(National Research Council of Science & Technology) The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials(KIMM) developed a roll-based damage-free transfer technique that allows two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials to be transferred into wafer scale without damage. The proposed technique has a variety of applications from transparent displays and semiconductors to displays for self-driving cars, and is expected to accelerate the commercialization of 2D nanomaterial-based high-performance devices.
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(DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology)) Research Professor Kyung Ah Han of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and postdoctoral researcher Heejin Lim of the Department of New Biology selected for the program.
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(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has announced that 13 UNIST researchers, including Dr. Jae Beom Lee have been awarded prestigious 2021 Sejong Science Fellowship.
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(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has announced that four of its laboratories were selected to receive the 'Excellent Safety Management Laboratory' certification.
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(National Research Council of Science & Technology) Companies across the world are competing fiercely to provide high-resolution displays to electronic devices such as TVs and smartphones. In particular, the virtual reality, a keyword of the 4th industrial revolution, requires a much higher resolution to improve the picture quality. A Korean research team developed a technology to produce a 'nano display' with a phenomenal resolution based on the 3D printing technique and posted the result of the study on a SCI journal, garnering much global attention.
A KAIST team has featured a new technology, "Knocker", which identifies objects and executes actions just by knocking on it with the smartphone.What separates Knocker from existing technology is the sensor fusion of sound and motion.These solutions all have their limitations.Even worse, the technology will not work well in poor lighting situations.Using hardware leads to additional costs and labor burdens.Knocker, on the other hand, can identify objects even in dark environments only with a smartphone, without requiring any specialized hardware or using a camera.
The Superconductivity Research Center of the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI, President Gyu-ha Choe) under the Ministry of Science and ICT has developed a superconducting insulation technology that can significantly reduce the size and weight of medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment.While many hospitals, both domestic and international, face many difficulties in facility management due to the large size and heavy weight of MRI equipment, the development of this technology, led by the team of Dr. Seog-Whan Kim and Dr. Young-Sik Jo of the Superconductivity Research Center, is expected to receive much attention.MRI transmits a high frequency magnetic field of thousands of hertz to the human body, and displays the image signals generated from atomic nuclei in the body in a 2D or 3D cross-sectional image.Resolution is the most important thing for an accurate MRI diagnosis, and a stronger magnetic field results in better quality.Most existing MRIs use a superconducting electromagnet to create a powerful magnetic field.Superconductivity is the phenomenon where metal or a compound is cooled below a certain temperature has almost no resistance to current flow.
There are already 260,000 5G subscribers in South Korea, just a month after next generation mobile services went live in the country.The desire within South Korea, one of the world’s most advanced mobile nations, to be a leader in 5G was so great that the country’s Ministry of Science and ICT coordinated a simultaneous launch between three major operators.SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus all switched on their 5G networks in December, mainly serving enterprise customers before SK Telecom launched its mobile service in early April this year.However, the initial launch has been greeted by complaints about coverage and speed.The Ministry has confirmed that there are currently 54,202 5G-enabled base stations in the country, but coverage is limited to urban areas at present.Although the spectrum being used for 5G networks has far greater capacity than the bands used for 4G, it also has a shorter range.
Sceptics will suggest consumer 5G launches will fall flat, an answer to a non-existent problem, but 260,000 subscriptions after one month suggests there is an appetite for 5G in South Korea.Having jointly launched 5G services on April 3, the three South Korean operators are boasting total subscriptions of 260,000 according to Yonhap.This is not to say the service has been perfect, there have been plenty of problems for the telcos to deal with, but this was always going to be the case.The problem with being first is that you get to tell everyone else about the challenges.“Many of the initial complaints raised by consumers are being addressed, but with more people using the system, other problems are expected to come to light that will require fixing,” the Ministry of Science and ICT said in a statement.While much of the 5G attention has been directed towards the US and China, it is easy to overlook the progress which has been made in South Korea.
After simultaneously launching commercial 5G services in early April, three South Korean carriers have collectively signed up 260,000 subscribers — a solid start for the next-generation cellular technology.The key metric of 5G adoption was shared by South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (via Yonhap), which scheduled and coordinated the carriers’ launches in an effort to make South Korea the world’s first 5G country.South Korea’s haste to commercialize 5G services and devices has led to speed bumps for early adopters, who have complained about inconsistent service and issues with the country’s first 5G smartphone: Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G.But carriers have moved quickly to respond to those early concerns, if not fully resolve them, and have offered aggressive promotions to lure new customers to the high-speed wireless technology.“Many of the initial complaints raised by consumers are being addressed,” said the Ministry of Science and ICT, “but with more people using the system, other problems are expected to come to light that will require fixing.”Commencing 5G service is one thing, but having enough base stations and devices to satisfy a large population is another — the scalability challenge facing U.S. carriers with over 328 million residents to serve.
South Korea was expected to be the first in the world to have a full, working 5G network, and the launch had been planned for the first three months of 2019.Now, as the deadline nears, the South Korean government has warned that it will almost certainly miss the target.South Korea’s activity highlights just how new 5G is, and how much there is still to work out elsewhere in the world before it becomes a reality.At the beginning of March, it was reported local carriers SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus were all ready to start 5G services at the end of March.Now, in a press briefing held by South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT, the government says it’s, “much more desirable to wait.”There are seemingly two main reasons for the decision to hold off on the 5G launch.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, also referred to as Industry 4.0, has been widely discussed at various venues, such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos.However, its concept has from early times been somewhat blurred.A research team, affiliated with UNIST has presented a study that contributes to clarify the concept and scope of Industry 4.0, using big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).In recognition of their exemplary work in identifying important research areas and application issues of Industry 4.0, the team has been awarded the minister prize from the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) at the '2018 Future Convergence Forum', held on November 21, 2018.Their work has been also selected as the best paper among many other outstanding research projects, supported via the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Convergence Research Policy Fellowship program.In this work, the team identified the important research areas and application issues of Industry 4.0 by analyzing 686 scientific articles (all available data related to the topic in the Web of Science Core Collections as of September 8, 2018) and 3,907 news articles (all available data related to the topic in the LexisNexis Business & Industry News Database as of September 17, 2018) through text mining with unsupervised learning algorithms.
Each year, the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and the Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) reward 100 scientists who have made exceptional contributions to their respective fields.According to the latest report, Professor Eunmi Choi in the School of Natural Science and Professor Yong Hwan Kim in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST were among those featured in the 'National Top 100 R Performance' for 2018.The following are the top breakthrough technologies that have been included on the 2018 list: the 'Remote Detection Technology for Radioactive Substances' by Professor Choi and the 'Strain Development for the Biological Conversion of C1 Compounds' by Professor Kim.Particularly, Professor Choi's radiation detection technology has been also selected as the '2018 National Top 12 R Performance'.Professor Choi has been given this honor in recognition of her recent development for the remote detection of hazardous radioactive substances.This new breakthrough is a technique that can remotely detect small amounts of radioactive substances from several hundred meters away.
Putting democratic voting on the blockchain is becoming one of the technology’s most divisive applications, but that isn’t stopping South Korea from pushing ahead with a blockchain-based voting system trial.The country’s National Election Commission (NEC) and its Ministry of Science and ICT have confirmed they’re developing a blockchain-based voting system, reports ZDNet.The NEC actually used a non-blockchain-based online voting system way back in 2013, known as K-voting.Trust in the system remains low due to hacking and fraud concerns.Reports state that the latest system will use blockchain to authenticate voters and save votes.The South Korean government believes this will increase transparency and security – presumably to improve trust in the digital voting system.
SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus have all agreed to launch 5G services at the same time to avoid the potentially blood-thirsty race in pursuit of the ‘first’ accolade.According to The Korea Herald, the three telcos came to the agreement in a meeting with Yoo Young-min, the Minister in charge of the Ministry of Science and ICT, with the targeted launch date set as March 2019.While it is certainly a nice gesture, whether the telcos are able to stick to such a commitment remains to be seen.“It is important for mobile carriers to avoid heated competition for the title of world‘s ‘first’ 5G service provider in order for Korea to become a nation that can commercialize the 5G service for the first time in the world,” said Yoo.Although this situation should be viewed as the exception not the rule, this is a familiar sounding message.The development and standardization of 5G was painstakingly thorough partly with the ambition of all operators crossing the line together, preventing a fragmentation of the technology, and in turn, interoperability.
Babies are born with highly malleable skulls, and therefore receiving constant pressure on a particular part of their head, like from repeatedly lying on ther backs to sleep, may lead to some positional flattening or molding of the head.A team of students at UNIST has recently introduced a smart baby pillow to help prevent and correct mild cases of flat head syndrome.This innovative device has also recently won a gold award at the 'Science and Technology-based Business Idea Contest', jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Commercializations Promotion Agency for R Outcomes, and the Asan Nanum Foundation.The winning team consists of the following members: Tae Hun Chung and Dong-Cheol Lim in the School of Materials Science and Engineering and HyeWon Cho in the School of Life Sciences.Although this does not harm brain development nor cause any lasting appearance problems, simple practices, like placing them in different positions over the course of each day, can easily prevent a baby from developing an asymmetrical skull shape."We came up with the idea to help new parents who are in drastic need of sleep," the students claim.
The three winners of K-Global Demo Day were VR eye-tracking startup Visual Camp, conversational AI startup MrS.ai and blockchain money remittance startup Moin.K-Global demo day is part of the South Korean government’s effort to foster interaction between South Korean startups and Chinese startups.On the day itself, December 12, five Chinese startups and 10 Korean startups climbed on stage at Shanghai’s Jin Jiang Hotel to pitch t0 five judges including Strikingly CEO David Chen, partner at NIO Capital Junyi Zhang, Vice President of Sky9 Capital (云九资本), Fred Young and Professor and Adviser to International BU, III.The event was hosted by K-ICT Born2Global Centre, a startup incubator operated by South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and organized by Shanghai-based startup accelerator XNODE.Moin, the first one, is using an emerging technology that could disrupt the current system.The next one, MrS.ai, uses a natural language technology specializing in Mandarin, that could better fit to the Chinese market,” Professor and Adviser to International BU, III.
The official signboard-hanging ceremony of the the Explainable Artificial Intelligence Center (XAIC) took place at UNIST on September 25, 2017.With the support of this center, UNIST will accelerate the development of the next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) system, capable of explaining their decision-making to humans.Professor Jaesik Choi in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNIST has recently embarked on the National AI Strategic Project by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) to develop the next-generation explainable AI software.By successfully securing 1.5 billion KRW in research funding and an additional 400 million KRW from the city of Ulsan, the project aims to develop AI system capable of self-learning and reasoning.The project will be supported for the next four years and six months by December, 2021.Under the direction of Professor Choi, the center will develop innovative artificial intelligence (AI) core technologies rather than simply analyzing the given data.
Every year, the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) selects and announces top 100 ounstanding research achievements to inspire an interest of the general public in science and technology.A recent breakthrough by Professor Sang-Young Lee in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST has been selected as one of the top 100 national R achievements of 2017 by MSIT.Professor Lee has received this honor in recognition of his recent development, 'All-inkjet-printed flexible batteries on paper'.This new breakthrough is a technique for fabricating batteries directly on conventional A4 paper using a commercial desktop inkjet printer.With this technology, it will be even possible to print a portable electronic device on any surface, regardless of its shape.This is expected to hold substantial promise as a significant breakthrough for the forthcoming IoT and flexible, wearable electronics, according to Professor Lee.
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