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KAIST CEE faculties are leading many research projects and performing major role in international conferences, including two faculties working as fellows in two major conference, ACI (American Concrete Institute) and IWA (International Water Association). World-wide research activities of CEE faculties include seven winning awards from international conference and 38 times invited talks, and 9 president and secretary in conferences, and 53 of committee members. Faculties in CEE also have actively served as international journal editors (34 editor services in last three years) and published research articles (5 domestic, 11 international articles and book chapters publications).


International Academic Society
International Academic Society Fellow
Two faculty members are fellow of ACI (American Concrete Institute) and IWA (International Water Association). ACI Fellow also is honorary member of JCI (Japan Concrete Institute).

International Awards
We have achieved 14 international conference awards, including most cited articles, most cited paper, best presentation award, and best paper award in conferences and International Young Scientist award (2010) from World Economic Davos Forum.

Invited Lectures and Talks
Our faculties lead many invited lectures with world-wide reputation in research area. The topic covers variety topics in civil and environment engineering from disasters management, rescue, robotics, air traffic to energy, optimization.

Chair and Committee Activities
Our faculty members also actively serves as chairs and committee members in international conferences. They are program committee, technical committee, steering committee in many major international conferences such as International Society on Computing in Civil and Structural Engineering, IEEE DEST (Digital Eco System), ASCE Engineering Mechanics Division, International Materials, World Congress on Advances in Civil Environmental and Materials Research.


Organization of International Conferences
To enhance international collaboration, KAIST CEE actively worked with many institutes and academic members in variety of area. For example, KKCNN connects 5 nations in northeastern Asia by sharing construction technologies and knowledge. Each year, one of the five members, KAIST (S. Korea), Kyoto University (Japan), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), National University of Singapore (Singapore), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), holds the conference. Recently, the conference has been expanded further with two new members joining, Tongji University (China) and HKUST (Hong Kong).

ANCRiSST (Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Research in Smart Structure Technology) studies on smart structure technology has five members since 2000, Smart Infrastructure Research Center (KAIST, CEE), University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Japan), Building Research Institute (BRI), and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Currently 20 members from Korea, US, Japan, China and Europe are participating and annually holds Asia-Pacific Summer School on Smart Structures Technology (APSS) since 2008.


International Conferences
Majority of the faculty members in CEE KAIST serve as editors and president of the major conferences. For example, three are working as Editor-in-Chief in two journals, International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, Advances in Environmental Research, and one serving as Editor-in-Chief KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering.


International Collaboration
International collaboration is actively led by CEE faculties with research institutes in the world, e.g., U.S., Canada, UAE, Japan, and Denmark. Recent example of collaboration includes research project with DTU (Denmark Technical University) to develop environmentally friendly integrated water technology ($10M, 5 years). Other cases are listed below.
Case 1
a) Institute: Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
b) Project: Development of environmentally friendly integrated water technology
c) PI: Lee, Woojin (KAIST) - Thomas H. Christensen (DTU)
d) Period: 2012. 5 ~ 2017. 4
e) Research topic
Although rapid industrial development and economic growth have improved the quality of human life, various environmental problems have also arisen today. Especially, contamination of groundwater by organic, inorganic, and radioactive contaminants and heavy metals and their remediation have been considered as serious issues in the world due to the severe water scarcity. A variety of biological, physical, and chemical remediation technologies have been developed to treat the contaminated groundwater. However, typical remedial actions showed serious drawbacks such as generation of toxic transformation products, second impacts on natural environments, and low economics and efficiency. Therefore, the integrated water technology should be developed for eco-friendly and high efficient water treatment processes..
The ultimate goal of this research is development of integrated SMART groundwater management system to selectively remove target contaminants and monitor their fate and transport using molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and synchrotron-advanced-spectroscopy. Most frequently detected contaminants such as chlorinated compounds (PCE and TCE), heavy-metals, and uranium are focused on this research.


Case 2
a) Institute: UIUC (U.S.), Tokyo University (Japan)
b) Project: Smart Wireless Sensors for Comprehensive Health Monitoring of Cable-Stayed Bridges-An International Testbed Opportunity
c) PI: Jung, Hyung-jo (KAIST) - B.F. Spencer, Jr. (UIUC) - T. Nagayama (Tokyo University)
d) Period: 2009. 1 ~ 2011. 12
e) Research Topic
This research aims to develop a smart wireless sensor for the health monitoring of bridges in a successful collaboration with US and Japan. The technology has applied to Jindo bridge in S. Korea leaving this project as a successful exemplar of the international collaboration.


Case 3
a) Institute: The Boeing Company
b) Project: Development of on-board SHM technologies for composite air vehicles
c) PI: Sohn Hoon (KAIST) ? Jung Beom In (Boeing)
d) Period: 2008. 8 ~ 2011. 11
e) Research Topic
Composite material is stronger and lighter than metal material but has weakness when an external force is applied. This research aims to monitor the defects of composite material in real-time with advanced sensor technology. The main focus is on the air vehicles which are exposed to external sources of impact though the composite material is popular in aircraft manufacturing.



MOU & Dual/Joint Degree Programs
KAIST CEE currently has five MOU and two dual/joint degree program with universities in U.S., Hong Kong and Netherland, in order to actively exchange researchers, student through collaborations. The following institutes are in collaboration with KAIST CEE: Carnegie Mellon University, Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California (ITS), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California-Berkeley, Air Transport Safety Institute of National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands (NLR-ATSI), and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).


International Network on Major Research Areas
KAIST CEE’s main focus is at (1) Smart Systems, (2) Sustainable Systems, and (3) Resilient Systems, and we have always been working on building strong international network. Infrastructure engineering from NTU; Infrastructure construction from UC Berkeley and UIUC; Environmental engineering from DTU are at the close relation and pursuing collaborative researches. For example, RESD program has developed which connects Korea, China and Japan by sharing and discussing on the environment and sustainable engineering issues. 2014 RSED program was held during 2014.6.29 ~ 2014.7.20, with students from Tohoku Univ., Tsinghua Univ., Tongji Univ., POSTECH, GIST, and KAIST