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World Class Research Program at Sungkyunkwan University Department of Interaction Science

Department of Convergence Studies for World Class University project

The World Class University project is a higher education subsidy program of the Korean government, which invites international scholars who posses advanced research capacities to collaborate with Korean faculty members and establish new academic programs in key growth-generating fields. The Department of Interaction Science at Sungkyunkwan University is the only social science field selected in the WCU project in first round.
What is Interaction Science?
Founded upon a generous grant program towards building world class universities (WCU) of the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, the Department of Interaction Science (Chair: Dr. Donghee Shin) at Sungkyunkwan University focuses on human-technology interactions from interdisciplinary approaches of social sciences, engineering, and art/design. The Department focuses on HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), HRI (Human Robot Interaction), and DMC (Digital Media & Contents), investigating users of and technologies for IT products such as robots, mobile technologies, human computer interfaces, digital media, and games. Based on our multidisciplinary approaches, we aim to provide products’ concepts, design guidelines, and actual technologies for diverse ICT products.

Secure knowledge competitiveness of the future Korea

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology acknowledges our department’s potential in contributing to national, social and academic development. Sungkyunkwan University and the Korean government work closely together to enhance national competitiveness in inter-disciplinary studies that consolidate the fields of social sciences, IT information technology, engineering, and design. Students will have opportunities to collaborate with world-class scholars and enhance both educational and industrial competitiveness in their fields.
Application of Interaction Science?
Our department focuses on investigating users of and technologies for ICT products such as robots, mobile technologies, human computer interfaces, digital media, and games. Based on our multidisciplinary approaches, we aim to provide products’ concepts, design guidelines, and actual technologies for diverse ICT products.

World-Class Faculty at SKKU Interaction Science

The greatest strength of SKKU Interaction Science is its faculty consisting of top-class faculty in the world that are leading IT research and industry in their respective fields and distinguished by their active commitment to academic research, excellence in teaching, and the highest level of services. Their fields include cognitive science, computer science, engineering, communication, information science, and psychology. We have one endowed professor, three university distinguished professors, two directors of national research institutes, and two elected division chairs of prestigious academic organizations. The faculty are also a team of close-knit, supportive colleagues whose esprit de corps and intellectual gravity invigorate each other on a daily basis.
Faculty members at the Department of Interaction Science?
  • Dr. Donghee Shin (Information Science)
  • Dr. Frank Biocca (Media Interface and Network Design)
  • Dr. S. Shyam Sundar (Communications)
  • Dr. Angel d. Pobil (Human-Robot Interaction)
  • Dr. Dongho Won (Information security)
  • Dr. Jundong Cho (Mobile systems, VLSI)
  • Dr. Eunseok Lee (Software engineering)
  • Dr. Jeehyoung Lee (Artificial intelligence)
  • Dr. Hyunjin Park (Computer vision, medical imaging)
  • Dr. Jaehoon Jeong (Cyber physical system)
  • Dr. Kwanmin Lee(Communication)

HCI Research Team
  • Research areas : Automotive HUD, ubiquitous-based smart Home
  • Research topics: Ubiquitous computing, home network, intelligent robot, telematics, HCI application, ontology-based study, sensory technologies, human-machine interaction
  • Industrial collaboration: HYUNDAI Motor Innovation Lab, LG Electronics UX Lab
  • International collaboration: Michigan State Univ.
HII Research Team
  • Research areas: Digital device, network interface
  • Research topics: Cognitive recognition, cognitive web, realization of UX/UI, human informatics, design technique for natural and reliable human-information interaction
  • Industrial collaboration: Samsung DMC Lab, LG CNS
  • International collaboration: Pennsylvania State Univ.
DMC Research Team
  • Research areas: Big data analysis, smart device
  • Research topics: Artificial intelligence for social interaction, agents in computer games and digital media
  • Industrial collaboration: Nexon UX Lab, Samsung Electronics
  • International collaboration: Jaume I Univ.

Internationalization Strategies

To strength our students’ international competitiveness and prepare their careers in the global economy, English is our official language for all department courses and academic activities (e.g., thesis/dissertation, seminars, workshops, and even daily faculty-student interactions). In addition, we try to broaden students’ international experiences and opportunities to enhance their global capacities.
Globalization strategy
Open research environment

Participation of world-class scholars in global research teams

  • Inviting renowned foreign scholars as visiting professors at the department
  • Introduction of co-advisor system

Recruiting competitive foreign students

  • Various scholarship opportunities for every students
  • Stipend, house arrangement, and language exchange service, and health insurance available for qualified foreign students
  • Joint research and guidance for graduate students and opportunities to participate in international research teams abroad
  • Research and consultation through visiting domestic business
  • Hosting seminars and lectures given by IEEE or ACM Fellow scholars
  • Promoting exchange between researchers in project team
International collaborative research

Collaboration of research projects and operation of joint labs

  • Presenting research papers at leading international conferences and workshop
  • Study abroad exchange opportunities for PhD students

Supporting international conference and exchange programs

  • Encouraging graduate students to participate in international conferences
  • Financial support for study abroad programs
Global Alliance

Expansion of global network focused on local partner universities of Sungkyunkwan University

  • America : Collaboration with 13 universities including University of Southern California, Penn State University, and Syracuse University
  • Europe : Collaboration with 12 universities including Queen’s Universitiy Belfast
  • Asia : Collaboration with 41 universities including Kyoto University

Activating exchange and cooperation between Sungkyunkwan University, companies, foreign famous universities and laboratories

  • Diversified global network and activating two-way exchange
  • Expansion of Signing of agreement by inviting foreign celebrated scholars
  • Offering opportunities for medium-and long-term field study like internship at research institute and corporate abroad
  • In connection with the internship, expanding by internship program at Korean companies’ workplace abroad and foreign companies
Upgrading global infrastructures

Joint labs (France Lutin Lab, ICSS : Iran Institute for Cognitive Science Studies)

  • MOU with France Lutin Lab on joint research including a personal exchange
  • MOU with Iran ICSS on mutual joint research including a personal exchange

Reforming school system and building campus infrastructure for globalization of graduate school students’ research capacity

  • Lectures taught in English
  • Writing a graduation thesis in english and enforcing quality certification system of a thesis for a doctorate through foreign celebrated scholars’ review : Pushing ahead with compulsory publication in the top scientific journal
  • Improving in proportion of foreign students to over 10% and realization of true global campus through active attraction of foreign students besides Asia
  • Expansion of a dormitory for foreign students and guest house for foreign scholars