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Research Center

Center for Imaging Media Research

Research Topic
Faculty Laboratory
- Electro-magnetic reality sensing technology 
- UPnP based robot middleware and smart home
- Immersive stereo display 
- Virtual machine and Compiler optimization Technology 
- Mobile and wearable mixed reality platform
- Social media platform technology
- Tangible virtual sports system
Ko Hee Dong
Yong-Moo Kwon
Kim Se Yun
Kim Jinwook
Suhyun Kim
Kim Ig Jae
Hwasup Lim
Hwang Jae-In
Jaewon Kim
KIST Bldg L1, 3rd floor

   The Imaging Media Research Center was established in 1997 to conduct human-media interaction research including virtual reality (VR), ubiquitous computing, multimodal interaction, electromagnetic sensing technology, and 3D display. The Center launched the world’s largest VR theater accommodating an audience of 651 persons for the Kyungju World Culture EXPO 2000. The VR content shown at in the theater was seen by more than 1.7 million people and was subsequently included as a main attraction at the SGI booth for SIGGRAPH 2001. The Center has been active in attracting international conferences like VRST 2000, VSMM 2002, and ICAT 2004, some of the major conferences in reality media areas. The Center has initiated the concept of Tangible Space (Tangible Space Initiative, TSI) and promoted the concept through holding a series of four TSI international workshops in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2007. To ensure a leading role in the new reality media technology of the 21st century, the Center will continue to focus on developing future Lifetronic space through seamless integration of virtual space and physical environments.

Virtual Experience Hall (Virtual golfing)
Virtual Experience Hall (Snowboarding)

Center for Robotics Research

Research Topic
Faculty Laboratory
- Network-based humanoid technology
- Silver mate robot technology
- Intelligent service robot technology (e.g., risk working robots, legged mobile robot)
- Tangible agent technology
- Tangible haptic interface technology
- Biomimetic intelligent control technology
- Audio-visual based detection and recognition technology
- Human robot interaction technology
- Human motion reproduction technology
- Movement and manipulation technology
You Bum Jae
Oh Yong Hwan
Doik Kim
Jun-Sik Kim
Park Myoung Soo
Park Jung-Min
Keehoon Kim
Lee Sung On
Park Sung Kee
Changhwan Kim
JongSuk Choi
Oh sang-rok
Lee Woosub
KIST Bldg L8, 3rd floor

   An era of new technologies is changing human culture and lifestyles. Recently, securing of innovative core technologies through NBIC(Nano, Bio, Information, and Cognitive Science) convergence has become a mega trend in the field of R&D as a way of overcoming limitations of conventional technologies. In order to create the world's first Coexistent Space where seamless interactive communication occurs among human-robot, human-virtual world, and human-remote world, our Research Center aims to lead technology development of innovative human-centered robotics and natural interaction. For example, the coexistence of technology convergence of robotics, human-computer interaction, virtual reality and NBIC technology are some of the technologies studied by the Center. In particular, as a Research Center for the Global Frontier Project on "Human-centered Coexistence Solution for Seamless Fusion of Real World and Virtual World" which was launched in 2010 by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, our Research Center aims to become the world's best research group through close collaboration with the "Human-centered Interaction for Coexistence, Foundatioin" and by creating our own innovative technologies based on network humanoid, interactive multi-touch interaction, and intelligence.

Cognitive humanoid capable of coexisting with human
Interaction between human and virtual world

Center for Bionics

Research Topic
Faculty Laboratory
- Intelligent reaction space technology: interactive display, natural interaction, multilateral information sharing, haptic smart puck, and intelligent information services
- Human-robot interaction technology: intelligent robots cognitive and multi-modal attention
- System intelligent technology: personalized service content creation/providing and ontology learning
- Wearable computing technologies
- Visualization and geometric modeling techniques
Kim Laehyun
Park Myon-Woong
KIST Bldg L8, 4rd floor

   The term ‘bionics' is a composite of biology and electronics, but its concept reaches beyond referring to multidisciplinary research which includes biology, medicine and various engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, chemical, and biomedical engineering. The goal of the Center is to develop neuro-interface based robot technologies to help people regain their cognitive and/or physical capabilities and to assist patients and doctors by providing better operating room environment. The Center focuses on two major research areas: (1) Neuro-robotic Rehabilitation and (2) Computer-assisted Micro Surgical System. The Center pursues its goals not only by conducting research in these two areas, but also by cross-integrating IT, BT and NT for interdisciplinary endeavors. The Center for Bionics is working to become a world leader in developing original and fundamental technologies to improve the quality of life of the elderly and disabled people.

Development of rehabilitation system using neural signaling interface
Bio signal analytical system development
Realistic senses haptic interface-based medical system development

Sensor System Research Center

Research Topic
Faculty Laboratory
- 3D human factor
- Human computer interaction
- 3D display & image processing
- Computer vision
Park Min-Chul KIST Bldg L1, 2nd floor
  As the standard of living improves, more focus has been laid on healthier and secured life. The Sensor System Research Center thrives to meet the challenges of the national agenda on building secured and healthy life of citizens. Under the motto of "The World, Nature and Health" we work to better the world with our technology. We develop technologies mimicking the five senses of human such as the vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch. We develop IT-combined sensor system so that the lives of people may be healthier and secure.