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KAIST CEE research mid-long term research plans includes many state-of-art convergence technologies to establish a future civilization.

Resilient Infrastuctures
Many infrastructures include roads, bridges, dams, breakwaters, tunnels, structures, ports, underground pipe utility conduit. Engineering for reliable design, construction, and monitoring for these various social infrastructures should be reliable in terms of safety and security against natural and artificial risk factors, such as earth quakes, typhoons, deluge, and terror.
Extreme Engineering
Researches on infrastructures in extreme environments (e.g., arctic and space) where characteristics materials and structure may differ due to the extreme temperature. The extreme engineering studies on the characteristic of material in these extreme environments to guarantee structural robustness with design and analysis.
Structural Health Monitoring
Without ceasing the operation of infrastructure, Structure Health Monitoring (SHM) allows monitoring and inspecting any malfunction of the structure. Conventional nondestructive testing (NDT) requires the operation to be stopped during the inspection prohibiting a continuous monitoring. KAIST CEE, through ICT bridge research center, develops various technologies for SHM of bridges, aiming eco-friendly 100 years operation of the bridges.
Hazard and Disaster Mitigation
The impact of natural disasters can be critical. Due to the global warming and climate change aggravated by ever increasing energy demand, the changes to climate and natural environments are becoming more and more unpredictable. KAIST CEE envisions establishment of systematic approach to predict and estimate the destruction of infrastructures resulting from these natural disasters through development of preventive measures and establishment of reliable infrastructure.
Advanced Construction Materials
This line of research improves the durability and lifespan of construction material and focuses on minimizing environmental effect by reducing the CO2 emission. For example, self-healing concrete, electromagnetic prevention cement mortar, composite materials are developed through the researches.

Sustainable Environment
'Sustainability' is one of the keywords for science and technology in the 21st century. KAIST CEE envisions ensuring a sustainable environment for the generations to come, by providing green technologies for monitoring and management of natural and engineered environments.
Sustainable Water Management
Sustainable supply of safe drinking water is a prerequisite for human civilization. KAIST CEE provides solutions that promote the sustainable water management to secure sustainable supply of safe drinking water and conserve natural water systems.
Environmental Load Mitigation & Recovery Systems
Human civilization has caused destruction and severe pollution of soil, water and atmospheric environments. KAIST CEE develops green construction technologies to minimize adverse impacts on the environment and environmental technologies to remediate anthropogenic environmental degradation.
Green Technology for Built Environments
KAIST CEE provides green technologies for construction and operation of civil infrastructures, including the use of green materials and energy-efficient design. We have incorporated the concepts of lifecycle assessment to designing and operation of urban infrastructures to reduce greenhouse gas emission and energy requirements
Environmental Modeling & Informatics
Scientific understanding of the mutual relationship of natural environment and the built environment allows for prediction and estimation of the human impact on the environment. KAIST CEE conducts research to establish multifaceted environmental information systems utilizing environmental modeling and its verification with field data.

Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation
Climate change has become one of the utmost environmental concerns in the 21st century. KAIST CEE seeks environmental technologies to reduce the production of greenhouse gases and reduce vulnerability of natural and engineered environments to climate change effects.

Smart Urban Systems
In the modern world, information and communication technologies have been incorporated into every aspect of life. KAIST CEE envisions incorporation of ICT to planning, design, construction and management of infrastructure systems in enhance the public safety and enhance efficiency of infrastructure construction and management.
Smart Infrastructures & Self-aware Facilities
Sensor and robotics technology with wired communication network allows year-around monitoring and autonomous maintenance of infrastructure. The scope of the application includes many autonomous surveillance applications such as underground infrastructure monitoring, inspection of road condition, and autonomous snow-removing. Intelligent building that is optimized for the energy consumption using sensor and information technology is also studied.

Intelligent Transportation Systems
KAIST CEE conducts research on the state-of-the-art transportation control system integrated with information and communication technology. The research topics include land transportation support systems (e.g., road sensors, infrastructure for driverless cars, online wireless charging infrastructure, traffic optimization system, pedestrian protection system, automated highway system, precautionary system) and air transportation control systems (e.g., night vision technology, real time en route air traffic control optimization)
Construction Robotics & Urban Informatics
The use of robotics and informatics technology can lead to cost minimization and quality improvement in construction industry of the future. The robots developed at KAIST CEE include intelligent service robots, surveillance robots, and bulldozer robots, etc. KAIST CEE also envisions to establish construction information network encompassing big data processing and building information modeling (BIM) data information management
Disaster and Safety Management
Disasters include both natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes, torrential rainfall/snowfall, flood, and draught) and anthropogenic disasters (e.g., terrorism and war). KAIST CEE develops modeling tools to predict these disasters and envisions establishment of a public safety management support systems for effective responses to various disasters.

Renewable Energy & Earth Resources
Disproportional reliance on fossil fuels has resulted in unsustainable energy supply and severe environmental pollution. Development of alternative renewable sources of energy is an impending task for the sustainable future of human civilization. KAIST CEE envisions establishment of infrastructures for exploration and utilization of the unconventional energy sources, e.g., geothermal, solar, wind, and biomass energy.
Exploration & Utilization of Energy and Earth Resources
Depletion of fossil fuels has called for worldwide interest in unconventional energy sources previously regarded uneconomical. KAIST CEE conducts research on the development of state-of-the-art technologies (e.g., hydraulic fracturing and enhanced coal bed methane recovery) for recovery of the unconventional energy sources including shale gas, oil sand and methane hydrate.
Renewable Energy Infrastructure Systems
Renewable energy is gaining worldwide interest as the solution to the climate change and resource depletion. The research projects at KAIST CEE include optimization of geothermal energy utilization, structural support for offshore wind farms, development of aquatic energy storage system, and energy recovery from moving vehicles.
Bio-energy and Bio-resource
Biological processes are often much more efficient and environmentally friendly than chemical and physical processes, when it comes to energy generation. KAIST CEE conducts research on extraction of utilizable energy and resources from diverse sources of biomass.
Infrastructure Energy Management Systems
Efficient automated energy management system is essential for efficient utilization of energy resources. KAIST CEE envisions installment of sensors and instrumentation to monitor the entire life cycle of energy supply systems in urban environments, allowing for a real-time monitoring of itemized energy usage.