“Distinguished AI Researcher” Stuart Russell Invited to Give Lecture on Artificial Intelligence, Emotion, and Humanism A wide variety of events were held at LG Convention Hall of the International Education Building on Friday, April 16, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Ok-gill (1921-1990) who was a great mentor and the eighth president of Ewha. Ewha has been hosting the Kim Ok-gill Memorial Lecture since 2001 to pay tribute to the noble spirit of Kim Ok-gill, who devoted her life to women’s education, the realization of social justice, and the provision of extraordinary educational opportunities to youths of her time. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Kim’s birth this year, a range of events were prepared, such as the production of a documentary and photo book and the opening of a photography exhibition, in addition to the memorial lecture. In a memorial service marking the 100th anniversary of Kim’s birth, former Ewha president Chang Sang reflected on Kim Ok-gill’s devotion to Ewha and her country through anecdotes from her life in a lecture titled “Generous Feast.” Later, President Kim Eun-mee emphasized that “In the 18 years while Kim Ok-gill served as Ewha’s eighth president, Ewha not only achieved a remarkable growth in terms of its scale to be accredited as a university, but also became a world-renowned university with academic excellence.” In addition, she celebrated Kim’s teaching of sharing as a source of joy and happiness by recounting an anecdote from her posthumous book An Open Gate and a Bowl of Naengmyeon. At 2:30 p.m. on the same day, the 18th Kim Ok-gill Memorial Lecture was held under the theme of artificial intelligence, emotion, and humanism, hosted by the Ewha Institute for the Humanities. World-renowned AI scholar Stuart Russell (professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley and an honorary fellow of Wadham College, Oxford) was invited as the keynote speaker for this year’s memorial lecture, speaking on the topic of “Human-compatible Artificial Intelligence.” Prof. Russell founded the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence at UC Berkeley and co-wrote the book Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, which is used in over 1,400 universities in 128 countries around the world as the most popular textbook in the field of artificial intelligence. Prof. Russell’s special lecture was followed by a discussion and Q&A session, which was hosted by Prof. Kim Ae-ryung of the Ewha Institute for the Humanities, with the participation of panelists Prof. Shin Sang-kyu of the Ewha Institute for the Humanities and Prof. Nam Yang-hee of the College of Science & Industry Convergence. This year’s memorial lecture was a memorable event of sharing insights and knowledge about artificial intelligence as a core area of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in addition the humanism emphasized by Kim Ok-gill throughout her life, which was live-streamed through Zoom and Ewha’s YouTube channel. Video clips on the Kim Ok-gill memorial photo exhibition and documentary, the memorial lecture, etc., will be uploaded to the Ewha YouTube channel: youtube.com/ewhauniv On the same day, an opening ceremony was held for the Kim Ok-gill Memorial Hall, located near the back gate of the Ewha campus. The Kim Ok-gill Memorial Hall was originally built by Kim’s younger brother Kim Dong-gil (professor emeritus at Yonsei University) to pay tribute to Kim Ok-gill’s legacy, and has now been renovated as a place dedicated to her memory.
Ewha Green Masks Distributed to All Enrolled Students as Part of COVID-19 Prevention Campaign Ewha is distributing face masks made in green, its school color, to all enrolled students in order to support Ewhaians who are experiencing fatigue from the extended pandemic. The Student Support Team of the Office of Student Affairs is handing out three green face masks and one decorative Ewha symbol sticker to each undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in the first semester from April 12 (Monday) to the end of June. A staff member from the Student Support Team explained, “This event was planned to uplift students who are diligently applying themselves to their studies amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.” The masks handed out to students are green KF94 masks, which ensure both functionality by effectively blocking fine dust and aesthetic design with the application of the school’s primary color, Ewha Green. With Ewha’s temporary transition to non-contact education due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, students will be able to collect masks from the administrative office of each college and graduate school after transitioning to online-offline hybrid classes. Further information has been posted as a notice on the school website.
The EUICF Selected for a Project to Foster Technology Commercialization Specialists and Provide Platform SupportThe EUICF Selected for a Project to Foster Technology Commercialization Specialists and Provide Platform Support Ewha is taking the lead in promoting the hiring of science and engineering personnel in businesses and establishing the foundation for the commercialization of technology developed through pubic research, as demonstrated by its selection for the Business-linked Youth Technology Specialist Training Project and the Support Project for Commercialization Platforms of Biohealth Clinical Field-linked Technology. The Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF, President Lee Hyang-sook) was chosen for the Business-linked Youth Technology Specialist Training Project supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Commercializations Promotion Agency for R&D Outcomes (COMPA). The project is a follow-up of the Fostering Youth TLO (Technology Licensing Officer) project, which aims to foster workers specializing in technology commercialization based on the needs of academic-industry joint research fields and to promote the utilization and application of public research outcomes as a result. Ewha succeeded in facilitating new employment and business start-ups in science-related majors by hiring graduate alumnae in science and engineering and strengthening the practical capacity for technology commercialization through the Fostering Youth TLO project over the last three years, which allowed Ewha to receive the highest grade of S in the final evaluation. Based on these successful experiences, Ewha will strive to successfully implement the Business-linked Youth Technology Specialist Training Project (March 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022 (1+2 years)) as well. In addition, Ewha was selected as the chair school for the Seoul Council out of the six regions of the Business-linked Youth Technology Specialist Training Project, and accordingly, the EUICF will dedicate its utmost effort into operating joint training programs to strengthen commercialization capacity in cooperation with participating universities in Seoul and host an academic-industry cooperation conference to provide a job-matching service with enterprises based in Seoul. Meanwhile, Ewha was also chosen as a top Grade-A partner of the Track2 Coordinating Support Type for the Support Project for Commercialization Platforms of Biohealth Clinical Field-linked Technology, which is supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute. The EUICF will lay the groundwork to assist the entire commercialization process from the discovery of a technological invention to its advancement and practical use, which in turn will lead to technology transfers and startup foundations as well as follow-up support to ensure effective commercialization specializing in health care and medical treatment. Lee Hyang-sook, President of the EUICF, remarked that “universities, research institutes, and businesses are focusing on invigorating academic-industry cooperation through programs linked to technology transfer and commercialization with the aim to apply research outcomes across a wide range of areas. The EUICF also plans to provide various types of support for obtaining a valid patent based on Ewha’s excellent research resources and transferring and commercializing such technology with the aim to create further research outcomes for industrial innovation in this new era.”
Ewha takes the lead in global knowledge sharing through the proven excellence of its online courses Amid an increase in the demand for zero-contact education driven by the spread of COVID-19, Ewha has been widely praised for the excellence of its MOOC courses as it launched three public online courses under the Korean Massive Open Online Course (K-MOOC) system for the new semester that started in March. One of the newly created courses, “The Story of Three Civilizations: The History of Interactions in the Medieval Mediterranean” by Prof. Nam Jong-kuk (History) deals with a history of exchanges and contact between Christendom of Western Europe, the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Islamic civilization across the Mediterranean Sea from the 7th century through the 16th century. An English-language lecture of Prof. Moon Hae-chin (HOKMA College of General Education) “Identity, Equality, Agency, and Security in the Age of AI” provides extensive in-depth knowledge through the exploration of various issues arising from the development and proliferation of AI-based systems, particularly from the perspective of ethical issues. Prof. Lee Yeong-min (Social Studies Education) teaches a course titled “Travel and Geography” that allows students to study productive and fruitful methods of traveling in the era of globalization in connection with geographical aspects. These three new courses were also selected for the Stay-at-home MOOC event (March), which is scheduled to take place over six months. As Korea’s foremost higher education online open course system, K-MOOC has recently been at the center of attention along with an increasing demand for non-contact education caused by the spread of coronavirus last year. The Institute for Teaching and Learning launched K-MOOC with four courses in October 2015, taking the lead in the provision of high-quality educational content and global knowledge sharing through K-MOOC courses, eventually providing a total of 17 exclusive courses to date. Ewha has continued to invest in the edu-tech industry through methods such as MOOC, Flipped Learning, etc., utilizing information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to spearhead innovation in education following the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In addition, the school is responding to upcoming changes in society and education by establishing state-of-the-art classrooms and implementing reinforcement projects that will enable Ewha’s cyber campus to function as an effective online education platform. Ewha will take a step further to promote the excellence of its education through the development of high-quality K-MOOC courses, while realizing innovation in higher education and spreading shared values across society.
Positive Expectations for the Advanced Convergence Research Medi-Cluster, Connecting Ewha University Mokdong Hospital (EUMC) and Seoul Hospital and the Ewha Sinchon Campus The ELTEC College of Engineering and Ewha Womans University Medical Center jointly hosted the fifth Ewha Medi-Tech Forum in the main hall (floor B2) of Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital on Wednesday, May 24. The event marked its fifth anniversary since 2018, drawing the participation of Ewha’s ELTEC College of Engineering, College of Science and Industry Convergence, Ewha Womans University Medical Center in addition to companies related to cutting-edge medical technology. Various researchers and professional from these institutions presented lectures and held discussions over the present and future of AI-based biomedical R&D. “For years, the Ewha Medi-Tech Forum has been forming an academic network around the university’s medical and engineering schools and contributed to the vitalization of a convergence research group,” praised President Kim Eun-Mee of Ewha Womans University. “The school is making concerted efforts through the Ewha Medi-Tech Forum to transform the academic network between the Sinchon Campus, Ewha University College of Medicine, and Ewha Medical Center into the Ewha Leading-edge Medi Healthcare Cluster (ELEC),” emphasized the president. President Kim was followed by Ryu Kyung-Ha, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at Ewha Womans University and Director of the Ewha Womans University Medical Center, who remarked, “The Ewha Medi-Tech Forum is a place where medical, biology, engineering researchers can gather and discuss the vitalization of interdisciplinary convergence joint research and its direction coincides with that of the ELEC,” adding that she “hopes for today’s event to become a forum for passionate discussions.” On the day, the forum opened with a special session titled “Trends in Supporting Projects for National Convergence Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” which was presented by Lee Hyang-Sook, President of the Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation and the Dean of Faculty and Research. It was followed by lectures from various speakers in and out of the school on topics such as “The present and future of advancements in AI” for the first session, “Advancements in medical robot technology for operating rooms” for the second session and “Applications of AI technology in the biomedical sector” for the third session. At the end of the forum, a discussion on recent key issues on bio and medical technology took place with a panel of speakers and chairs from the three sessions. “Through this forum, we will share knowhow from the AI convergence research projects that the university and the medical center have continuously conducted and present a future direction for nurturing AI professionals with a focus on field training in the University-industry Cooperation Building for the Ewha Leading-edge Medi Healthcare Cluster as well as the businesses and corporations located at M-Valley Complex in Magok district,” remarked Lee Hyang-Woon, President of the Convergence Medical Research Center at the EUMC and Director of Ewha Medi-Tech Research, expressing her high expectations and closing the event.
Establishment of online learning space, self-studios, and cutting-edge classrooms In the first semester of 2021, Ewha is conducting both online/offline combined and zero-contact classes, accordingly expanding its infrastructure for virtual classes, including smart classrooms that allow two-way communication, self-studios where professors can conveniently record their own lectures, and an on-campus online study area. The Institute for Teaching and Learning has initiated a program to construct a cutting-edge environment for teaching and learning as a part of the Program of National University for Innovation and Transformation (PoINT) program, and placed the focus of this semester on improving the educational infrastructure and the IT environment for zero-contact teaching. First, existing open labs are now being converted into online-learning spaces in response to the increasing demand for on-campus spaces for students to participate in online classes. The new online learning area in the Ewha-POSCO Building provides individual learning spaces where students can utilize a variety of personal smart media including their smartphone and tablet PCs, as well as shared PCs, which will allow them to participate in online classes and study independently and freely. The new online learning area in the Ewha-POSCO Building In line with the trend of expanding remote classes, Ewha has opened more self-studios so that professors can film their own classes. The school has set up three self-studios, each located in Education Building A, the Helen Hall, and the Esther Building and equipped with a lecturer-tracking camera system, an electronic blackboard, a writing monitor, and an AV system. Adding the three studios brings the number of self-studios in the school to five, and they are expected to make a significant contribution to improving the accessibility and quality of lecture-filming facilities. self-studios Lastly, smart lecture rooms in the ECC has been upgraded further. In ALC (Active Learning Classroom) B143, voice-tracking microphones have been installed on each round table so that cameras can track each speaker. This will facilitate communication between on-site and remote students. In addition, Room B144 is now a variable classroom equipped with the first beamforming mic system at Ewha, allowing instructors to move freely around the room, while the enhanced camera tracking function for both teachers and students provides a greater sense of presence by allowing them to select from various screens. Ewha will continue its efforts to build a cutting-edge environment for teaching and learning, such as online study spaces, classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, and self-studios, with the aim to ensure the quality of classes in anticipation of expanding remote classes or combining online and offline classes due to the prolonged continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 311 Ewha graduates passed the final stage of the public teacher employment examination for the 2021 school year. Students who obtained a teacher’s certificate after completing courses at the College of Education, the Graduate School of Education, and the Teacher Training Program at Ewha were finally selected as eligible candidates for appointment as teachers at public schools through the first round of exams on pedagogy and major curriculums, and the second-round evaluation including in-depth interviews to determine teaching aptitude, preparation of teaching and learning guidance plans, and class demonstrations. Producing 270 successful candidates in 2019, 300 in 2020, and 311 in 2021, Ewha has successfully maintained its status as a comprehensive teacher training institution that offers majors in early childhood, primary and secondary school education, special education, and curriculum-based education for core subjects. Including the top and second-place candidates in multiple regions, Ewha produced a total of 311 successful candidates consisting of 27 for kindergarten, 43 for elementary school, 214 for secondary school, and for non-curricular positions in school health (2), librarian (2), nutrition (1), and professional counseling (22). In particular, in Seoul, Ewha graduates achieved the highest and second highest scores in early childhood special education, as well as the highest score in elementary special education and in fine arts education. Ewha graduates also took the position of top-scoring candidates in music education in Ulsan and Chinese education in Jeollabuk-do. These achievements prove Ewha’s excellent capabilities in training aspiring teachers. Ewha graduates achieved meaningful results and showed outstanding competence under difficult circumstances, having taken the first- and second-round exams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the College of Education is dedicating its efforts towards supporting students to prepare the public teacher employment exam by operating a dedicated study room for exam preparations; offering special lectures by current school teachers and external experts; providing feedback on class demonstrations and performing in-depth mock interviews in preparation for the second-round exam; and supporting lectures and the purchase of teaching materials.
The Research Group of Professor Youngmin You Has Discovered a Model Capable of Predicting the Operational Lifetime of...The Research Group of Professor Youngmin You Has Discovered a Model Capable of Predicting the Operational Lifetime of Organic Light-Emitting Devices A research team led by Professor Youngmin You of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has established a model that can predict the lifespan of Organic Light-Emitting Devices (OLEDs) for the first time. Conducted by Yu Kyung Moon (first author), a graduate of the Combined Bachelor's-Master's Program of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, the results of the study was compiled into a paper and published in Advanced Materials, a world-renowned scientific journal on materials science within the top 1.014% of JCR in chemistry and physics, on February 15 (Monday), 2021. The group has been focusing on the interactions between dopants and host materials, which are the key components of the light-emitting layers of OLEDs, in order to elucidate their influences on the operational stability of devices. The operational lifetime of OLEDs depends critically on the intrinsic stability of the materials. The group initiated research projects to uncover the chemical mechanisms that cause the deterioration of materials. Earlier studies published in Nature Communications in 2018 were on the blue-phosphorescent light-emitting layers, which receive huge academic attention. This time, the research group identified the entire processes of decomposition of thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) dopants and host materials, including the formation of charge-separated species. Based on direct spectroscopic evidence, the group established a numerical model that can predict the operational lifetime of OLEDs. This model can be utilized to choose the best materials for the enhanced longevity of OLEDs. Professor You said, “It was difficult to know how long a display will be operated. But, our model can predict the operational lifetime of OLEDs, given the materials,” further voicing his expectations by adding “This study will provide an important steppingstone for improving the operational stability of OLEDs and significantly enhance the design of stable organic electronic materials.”
The Center for Hybrid Interfacial Chemical Structure, the Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research, and the New and Renewable Energy Research Center received the highest rank in evaluations for government-supported projects, demonstrating Ewha’s capabilities as an outstanding research university. First, the Center for Hybrid Interfacial Chemical Structure (Director: Park, So-Jung) achieved the highest grade of “S” in the phase assessment for Science Research Center, supported by a grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). Ewha’s Center for Hybrid Interfacial Chemical Structure (CICS), a Science Research Center supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the NRF, was established in 2017 to conduct research on the interfacial phenomena of hybrid materials. The center achieved outstanding research outcomes with the support of research funding amounting to a total of 4.9 billion KRW as of this year, leading the fundamental research on hybrid chemical materials. For the second stage project (March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2024), the center will receive 3.9 billion KRW to continue its study on understanding the mechanism behind the interfacial phenomena with the anticipation of establishing design rules for new high performance chemical materials in energy and nano/bio fields. The Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research (Director: Choi Yong-Sang) acquired the highest grade of “S” in the first-stage project evaluation under the Priority Research Institute Program in science and engineering, which is supported by an NRF grant funded by the Ministry of Education. The Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research was designated as a priority research center for climate change in 2018 and has since conducted research in the said field, supported by a research fund amounting to a total of 6.2 billion KRW. In the evaluation at the first stage of the project, the center received excellent reviews in the categories of academic achievements, training of talented individuals, and social contribution under the aim of addressing climate change. At the second stage of the project, in line with the change of landscape regarding the goal of global carbon neutrality and the great energy transition, the center plans to continue to strengthen the convergence research of climate change and energy. In addition, various roles as climate change designated research institutes are expected through the international climate response through Green Climate Fund project targeting the Pacific Island, climate risk research with major domestic companies, and proceeding with a wide range of collaborative research-education programs. The New and Renewable Energy Research Center (Director: Jo William) also achieved excellent results in the first-stage project evaluation of the Priority Research Institute Program in science and engineering. Since 2018, the center has been conducting a research project titled “A research institute for multi-dimensional materials-based quantum transport energy,” funded with a total of 6 billion KRW. Following the first-phase study aiming at “creating next-generation energy sources using composite structures and elements based on multi-dimensional new materials,” the center will conduct a study with the goal of “understanding the synthesis of new organic-inorganic hybrid materials and quantum transport properties based on multiple dimensions” in the second phase. In addition, it plans to secure core technologies based on newly issued patents and pursue to creative new venture companies. Eventually, the center will develop industry-adapted science and technology towards solar cells and fuels and batteries for carbon-neutral environment and societies. The importance of basic science research and R&D projects in science, technology and ICT is continuing to rise as part of efforts to transition into an advanced economy that is prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Amidst this context, Ewha, which has achieved excellent research outcomes based on its internationally recognized research capacity and global research networks, is planning to further consolidate its status as an outstanding research university through active investments to enhance its research capabilities.
Research Team of Professor Na Jong-geol at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Publishes a...Research Team of Professor Na Jong-geol at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Publishes a Paper in Applied Energy A joint research team at Ewha developed a solvent identification method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions easily and efficiently by applying deep learning technologies and chemical process simulations. Incorporating the findings of this study, a paper titled “Learning the properties of a water-lean amine solvent from carbon capture pilot experiments” was published in Applied Energy (SCIE), an academic journal within the top 3.85% of JCR in the engineering and chemical fields, on February 1 (Monday), 2021. Professor Na Jong-geol and his joint research team from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at ELTEC College of Engineering developed a methodology to estimate the properties of a solvent that can efficiently absorb CO2, integrating deep learning technologies and chemical simulations to minimize the need for experiments. The Ewha research team developed a new water-lean amine solvent that can capture a large amount of CO2 using a lower amount of energy compared with existing solvents. In order to ensure the proper application of this newly developed solvent, it is necessary to develop an optimized process that is aligned with the thermodynamic and kinetic characteristics of the solvent. The research team applied a deep learning-based hybrid Bayesian inference technique to the pilot-scale tests, through which the team made it easier to infer the properties of a solvent using solely the pilot process with many uncertainties, and enabled the simultaneous implementation of a large-scale process optimization and analyses of the physiochemical properties of a solvent. This advancement is expected to reduce costs for processing greenhouse gases and lead to a large-scale reduction in CO2 emissions. This study was jointly conducted by Professor Na Jong-geol (co-first author) at Ewha, senior researcher Lee Ung (corresponding author) at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, and Dr. Kim Jeong-nam (co-first author), with the support of the “Carbon to X technology development project for the production of value-added chemicals” under the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). Professor Na remarked, “The key of this study was to develop a methodology to simultaneously carry out the properties analysis and optimization processes, which were previously conducted in sequence,” and added, “This represents a successful case of a convergence study combining AI and domain knowledge to apply deep learning technology onto chemical process technology as a step toward achieving zero carbon emissions.” In particular, he emphasized, “This study is expected to greatly improve the speed of product development through highly advanced design techniques including AI-based solvents, materials, and catalysts,” voicing his aspirations to lead the field in the future.