[GN Vol.3 No.2] Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences (KICS) in the forefront of digital innovation in the post-COVID age

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    2021-12-31 00:00
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Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences (KICS) in the forefront of digital innovation in the post-COVID age



  Dear members of the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences (KICS): 

KICS, which began this year with the slogan “Leading the digital innovation in preparation for the COVID-19 situation and the post-COVID-19 era,” is closing the year with many impressive achievements fueled by its members’ participation.

  Once again, I would like to thank all of you and share the results of our activities, both online and offline due to COVID-19, which were more successful than ever.


1) Online activities for the future have been systemized.

  The KICS website has been reorganized, and a separate website has been set up to support various online activities. This site has been used to support several small and large events, including the short-term winter classes. In addition, KICS has activated social media channels such as YouTube and Instagram, which have attracted more than 2,000 subscribers and enabled the posting of many useful presentation videos for free.


2) We have expanded our scope to become a leading institute for AI and 6G technology.

  Along with the 6G forum activities, we formed a 6G Research Initiative Group comprising academic experts, and set up a leading 6G research foundation by signing MoUs with overseas institutions. Additionally, KICS hosted the AI Frontiers Summit as a new AI workshop, paving the way for our institute to take a leading position in the AI field.


3) Academic conferences and services for members have been improved.

  With the newly built underground auditorium of the conference hall, the first floor will have another cafe-style conference room, which will be useful for offline events, which will increase in frequency by 2022. Citation indexes of academic journals such as domestic journals, JCN, and ICT Express, have all improved. In particular, ICT Express has been upgraded to an SCI-class journal and has secured its status as a Q1-level paper. Additionally, all academic conferences, including conventional winter and summer conferences, ICTCK convergence workshops, ICTC international conferences, and the three-day autumn conferences have regained their position as foundation platforms that attracted the same number of participants as they did before COVID-19. Once again, we truly appreciate your participation.


4) Finally, in expanding the scope of the conference, activities addressing policies and other fields were successfully conducted despite the COVID-19 situation, such as joint policy workshops of the three associations, commemorative events of Information and Communication Day, and joint events of the Automobile Association. Branch events and branch support also produced positive results, and in particular, a research activity support project promoting the participation of new researchers in conferences was launched. This led to 14 new researchers being selected as online seminar instructors and presenters at the academic conference, laying the foundation for their future involvement in the institute.


  All these achievements were made possible by the active participation of the members. After a productive year amidst one of the biggest global challenges on record, I am confident that the KICS will continue to work toward being a future-leading platform regardless of the circumstance.

Thank you.





Younghan Kim

President of the KICS and Professor at Soongsil University 


Brief history: 

(Present) Professor at the School of Electronic Engineering, Soongsil University
(Former) President of the Information Technology Research Center and President of the Korea IETF Forum
(Former) A bachelor’s degree obtained from Seoul National University in 1984 and a master’s degree and a doctor’s degree obtained from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1986 and 1990