KAIST-Google, joint development for AI curriculum

KAIST establishes an AI curriculum jointly with Google. This program, in which Prof. Changho Suh (Department of Electrical Engineering; head: Jaekyun Moon) and Prof. Yong Jin Yun (Department of Mechanical Engineering; head: Doo Yong Lee) participate, is part of an agreement signed in July by KAIST and Google to cultivate AI top-class talents. The professors are planning to establish a curriculum with applications of Google’s technology (Tensorflow, Google Cloud, Android, etc.) over a year. A course will be supported by 7,500 USD for each.

Graduate School of AI in KAIST selected two courses: ‘Tensorflow for Information theory and convex optimization courses’ by Prof. Suh and ‘Project-based learning with AI’ by Prof. Yun, based on a vote towards all faculties in KAIST from August.

‘Project-based learning with AI’ by Prof. Yun is especially constructed for AI starters including KAIST students and faculties. It is composed of real-experience of product development pipeline via ‘Design Thinking’ which constitutes the steps of problem search/definition and product design-production-verification utilizing AI technology. Prof. Yun said, “We are working on a wide variety of plans such as developing data-based IoT (Internet of Things) or AI application Tool Kit for beginners and holding AI-applied invention/business competitions in order for the public to be more familiar with AI education.”

In addition, Prof. Suh approaches the field ‘information theory and convex’, which is a basis of AI, machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL), as well as natural science and engineering. He aims to foster AI talents with balanced skills of theory and application by linking the systematically accumulated theory with the AI field using Google TensorFlow (open-source software developed for ML and DL). One of the Graduate School of AI officials said, “We will continue to make short-term non-degree courses for the public based on the ongoing AI curriculum development.”

By the way, KAIST is also working on ‘AI Focused Research Awards’ which supports world-class faculties who conduct cutting-edge research through a partnership with Google. Since October last year (2018) have Prof. Sungju Hwang (Graduate School of AI) and Prof. Steven Euijong Whang (Department of Electrical Engineering, adjunct Prof. in Graduate School of AI) been working together with Google researchers and engineers and are looking forward to conducting in-depth research on AI, supported 50,000 USD/year for each. In addition to the ‘AI Focused Research Awards’, the two professors are given 25,000 USD in credits that can be used within the Google Cloud Platform.

Besides, this September, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department was selected as a fellow of the 2019 Google PhD NLP (Natural Language Processing) sector. Also, KAIST is going to progress various research and education activities while maintaining a 2-year partnership with Google.

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