.12.31)
Consignment of the human-level learning and reasoning framework development project to explain decision-making by the Ministry of Science and ICT (2017.4.1-2021.12.31)
Consignment of the brain cognitive computing technology development project for user intention recognition based on deep learning by Ministry of Science and ICT (2017.4.1-2023.12.31)
Consignment of the artificial intelligence graduate school support project by the Ministry of Science and ICT (2019.4.1-2028.12.31)
Consignment of the development of next-generation machine learning technology to simulate brain cognitive development by the Ministry of Science and ICT entrusted the (2019.4.1-2023.12.31)
Center for Information System Security
Head of the center: JunBeom HUR
Contact: 02-3290-4936 / Office: Science Library 618A
Recently, as computer systems and structures diversify and software technologies such as networking and artificial intelligence develop, security threats and attacks on information systems are becoming more sophisticated. In light of these developments, the Department of Computer Science at Korea University established the Center for Information System Security to proactively discover new vulnerabilities in the latest information systems an derive world-class leading research r d design effective countermeasures in consideration of security threats and attack plans to esults.
As the first task for this goal, the Center for Information System Security was selected in April 2019 as a leading information protection core source project by the Ministry of Science and ICT, with a budget of 6 billion won for 4 years. With the Department of Computer Science at Korea University playing a central role in this project, researchers in the field of computer security and computer structure from the State University of New York, Kwangwoon University, and Hongik University are participating in projects. As a result, papers containing world-class research results have been presented at renowned conferences including ACM CCS, ASPLOS, MICRO, IEEE INFOCOM, ACM CoNEXT, and IEEE/ACM Transactions.
Neural Computation Laboratory
Head of the center: Jeehyun Kwag
Contact: 02-3290-3768 / Office: Science Library 604A
Aim of Neural Computation Research Center
Research & Business Area
Superintelligence Research Center
Head of the center: JungHyun HAN
Contact: 02-3290-4503 / Office: Woo Jung Informatics 603
In July 2020, Korea University was selected for the ICT Master Talent Training Project by the Ministry of Science and ICT, with a budget of 37 billion won for 10 years. The Korea University Project Group, which aims to cultivate global master talents through future technology research and creative curriculum management, was formed with the participation of the College of Medicine and the KU-KIST Convergence Graduate School, with the Department of Computer Science of the College of Informatics. To accelerate the cultivation of these talents, the Superintelligence Research Center was established for future technology research and to operate a creative curriculum and the Artificial Intelligence Applications major was established in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the KU Graduate School.
Recently, artificial intelligence technology has had a huge impact on society in general, and its influence is comparable to the Internet appearing in the 20th century and changing the world. The Superintelligence Research Center goes one step further from the achievements of artificial intelligence research and development over the past ten years and conducts research to overcome the limitations of current technology. In other words, the center will develop artificial intelligence that can explain the basis of judgment, artificial intelligence that expresses learning results with explicit knowledge, and interactive artificial intelligence that can collaborate with experts.
Training Center for Security Experts in Cross Industries (TCSEC)
Head of the Center: HeeJo LEE
Contact: 02-3290-4501 / Office: Science Building Annex 107B
Purpose of establishment
To cultivate talented human resources in convergence-security through the sponsorship of the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT)
- To cultivate talented human resources with knowledge in security for Smart Factory
- To offer training programs to nurture high-quality human resources in convergence-security with master’s/Ph.D degrees and R & D capabilities
- To run consortiums for convergence-security with Smart Factory-related corporates at home and abroad
Recent Research Achievements
- To establish a consortium with LS Electric, the biggest Smart Factory manufacturer in Korea, and Penta Security Systems, one of the security solution providers for Smart Factory
- To run a consortium for convergence-security with a total of 16 organizations from 4 countries (including private companies and overseas research institutes such as KT, SKT, and KHNP)
- To develop as the biggest graduate school in the field of convergence-security among the 8 graduate schools in Korea (As of 2020, 27 currently-enrolled students and 15 participating professors)
- To host a global, online hackathon with 3 European universities from Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein