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361. One of the Winners of the Talent Award of Korea in KNU

Lee, Dong-eun 기자2016.03.02 00:00:00

           So-jin, Shim, a student in Kyungpook National University (KNU), was awarded the Talent Award of Korea in 2015. She has studied communications and signal processing areas, and she participated in the IT tour program of the telecommunications company Qualcomm in the US as the youngest and the best. Furthermore, she developed a mobile application which controls a wireless car by brain wave as a leader of an international program in San Antonio College in the US. She was selected for various scholarship honors, and sent to ECE Paris Graduate courses with the Grandes Écoles of French Engineering.

 

Q1.       How did you participate in the IT tour program of telecommunications company Qualcomm in the US, and how did you get such a great result?

A1.       In fact, I had no great interest in communication areas until I participated in the IT, Qualcomm tour. Until then, except for the basic engineering mathematics, I did not study undergraduate courses related to communication. After I found a notice on the website of my department which was about a program in Qualcomm, I have started to get interested in the company and communication. Even when writing a proposal to participate in the program, I did not write about mobile communication technology itself, but about the ways to develop it for future industries.

           The proposal was about the services which have to be provided by utilizing mobile technology in the future of the smart car industry. A letter of self-introduction and a detailed proposal were successful, and I became one of the final 29 people who had also passed the interview. After that, I made a team with those selected members and prepared another proposal. When we went to the headquarters of Qualcomm, we presented it in front of the Chief Technology Officer, and it was selected as the best. 

 

Q2.       As the team leader of the international program in San Antonio College in US, what was the main problem?

A2.       In fact, when I started the international project with the support of the Smart Electronic Characterization Agency in our school, there were some troubles with the US team. The University of Texas had proposed the project first, but the faculty and the team suddenly changed their mind. So I could not proceed actively with the project through a video conference with friends of Texas for one year unlike my expectation.

Although we had to proceed with the project without the Texas team, the results were satisfying. While working on the project, we each took care of a part that we could do well. In particular, the team was able to divide into two groups to progress at the same time according to their role. Since we selected the brain wave field which was somewhat complex and unfamiliar, we did not hesitate to ask for guidance from a teaching assistant who researches artificial intelligence and brain waves. Thanks to the teaching assistant, we could successfully make it easier for the project to proceed.

 

Q3.       How did you get interested in communications and signal processing areas, and what are their characteristics and prospects?

A3.       At first, I was concerned with signal processing areas. I tried to understand the physical condition and thought of people by analyzing their body signals in a study and a project, closely related to the medical engineering field which I have been interested in. As I mentioned above, the main opportunity to get concerned in the communication area is the IT tour program of Qualcomm. It was so attractive to see developed or developing communication technology which would be standardized and industrialized in the future. It was also the fact that the signal processing is a part of the communication. So, while continuing to study signal processing, I took a course in communication to study and research more.

           Many people have said that this field has already done radical development. However, I think it is because the development of new technologies in the mobile communication sectors, spotlighted in the current industry, have reached their climax. Thus, it would be necessary to research other communication areas such as the sensor network. 

 

Q4.       How did the Talent Award in Korea affect your future, and what is your final aim?

A4.       In fact, I've not decided my ultimate goal and dream exactly yet. Currently, I want to analyze the body signals while continuing to study. Thus, researching the body signals collected by body area network and the sensors and finding out the significant values to analyze them is the way to combine the two areas. When I was awarded the Talent Award in Korea, I suggested developing other technology and services from this area, and I want to study them. The award was like an encouragement which says that what I suggested about research areas of the future is meaningful and necessary, and my study and research is significant. I can always think that Korea trusts me when I study and research for my ultimate goals because of this event.

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