Collaboration to Advance Creative Research in Korea

The Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy Collaborates with Microsoft Research Asia

Korean Ministry of Knowledge EconomyThe Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea announced a research collaboration agreement with Microsoft Research Asia, known as the Information Technology Software (IT/SW) Creative Research Program, in September 2010. This program brings together academia, government, and local companies by promoting creative research programs and providing support to world-class researchers. While recognizing the importance of advancing creative research in collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia to build mutually beneficial relationships, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea announced plans to provides matching funds in the amount of five times the amount Microsoft Research Asia spends (in other words, the ministry provides $5 for every $1 spent by Microsoft Research Asia) on collaborative research projects that are conducted by Korean academia.

“Fostering highly skilled people in the IT and software industry is becoming the most important factor for the growth of IT in Korea. Market-leading local and foreign IT companies collaborating as creative research partners to discover creative and innovative human resources is a significant milestone,” said Gyong won Jeong, president of the National IT Promotional Agency (NIPA), a non-profit governmental organization affiliated to Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea. “We are expecting to create a win-win synergy between student and partnering companies through the IT/SW Creative Research Program.”

The IT/SW Creative Research Program provides benefits to universities and researchers who can now spearhead larger, more ground-breaking projects by collaborating with and receiving funding support from Microsoft Research Asia. The range of eligible projects includes hardware computing, human computing interaction, Internet graphics, Internet media, information retrieval and mining, media computing, media communication, machine learning, natural language processing, software analytics, visual computing, wireless and networking, web retrieval and mining, web intelligence, web data management, systems, speech recognition, theory, machine learning, and innovative engineering.

In addition to the Ministry of Knowledge Economy’s matching funds, the program also offers internships at Microsoft Research for graduate students. Select candidates will be awarded a six-month internship opportunity to work at Microsoft Research Asia starting in September 2011. An additional 12-week internship at Microsoft Research headquarters in Redmond, Washington, is also planned for outstanding students who receive high evaluations from their mentors. This internship opportunity aims to help increase students’ professional skills and knowledge on the basis of practical research.

“Microsoft Research Asia is focusing on building a foundation to align governments and academic organizations in the Asia Pacific region with Microsoft’s fundamental research aim. The collaboration program with the Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea is one of our significant milestones that well reflects our goal to create opportunities for universities to experience world-class research, discover potential talents, and accelerate innovation,” said Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia. “Microsoft Research Asia will provide continuous support for Korean universities and government programs to be the driving force in strengthening the competitiveness of IT power in Korea.”

Selected Projects: 2011 IT/SW Creative Research Program

For the second year of the IT/SW Creative Research Program, 24 projects were selected after a two-round review of 54 proposals. More than 90 graduate students will participate as project team members. Projects commenced on October 1, 2011, and will be completed by end of June 2012.

Project Title

Name of Awardee

Institution

Database and Data Mining Techniques
for Multimedia Data Management

Sang-Wook Kim

Hanyang University

Smartphone Operating System Support for Dynamic Computation Offloading

Insik Shin

KAIST

Cleansing and Mapping Web-scale Entity Graphs

Seung-won Hwang

POSTECH

Multi-View Hashing for Content-Based Image Retrieval with Multiple Features

Seungjin Choi

POSTECH

Community-Based Question Answering for Twitter

Hae-Chang Rim

Korea University

Development of Algorithms for Video Enhancement and Editing Using Inputs from Xbox Kinect

Yu-Wing Tai

KAIST

Entity/Relation Detection and Optimization for Ad Copy

Hwanjo Yu

POSTECH

Research on Three Enabling Technologies of Cognitive Radio Networks

Cheeha Kim

POSTECH

Fast Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech Recognition with CPU and GPU Hybrid Systems

Wonyong Sung

Seoul National University

Analyzing Relationships, Emotions, and Privacy of Online Conversations with Probabilistic Topic Models

Alice Oh

KAIST

Using Audio-Visual Information of KINECT

Hong Goo Kang

Yonsei University

Sensor-Assisted Communication
for Wireless Smart Devices

Hyogon Kim

Korea University

Kinect Reality: Real-Time 3D Scanning
Based Augmented Reality

Seungyong Lee

POSTECH

Exploring the Impact of Process Variation on Software Systems in Future Many-cores

Jaehyuk Huh

KAIST

Computational Methods for Modeling the Spread of Information in Online Social Networks

Meeyoung Cha

KAIST

Developing an Entity Search System for Academic Domain

Jeawoo Kang

Korea University

Automatic Organization of Object-Wise
Visual Information from Image Collections

Sang Uk Lee

Seoul National University

Design Multiverse : Space Computing Framework for Collaborative 3D Idea Sketching

Seok-Hyung Bae

KAIST

A Hybrid Recommender System based on Data Content and Collaborative Filtering  Jihoon Yang  Sogang University 
Exploring Store-Visit Detection in a Shopping Mall  Junewha Song  KAIST
Automated Vulnerability Analysis Using Machine Learning  Heejo Lee  Korea University 
Event Reasoning and Summarization in Surveillance Videos  Kyoung Mu Lee  Seoul National University 
Development of a Cancer Oriented Search Engine  Hyunju Lee  GIST 
Design and Implementation of
Datacenter Network Monitoring and Analysis System 
James Won-Ki Hong  POSTECH

 

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Selected Projects: 2010 IT/SW Creative Research Program

Project Title

Name of Awardee

Institution

Design of an Interactive User Interface for Visualization of Pre-modern Textual Land-books

Jinwook SEO

Seoul National University

What Motion Estimation on Stereo Sequence Can Benefit Us

Sang Uk LEE

Seoul National University

A High Performance Parallel Mobile Web Browsing Engine

Shin-Dug KIM

Yonsei University

The Study of Acceleration Techniques for Ray Tracing of Incoherent Rays

Tack-Don HAN

Yonsei University

A Unified Speech Recognition Framework for Captioning Video Clips

Hong Goo KANG

Yonsei University

Multivariate Feature Discretization for Efficient Data Mining and Machine Learning

Andrew Teoh Beng JIN

Yonsei University

Supporting Semantic Search on Product Data

Seung Won HWANG

Pohang University of Science and Technology

Multi-Instance Hashing for Large-Scale Localized Content-Based Image Retrieval

Seungjin CHOI

Pohang University of Science and Technology

Mining for High Utility Ads in Web Search Engines

Hwanjo YU

Pohang University of Science and Technology

Enabling Multimedia-Content Search using Semantic Descriptors Extracted from User Generated Texts

Jaewoo KANG

Korea University

Utilizing ODP and Web Search Logs for Contextual Advertising Engine

SangKeun LEE

Korea University

Predicting Target Syntactic Structure for Phrase-based Statistical Machine Translation

Hae-Chang RIM

Korea University

Stereoscopic Image Retargeting and Disparity Remapping for Adaptation of 3D Video Contents for Various Display Devices

Chang-Su KIM

Korea University

Supporting Ranked Spatial-Keyword Queries in Search

Kyu-Young WHANG

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Achieving Bandwidth Guarantees and Isolation in Datacenter Computing

John KIM

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Energy-Efficient Location Logging for Mobile Device

Dong-Soo HAN

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Mobile Social Media Retrieval Using Hierarchical Context Representation

Woontack Woo

Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology

A Study on Techniques for Intelligent Image Search and Browsing using Region-Based Image Tagging in Web 2.0 Environment

Dong Ho LEE

Hanyang University

 

The results of the first year IT/SW Creative Research Program ending in June 2011 included 37 internationally published journals and papers, five patent applications, 18 project demo websites, and participation in the Microsoft Research Asia six-month internship program by 10 students. These achievements were celebrated at the Korean Day Event held on September 1, 2011, at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. Korean professors, students, and delegates from NIPA Korea participated in the event and discussed opportunities to further explore collaborative projects with researchers from Microsoft Research Asia. Eighteen project demos were also presented by student leaders and supervising professors.

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