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KAIST Microsoft Research Collaboration Center (KMCC)

KAIST Microsoft Research Collaboration Center logoThe Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Microsoft Research established the collaboration center known as KMCC to promote joint research, curriculum innovation, talent fostering, and academic exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region. Through the research collaboration center, KAIST and Microsoft Research work together to promote advancements in computing research in Korea. Learn more…

Program Overview

The KAIST-Microsoft Research Collaboration Center (KMCC) was established in 2009 to facilitate collaborations between the KAIST and Microsoft Research on advanced technological innovations in science and technology. KMCC focuses on overcoming the limitations of computing and information technology through research that includes Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Real-World-Scale Computing, U-Campus, and Developing a Discovery-Driven Prototyping System for Creative Interaction Design. Another key goal of this collaboration is to foster talent in the computer sciences through the Microsoft Research Asia Internship Program, Fellowship Program, and New Faculty Award.


  • More than 20 faculty members were involved in KMCC projects
  • Overall, 15 research projects were funded from 2009 to 2011
  • Two winners were awarded the New Faculty Award in 2009 and 2010
  • Annual workshop and Distinguished Lecture Series launched

Awarded Projects: 2009–2011

Project Title



Prof. Mary Kathryn

Innovation Design of Cyber-Physical Systems and Its Application

Prof. Insik Shin

Creative Interactive Design

Prof. Youn Kyoung Lim

Towards Physical Object-Driven Search

Prof. Sung Hyon Myaeng

Energy Efficient Datacenter Architecture through Efficient Resource Utilization

Prof. John Kim and Jaehyuk Huh Mary Kathryn

Real-World-Scale Computing  

Prof. Kyu Young Whang and Sung-Eui Yoon

New Software Architecture for Cyber-Physical Systems and Applications to Mobile Robotics and Communications

Prof. Insik Shin and Hyun S. Yang

Creative Interaction Design

Prof. Youn Kyoung Lim

SmartOS: Context-Aware Sensor Management for Smartphones

Prof. In-sik Shin

Developing the Interactivity Sketcher for Creative Interaction

Prof. Youn-kyung Lim, Kee-Eung Kim, and Alice H. Oh

Cost-Efficient Datacenter Network Architecture Leveraging FPGA

Prof. John Kim

An Index Generation Model for Top-k Spatial Keyword Queries

Prof. Kyu-Young Whang

Hybrid Parallel Proximity Computation Utilizing Heterogeneous Multi-Cores

Prof. Sung-eui Yoon

Analysis of Influence Maximization in Social Networks

Prof. Kyomin Jung

Physical Object-Driven Search: Predicting and Searching Activity Goals

Prof. Sung-Hyon Myaeng


Featured Projects

Creative Interactive Design

Creative Interactive DesignLeft image: sensor-based data visualization prototypes; right image: the first version of interactivity sketcher

Youn-Kyung Lim of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) collaborated with Microsoft Research Asia to develop a new prototyping system that enables discovery-driven innovations in products and services that facilitate human-computer interaction: technologies that focus on wearable life-care systems.

  • Professor Lim developed two different types of prototypes:
  • Sensor-based data visualization prototypes that enable users to discover valuable life-care application opportunities

Interactivity sketcher prototype that enables designers to experience and manipulate the interactivity among ubiquitous computing technologies to shape the relationships between input and output interactive devices

This work has been published at CHI 2011 (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) and received the best paper award at the VSMM 2010 (Virtual Systems and Multimedia) conference. Learn more

New Faculty Award in Korea

New Faculty Award in KoreaLaunched in 2009, the New Faculty Award in Korea recognizes outstanding new faculty and encourages them to realize their potential in pursuing computer science-related research. Learn more...

Annual Workshop and Distinguished Lecture Series

The annual KAIST-Microsoft Research Collaboration Center Workshop 2011 was held at KAIST on February 25, 2011, in Daedeok, Korea. Wei-Ying Ma, assistant managing director of Microsoft Research Asia, along with two researchers (Haixun Wang and Sergio Paolantonio), Tony Hey, corporate vice-president of Microsoft Research Connections, and Judith Bishop, director of Computer Science for Microsoft Research Connections, attended this workshop.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Microsoft Research representatives meet at the annual workshop on February 25, 2011.Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Microsoft Research representatives meet at the annual workshop on February 25, 2011.

Tony Hey presented a distinguished lecture on “The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery” to more than 350 attendees, including university executives, faculty members, and graduate students. Haixun Wang and Sergio Paolantonio also gave talks respectively on “Short Text Conceptualization Using a Knowledgebase” and “Design Thinking at MSRA: Fusing Research and Design.” Nine Korean professors who were previously awarded funding from this collaboration center presented their research work from 2009–2010 and discussed future research goals (dependent upon third-year award funding to continue the projects). Additionally, six professors presented new proposals for consideration.