2021 Ewha Zero Carbon Forum Held Ewha Womans University hosted the “2021 Ewha Zero Carbon Forum” at the Ewha Campus Complex building at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20. The forum, co-hosted by the Office of Research, the New and Renewable Energy Research Center, and the Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research, and supervised by the Organizing Committee for the Ewha Zero Carbon Forum, was held to share and discuss policies in the fields of energy, climate, environment, and ESG under the theme of “The Role of Universities and Academy-Research-Industry Collaboration for the Achievement of Carbon Neutrality 2050,” and livestreamed on Ewha’s YouTube account. South Korea is consolidating its efforts to achieve its objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon neutrality, by declaring the 2050 Carbon Neutral Vision through the long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies submitted to the United Nations in December, 2020, and promulgating the Framework Act on Carbon Neutrality and Green Growth in September, 2021 in response to the climate crisis. Ewha has been at the forefront of climate change research by establishing the Climate and Energy Systems Engineering major in 2017, conducting world-class research through the Center for Climate/Environmental Change Prediction Research as a university priority research institute in science and engineering, and advancing the development of international climate risk management models. The school also plans to further reinforce its leading role in the ESG field, starting with this forum. The opening ceremony commenced at 2 p.m. with an opening address by Lee Hyang-sook, Vice President of the Office of Research and President of the Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation, and was followed by a welcome speech by President Kim Eun Mee, a video congratulatory remark by Minister of Science and ICT Lim Hye-sook, and a congratulatory speech by Chairwoman Yoo Young-sook of the Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research Board of Directors. President Eun Mee Kim remarked, “One of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals that humanity must achieve by 2030 is to respond to climate change, and carbon neutrality is expected to become the most important topic of this era after the COVID-19 pandemic is over,” and added, “Through this forum, we hope to solidify Ewha’s status as a creative innovation platform that fosters global leaders, consolidates researchers’ capabilities, and leads a sustainable society.” Subsequently, Minister of Science and ICT Lim Hye-sook emphasized, “Universities will take on an expanded role as a starting point for nurturing innovative talents and R&D capabilities to develop carbon-neutral technologies. The government will also explore various policies to expand the role of universities in innovations regarding carbon-neutral technology and accelerate academy-research-industry collaboration.” Following the opening ceremony, keynote lectures were given from 2:30 p.m. by Chairman & CEO Lee Dong-gull of Korea Development Bank on the topic of “Carbon Neutrality and Korea Development Bank as a Green Bank,” President Kim Jong-nam of the Korea Institute of Energy Research on “The Role of Technologies for Carbon Neutrality,” and President Yoon Je-yong of the Korea Environment Institute on “Transformation and Journey toward a Carbon-Neutral Society.” Through these keynote lectures, the speakers offered insights on the importance of carbon neutrality and their respective institution’s strategies to ensure a clean and sustainable future. The second part of the forum opened with a topic presentation by Professor William Jo from the Department of Physics at Ewha and followed up with a discussion session, chaired by Professor Choi Yong-sang from the Climate and Energy Systems Engineering major, on methods and solutions to achieve carbon neutrality through academy-research-industry collaboration. Based on its top-tier research achievements, Ewha will continue to strive to discover leading research fields and future-oriented challenging research fields under the vision of “A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society,” and strengthen the support system for cultivating global female leaders.
Professor Hwi Young Kim from Department of Medicine Develops AI-based Model to Predict Risk of Hepatocellular...Professor Hwi Young Kim from Department of Medicine Develops AI-based Model to Predict Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma among Patients with Chronic Hepatitis B Professor Hwi Young Kim developed an AI-based model named “PLAN-B” to predict the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma among patients with chronic hepatitis B. The multinational and multi-institutional clinical study, conducted jointly with foreign and domestic researchers including a research team led by Professor Jeong-Hoon Lee from the Department of Internal Medicine at Seoul National University Hospital, is drawing attention as it is expected to demonstrate high practical utility in real clinical practice by improving the prediction accuracy of hepatocellular carcinoma risk among patients with chronic hepatitis B for which prediction and preparation are vital. In collaboration with researchers at home and abroad, research teams led by Professors Kim and Lee analyzed the data of a total of 13,508 patients with chronic hepatitis B from 18 institutions across South Korea and 11 institutions across Europe and North America, applying the data to AI-based machine learning algorithms to develop “PLAN-B,” which is a prediction model for the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma. “PLAN-B” is expected to be highly beneficial to practice as its prediction accuracy is significantly higher than that of existing prediction models. By providing more detailed analysis of hepatocellular carcinoma risk through a gradient-boosting machine algorithm, it will also contribute significantly to enabling treatment and patient management tailored to the characteristics of individual patients. First author Professor Kim remarked, “We developed a unique prediction model for hepatocellular carcinoma using artificial intelligence, and this study holds significant clinical implications as its efficacy was validated using large-scale patient data from the East and the West,” and explained, “PLAN-B will greatly help in identifying patients with high risk of hepatocellular carcinoma as well as those with very low risk.” PLAN-B was developed with support from “'Dr. Answer 2.0,” which is an AI-based precision medical solution development project. The research findings, titled “An Artificial Intelligence Model to Predict Hepatocellular Carcinoma Risk in Korean and Caucasian Patients with Chronic Hepatitis B,” were published in the online edition of Journal of Hepatology (IF = 25.083), a world-renowned academic journal in the field of gastrointestinal diseases and the official academic journal of the European Association of the Study of the Liver, on Friday, October 1. Professor Kim, an expert in liver diseases, is particularly recognized in the domestic and international academia for his outstanding research achievements in clinical epidemiologic studies and prediction model development for liver cancer, cirrhosis and fatty liver. He is also active as a member of the Publication Committee and the Public Relations Committee at the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver.
Ewha Womans University Natural History Museum Holds Special Exhibition Titled “Exploring Living Creatures in Korean CultEwha Womans University Natural History Museum Holds Special Exhibition Titled “Exploring Living Creatures in Korean Culture” Ewha Womans University Natural History Museum (Director: Jang Yi-kweon) is hosting a special exhibition titled “Exploring Living Creatures in Korean Culture with Natural Culture Geeks” to commemorate its 53rd anniversary through Wednesday, August 31, 2022. The special exhibition was arranged to explore living creatures in Korean culture and understand their cultural and biological significance and value. The event will provide the opportunity to understand the meaning behind 50 cultural works, including Chochungdo (The Painting of Flowers and Insects), Jasaneobo (The Book of Fish), Eogaehwacheop (The Illustrated Album of Fish and Clams) , Shipjangsaengdo (The Painting of Ten Symbols of Longevity), Hwajoyoungmodo (The Painting of Flowers, Birds, and Animals), Shimcheongjeon (The Tale of Shim Cheong), lacquerware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, sculptures, and ceramics, in addition to exploring the living creatures that became motifs of such artworks and the emotional experience of the creators of such cultural content in creating their works. The museum’s special exhibition and educational program was planned with the support of the “2021 University Museum Promotion Support Project” organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and supervised by the Korean Association of University Museums, and the admission and educational participation fees are free of charge. However, in-person viewing for the special exhibition remains limited to a maximum of five individual visitors at a time in accordance with social distancing guidelines. For details including visiting hours and quota, please visit the Natural History Museum website (http://cms.ewha.ac.kr/user/nhm/). Director Jang Yi-kweon remarked, “The Natural History Museum at Ewha was established as the first natural history museum in South Korea in 1969, and has since amassed a collection of approximately 230,000 samples of natural species while actively operating exhibitions and educational programs,” and added, “Although we regret that we are currently unable to offer the full experience of in-person exhibitions due to COVID-19, we look forward to greeting many visitors at our special exhibition as we endeavor to present a new look and feel for the museum by introducing various media and ICT technologies including Metaverse.”
Computer Science and Engineering Major Holds 40th Anniversary Ceremony The Computer Science and Engineering major at Ewha, which boasts the longest history among computer science departments in South Korea, held its 40th anniversary commemoration ceremony at the Lee Sam-bong Hall of the Ewha Campus Complex building on Friday, October 1. The commemorative event was co-hosted by the Computer Science and Engineering major and the Computer Science and Engineering Major Alumnae Association and sponsored by the Center for Simulated Reality and Contents Convergence, which is the ICT Research Center (ITRC) at Ewha, and held with the aim to celebrate the milestones achieved by the major over the past 40 years and to renew its resolution to become an ever-growing major at Ewha. Officiated by Head Professor Park Sang-soo, the event commenced with a guest lecture titled “Future of ICT, Computing, and Universities” by the former Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning Choi Yang-hee. The official ceremony opened at 5 p.m. with a prayer led by University Chaplain Ahn Sun-hee, followed by a welcome speech by Dean Chung Myong-soo of the ELTEC College of Engineering, congratulatory remarks by President Eun Mee Kim and President Lee Ju-hee of the Computer Science and Engineering Major Alumnae Association, and words of encouragement by President Nah Yun-mook of the Korea Institute of Information Scientists and Engineers and Professor Emeritus Lee Ki-ho of the Computer Science and Engineering major. President Eun Mee Kim remarked in her congratulatory address, “In the midst of all-time high demand for experts in the field of artificial intelligence, the growth of Ewha’s Computer Science and Engineering major presents critical implications with regard to Ewha’s efforts toward the establishment of the Artificial Intelligence major, the Division of AI Convergence, and the College of Artificial Intelligence,” and added, “We expect that the Computer Science and Engineering major will play an even greater role in Ewha’s endeavor to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution and we dedicate our most heartfelt wishes for the major to take a further leap forward throughout the next 40 and even 100 years.” The ceremony was followed by congratulatory remarks from President Lee Ju-hee of the Computer Science and Engineering Major Alumnae Association and words of encouragement from President Nah Yun-mook of the Korea Institute of Information Scientists and Engineers, and Lee Ki-ho, the major’s first professor and current Professor Emeritus. Professor Emeritus Cho Dong-sub, also from the Computer Science and Engineering major, gave an introductory lecture on the “40-year History of Computer Science and Engineering at Ewha,” and Alumnae Association President Lee Ju-hee reported on alumnae-related news and presented appreciation plaques. The Computer Science and Engineering major was established in 1981 as the Department of Computer Science and has produced 2,500 graduates to date. Since its establishment, it has played a leading role in nurturing key talents equipped with global competitiveness in the IT field over the past 40 years and achieved a series of meaningful outcomes by producing many outstanding graduates who made significant contributions to society. The major explores information and communication technologies, which form the backbone of future industries, as well as the hardware and software necessary for the operation of such technologies. In response to changes in the industrial demand for advanced software engineers, the major is preparing to lead the future through cutting-edge education and research based on Ewha’s state-of-the-art educational environment and excellent faculty members.
“Ewha Frontier 10–10 Project” to Lead the Future of Ewha Ewha Womans University announced the “Ewha Frontier 10–10 Project” to select a total of 20 project teams consisting of 10 teams each in leading research fields and future-oriented challenging research fields for its leap toward as a world-class research-oriented university on Tuesday, October 5. The “Ewha Frontier 10–10 Project,” aimed at enhancing Ewha’s competitiveness and consolidating its status as a research-oriented university under the capable leadership of President Eun Mee Kim, represents a core task for Ewha’s main objective of “Establishing an Environment Conducive to World-Class Research” under “Ewha Vision 2030+.” The project will be implemented with the aim to enhance Ewha’s external reputation by supporting leading and promising academic fields, securing outstanding faculty members, and generating innovative research outcomes. Based on the project, Ewha plans to solidify its status as a research-oriented university with world-class research capabilities. Ewha will select up to 10 project teams respectively in “leading research fields” and “future-oriented challenging fields,” which are areas with global competitiveness, and support each team with funding of 2 to 5 billion KRW for a total of three years. The selected project teams will conduct leading research with full support, such as the invitation of renowned scholars or outstanding faculty members, support for new researchers and graduate students, expansion of research environment and infrastructure, and support for international joint research and globalization. Through the project, Ewha plans to pioneer its own growth and prioritize future-oriented academic and research fields as well as establishing an environment conducive to world-class research based on its tradition of academic diversity encompassing liberal arts, social studies, arts and physical education, and convergence fields. The evaluation for project selection will be conducted between November and December, and the project’s full-scale implementation will commence in March 2022. Detailed information can be found in the project announcement by each college (or graduate school). Meanwhile, the Office of Research officially launched the “PURE service” (https://ewha.elsevierpure.com/) to disseminate and promote Ewha’s excellent research achievements. The service is a web-based solution provided by the global academic information analytics company Elsevier and is tailored for the promotion of research achievements and the implementation of marketing strategies by enhancing researchers’ convenience by providing the comprehensive management of research activities and achievements, visual research statistics based on a vast international academic database such as SCOPUS, and performance analysis sample reports for individual researchers or groups. Anyone who is interested in Ewha’s research performance and achievements can search for paper publication records, research activities, related statistics, and keywords by individual researchers on the PURE service’s official website. The launch of this service will enable the effective management of various research performance and achievements of individual researchers on a single platform. Vice President Lee Hyang-sook of the Office of Research remarked, “We expect that the PURE service will contribute to increasing the possibility of international joint research and convergence research in collaboration with the world’s leading research and academic institutions by maximizing the publicity and dissemination of our research achievements online, and enhancing the convenience of obtaining basic research performance data and reporting materials necessary for applying for and implementing external research projects.”
Ewha Womans University Museum Becomes First to Adopt “AI Humanoid Docent” in South Korea Ewha Womans University Museum adopted an AI docent to serve as a guide for its collection and launched a permanent online exhibition titled “Masterpieces from Ewha Womans University Museum (https://masterpieces.ewha.ac.kr).” Although there have been previous cases in which museums and galleries in Korea had adopted service robots to explain exhibits and provide guided tours around exhibitions, or developed exhibition guide apps using Bluetooth beacon technology and AR characters, the Ewha Womans University Museum became the first in Korea to adopt an AI humanoid character (AI avatar) that closely resembles a real person through organic integration with deep-learning technology. The museum was originally founded in 1935 and holds two national treasures, 22 state-designated cultural properties and 23,000 artifacts. A total of 150 major artifacts from the collection will be made available to the public as high-resolution images in the permanent online exhibition, while national treasures such as the Jar with the Grape Vine Design in Underglaze Iron and the Jar with Inscription “the 4th year of Sunwha” and 21 treasures will be introduced by the AI docent. Visitors from Korea and abroad were previously able to enjoy exhibitions guided by student docents before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now that the pandemic has made it difficult to offer in-person exhibition guides, the museum had been regretting the subsequent lack of interactions among visitors, docents, and curators. Therefore, it required new online spaces and globalization strategies in response to the COVID-19 era so that overseas visitors, who account for a high proportion of museum visitors who can no longer visit due to the pandemic, are given the opportunity to continue appreciating art and culture. This permanent online exhibition and the introduction of the AI humanoid docent are expected to ensure the safe and enjoyable exhibition of the museum collections for global citizens of the COVID-19 era.
Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation Concludes Technology Transfer Agreement for Cell Type–specific DeliverEwha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation Concludes Technology Transfer Agreement for Cell Type–specific Delivery of RNA Therapeutics The Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF) held a signing ceremony with EnhancedBio Inc. to join the technology transfer agreement for “lipid nanoparticles (LNP) for targeted delivery of RNA therapeutics into different types of cells” on Wednesday, September 15. The technology, developed by Professor Hyukjin Lee at the College of Pharmacy, enables the targeted delivery of RNA therapeutics to various types of cells by the formulation of lipid nanoparticles (LNP). The presenting technology has shown clinically relevant gene-transfer efficacy as well as good safety. Although this is a core technology that has already been used for the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer, it represented an essential endeavor for biotech companies to secure their own LNP technology. The relevant core technology patents are mostly held by U.S. companies and other foreign companies. It is important to note that the presenting technology has been developed solely by a domestic research group and the patent (KR10-2198763) has been granted with this technology. The research team, led by Professor Lee at the College of Pharmacy, already transferred the patent of 246C10 LNP technology to EnhancedBio Inc. in May 2020 and two more follow-up patents will be transferred through this agreement. The agreement contains an advance payment, a milestone payment for the commencement of clinical trials, and royalties on sales, which are expected to add to the school’s revenue from the technology transfer fee. “The LNP platform technology for the delivery of RNA therapeutics will be a game-changer for non-viral gene therapy and can be applied widely to various RNA therapeutics including siRNA and mRNA that are currently on the market,” explained Professor Hyukjin Lee. “In particular, LNP for the cell-specific delivery of RNA therapeutics negates the disadvantage of current LNP technology and represents an extraordinary advancement that simultaneously guarantees the efficacy and safety of RNA therapeutics.” He also added, “We will actively participate in commercializing RNA therapeutics and making inroads into global markets through continued joint research and collaboration with EnhancedBio Inc., a company that develops anti-cancer therapeutics based on siRNA.” “This agreement is meaningful to Ewha in that the stability of the patent rights has been proved after the first technology transfer last year and a patent portfolio was established with the subsequent R&D outcomes, leading to a new patent technology for which the second technology transfer agreement was signed,” said EUICF President Lee Hyang-sook, who also added, “I hope this ceremony serves as an opportunity for Ewha Womans University and EnhancedBio Inc. to advance to the next step and take the lead in the global biotechnology market.” Ewha holds an extensive range of about 1,000 patents across various fields including the humanities, social sciences, entertainment, sports as well as science and technology. The EUICF actively supports the entire process of technology commercialization based on Ewha’s excellent research outcomes, from the creation of intellectual properties, to technology transfer and business launch. The EUICF will continuously endeavor to establish a virtuous cycle to generate profits from technology transfers, businesses creation, industry-university joint research, and recruitment linkages regarding outstanding technologies and patents held by Ewha and reinvesting such profits into research and development, amidst Ewha’s dedicated efforts to construct a creative research ecosystem conducive to world-class performance under the vision of “A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society.”
Ewha Develops International Climate Risk Management Model with Financial Supervisory Service Ewha signed an industry-government-academia business agreement to develop an international climate risk management model named “Frontier-1.5D” in partnership with the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), major Korean businesses and the British Embassy in Seoul. Frontier-1.5D, a collaborative effort by Ewha, the FSS, major Korean companies, and the British Embassy, is aimed at taking the initiative towards reaching a global consensus on limiting the average global temperature rise within 1.5℃ above the pre-industrial level (before 1850) and actively participating in climate risk management. The business agreement, as the first global collaboration effort involving financial supervisory authorities, businesses, academia and foreign embassies, is expected to present an exemplary case of international collaboration in the development of future climate risk management models. The business agreement signing ceremony held at the British Embassy on Monday, September 13 was attended by President Eun Mee Kim of Ewha Womans University, Governor Jeong Eun-bo of the Financial Supervisory Service, British Ambassador to South Korea Simon Smith, the UK’s High-Level Climate Action Champion for COP26 Nigel Topping, CEO Kim Jun of SK Innovation, CEO Choi Eun-seok of CJ Cheiljedang, CEO John Rim of Samsung Biologics, Chairman Yoon Jong-Kyoo of KB Financial Group, and Chairman Cho Yong-byoung of Shinhan Financial Group. The business agreement aims to mitigate climate-related uncertainties by developing a management model for climate risk, estimating the range of costs incurred by climate risk, and forecasting the losses faced by businesses and financial institutions following abnormal climate change and countermeasures such as carbon emission reduction. The development of a new model will make it possible to reduce management uncertainty, present methods of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG), and attract foreign investors. Ewha has been taking the initiative in researching climate change and now aims to play a leading role in developing the aforementioned climate risk management model as the only education and research institution to have signed the business agreement. The six corporations will provide climate risk data for each business sector and the analysis thereof, while the British Embassy will assume an advisory role for the development of the climate risk model, and the FSS will play a coordinating role in sharing their knowhow and mediating cooperation among the participants. This joint industrial-government-academia project, which is based on the role of financial authorities in responding to a “Green Swan,” referring to unpredictable risks and threats brought by the climate change as defined by the Bank for International Settlements, is expected to contribute to enhancing the climate risk management capacity of stakeholders by coordinating their needs and capabilities.
Ewha University Museum Holds Special Exhibition, IN PRAISE OF PLANTS Ewha University Museum (Director Jang Nam-won) is holding a special exhibition, IN PRAISE OF PLANTS, at the museum’s Special Exhibition Hall (second floor) from September 1 (Wed) to November 30 (Tue). This exhibition was planned with the support of the 2021 University Museum Promotion Support Project organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and supervised by the Korean Association of University Museums. The special exhibition, IN PRAISE OF PLANTS, introduces a variety of plants entrenched as metaphors and symbols that reflect numerous perspectives on reason in the literary, philosophical and aesthetic senses, while benefitting human life based on their ecological traits and beauty, under five sub-themes. The exhibition displays 250 pieces in total, comprised of works by modern artists and the museum’s collections, offering contemporary interpretations on plants through works by modern artists and traditional points of view on plants through artworks from the Joseon era. The five sub-themes of this special exhibition are “Plant, Projection of Concept,” “Plant Ornaments and Designs,” “Good Omens and Aspiration,” “Modern Arts and Plants” and “Plant Archive.” The exhibition specifically invited modern artists whose works are themed on plants as well as ornaments, handicrafts and traditional paintings of Joseon-era literati that introduce our ancestors’ thoughts on plants. Director Jang remarked, “I expect this special exhibition will provide an opportunity to admire a diverse aspect of plants, as well as various beautiful works of art, that console and befriend us at a time when our minds and bodies are exhausted due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic,” adding “The museum will remain faithful to its role as a cultural platform by providing local residents and teenagers with opportunities for cultural experience and education through multiple programs connecting cultural resources.” Admission to the exhibition is available free of charge, but due to social distancing measures imposed by the government, only groups of five or fewer are allowed to enter at a time. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 9:30 am until 5 pm, and closed on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.
Future and AI Invented by Ewha With Ewha’s declaration of the Ewha Vision 2030+ development plan under the aim to become a university with the highest standard of competitiveness on the path toward becoming a “Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society,” the school’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) education and research projects are picking up the pace under the goal of creative research and education innovation. President Eun Mee Kim expressed her resolution for Ewha to spearhead the AI sector at an event for Ewha members ahead of the new semester. She also emphasized, “Ewha must take the lead in improving women’s access to the AI field and developing AI algorithms with gender sensitivity by strengthening AI capabilities, which is considered to be one of the most important areas in the era of the Fourth Industrial Resolution,” and unveiled her intent to expedite AI research and education, stating “Ewha is a well-rounded university across all academic fields, which means it is able to benefit humanity through AI technology by utilizing its strengths such as engineering capabilities centered on the development of core AI technology as well as in-depth convergent research on matters related to social issues, norms, regulations, and accountabilities caused by the rise of AI.” Newly established this year, the Artificial Intelligence major of the Division of AI Convergence will recruit new students from the 2022 academic year onward. Ewha is planning to establish undergraduate college courses related to AI and drive changes toward creating a hyper-intelligent and hyper-connected society. The Artificial Intelligence major is expected to contribute to addressing the high-quality labor shortage that is currently facing industries through interdepartmental and interdisciplinary convergent research. Ewha aims to nurture extraordinarily talented women in key fields that will lead the future society through its Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Track and the Department of Computational Medicine launched at its graduate school last year to reinforce core competencies in areas such as big data and AI, along with the establishment of the Artificial Intelligence major. Ewha is also playing a prominent part in AI-related key projects. Ewha’s Graduate School of Education and the Center for Future Education Research were exclusively selected to operate the Research Center for AI Convergence Education for another year, proving Ewha’s extraordinary competence in guiding AI education. The Ministry of Education initiated the Open Recruitment Program for the AI Convergent Education and Research Supporting Center in 2020 to lay a foundation for AI convergent education and appointed Ewha as its exclusive operating institution. The AI Convergent Education and Research Supporting Center provides AI convergent education degree programs with the participation of 1,000 teachers selected from 41 graduate schools of education across the country, while offering relevant policy support for 17 metropolitan and provincial offices of education and conducting research to accelerate AI convergent education at elementary, middle, and high schools. In recognition of the successful implementation of the program during its first year, the AI Convergent Education and Research Supporting Center was rated “excellent” in the performance evaluation performed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education and chosen as the sole AI convergent education and research supporting center for its second year of implementation. Computer Science & Engineering of ELTEC College of Engineering (Principal Investigator: Professor Min Dong-bo) will participate as a joint research institution for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Hub Project and carry out research titled “Self-evolving AI Based on Various Hardware (Robots/Drones)” with the financial support of 2.7 billion KRW in total for the next five years (July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2025). The AI Innovation Hub Project is a program designed to integrate AI research capabilities accumulated by local universities, companies and research centers, and establish a national research framework equipped with global competitiveness by creating an open AI research environment. Ewha is assigned to Research Group 2 along with Seoul National University, Kyung Hee University, Sungkyunkwan University, UNIST and Chonnam National University, and is conducting research on the theme of “Self-evolving AI Based on Various Hardware (Robots/Drones).” The project involves a number of Computer Science and Engineering faculty members at Ewha and aims to develop AI that is capable of self-improvement through various hardware-related optimizations. The Computer Science and Engineering major is carrying out research on the theme of “AI in Action (AiA): Autonomous Behavior Planning AI” upon being chosen for the 2021 Basic Research Laboratory project supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Research Foundation of Korea in June this year. With its recent selection as a joint research institution for the AI Innovation Hub Project, the department is expected to take the lead in computer science and engineering-based AI research. With the rising profile of various projects and achievements to pioneer the AI field, Ewha is also actively promoting programs to achieve the five goals of Ewha Vision 2030+ from the upcoming semester onward, such as the Frontier 10–10 Project that aims to help Ewha grow as a research-oriented university, the launch of R&D Planning Headquarters, the development of new Ewha education model and the establishment of special graduate schools for high-tech fields.