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2018-04 23

[Alumni]A World Where Everybody is a Farmer

Food, clothes, and housing are considered the three essentials, the most basic factors of life. Kim Hye-yeon (Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, 04’), the CEO of N.Thing, argues that among them, food is the most important. “It’s a matter of fact that we can still survive without clothing or housing. But as for food, people can’t last very long without it.” There, a question was posed to Kim. With such dependency on food as a means for survival, why is no one these days willing to become farmers? Indeed, it is rare to see someone in the present day, dreaming of becoming a farmer. In fact, the percentage of farmers in Korea has decreased to less than 5% of the population. Kim’s solution to this rather contradictive situation was the company N.Thing. Created to increase public accessibility to farming, Kim explained his grand plan in great detail. Kim explained that his involvement in the technological and agricultural industry was a result of his past experiences. Introducing N.Thing The company name, N.Thing, refers to the n number of "things," or challenges that the firm plans to pursue in the future. Its futuristic tendencies clearly show that the company experiments with the latest technology, most notably Internet of Things (IoT), to fulfill its goals of revolutionizing every inch of the agriculture industry. N.Thing started off as a small start-up project among a group of friends, led by Kim during his undergraduate years. Their first product was a smart flowerpot by the name of Planty. It was a planter that could be connected to a smartphone, which would inform the user of the various conditions of the plant such as temperature, humidity, and air pressure. It could even be used to water the plant remotely. “Though the big picture of the firm and its plans were etched in my mind, the limited resources available at the time could only allow us to take such small steps,” answered Kim. Now, the firm has expanded to the scale of smart farms, integrating technology and farming on a scale and depth which has never been done before. Kim added that his ultimate goal was to create the first farm on Mars, a vision he hopes to achieve by the year 2020. To delve into the specific details of Kim’s business, the firm currently works to create a more efficient ecosystem for farming. Although their main products and services focus on providing the technological tools and data needed to reach the optimal productivity of farms, the company also makes an effort to change the organizational structure of current farms. The traditional structure leaves every process up to the farmers: the decision of which crops to plant, the entire farming process, and even the sale of their crops. Kim believed that this structure itself was inadequate and inefficient. First, it should be the consumers who place orders for the crops to be planted, thereby allowing people to take a bigger role in the agriculture industry. Furthermore, after the growing and harvesting of the crops, farmers should not have to deal with business interactions. In the same manner that mobile games are easily available to consumers via applications, publishing channels for farming should be developed to create higher accessibility to the public. With developments in each of these stages underway, N.Thing is devoted to creating an environment where everyone can take part in farming, thus becoming farmers. "Farming was an essential part of people's lives merely a few decades ago." In the process of pioneering a new field of agriculture, various difficulties naturally followed. However, Kim answered that there was no single striking memory of hardship. “Of course it was hard. Dealing with people, money, and regulations, nothing came easily. But I never dwelled on an issue more than was necessary. It was always just a natural part of building a company." Emphasizing the importance of individual perspectives, Kim answered that for him, an element of excitement was innate in every past obstacle. Furthermore, the hardships always led him to a valuable relationship with someone who helped him out of the ditch. Kim did, however, underline the intensity of the stress of leading a company. “Having worked in a company under a supervisor, I can confidently say that the mental pressure of leading one far surpasses the stress from simply working in one." As a result of his experience, Kim confessed that he never indulges other people to pursue entrepreneurship. “Rather, as entrepreneurship is closer to a lifestyle, people with the calling will naturally make the choices to that path." Life prior to entrepreneurship According to Kim, he had the dream of starting his own company as a high school student. Back then, he had a deep interest in web development, and had even managed the website for his school. In addition, he made a school club in which they would circle the local shops in the area and offer to design a website for them. In return, they would receive a small amount of money. In a sense, this was his first step in the field of startups. Hoping to meet a wider scope of talented people, he set foot in Hanyang University, a school he was drawn to for its deep devotion to technological advancement. There he achieved his initial goal, having met the people he now runs a company with. As he recounted his years as a university student, Kim confessed that he had been a bit of an outlier. Devoted to his belief that life should be a pursuit of his desires, he took many classes irrelevant to his department and increased interaction with people from other majors, which later on profoundly helped him manage his company. Adhering to his motto, he also took up jobs in entertainment, trend analysis, entrepreneurship, and agriculture. He added that where he stood now was a result of connecting the dots of his past experiences. Kim believes that without sufficient trials and errors, it is difficult for a person to establish a dream. As a word of advice for Hanyang students, Kim emphasized the importance of trial and error. “Though I had followed my passion, I always felt worried about straying from what was “normal.” Everyone around me was focusing on their grades, qualification exams, and employment. It took immense courage for me to break free from that frame." However, it was due to this transcendence that Kim was able to get to where he is now. In the same sense, Kim urged students of Hanyang to get out and try something they find the smallest hint of interest in. According to Kim, if something is given thought for too long, it will never lead to action. As the societal position of a university student is a very safe and stable one, it is easy to fall into this pattern. Kim’s advice is to get started on the exact day of the inspiration. “It’s kind of like playing golf. At first you swing hard towards the green, and then work on getting the ball in the hole. If you focus too much about getting the ball in from the start, you’ll never make the first swing." Lee Chang-hyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-04 23

[Alumni]Algorithm for Everyone’s Inactive Health

The word "IoT" is no longer an unfamiliar technological notion anymore. Standing for the "Internet of Things," we are in control of various everyday devices even without making physical contact. Nowadays, it’s not solely "devices" that are in control. Pieces of furniture are also being included to the list of IoT compatible objects. Cha Gil-hwan (Physics, 06’), the CEO of Algorigo, is leading this area by designing chairs that fit into the world of IoT. For better inactive life “We spend the majority of the day being inactive – sleeping, sitting down, or even doing a slight action like walking,” started off Cha. Cha’s startup company, Algorigo, is trying to help this very problem. “Algorigo is a company that has designed an algorithm that can help us live our lives in a more effective, healthier way.” This company, unlike other businesses, concentrates not on materialistic objects but on the algorithm - an unambiguous specification of how to solve a class of problems - required to improve our lives with the assistance of technology. News H met Cha in his office which held a variety of eye-catching chairs. As the first project of Algorigo, Cha entered into a partnership with the well-known chair company, Duoback, to incorporate their products with Algorigo’s technology. The Duoback On is a smart chair that they invented for children. By analyzing body pressure distribution measurements read inside the seat board of the chair, Algorigo allows users to have detailed knowledge of our bodies when we sit. Through the sensors in the chair, data is sent to an IoT platform named Smart Home which is managed by SK Telecom. This chair is the first piece of furniture listed on this platform. Once this data is sent to the platform, the user, or the child’s parents in this case, can view details about this inactive motion of sitting down. They can not only be informed about the length of time their child was in the chair, but also her or his sitting position. The sensors records whether the user is sitting down straight or slouching in any direction. Through continued use of this chair, the user can find out the most frequently made posture, and can use their awareness to change it later on if necessary. “Healthy posture is extremely important for growing children – not only for their physical growth, but also for their mental abilities such as concentration. Being able to receive detailed scientific feedback would definitely be helpful in this regard,” said Cha. A picture explaining the platforms this chair is connected to (Photo courtesy of Duoback) The algorithm of Cha’s growth Cha’s challenge in beginning his startup was planning it out ahead of time, just like an algorithm. “Unlike other people who start their own businesses right away, I realized I needed more knowledge and practical business experience to better run my company,” reminisced Cha. He studied overseas to improve his English as well as studying intensively in his major. Even though a lot of physics majors fail to study abroad, Cha was proudly accepted to an exchange program and experienced what his friends couldn’t. As he certainly had a definite goal with a detailed roadmap, he was able to work hard for his career. He graduated with honors, worked in a major firm for three years, and eventually started his company, Algorigo. Now he is planning to expand his company to include chairs for teenagers and adults, and eventually plans to design a standard Algorigo that can directly help improve people’s quality of life and health. Although this concept of sensors is still unfamiliar to most people, Cha continuously emphasized the health derived from still actions. “For a lot of students and businessman, almost two-thirds of the day is spent sitting or lying down. However, most health-related platforms are currently only concentrated on physical activity and sports. Solutions for the actions we spend the most time doing are not concrete, so I hope that I can offer help in this field,” said Cha. Cha still has endless passion to develop Algorigo. Cha also had his ups and downs as he pursued his career. However, through firm trust in himself, he is making it through with increasing realization in his work. He emphasized being desperate and urgent in what one plans to achieve. “To anyone who is planning a startup and also for those who are not, I wish all Hanyangians have a goal and reach for it with a mindset that it’s the only goal you wish to achieve!” On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myeong

2018-04 11

[Alumni]Jinbo, the 'Super Freak'

Bangtan Boys (BTS), Red Velvet, Twice, Beenzino, Shinee - these are all pretty successful and globally famous idols in the K-pop industry. What they have in common is that they have all had Jinbo (Economics and Finance, ‘09) feature in some of their popular songs. Jinbo is a talented producer and vocalist whose curiosity and passion keeps him open to all music genres and trends. Jinbo, to progress Jinbo is one of those musicians who has both talent and perseverance that has led him to where he is now. Luckily, he was born into a musical family where he was constantly exposed to different genres and trends of music throughout his childhood. He was heavily influenced by his two older brothers, who enjoyed both classical and revolutionary selections at the time. He was also made their practice partner, which got him used to performing in front of others from a very early age. What really got him to decide to take a musician's path was when he first listened to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. “Farrell Williams may not be exceptionally good at singing, rapping or playing an instrument, but he is fearless and daring as a producer and an artist. This inspired me to take on the challenge of being a producer and an artist as well.” (Photo courtesy of Jinbo) Although he graduated with an economics and finance degree due to his parents’ strong suggestion, it did not stop him from pursuing his dream as a producer and a vocalist. That was when he took on his stage name “Jinbo,” which in Korean means “to progress.” “I have five working principles. It is to be global, positive, futuristic, romantic, and progressive. I always want to stay open and be flexible, moving forward along with the changing times and trends. Hence, the name Jinbo.” Jinbo and Super Freak After diving into the industry, Jinbo successfully pushed his sense and style of music which later grabbed the attention of many different artists. He even created his own recording company called "Super Freak." His main focus genre may be R&B, but he is never hesitant when it comes to trying out or mixing different genres as well. As a result, many reached out to either collaborate with him, or even have him feature in their songs. “I’m not as interested in creating a whole new genre of music. Rather than creating something from the scratch, I’m more interested in creating a new mix from a variety of styles or genres that already exist.” “Music is like a language I am fluent in. But I hope one day I can proudly say that it is a toy that I can handle with fun and flexibility.” (Photo courtesy of Jinbo) Of course, even Jinbo went through some hardships. In his case, it was his health problems that got in the way. “I used to work overnight. But when I started having health issues resulting from it, even if I had a brilliant idea that I needed to quickly work on before losing it, the excruciating neck and back pain would prevent me. Now I try to have a more stable daily routine.” To the next step Having been awarded with Korean Music Awards (KMA) in both R&B record and song in 2011 and 2014 respectively, Jinbo wishes to continue working as an acknowledged producer and vocalist until the very end like Quincy Jones and James Brown did. “My dream is to have this name “Jinbo” become iconic so that people will think of it as a milestone in music history, rather than simply thinking of it as some political term.” When asked if he had any last words for his fellow Hanyang students, he said that as a university student, networking is important. As time goes by, the new generation will always experience something different and unprecedented. With that, combined with the experience and knowledge of the older generation, we will always be able to create something novel. That is why even he himself is always open to people regardless of ethnicity or age, so that whoever wishes to contact him, even just to share ideas with him, should not be hesitant. "봄이 오는 소리" - Jinbo (Video courtesy of youtube.com) Jinbo (SuperFreak Records) Instagram: jinbosuperfreak Park Joo-hyun julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-04 10

[Alumni]Jack of All Trades

It is hard for one to imagine a person who majors in piano writing articles based on art for a newspaper. Kim Soo-hyun (Department of Piano, '11) has pursued her interests in both fields by not only majoring in piano, but also publishing serial articles in the Kyungnam Daily Newspaper. Through her activities which transcend borders, Kim works persistently to bring art closer to the public. Kim as a pianist Kim first started playing the piano when she was five years olds with her younger sister Kim So-yeon (Department of Piano, '10). From then on, the two sisters were both friends and rivals as future pianists. However, according to Kim, it was her younger sister who always came first in concours, due to her personal anxiety of going up on stage. She also added that such stage fright also had an impact when entering Hanyang University, which is why her younger sister entered the university one year earlier than Kim. A photo with professor Lee Dae-wook (left) (Photo courtesy of Kim) After entering Hanyang University, Kim had many opportunities to pursue her dream of becoming a pianist. Hanyang’s various facilities in the Music Department, such as the practice room and the music library, provided an ideal environment for Kim to nurture her interests. The meetings held with Professor Lee Dae-wook (Department of Piano) are still meaningful in her life. It was Professor Lee who helped Kim realize the importance of classical music and deeper study into the field. According to Kim, the memories of her first concert never get old. Starting from renting the concert hall to designing the concert poster and pamphlet, everything was prepared by Kim herself. Although it required 7 hours of travel roundtrip, as the concert was held in Jeonju City, Kim devoted every minute of her time to preparing for the concert. The concert was meaningful in that it was devoted to her parents. It contained not only a solo by Kim, but also a duet with her younger sister. Life as a music teacher While pursuing her dream of becoming a pianist, Kim also found her interests in the academic field. She completed a course in academic profession, with the belief that her experiences as a teacher would be helpful in the future. For Kim, teaching students was difficult as she had to follow a particular class schedule and prepare tests for her students. Kim believed that her students becoming friendly to music was more important than simply learning music theories. Kim during her days as a music teacher (Photo courtesy of Kim) Providing various opportunities that allowed the students to listen to music in a more comfortable environment was Kim’s main concern as a music teacher. She came up with class agendas such as expressing emotions after listening to music and drawing cartoons of the history of popular music. Kim believed that having such experiences through the activities attracted the students' interests and enabled them to increase their enthusiasm about music. In addition, Kim learned that music can serve as a powerful tool in the process of interactions between people. The Netherlands as another home Although the Netherlands is not a popular country that most classic-majors go to study, Kim chose to go to the country based on her personal experiences in Europe. While traveling in Europe for three weeks after graduating from Hanyang University, Kim decided to go back and pursue her studies in the European nation. The fact that 80 percent of the Dutch use English, which would lighten her burden of having to learn a third language, convinced Kim to choose the country. In addition, her interest in the representative Dutch painters Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Mondriaan were another important reason she chose the Netherlands as her destination. Kim first started her pursuit in the field of arts due to her belief that collaborating art and music would help her gain a better understanding of the respective fields. She stated that “When researching about a particular artist, they were somehow related to the musicians who performed in a similar environment." In order to inform people of her findings in the Netherlands, Kim started to publish serial articles in the Kyungnam Daily Newspaper. Kim's article published in the Kyungnam Daily Newspaper (Photo courtesy of Kim) WIth the initial intention being to introducte the Netherlands to her readers, Kim now hopes that her writings make the Netherlands a place that one wishes to visit. As the Netherlands is a relatively uncommon destination for Korean tourists when compared to other countries such as France or England, Kim hopes that her writings help widen the opportunities for tourism in this country. According to Kim, “There are so many wonderful places in the Netherlands, yet tourists tend to simply stay in Amsterdam. However, other than Amsterdam, there are many other cities that have various attractions for traveling.” Future plans Kim is currently developing social contents through which people can easily understand works of art and music. While preparing a tour program on The Van Gogh Museum and The Rijksmuseum for Korean tourists who travel to the Netherlands, Kim is expecting to gain more professionalism by pursuing studies in museology. Furthermore, she has the goal of publishing a book, in her own name, based upon her writings. Kim ended the interview by adding, “I hope that I can contribute to art's becoming closer to the public”. Choi Seo-yong tjdyd1@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-04 09

[Alumni]Providing Hope for Students

According to a survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Korea’s youth unemployment rate was calculated to be 10.3 percent as of 2017. In comparison to other countries, Korea is ranked as the 16th highest, and has more or less maintained this level for the past five years. However, despite the fact that the rate of youth unemployment has remained at a similar number for a while, the difficulty of unemployment felt by young people was recorded to be the worst. As always in times of hardship, no matter how devastating they may be, there is hope. Two exemplary cases of employment by Kim Na-young (Department of Media Communication, 13’) and Lim Yu-jin (Department of Policy Studies, 10’), offer a ray of hope and encouragement to Hanyangian students. The Hanyang Work Experience Program Among the number of programs that Hanyang University has employed to address the challenges of employment for its students, one of the most prominent initiatives is the Hanyang Work Experience Program (HYWEP). Simply put, HYWEP can be explained as a program for providing students with internship opportunities. Every semester, a list of corporations with internship openings are posted online, along with the job description, number of positions, and the pay rate. A competitive edge of HYWEP is that as the program is co-established with the school, students can earn academic credits through the internship. Through this system, students can save a significant amount of time, since they do not have to take time off school to pursue work experience. Furthermore, the internships could lead to potential employment opportunities. Lim felt that her first three months of internship had not been sufficient enough to learn about the job of an accountant; this led her to return for a second internship. The path to employment There are a number of similarities and differences between the stories of Kim and Lim. To begin with the differences, Kim works at an advertisement company. After completing her exchange student program in the United States, she applied for an internship through HYWEP. Although Kim’s aspiration as an undergraduate student was to become a television show producer, working in the advertisement industry was a dream she had held as a child. “I consider myself very lucky. I tried something I liked, found I was good at it, and one thing led to another”. On the other hand, Lim works as an accountant. For Lim, a career as an accountant was a goal that had been set some time ago. After having completed an internship in an accounting department situated abroad, she felt the desire to work in Korea. Through the HYWEP program, Lim was able to find a firm that suited her conditions. After two consecutive internships, she was offered a position at the firm. Kim and Lim also shares some significant similarities. For one, they both work for an international company. The two students both pursued an internship period of six months in their respective firms prior to their recruitment. Finally, they both made extensive use of the Hanyang Career Development Center and the HYWEP program. Some advantages of the HYWEP program that Lim mentioned were the kindness of the employees at the Career Development Center. When she had been contemplating which company to apply for, she brought a list of potential companies to the center, where one of the managers gave an analysis on each of the potential firms. After receiving counseling on her career path, she was given a final recommendation. Furthermore, since the internship was done through the school, she felt that the “Hanyang” title was attached to her throughout her experience. Thus, she had to work with a firm sense of responsibility. Kim added that another advantage of HYWEP was that it was a good source of information. Often times, internship possibilities require some research, and personal effort is necessary to find good openings. However, the list of openings that the HYWEP program provides is itself an extremely helpful source. Furthermore, as the application is done through the school, there may be a lower level of competition for the position. Kim answered that working at an advertisement firm was an unexpected fortune. Working on the promotion of movies, every project was new, so she never felt bored. Some room for improvement as suggested by Lim and Kim was that a wider array of positions from more industries would be desirable. According to Kim, although there is some variety in the offered openings every semester, there still lacks a fundamental variety to the types of industries that are open for application. She also added that an assessment of the firms would be extremely helpful for those contemplating which company to apply for. Although she was fortunate enough to have worked in a friendly work environment, she had witnessed others who having to work overtime, and generally be mistreated. Kim believes that having an overall assessment record could prevent such happenings. Meanwhile, Lim suggested that an interim evaluation would be helpful for students. In the current state, the Career Development Center does not engage with the students after the internship begins. However, some follow-up services thoughout the duration of the internship could greatly benefit the students. Advice for students Both alumna stressed the importance of a long-term internship. “Internships usually come in 3, 6, and 9 month terms, but 3 months is too short a time to really learn anything,” mentioned Kim. Lim also added that for foreign companies, an internship period is an opportunity to prove one’s competence. “Foreign firms especially have a tendency of not hiring people lacking any work experience. Therefore, the period of internship can act as a great window to prove your capabilities.” The two graduates also emphasize the importance of internships themselves, as there are striking differences in how a school and a company approach the same thing. “The academic and practical approaches to the same phenomenon are very different in terms of attitude and purpose,” added Kim. Lim also agrees that her internships were a great chance to learn the realities of a student’s desired career path. Lee Chang-hyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Lee Jin-myung

2018-03 19

[Alumni]Where Brands and I Meet: Brandi

Shopping online is no longer magical for most people. E-commerce has bloomed and blossomed in our computers and mobile phones, too. Now there are thousands of personal sellers through their Instagram and blogs. Seo Jung-min (Business, ’07) pondered two questions: Why do all markets have to be scattered all around the internet? Why not make a platform for all markets? Brandi, a marketplace for no-brand apparel Brandi is a mobile application and platform launched in July 2016, which provides a gateway between individual merchandizers and consumers in the female clothing market, especially the ones without a brand. The application enables consumers to easily purchase clothes without logging in or making accounts on individual websites, which saves a lot of hassle for the buyers. The reply from the consumers was great, recording over 20 million accumulated downloads and 12 million users so far. Brandi, designed for a mobile environment that emphasizes a simple and catchy user interface, allows consumers to look through what is new and trending as if shopping is their hobby. Screen captures of the Brandi application. Filters enable customers to find products in the desired price range and popularity rating. The last picture shows that you can view the rankings of individual stores. (Photo courtesy of Brandi) More than 3000 sellers from blogs and Instagram markets are listed in Brandi, and that has led to over 400 milllion won in transactions to be made just last year. The reason behind such progress seems like Seo’s emphasis on the quality of service. All sellers are subject to internal standards that give penalty points whenever a delivery is late or there is no regular update on the market. Also, Seo strived to create unique characteristics of Brandi that differentiate it from other competitors. First, the application has a clear focus on women’s clothing. “If an application covers too many categories, a user would have to scroll through several pages to find exactly what she or he is interested in. If that experience is repeated, the user will not click the app again,” mentioned Seo. That is the reason why the company recently launched another application called HIVER for branded clothes. Moreover, Brandi simplified its purchasing process, which connects all the markets on the application seamlessly. Yet, through its diversity of sellers, the application still provides a wide variety of options for customers to choose from. "The first three years of venture was extremely hard, because I basically knew nothing. But after three years, I think I understood what I had gotten myself into," laughed Seo. A Young Entrepreneur Seo’s first adventure in the venture world started right after his military discharge, while he was still a third grade college student. “My immaturity gave me some hard times, but I was able to throw myself into the world as there was not much for me to lose,” smiled Seo. The business he started at that time was also in the fashion industry, where customers could select their own design of t-shirts. The business was operated by Seo himself for seven years and was then acquired by a big corporation. After two years working in the company, Seo decided to take off on his second journey, Brandi. “I always knew I was meant to be a businessperson,” said Seo, determined. Behind all the success and progress he made, there was hard work. Seo worked as an apprentice in Hanyang Venture Alumni since his third year of college, when at that time there were only people in their mid-30s or 40s in the alumni group. He participated in the Hanyang Start-up Competition in 2007, too. “I was always an enthusiastic student back in the days. Eager to learn and challenge myself,” mentioned Seo. When asked if planning to put men's apparel in Brandi, Seo shook his head, determined. Seo considers simplicity and focus the key of a mobile appication. Because Seo himself is a start-up businessperson, he tries to create a company culture where “founders like me would also want to stay and work.” He said, “Young people these days, including myself, cannot stand the rules and stiff conditions, especially when they seem unnecessary.” Therefore, Brandi does not regulate its employee’s working hours, usage of holidays, dress codes, or even workspaces. “You can take your work downstairs to Starbucks if you want to,” smiled Seo. Instead, the company is operated around work objectives set by individual employees and Key Performance Indicators (KPI). The environment Seo created is "no matter where or how you work, what matters is that you do your job." Seo aims to grow Brandi to the extent where it is acknowledged as Korea’s number one fashion-tech company. “There are not many fashion-tech companies in Korea as there are overseas,” lamented Seo. He believes that it is time for Korea to follow the global trend. Kim So-yun dash070@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2018-03 13

[Alumni]Breaking Barriers for the Future of Medicine

Becoming a doctor is a common childhood dream for many children. However, after growing up and realizing how challenging such a dream is, a large number of dreamers abandon their pursuit. This pattern is similar for computer scientists. The study of computer engineering, just like every other subset of engineering, is notorious for being extremely demanding. Now imagine attaining a doctorate degree in both of these fields. As impossible as it sounds, Hyun Wook Han (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, ‘94), currently a head professor at Cha University, has achieved such goals, and is now paving a new path that combines the potential possibilities of the two fields. This is Health Care Big Data Recently having published the book, This is Health Care Big Data, Han expressed his deep passion for big data technology. Referring to his book as an introductory guideline to understanding this relatively new concept, Han emphasized the need for technical knowledge. “As much as big data is gaining attention in light of the 4th industrial revolution, there are not many books that handle the technical aspect of it. Most books are written by non-engineers. Although these books hold profound insight into the entrepreneurial and social aspects of big data, they lack explanation on the technical elements fundamental to truly understanding this technology.” Han, therefore, drew from academic information, personal experiences, and the columns that he had occasionally written, to create an extensive book on big data. Largely connecting the concept of health care and telecommunications technology, he wrote about the common area where the two fields meet. Furthermore, while compounding this information, Han also took into consideration the importance of readability, since the targeted readers for the book were the majority of the public. He explained that the book does not delve too deeply into the field, which is the reason why he called it “introductory.” Han has always liked writing. "I used to write poems as a student." Big data and health care artificial intelligence Immersed in clinical research and development, Han described his research as “networking fields of medicine.” According to Han, the various departments of medicine each have a significant amount of accumulated data. A problem with the status quo is that not a single pair of departments inspect the possibility of a relationship between data from their respective fields. “Simply speaking, what I do is discover the relationship between two objects. These objects could be diseases, particles, genes, and so on. A key characteristic of my research is that the pool of factors that I draw from transcends a single department of medicine. Curiously, not many people study two departments at the same time.” With the development of new drugs stagnant due to increasing restrictions and limitations, Han explained that new paradigms to comprehend and approach diseases were in demand. In this process, big data is the key. Due to the nearly infinite volume of data, big data is the only technology that allows the user to process and analyze the data set. Furthermore, big data is an essential, fundamental tool that enables the development of an Artificial Intelligence program for health care. “An AI for health care would be another breakthrough for mankind. The spotlight, especially from the government, is focused on creating an AI program." Han, however, explained that it is still a distant technology. One of the biggest problems that he noted was the lack of clinical data. “Most researchers today try to compete with AI algorithms, without extensive insight into clinical data. This sets a critical limit on its practicality. The reason that the major hospitals in Korea do not use AI programs is because of instability.” As an illustration for his argument, Han took the example of cancer. As cancer is a deeply genetic disease with diversified treatment processes, it cannot be generalized for practical uses. An extensive set of clinical data will be the only solution to provide practicality for AI algorithms. Han works with a number of medical firms, seeking ways to implement big data and block chain technology. To enable big data analysis and AI development becomes possible, an extensive accumulation of accurate information is extremely crucial. However, this process is nearly impossible for several reasons. First, the formats of medical records and documents are different at each hospital, making it difficult to collect and organize the data in a consistent manner. Second, there is a phenomenon called “doctor shopping” in Korea. This refers to patients picking out the hospital and doctor they want to see. After receiving diagnoses from any number of desired doctors, patients then decide on the hospital that they wish to receive treatment from. This means that even if some hospitals have data on disease diagnosis, they do not necessarily have a accompanying record on treatment. This phenomenon scatters medical information everywhere. Even the data on treatment can become fractured when a patient decides to move around hospitals for the best treatment. Finally, even if it was somehow possible to collect the fragmented medical data in a consistent manner, current medical laws ban the use of medical data from being exported to another entity. According to Han, all these obstacles can be overcome with a key technology: block chain. Block chain technology is the building block of crypto currency, allowing the creation of a virtual ledger that cannot be meddled with. This endows security and stability to the newly surfacing form of currency. The same manner of utilization can be adapted for medical data. The reason why medical records were entrusted to hospitals was because they were the only entity deemed responsible enough not to modify medical documents for their own benefit. However, with the block chain technology, medical records and data can be entrusted to the individual, allowing the possibility of attaining data legitimately. Furthermore, the diagnosis and treatment will no longer be fragmented, ensuring the profundity of the data set. The development and implementation of this technology is steadily underway. Han added that one of his current research topics is focused on creating the environment that enables the purchase and sale of medical data. “Personal medical data will inevitably be a valuable asset that companies will seek to purchase. What I want to prepare is a new market for this transaction.” Han’s journey The department of computer engineering was not established when Han went to school. The department of electrical and electronic engineering had an integrated curriculum, providing classes in computer engineering and electrical engineering. Han made the decision to take classes in system engineering, computer programming, and so on. After graduation, Han went to Seoul National University's graduate school of electronics and computer engineering where he focused his research on databases. What drew him to the medical field was a single seminar. Among the large number of seminars at the time, Han participated in the one where the speaker talked about the infinite data created by cells and how they could be used (the term, “big data” was non-existent at the time). This concept was a great shock at the time, and it has grasped Han’s interest since then. Han stated that though his studies were tough, he felt a genuine interest in his classes. During the short period of employment after attaining his master’s degree, Han decided to pursue a career in bioinformatics. After extensive contemplation, as well as consultation, Han concluded that an analyst would be as far as he could get in the field without extensive knowledge in biology or medicine. After some consideration, he enrolled in Cha Medical University. His courses there revolved around clinical research, a direction he continues to this day. “It was very difficult studying both fields. Having studied subjects such as math, physics, and systems logic, I’ve never had to memorize much for my classes. They were more focused on comprehension. On the other hand, the field of medicine was about memorizing, from beginning to end. At a relatively old age, it was hard to memorize so much information. I think I studied about three times as much as my peers did. The process was definitely not easy. However, after completing my studies, I could really feel the synergy coming into play when I began my doctorate courses. I could communicate the language in both fields, reading and referring from research papers in respective fields. This helped out a lot.” Drawn from his life experience, Han emphasized the importance of connectivity for young students. “In school, different subjects are studied independently. There are hardly any classes that teach students how to connect and integrate different fields. As of now, it is up to the students to grow the ability to do so.” Han wished to advise students to learn to connect different domains. According to Han, this insight through integration can often create an opportunity of “burst.” Lee Chang-hyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Kang Cho-hyun

2018-02 27

[Alumni]Introducing Ajaeng to the World

A jazz and ajaeng cross over recital named ‘the Moon’ was held on the 19th of January, in the chamber hall of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts to commemorate her release of a new album. ‘Ajaeng,’ being an instrument a lot of people aren’t familiar with, earned great attention between the audiences. The ajaeng player, Jung Mi-jung (M.S. in Music, ‘16), successfully finished her recital with positive remarks and is now preparing for the next step. News H met with her in a quiet café to hear more about her life as a unique instrument player. ‘Moon’ Ajaeng is a seven-stringed Korean traditional instrument commonly used in court music. It has a unique, low-toned pitch, that charms all who listen to it. However, not a lot of people are aware of this instrument. Jung is therefore working hard to introduce this instrument to the world. Moon, the name of her new album and her latest concert, included crossover and her own music to fascinate people, which resulted in great success. The album titled ‘Moon’ contains 8 different songs: four songs that were written on her own and four already-existing songs combined with ajaeng’s unique tone. News H met Jung in an artistic cafe which is associated with her. Jung had a meaningful intention to her first crossover music album. “I once took a taxi with my ajaeng. However, the driver didn’t even know the existence of the instrument. After then, I decided I should work harder to introduce ajaeng to the world,” reminisced Jung. She combined different genres and instruments to her music and released an album. Mixing various genres allowed the audience to have more interest in her songs. In her commemoration concert, she added improvisation on stage and gave another atmosphere to the hall. Various players who are talented in their own areas participated in the concert, giving liveliness to the hall. The concert finished with great success, recording over three hundred, non-professional audiences, and a step toward the publicity of ajaeng. Living with a unique instrument “My father loved Korean traditional music. He used to play the drums every night for his hobby. Even though it might seem small, that greatly motivated me to pursue Korean traditional music as my career,” reminisced Jung. She first started with Haegeum, which is also a similar instrument to ajaeng, only with a much higher tone. However, ajaeng seemed to fit her much better. “I think each and every person has an instrument that fits him or her. I tend to have a lower voice than others, and I think it was the same for my instrument,” said Jung. She was more ‘fit’ to ajaeng than any other instrument and was therefore able to become a professional even though she first started ajaeng when she was in the second grade of high school. After her degree in university and after a few years of her life as a professional ajaeng player, she decided to continue on with her studies. Restarting her academic life in Hanyang University for a master’s degree, she was able to improve herself in both theory and practice. “This experience raised me to become a better person in the society of Korean traditional music. I definitely have more chances and situations to prove myself after graduation. With the field of ajaeng being so small, I want to help boost the field as much as I can, and I wish to use the chances I have,” commented Jung. For years to come Throughout her life of ajaeng, she has already been to various countries and has spread not only the knowledge of the instrument but Korean culture itself. She said she is still learning the value of her instrument through these incidents. “After the accompanied performance in Russia, an elderly woman burst out in tears, and the firm director hugged me saying I did well. I can still remember that scene even that time has passed,” reminisced Jung. Jung wishes to introduce ajaeng to the whole world. Jung is still continuing her life as an ajaeng player. “I am currently working on another Korean traditional music collection, writing solo pieces. I wish to make more literary music through my abilities,” said Jung. She showed her passion to perform more in foreign countries and become an educator in the future. “I want to be able to take part in a change of this cultural field, and it’s going to be difficult if I don’t become a leader. I wish I could become a leader to better improve the field of Korean traditional music.” Jung--without a doubt--is walking her way to becoming another leader of her generation. On Jung-yun jessica0818@hanyang.ac.kr Photos by Choi Min-ju

2018-02 26

[Alumni]For Africa, In Africa

What are some of the most common preconceived notions of Africa? You might likely think of it as a place of less development, fatal diseases, and torrid weather. However, people with analytic insight will say that it is a place full of potentially infinite development. Jin Seung-soo (Division of Mechanical Engineering, ’09), dedicating his passion in making Africa a better country, is a member of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Jin shared his story of working in Africa this week. Collaboration is the key AfDB is an intercontinental development finance institution whose objective is to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions in Africa, with aims to develop its social and economic status at large. Currently consisting of 80 member countries, 54 of which are African countries and the rest, non-African countries, the organization is staying faithful to its mission through supporting projects and programs that foster the economic and social development of the country. Counseling and financing for development, the AfDB provides grants, concessional loans, and non-concessional loans which are mainly used to build large-scale infrastructure and for economic policy reformation or empowerment. "In an international finance institute like AfDB, there are people from diverse fields of study." (Photo courtesy of Jin) Upon entering the AfDB in 2013, Jin is currently in the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire where the headquarters is located and is taking charge of developing energy projects for Eastern Africa. He is an energy finance expert, mainly responsible for leading the energy project financing. In other cases, he is a financial specialist who analyzes the profitability and economic validity of the finance project. When the African government or a private sector requests finances for energy projects, the AfDB’s sector expert supports them as a task manager and forms an appraisal team with specialists like Jin in addition to other specialists such as environmental and social specialists, legal specialists, and credit risk specialists. The team would then make decisions regarding the financing for the project. Taking a glimpse into Jin’s career in Africa, there seems to be little connection between his major Mechanical Engineering and his financing work. Jin accounted for this seemingly divergent career path: “since I was an university student, I was interested in other fields outside of the Engineering Department such as management and finance. I once took a course and studied plants, which triggered my interest in project financing. Being a part of the strategy for the planning team of Samsung C&T Corporation and Samsung LED, I added financial knowledge on top of my engineering knowledge. Then, I grew ambitious and wanted to use my competency to do something big.” Afterwards, Jin quit working in Samsung and got his M.A. degree in Business Administration from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Having studied both engineering and finance, Jin was eager to find the merging point between the two fields. He finally came to the conclusion that he would finance projects, which led Jin to challenge himself in Africa in a sequence. A project for providing clean water (Photo courtesy of AfDB) The potential to create greater impact With its growth rate exceeding that of the world’s rate, Africa is being spotlighted for development investments, displaying an infinitude of possibilities for development around just about every corner of the country. Working for and living in Africa for several years now, Jin has been witnessing the growth of the country while at the same time being involved in its development. “Currently, Africa isn’t a very stable country, which is why many countries are deterred from investing in it. In the case of Korea, it is maintaining its speculative stance toward Africa since it classifies the country as a risk. However, Africa has a very high growth rate and a strikingly low development level, which brings the effect of development to its climax,” commented Jin. As aforementioned, Jin’s job is to analyze the economic validity of a project as a financial analyst. He feels the highest sense of achievement when the project he financed develops into a beneficial one, both financially and economically. He recalled one of his most rewarding performances while financing South Africa’s Concentrate solar power plant project, where earning the approval from the bank was very difficult due to a profitability-related matter. Despite the fact that Jin was a newly recruited member, he was a big help in that situation. “It is always a very good thing to see people’s lifestyle changing due to the changes of development. Providing electricity to the region where there is no electricity, for example, would completely change people’s lives. Furthermore, the electricity could be used to further develop the area. Thinking about all the awaiting developments, it feels very gratifying and valuable. As an energy finance expert, Jin’s goal in the long run is to promote as much investment as possible and contribute in its energy development. Furthermore, he envisions promoting investments to Africa from Korea and building a bridge between the two countries and allowing Korean corporations to enter Africa. “For all the students who dream of working for the promotion of global welfare, there are three things to keep in mind: First, fluency in a second or even a third language and expertise in your field are indispensable. Second, experience is crucial. It is never easy to enter an international organization, which means that in order to increase your competency, having related experience could lift you up and serve as an essential background. Last, suitability and perseverance are required. A large institute is not a place you can get into right after graduating from school. You need a definite goal and supporting plans to eventually achieve your dream. Failure is not to be feared!” "Africa has infinite potential for development." (Photo courtesy of Dong A) Jeon Chae-yun chaeyun111@hanyang.ac.kr

2018-02 25

[Alumni]Catching the Moment of the Act

“A play is an exciting form of art. It exists in each moment, and every performance is different and special.” The celebrated play critic, Kim Ock Ran (Korean Literature, 87'), recently awarded the Yeoseokki Critic Award, showed a visible air of excitement and love for the theatrical art. “I love being part of the moment. Not only do I write about the plot and acting of the play, I watch the audience, observing how their breath changes in reaction to the performance.” Kim confessed that her interests were strictly in plays. She hardly watches movies. (Photo courtesy of Lee Eun Kyeong) Red and Black Winner of the 2017 Yeoseokki award, Kim writes about plays in a wide scope of magazines and journals. “It is an extreme honor to have been awarded this prize. This award is a very special recognition. If no noteworthy piece is published that year, the award isn't given at all.” Named after the late play critic, Yeo Seok-ki, who established the field of play critic, the award is dedicated to continuing his legacy and recognizing great writers in the field. Kim also mentioned that the award was given by Yeo's daughter, which was another great honor. Kim was awarded for her book, Red and Black. The book held piercing criticism towards the government in the years from 2013 to 2015 when the “Black list” scandal had created a huge issue. “Plays are more vulnerable to government censorship since it has to happen on stage. During the black list period, stages would suddenly go under construction blocking plays from even happening.” According to Kim, censorship had become a critical tool for the government, especially after the Sewol Incident. She was surprised to find out the pattern of censorship as she had organized and wrote about the dispersed cases of government intervention. “I realized a lot of things while writing this book. I learned how pervasive censorship is and the role I play as a critic. The book also helped me find and secure my voice.” “My philosophy in writing is to “write easily.” More than anything, the readers should be able to read with ease. I had the privilege to visit the late critic Yeo and asked him how I should write.” His answer was to write in a simple and clear tone, and since then, it has been the guideline for Kim. She confessed that she rewrites her pieces several times, focusing on how she can shorten her sentences. “The key point in critic writing is empathy. Readers need to relate to the message that I aim to deliver. It also needs to be alive. Because plays are very much alive.” Life as a play critic According to Kim, her decision to become a play critic came very naturally. She majored in Korean literature, specializing in Korean plays. Therefore, she had many opportunities to see theatrical performances as a student. Furthermore, personal mediums such as blogs and social networking portals had just come into existence at the time. “I had plenty of things to write about and the perfect place to write on. It all just came very naturally.” During her years as a student, the Department of Theater and Film belonged to the College of Humanities, giving her more opportunities to get involved in the arts. It was also an era of demonstrations, so students spent more time on the streets than in classrooms. According to Kim, there were many seminars back then and many discussions and debates. She received much constructive feedback and ideas during her seminar sessions. Her life as a student was very active, participating in photography clubs and traveling. “I did everything with passion. I don't think I could live so actively if I had the chance to go back.” "I traveled, took photos, wrote, watched performances, and just had so much fun." (Photo courtesy of Lee Eun Kyeong) The future of Korean plays and Kim's role “Up until the 1980's and 90's, the writer held the most power and influence over plays. After that, it was the era of directors. Although the text was given, the manner of delivering the piece unto the stage was most important, a task best suited for directors. The trend these days has turned to production theaters. Until now, theaters were merely hardware. Always rented and reserved.” Now the tide has turned to production theaters. Theaters regularly decide on the themes, adapting the stage to cater to it. Then the directors and writers are casted, creating a line-up for the season. According to Kim, the influence of ideas and social issues has grown stronger. The trend has also begun to provide performance opportunities abroad. She sees it as a development, giving productions more independence and power. “Plays in the past had too much intervention from the Korean National Drama Company." "I think this is the last step of democratization for Korean theaters." (Photo courtesy of Lee Eun Kyeong) Kim sees the field of play productions as going through a period of struggle and development. With the recent scandals concerning sexual harrasment and inequality, the theatrical arts is going through a tough period. Kim has also expressed great remorse over the course of events. “Many people devoted to this form of art are devastated. The pillars that we cherished and celebrated had been rotten from the start.” Nevertheless, Kim was hopeful, as she sees it as a step towards a better society. “It hurts, very much. But it was something unacceptable, and the people are moving towards change." Kim was determined to cover every inch of this change as a person researching this field. “I have an obligation to keep a certain distance, and record this moment in history as objectively as possible. It is a time that requires much wisdom and courage, and I am optimistic for the future we will approach.” Lee Changhyun pizz1125@hanyang.ac.kr Photo by Kang Chohyun