New Faculty Award in Korea

New Faculty AwardLaunched 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. See below for more information and an overview of the program for fiscal year 2011.

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Program Overview

This New Faculty Award program was launched by Microsoft Research in collaboration with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), commonly referred to as KAIST-Microsoft Research Collaboration Center (KMCC). The objective of the New Faculty Award is to stimulate and support creative research in KAIST that advances the state of the art of computing. The award program recognizes exceptional new faculty members who are engaged in such research, which has the potential to profoundly impact the field of computing in their research disciplines.

Each selected winner receives an unrestricted cash award of US$20,000. The award winners use these funds to help them achieve their academic research goals in a variety of areas, including interdisciplinary research, scientific computing, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering, and other areas where computing transforms the discipline and advances the state of the art. Also, the winners get a chance to visit Microsoft Research Asia as visiting researchers and often look for collaboration opportunities with Microsoft Research Asia researchers in the same research area.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. earned within the past 10 years
  • Non-tenured track professor (assistant/associate), with preference for newly-hired professors
  • Currently work within the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

This program provides equal opportunity to applicants of all nationalities.

Selection Process

First Selection

Date: December 30, 2010, 18:00
Application documents are submitted to the KAIST-Microsoft Research Collaboration Center to be reviewed by the selection committee for the first selection. Only those applicants who pass the first selection will be considered for the second selection.

Second Selection

Date: February 2011 (exact date to be announced)
Location: Microsoft Research Asia (Beijing)
Final results to be decided by the Microsoft Research Asia selection committee, based on application documents, presentation, and interview.

Selection Committee

Chairman of first selection: Hyun Seung Yang, Co-Director of KAIST-Microsoft Research Collaboration Center

Chairman of second selection: Wei-Ying Ma, Co-Director of KAIST-Microsoft Research Collaboration Center

Members: The committee members are comprised based on candidate’s research area each year.

Application Requirements

Please send the following documentation during the application period to the office of KAIST-Microsoft Research Collaboration Center.

  • Self-introduction: no more than one page, in English
  • Resume: no more than two pages, in English
  • Major published papers: three topics
  • Achievements: written in English, no more than five pages
  • Recommendation letters (two): Each letter should be written in English and should include the recommender’s stamp or signature. The reason for the recommendation should be clearly stated, based on the candidate’s performance, originality, importance, and so forth.

2010 New Faculty Award Winner

Microsoft Research Korea recognizes this outstanding new faculty winner in 2010 as part of our efforts to help new faculty members realize their potential in computer science related research.

Youn-Kyung Lim, Department of Industrial Design, KAIST
Youn-Kyung Lim accepts New Faculty AwardYoun-Kyung Lim (right) accepts New Faculty Award from Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director of Microsoft Research AsiaYoun-Kyung Lim received her Mdes/Ph.D. in Design from Illinois Institute of Technology and her B.S from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). She is currently an assistant professor at KAIST in Daejeon, Korea. Her current research focuses on experience-centered design, prototyping in design, interaction design theory, design informatics, CSCW, and sustainable design.

2009 New Faculty Award Winner

Microsoft Research Korea recognized this outstanding new faculty winner in 2009 as part of our efforts to help new faculty members realize their potential in computer science related research.

John Kim, The Department of Computer Science, KAIST
John Kim accepts New Faculty AwardJohn Kim (right), accepts New Faculty Award from Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director of Microsoft Research AsiaJohn Kim received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S/M. Eng from Cornell University. He is currently an assistant professor at KAIST in Daejeon, Korea. His research interests include computer architecture, interconnection networks, and cost-efficient digital systems. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a microprocessor designer at Intel and Motorola.