Ewha Hosts Academic Conference “Reflecting on the Literature of Lee O-young, a Leading Intellectual of the Era”Ewha Hosts Academic Conference “Reflecting on the Literature of Lee O-young, a Leading Intellectual of the Era” Ewha hosted an academic conference, “Reflecting on the Literature of Lee O-young, a Leading Intellectual of the Era,” to honor the academic achievements of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Lee O-young who passed away in February this year. Sponsored by Ewha Womans University and the Korean Language and Culture Center and co-hosted by the Department of Korean Language & Literature and the Society of Ewha Korean Language & Literature, the conference was held at the ECC theater on July 12 (Tue.), and live-streamed via an online channel to promulgate Lee’s life and world of literature. Since 1966 when he started giving lectures at Ewha, the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus served various positions including a professor of the College of Humanities, a distinguished professor of Korean Language & Literature, and a distinguished professor emeritus. Moreover, outside the campus, he was appointed as the first Minister of Culture and known as the “intellectual of our time” based upon his ingenious discourses produced as a culture critic, journalist, educator, and creator. The event was organized to provide an opportunity to examine Professor Lee’s academic achievements throughout his entire life including literary critiques as well as creative works in various fields, such as poems, novels, essays, plays, etc., and honor his contribution to nurturing numerous students at Korean Language & Literature of Ewha and performing a significant role of solidifying the foundation of the Society of Ewha Korean Language & Literature, the host of this event. President Eun Mee Kim, Director Kang In-sook of the YoungIn Museum of Literature President Eun Mee Kim emphasized, “Professor Lee cultivated women of many accomplishments by instilling students at Ewha with cultural imagination and inspiration, made utmost efforts for the development of the university by consistently contemplating the vision for Ewha to pursue, and maintained a continued special relationship with Ewha.” Director Kang In-sook of the YoungIn Museum of Literature, the surviving spouse and culture critic, remarked, “Late Professor Lee pioneered the uncharted field of modern literature research after the country’s liberation and through his new methodology lectures, Ewha was able to take the lead in analytical criticism, semiotics, etc. I hope today’s conference will lead to various academic discussions.” The first session titled “Remembering Late Professor Lee O-young” shed light on the life of Lee, who served as a literature critic, Minister of Culture, culture planner, critic of civilization, futurologist, supporter of talented individuals, and educator. In the subsequent session, presentations and vibrant discussions were provided to investigate the rationale behind his criticism, from revisitation of criticism between the 1950s and 1960s to the Digilog theory and futurology regarding AI in the 2000s. Lastly, in the third session titled “Lee O-young as a Writer and Exploration of His Literary World,” a meaningful attempt was made to officially highlight Lee’s literary works in depth by concentrating on those works that have largely been unnoticed over his criticism and culture theories through studies and discussions on his overall creation including plays, novels, poems, etc.
The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the Division of Advanced Technology at ELTEC College of Engineering was selected for the “semiconductor track program” as part of the “2022 Collaborative Intra-government Expertise Cultivation Project,” which is jointly organized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The “semiconductor track program” is designed to develop advanced technologies and supply professionals required by industries, aiming to strengthen the national competitiveness of the semiconductor industry. With funding of KRW 900 million for the next three years, Ewha aims to lead the future semiconductor industry by newly-establishing two semiconductor design tracks, the SoC (System-on-Chip) track and the Circuit track, under the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, in addition to producing more than 40 undergraduate students every year through specialized training programs in semiconductor design. To this end, Ewha plans to form a consortium with domestic semiconductor companies, including LX Semicon, SAPEON Korea, Telechips, Semi Five, VisioNexT, etc., and operate training courses that reflect various issues in the industry. Students from their junior year can complete the program by taking more than 21 credits in major foundation courses and major courses including four subjects designated by each track. For practical training, the program courses will utilize Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools and intellectual properties (IP) that are actually used in the industry and provide special lectures on semiconductor design and others during vacation time to enhance the practical experience of students in the field. Professor Kim Ji-Hoon, the director of the program, remarked, “Since the semiconductor business is a major strategic industry for our country, it is crucial for Korea to extend its competitiveness from a focus on memory chips to various system semiconductors and strengthen competitiveness in ultra-fine processing. We will organize the program to reflect actual industry trends in our department’s outstanding curriculums, so we can provide students with a solid foundation in semiconductor design and various opportunities for practical training. In addition, we will continue to expand the consortium by attracting more companies and establish a council for academic-industry-research institute cooperation so as to respond promptly and effectively to the rapidly-changing semiconductor industry.” The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Ewha Womans University leads new trends in electronic and electrical engineering by applying AI technology to core research fields, including network and communication systems, semiconductor devices and design, image and signal processing, and semiconductor control, following the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is conducting cutting-edge research projects in electronic and electrical engineering based on artificial intelligence by collaborating with renowned companies, government agencies, and universities at home and abroad, thereby garnering recognition for its accomplishments from world-class academic societies and journals. Moreover, particularly in the semiconductor and circuit design fields, it is leading major research projects related to AI technology, participating in various development projects, including next-generation AI semiconductors, PIM (Processing-In-Memory) technology, and future semiconductor devices, and conducting main hardware design for AI systems including CPU and NPU.
Research Team from Department of Physics and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Ewha Suggests a Strategy ...Research Team from Department of Physics and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Ewha Suggests a Strategy to Enable Exciton Funneling and Boost Visible Light Emission in 2D Inorganic Semiconductors A joint research team at Ewha reports rapid transfer of photogenerated excitons and enhanced light emission from 2D inorganic semiconductors integrated with blue-fluorescent organic molecules. The results of the study, which highlights a strategy to develop a new type of optoelectronic devices, were published in the online edition of Advanced Science (IF: 16.806), a world-renowned academic journal within the top 4.4% in the field of materials science, on June 16 (Thu.). (from left) Prof. Youngmin You, Prof. Dong-Wook Kim, Dr. Soyeong Kwon The team led by Professors Dong-Wook Kim at the Department of Physics and Youngmin You at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science confirmed the enhancement of luminescence due to exciton transfers in heterostructure interfaces comprised of two-dimensional semiconductor transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) and fluorescent organic molecules. Professor Kim fabricated heterostructures by stacking evaporated thin films of DY1 fluorescent molecules on TMD MoS2 monolayers. The DY1 fluorescent molecules used in the process were obtained by the team led by Prof. You during the team’s OLED development researches. Optical characterizations and probe-based surface charge distribution measurements revealed exciton transfer from DY1 molecules to the MoS2 monolayers, which led to 1.7-fold enhanced light emission from MoS2. It has been reported that charge transfer rather than exciton transfer is dominant at the interfaces of different TMD materials. This work successfully demonstrated exciton transfers in the hybrid heterostructures by stacking fluorescent organic molecules on TMDs. The team could also propose a way to identify the transfer process of charges and excitons, based on the complementary use of measuring optical properties and analyzing scanning probe microscopes. (Left) A schematic diagram to illustrate the transfer of excitons generated from DY1, a self-developed fluorescent organic molecule, to an adjacent two-dimensional semiconductor MoS2 monolayer. (Right) Enhanced light emission characteristics and extension of exciton lifetime of the DY1/MoS2 hybrid heterostructure (small figure). Dr. Soyeong Kwon at the Department of Physics remarked as the first author of the paper, “Given the various trials and errors as well as numerous difficulties that I went through while studying the novel research subject of organic and inorganic heterostructures over the last two years of my Ph.D. course, I feel an even deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. I also hope that our findings will be followed by many follow-up studies.” The paper, titled “Exciton Transfer at Heterointerfaces of MoS2 Monolayers and Fluorescent Molecular Aggregates,” was conducted through collaborative research by the Department of Physics at Ewha (Professor Seokhyun Yoon and Taeyoung Choi), the Institute of Basic Science at Sungkyunkwan University (Professor Ji-Hee Kim and Ki Kang Kim), and the Department of Physics at Chungnam National University (Professor Ki-ju Yee), with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea and the Institute for Basic Science. Professors Dong-Wook Kim and Youngmin You, the corresponding authors of this paper, are supported by the Basic Research Laboratory grant.
Ewha Confers Honorary Doctoral Degree on Solvay CEO, Ilham Kadri Ewha Womans University conferred an honorary doctoral degree in women’s studies on Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO of global chemicals company Solvay, at the Lee Sam-bong Hall of the ECC building on June 20 (Mon.) at 10:00 a.m. Explaining the reason for the honorary doctoral degree, President Eun Mee Kim remarked, “We are hereby recognizing Dr. Ilham Kadri’s lifelong dedication to the empowerment and growth of women in the field of science as well as in business management as the CEO of one of the world’s top chemicals companies.” Born in Morocco in 1969, Dr. Ilham Kadri studied chemical engineering at L'École des Hauts Polymères de Strasbourg in France and received a doctorate in macromolecular physical chemistry at Louis Pasteur University in France. She is the first female CEO at Solvay, a world-leading chemicals company based in Belgium with a history of around 160 years. The conferment ceremony was attended by more than 200 people, including President Eun Mee Kim, former president Kim Sun-Uk, other key faculty members and staff, and members of Solvay and the Belgian government, as well as recipients of the Solvay Scholarship. The ceremony was held in the order of a prayer, a recommendation speech, the conferment of the honorary doctorate degree, a celebratory performance, and the honorary degree acceptance speech. Professor Han You-kyung, Dean of the Ewha Graduate School, remarked in her recommendation speech, “Dr. Ilham Kadri has actively advocated for the values of inclusion and diversity in various fields and dedicated herself to mentoring and teaching young women, with a special focus on the improvement of women’s education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM),” and explained the significance of the award by saying, “Dr. Ilham Kadri’s efforts are in line with the vision of Ewha, which was established 136 years ago based on the spirit of Christianity to build a better world for all.” In the acceptance speech, Dr. Ilham Kadri responded to the recommendation speech by remarking, “I feel very honored and humbled today to be awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Ewha Womans University. I would be the happiest woman in the world to know that there is even one little girl out there who is inspired by the career choices that I’ve made,” and further emphasized, “I am deeply grateful to receive this recognition from a university that contributes so heavily to the education of women leaders in STEM fields, and I am convinced that a partnership with Ewha will be the key to building a more diverse talent pipeline.” Through the conferment of an honorary doctoral degree on Dr. Ilham Kadri, Ewha and Solvay are expected to further strengthen their partnership. Ewha is the first and only university in Korea to have formed a university-industry partnership with Solvay, having established the partnership in 2011. In order to train promising women scientists, Solvay has been offering the Solvay Scholarship to outstanding graduate science and engineering students at Ewha since 2012. To date, 47 students have been provided with scholarships worth around KRW 2 billion in total. Ewha also established the Ewha-Solvay Research & Innovation Center in 2014 as part of the joint research infrastructure and has been strengthening academic ties with Solvay through a mutually-beneficial research partnership.
ELTEC College of Engineering Selected as Nation’s First Specialized Graduate School for Convergence Analysis of...ELTEC College of Engineering Selected as Nation’s First Specialized Graduate School for Convergence Analysis of Meteorological and Climate Data The ELTEC College of Engineering was selected as the nation’s first specialized graduate school for the convergence analysis of meteorological and climate data. The program for the specialized graduate school for the convergence analysis of meteorological and climate data was newly introduced this year by the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) and the Korea Meteorological Institute (KMI) to foster talented youths with the capacity to lead emerging future industries based on meteorological big data analysis. With the gradual increase in damages from weather-related disasters caused by climate change, meteorological big data analysis and utilization skills and climate change response capabilities have become more important than ever as they can directly affect a country’s future competitiveness. In relation to this program, Ewha Womans University and the KMI have agreed to begin cooperating in fostering specialists in the field of meteorology and held an “MOU Signing Ceremony for the Specialized Graduate School Program for the Convergence Analysis of Meteorological and Climate Data” at the ECC on June 10 (Fri.). Following this selection, Ewha is expected to receive government grants and climate change response funds amounting to KRW 2.268 billion to operate the program over the next four years and seven months. Ewha will select scholarship recipients this fall semester among graduate students who are enrolled in courses related to convergence, analysis, and utilization of meteorological and climate data and participating in a university-industry cooperation program. Ewha is planning to recruit at least 15 students each year to join the master’s and doctoral program of the specialized graduate school for the convergence analysis of meteorological and climate data in addition to the track course program, and open the graduate school this September to train master’s and doctoral students to become experts in the convergence, analysis, and utilization of meteorological and climate data. Ewha will also offer various courses, such as weather forecasting using artificial intelligence, climate modeling, and data analysis for sustainable energy (e.g., CCUS, renewable energy, and hydrogen energy), and develop business internship programs at the school that will lead to full-time job opportunities. Furthermore, each year, Ewha will produce specialists who can consistently introduce innovations and advancements in meteorology as well as various fields of convergence studies and publish papers in international journals. Graduates of the specialized graduate school will gain in-depth knowledge that will allow them to immediately enter into various industries, including fields that require the convergence, analysis, and utilization of meteorological and climate data. The Department of Climate and Energy Systems Engineering has been rapidly growing while conducting a variety of studies and projects since its establishment in 2016, and has since become one of the most popular majors in Korea because of its future-oriented convergence education and research that contribute to solving complex issues, such as climate change response, energy, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management.
Research Outcome Produced by a Team Comprised of an Undergraduate Student from the Chemical Engineering and...Research Outcome Produced by a Team Comprised of an Undergraduate Student from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Major and Graduate Students Published in an SCI-grade Journal A phase transition in two-dimensional (2D) materials first identified using nano-radiation beams Excellent results of joint research alongside graduate student mentors produced through a practical class for undergraduate students (from left) Lee Ha Heun, Yim Eunji, Kang Seohui Senior student Yim Eunji from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major of the ELTEC College of Engineering and graduate students Lee Ha Heun and Kang Seohui (advisor: Prof. Suyeon Cho) from the System Health Convergence major, who were chosen for the fourth phase of the Brain Korea 21 (BK21) Project (Director: Prof. Oran Kwon), published the results of joint research on a phase transition in 2D materials using nano-radiation beams that was conducted with a team led by Dr. Chiang from the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC) based in Taiwan. The outcome of this research, supported by the Overseas Large-scale Research Facility Utilization Support Project of the National Research Foundation, was published under the title of “Local phase transition at crack edges of Mo1-xWxTe2 polymorphs” in the online edition of Applied Surface Science (IF: 6.707, top 4.76 percent of JCR), an SCI-grade journal. A structural phase transition in 2D materials has attracted considerable attention in academia as it enables reversible conversion between semiconductors and conductors caused by the external environment. The research team from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major analyzed the nanoscale physical properties of a structural semiconductor-to-metal phase transition in a thin Mo1−xWxTe2 alloy sample with a thickness of several nanometers using nano X-ray diffraction and nano X-ray fluorescence with nano-radiation beams. As a result, the research team confirmed that, when a sample is synthesized in an alloyed form, the distribution of tungsten (W) becomes uneven at the critical point of a phase transition, and that the higher the tungsten content, the lower the amount of energy required for a phase transition. The research team identified the effects of substitutional elements in 2D materials on a structural phase transition therein. This is expected to further expand the applications of 2D materials used in a wide range of areas including energy conversion and optoelectronic devices. In particular, this research was developed into a thesis led by Lim Eunji alongside graduate student mentors Lee Ha Heun and Kang Seohui in a seasonal class named “Advanced Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Lab” conducted by the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major. The class is a practical course in which students conduct self-directed research under the guidance of a professor in the laboratory of the full-time faculty member during a school vacation, and is continuously resulting in outstanding achievements such as allowing students to carry out self-directed research, give a presentation at an international conference and present a senior thesis.
Ewha Holds Its 136th Anniversary Ceremony Ewha Womans University hosted its 136th anniversary ceremony at the Welch-Ryang Auditorium on May 31 (Tue.), 2022 at 10 a.m. This ceremony was held as a face-to-face event for the first time in three years since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and was attended by about 500 guests including distinguished figures such as Ewha Womans University Board of Trustees Chairperson Chang Myong-sue, President Eun Mee Kim, President of the Ewha Alumnae Association Nam Sang-taek and a former Ewha President, ambassadors from about 30 countries across the world, former and incumbent lawmakers and long-term employees including faculty members to celebrate Ewha’s foundation and growth from Korea’s first institute of education for women into a top-tier institution of higher education. In her commemorative speech, President Eun Mee Kim presented Ewha’s efforts and achievements toward accomplishing the five objectives of establishing an environment conducive to world-class research, creating an innovative education platform, enhancing support for students, streamlining administrative efficiency and enhancing financial stability, and expanding Ewha’s culture under the vision of “A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society.” She then emphasized the meaning of Ewha’s history of 136 years, adding, “Having grown from a single student into a top institution for women’s education worldwide, Ewha’s history has extended beyond its campus and become a part of the history of Korean women, driving changes of the times through its education and guiding its growth into a research-oriented university like no other in the entire world.” After the commemorative speech, a conferment ceremony was held for employees including faculty members in their 30th, 20th and 10th years of employment at Ewha. Moreover, Whang Youn Dai, the first female doctor with a disability in Korea (Medicine, graduated in 1963), and Professor Emeritus Hai-Won Chang, Korea’s first-generation pianist (Instrumental Music, graduated in 1970), won the “20th Pride of Ewha Award.” The “Pride of Ewha Award” is a prize granted to Ewha alumnae who aptly embodied Ewha’s spirit by achieving outstanding accomplishments in various fields of society. This was followed by the ceremony for the “18th Ewha Academic Achievement Award,” which Professor Emeritus Ki-Jeong Song of the Department of French Language & Literature, Korea’s top French literature expert, and Professor Goo Taeg Oh of the Department of Life Sciences, a world-renowned authority on molecular developmental genetics. The “Ewha Academic Achievement Award” is a lifetime award given to faculty members for their contributions to the development of academia and the school through outstanding research achievements. The award recipients are selected through the recommendation of the head of the prizewinning faculty member’s affiliated organization and the evaluation of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award Committee. Meanwhile, after the commemoration ceremony, a luncheon was hosted by President Kim at the Wichita House for the distinguished guests who were invited to the ceremony and sponsors of Ewha, and the “Alumnae Day” event organized by the Ewha Alumnae Association was held at the Welch-Ryang Auditorium from 2 p.m. on the same day.
Ewha’s Graduate Students Selected for the 2022 Global Core Talent Development Support Project Six master’s and doctoral students in the Department of Statistics and the Department of Pharmacy under the Graduate School at Ewha were selected for the “2022 Global Core Talent Development Support Project.” Selected by the Ministry of Science and ICT and organized by the Institute of Information & Communications Technology Planning & Evaluation (IITP), the project is aimed at developing human resources in ICT sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cloud computing, blockchain and fintech, into top-level talents with global competency by dispatching them to prestigious universities and corporate research institutes located in the leading countries of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Ph.D. student Yu-jin Park and master’s students Ji-yeong Kang, Min-ju Shin, Chae-yeong Lee and Hae-in Jeon in the Department of Statistics, Ph.D. student Yoon Sanghee in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. student Yu-jin Park and master’s students Ji-yeong Kang, Min-ju Shin, Chae-yeong Lee and Hae-in Jeon in the Department of Statistics will be dispatched to the University of Windsor, a public university located in Canada, and carry out research on the development of autonomous driving performance improvement algorithms using big data and AI. As visiting research students, the Department of Statistics team will be provided with an independent research space, state-of-the art research infrastructure and living expenses by the University of Windsor, and conduct the research with the aim of improving the road environment where connected autonomous vehicles and manually-driven non-autonomous vehicles coexist, under the guidance of Principal Investigators Professors Kyongwon Kim and Jae Keun Yoo. Professor Kyongwon Kim commented, “This research is also significant in that it aims to surpass the face value of its application aspects and develop an entirely new statistical methodology by applying a new big data analysis methodology called functional data analysis to self-driving data,” and added, “The research is expected to generate the public benefit of preventing traffic accidents and traffic congestions with the development of a driving behavior prediction model, and contribute to the transition from the era of human-driven non-autonomous vehicles to the era of autonomous vehicles in the long run.” Yoon Sanghee, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was selected for a global business-linked project and will be dispatched as an intern to Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) based in Beijing, China, to perform a joint research collaboration project on new drug development using AI. The “Global AI Drug Discovery Center” under the College of Pharmacy at Ewha is undertaking a joint research cooperation project alongside MSRA, which possesses top global-level competency in AI technology, for the first time in the field of pharmacy in Korea. Yoon is conducting deep learning research on structure-based drug design in consideration of the flexibility of protein-ligand interactions under the guidance of Principal Investigator and Professor Sun Choi, and will receive joint guidance from AI experts and carry out the joint research project under close cooperation between Ewha and MSRA during her six-month internship at MSRA. Professor Sun Choi commented, “This project is an excellent opportunity to conduct global industry-academia cooperation and talent training in concert with Microsoft, which has one of the world’s best AI technology capabilities,” and added, “I will endeavor to the best of my ability to help both institutions to work in synergy and produce an outstanding outcome in terms of leading global research on AI-based drug discovery.” Centered around its graduate schools, Ewha is stepping up its efforts to foster female professionals to lead the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including expanding scholarships, such as Ewha Research Excellence and Outstanding Ewha Scientists, and reorganizing the support system for excellent graduate students to be able to focus solely on studying and research.
Ewha’s Research Labs at the Division of Brain & Cognitive Sciences Selected for the 2022 Brain Function Study...Ewha’s Research Labs at the Division of Brain & Cognitive Sciences Selected for the 2022 Brain Function Study and Utility Technology Development Project Two research teams at the Division of Brain & Cognitive Sciences in Scranton College, Ewha Womans University were selected for the “2022 Brain Function Identification and Regulation Technology Development Project” promoted by the Ministry of Science and ICT as part of its bio-medical technology development projects. Ewha Womans University opened the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences as a graduate course in 2009 and the Ewha Brain Institute in 2013, and established the Brain & Cognitive Sciences major as an undergraduate course and the first of its kind in Korea, thereby leading a new chapter in the field of brain science in a groundbreaking and creative manner in Korea. This selection once again proved the superiority of Ewha’s research activity. Professor Pyung Lim Han Professor Pyung Lim Han’s team was selected for the project, “Molecular mechanisms for differential sensitivity to stress-induced depressive behavior and antidepressant action” and will subsequently receive KRW 1.65 billion in funding for the next three years The research team expects this research to identify the reason behind the vulnerability of the female brain to stress and depression and to enhance the understanding of gender differences in stress hormones and antidepressants such as imipramine, fluoxetine and metformin. In addition, this research is also expected to provide important clues into the growing susceptibility of women’s brains to other diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Principal Investigator and Professor Pyung Lim Han remarked, “Through this research, we are expected to gain the technological competitiveness to gain an insight into brain function by discovering biomarkers such as gender-specific genes expressed in depressives and insomniacs and proposing individualized and gender-specific treatments, which will be used for patient-tailored diagnosis and treatment intensity depression.” Professor Jeiwon Cho Professor Jeiwon Cho’s team was also selected for the “Brain Function Identification and Regulation Technology Development Project” and will conduct a task titled “Development of novel brain stimulation technology for cognitive enhancement utilizing radiofrequency amplifying nanoparticles and neural markers of cognition-augmented animal models" With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the importance of developing human augmentation technologies is growing, but the development of technologies to substantially augment cognitive functions remains limited. Professor Jeiwon Cho’s team will receive KRW 1.65 billion for the next three years and conduct multidisciplinary and convergent research across brain & cognitive sciences, nanoengineering and electromagnetic engineering to develop a novel scientific evidence (neural marker)-based neuromodulation techniques for cognitive augmentation. The proposed noninvasive/minimally invasive brain stimulation technique. Professor Jeiwon Cho remarked, “With the development of technologies for human cognitive argumentation, it may be possible to prepare for the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and create a new market by building an ecosystem for the human augmentation industry based on brain function regulation technology.”
Ewha Womans University Museum Hosts the Exhibition “Communication on the Streets” Ewha Womans University Museum was selected for the “Street Museum” project for the 2022 Museum Week hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and organized by the National Museum Foundation of Korea, and held an outdoor exhibition titled “Communication on the Streets: Utopia in Tradition and Reality Connected by Augmented Reality (AR).” The “Street Museum” project is a Museum Week project undertaken in May to mark the occasion of International Museum Day (May 18 each year) designated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). This year’s project was planned with the aims of relieving the pent-up public demand for cultural enjoyment caused by the prolonged continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and improving the public image of museums and art galleries by presenting their main collections through the new method of combining Fourth Industrial Revolution technology under the theme of “The Power of Museums.” Ewha Womans University Museum was selected as an operating institution for the project, receiving the overall evaluation that it showcased a “program that best expressed social roles and positive influence that a museum should pursue,” and the exhibition was held until May 22 (Sun.) at ▲ Yongsan Station (The Stairs and The Garden, IPark Mall), ▲ UNICEF Plaza, World Cup Park, ▲ Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital and Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital and ▲ Korea University Anam Hospital. The works displayed in the exhibition “Communication on the Streets: Utopia in Tradition and Reality Connected by Augmented Reality (AR)” consist of media works that combine digital technology with Ewha Womans University Museum’s collections, and the museum newly recreated its collections including “Ode to the Foundation of Peach Blossoms,” “Cranes and Peaches, “Banquet of the Immortals on Yoji Pond” and “The Scholar’s Accouterments” in collaboration with contemporary media artist Lee Ye-seung (Professor of Korea University School of Art Design). The works bear the motif of the wishes and utopian ideals of the people in the Joseon era and were recreated in AR through the “QR code graphics” installed on the plaza, hospital stairs and sidewalk surfaces, thereby mingling with everyday spaces. In addition, citizens who visited the plaza and the hospitals were able to leave behind letters conveying their wishes, which can be viewed in the AR works showcased in the front yard of the museum as part of the museum’s special exhibition “Face to Face” that opened on May 31. In addition, 2D and 3D animation works were also produced and shown on TV monitors installed in the hospitals for citizens who visited the hospitals.