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We are determined to pursue the highest
goals. The Terman Report predicted the
global emergence of KAIST 30 years ago,
even before KAIST was created.
A firm belief and commitment to developing
ideas contributed to today's KAIST.
We have worked hard to address the
problems faced by Korea.
The first Korean satellites that were
made by KAIST are now known through
The first humanoid robot in Korea, Hubo,
emerged as top global technology.
Now, based on these achievements,
we are moving toward new challenges
to make the world better.
We must innovate with confidence to
realize our goals.
We cannot imagine our future without
In the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution,
we are exploring what KAIST can do best.
A world where all technologies are
converged together, the answer is trans-
By dismantling the walls between the
disciplines, we aim for educate global
leaders who have strong foundation of
basic studies, creativity, and ethical
We need innovation through collaboration
even in the field of research.
We are pursuing cutting-edge R&D that
creates new knowledge and technologies.
We aim to be the first, the best,
and the only ones.
A university that educates social
entrepreneurship, KAIST will serve as
the hub of R&DB that creates economic
A place where research and business
will mutually benefit one another.
KAIST is constantly innovating.
We are ready for the future.
(Ah-jin Cha, Department of Life Sciences)
Most people think science is boring and
difficult, but I want to help others discover
the joy of science.
(Dong-bin Won, Department of Bio and
My goal is to treat patients with brain
tumors much more efficiently than with
conventional therapies conduct valuable
research on brain tumors.
(Kang-gyu Lee, Ph.D. candidate of
I am currently studying humanoid robots.
My goal is to create a world where
humanoid robots and humans can coexist
(Jang-soo Chae, Head of the Next
Generation Satellite No.1 at the
Satellite Technology Research Center)
Based on these technologies, we aim
to be the world’s best.
(Heon Hwang, Department of Physics)
It is my ultimate dream to develop
technology for quantum computers,
so that we can overcome challenges.
KAIST, the global value-creative,
English | 10 major research achievements
KAIST’S TOP 10 RESEARCH
ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2018
1. Rydberg-atom quantum simulator
Professor Jaewook Ahn,
Professor Heung-sun Sim)
This work is an experiment-theory
collaboration for developing a device,
called a quantum simulator, based on
The simulator can be considered as
a quantum computer in a narrow sense.
Using the simulator, we were able to
monitor the time evolution of a state of
a quantum systems of interacting spins.
Namely, the evolution of the spin state
is simulated by that of the atoms of the
By monitoring the evolution, we were
able to study how isolated quantum
many-body systems approach to their
2. From C-H to C-C Bonds at Room
(Department of Chemistry /
Professor Mu-Hyun Baik)
The specialty of this work is this was
really a synergy between computational
chemistry and the experimental work.
So, we were able to conduct a computer
simulation and precisely predict what
conditions we have to use to enable
the C-H activation at very low temperature.
This is something that we could not do
And it has been a real breakthrough.
3. Role of rodlike counterions in the
interactions of DNAs
( Graduate School of Nanoscience
and Technology /
Professor Yong Woon Kim)
In this study, we aimed at understanding
of how like-charged DNAs are able to
experience attractions under the
Motivated by the fact that polyamines
of extended rodlike structures are
efficient bundling agents, we have
proposed a physical model that takes
into account the conformational
degrees of freedom of ions.
It was then discovered that DNAs can
attract each other due to anisotropic
osmotic pressure distributions,
which originates from the conformational
degrees of freedom of ions.
Based on theoretical physics, more
specifically, statistical physics,
we have tried to explain a long-standing
puzzle in biological phenomena,
which defines the current study as
multidisciplinary research where physics
interfaces with biology.
4. Neural circuit for object exploration
and possessive behavior
(Department of Biological Sciences/
Professor Daesoo Kim)
My team has been studied for 10 years
of which brain area, which brain circuit
make the animals love the toys and
explore the environment.
As a result, we found that the medial
preoptic area (MPA) in the hypothalamus
makes curiosity about objects and toys.
From these results, we made MIDAS
With this technology, we were able to
control the navigation of the mice by
making them follow the object.
5. Identifying the causes of brain
tumors and suggesting new therapies
(Graduate School of Medical Science
and Engineering /
Professor Jeong Ho Lee)
Yes, our study is the result of research
on the origins and genesis of human
When a human brain develops or ages,
mutations inevitably accumulate in the
brain stem cells.
Our research has shown for the first
time that these mutations are responsible
for pediatric brain tumors and adult
malignant brain tumors.
These findings will be applied in the
future to develop treatments for the
treatment of pediatric brain tumors
and the recurrence of malignant
6. Linear frequency conversion technique
of light using a spatiotemporal boundary
(Department of Mechanical Engineering /
Professor Bum-ki Min)
The research we have done is that the
frequency of light can be changed when
the light interacts with a temporal
boundary, and the phase of the light
with the converted frequency is also
and we have proven that the frequency
conversion using the temporal boundary
is totally different from the other conversion
mechanism which has been used often
in nonlinear media.
Furthermore, our research demonstrates
that the phase of the converted light can
also be controlled by designing the
7. Industrial-grade bending insensitive
transparent force touch sensor
(School of Electrical Engineering /
Professor Jun-Bo Yoon)
The technology we developed with
PhD student Jae-Young Yoo, and
Dr. Min-Ho Seo is about bending
insensitive force touch sensor.
That is, it is about a flexible sensor
that is not affected by bending and
only responds to the pressure.
There is a need in the industry for
sensors that respond only to the
pressing force and not to bending.
Unfortunately, these sensors do not
exist until now.
So we have developed a flexible force
touch sensor that responds only to the
pressing force without being affected
8. Detection and clustering of mixed-type
defect patterns in wafer bin maps
(Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering /
Professor Heeyoung Kim)
In semiconductor manufacturing,
after wafer fabrication, wafer chips are
tested to verify whether all chips meet
the product specifications.
Defective chips often form specific
defect patterns, which are related to
different root causes of failure.
Therefore, it is important to identify
patterns of defective chips in order to
know the root causes of failure.
In this study, we propose a new filtering
method to remove random defects,
and a clustering method that clusters
mixed-type defect patterns of complex
shapes using their simpler latent shapes
with the number of clusters inferred
from the data.
9. Development of reconfigurable
spin-based logic device
(Materials Science and Engineering /
Professor Byong-Guk Park)
Current computing technology is based
on von Neumann architecture,
which consists of processing unit (PU)
performing logical operations and a memory
for storing information.
As the PU and memory are physically
separated, data transfer between them
requires substantial energy consumption
and time delay, resulting in serious
problems for a state of the art computing
In this study, we have developed
spin-based logic device by combining
two technologies, spin-orbit torque
and voltage-controlled magnetic
This device has non-volatile and
enabling to perform both logic and
memory functions simultaneously.
Therefore, it can address the challenges
of current electronic devices and
contribute to the development of
10. Development of Miniaturized X-ray
Tube based on Carbon Nanotube and
Electronic Brachytherapy Device
(Nuclear&Quantum Engineering /
Professor Sung-Oh Cho)
Current radiotherapy equipment utilizes
large linear accelerators making it highly
expensive, costing over 5 billion won
Therefore, only large general hospitals
can afford the equipment. In addition,
since radiation is generated from
outside the body, which then enters
the body of a patient to treat cancer,
there is an issue regarding radiation
damage to healthy cells.
We have recently developed a miniature
X-ray tube that is smaller than
a matchstick using carbon nanotubes,
and from this, we have successfully
developed a brachytherapy device.
With this device, the miniature X-ray tube
can be inserted into the body to approach
the cancer cells and selectively treat
only the cancer.
KAIST’S TOP 10 RESEARCH
ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2018