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2020-08 07 Important News

[Special]Liberal Arts Courses Created by Students

Harang, the ERICA Campus student council, recently hosted an open contest which selected the best liberal arts courses designed by students. The contest took place from May 18th to June 30th, and the results were announced on July 17th. Out of forty-one entries received, five proposals were selected as winners. Harang, the ERICA Campus student council, hosted an open contest which allowed students to submit liberal arts courses of their own design. (Photo courtesy of Harang) The contest aimed to promote the qualitative improvement of liberal arts education at ERICA Campus. The best entries were to be reflected in future school curriculum as potential elective courses. “The goal was to make student-centered courses by letting the students themselves incorporate their interests into the class syllabus,” said Hwang Yeong-eun (Division of Media, Culture and Design Technology, 3rd Year), the director of Harang. For practical implementation, the contest was co-hosted by the Center for Creative Convergence Education of ERICA Campus. The entries were evaluated based on seven standards: creativity, student reaction, contribution, completeness, feasibility, academic value, and sustainability. Five proposals were selected as winning entries, one first prize, two runner-ups, and two participation prizes. Shim Ha-yun (Department of Korean Language and Literature, 2nd Year) won first prize with What You Should Know to Live in the 21st Century, an omnibus course designed to introduce social issues that students will be faced with in their future daily lives. “The lecturers present based on keywords such as economy, philosophy, culture, and artificial intelligence, allowing students to grow necessary insights on various topics,” said Shim. The runner-ups were Cultural Trends of the Past and Present designed by Choi Yun-seol (Department of Chinese Studies, 4th Year), where students learn and discuss retro styles and the culture derived from them, and The Issue of Korean Politics by Han Ji-yeon (Division of Economics, 3rd year). Attempting Human Croquis with Pencil and World History Recorded by Alcohol took the participation prizes. Shim Ha-yun (Department of Korean Language and Literature, 2nd Year) won the gold prize with a course that deals with social issues that students are faced with. Unfortunately, the implementation of this year's entries had to fall through. “Due to some problems in the guidance on the requirements of the contest, the award-winning works could not be reflected in the curriculum,” explained Hwang. Nevertheless, the student council sincerely thanked the students for their participation. “We are planning to run the contest again next semester,” said Yoon Ji-seok (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 4th Year), the president of Harang. The president asked for continuous attention and participation for the next open contest, just as the students did this semester. Oh Kyu-jin Illustrations by Bae Jeong-eun

2020-07 27 Important News

[Academics][Researcher of the Month] Customizing Breast Cancer Treatment through Big Data

In 2015, Professor Kong Gu (College of Medicine) was a pioneer in the field of breast cancer research and treatment, laying the foundation for web-based precision by mapping 560 breast cancer whole-genome sequences. Kong is now developing a screening system for breast cancer with multiomics and big data, paving the way for customization and personalized breast cancer treatment. Professor Kong Gu (College of Medicine) developed a target gene screening system for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women, causing death to 1 out of 38 women. The cancer is classified into three subtypes, which are Estrogen Receptor (ER) positive, HER2 positive, and triple-negative. The latter two – which make up fewer than 30 percent of all cases – usually have bad prognoses. Through this research project, Kong sought to find the target gene of malignant tumors through multiomics. Multiomics is a new approach where the data sets of different omic groups, such as the genome, proteome, and transcriptome, are combined during analysis. By unpacking 41 data sets from METABRIC, TCGA, and GEO, Kong made a target gene screening system that allows researchers to customize the treatment of potential patients. “It is a platform to provide the individualized surgical target with data visualization,” explained the professor. Data visualization, survival analysis, and target gene screening are three main points in this research. (Photo courtesy of Kong) Kong, who is one of the first Korean scholars to introduce the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, said it was a challenge for him to conduct this research. “Most of what I have studied as a researcher was on biotechnology(BT),” said Kong. The latest research, however, involved informational technology (IT). He said a lot of help was given to him from Kim Hyung Yong, a Ph.D. candidate who majored in bioinformatics for his master’s degree. Kong tried to learn IT himself, as well as to pass his knowledge of breast cancer on to his doctoral student. “It was an opportunity to remind me that the path of learning is long and winding," recalled Kong. Kong said it was definitely a challenge to encounter informational technology (IT) in his research. Kong advised the members of Hanyang to be engrossed in their path. “Stay focused on your interests with constant effort,” advised the professor. “You will eventually become an expert in the field.” Oh Kyu-jin

2020-07 20 Important News

[Academics][Excellent R&D] Building a System for Urban Ecosystems

When engineers did urban planning in the past, the feasibility and economic efficacy that it would bring were the top priorities. Recently, however, there has been increasing attention given to environmental factors, and the research on urban ecosystems has gained popularity within the field of urban planning. Professor Oh Kyushik (Department of Urban Planning and Engineering) is building up a spatial decision support system to maintain and manage urban ecosystem services. Professor Oh Kyushik (Department of Urban Planning and Engineering) is creating a platform for the maintenance and management of urban ecosystem services. Oh’s project aims to make a platform that assists with the decision-making process of the government. “What I am trying to do is to connect developmental and environmental issues in one framework,” explained Oh. The professor presented four standards in providing ecosystem services: resilience, buffer power, carbon storage capability, and heat stress mitigation capability. Considering these four standards, Oh collected research data provided by the collaborating labs and incorporated them in a readily accessible platform with an easy-to-use interface. Oh collected research data provided by collaborating labs and incorporated them into a readily accessible platform with an easy-to-use interface. Previously, Oh has been in charge of two national-level research and development projects conducted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. However, this was his first time participating in a project conducted by the Ministry of Environment. "The two ministries have some common ground but see from different points of view,” said Oh. He said he was determined to learn and combine both standards through this project. Oh revealed his will to make his research beneficial by reflecting the views of both the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport and the Ministry of Environment. Oh reminded the members of Hanyang to look with eyes wide open at the past, but more importantly at the future. “I feel the world is changing at a rapid pace, especially after the coronavirus outbreak,” said Oh. The professor said that the field of urban planning is changing in parallel, as it is a discipline that is deeply related to the daily life of the public. Oh advised students to keep a broad vision and to build up extensive knowledge for the future. Oh Kyu-jin

2020-07 12 Important News

[Special]How the Lion Became the Symbol of Hanyang

A lion is the officially designated school mascot of Hanyang University. The lion indicates the tradition and pride of the university and is used to represent Hanyang on school banners, student supplies, souvenirs, and other representative images of the university. Then when and how did the lion first establish itself as the symbol of Hanyang, and how has it changed over time? The lion is the symbol of Hanyang University and is frequently used as a representative image of the school. The statue of a roaring lion In February 1966, the lion statue in front of the Administration Building was unveiled. It was donated by the alumni of the Class of 1966 to memorialize their commencement. Although there are some mismatches between the sources, the stone statue is known to have been carved by Jeon Roe-jin, a master sculptor who won the National Art Exhibition several times. Made of granite, the statue depicts the spirit of a roaring lion. Hanyang Newspaper describes the lion statue as follows: "A lion generally implies bravery and is used as a symbol of heroes. The dignity of the Hanyang Lion corresponds with that representation." Hanyang Newspaper, March 5th, 1966 Since then, the lion has become the symbol of the university. These editorial cartoons show how it has been used throughout the history of Hanyang. The heyday of Hanyang Baseball in the 1970s (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) Celebrating the establishment of ERICA campus. (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) Hanyangians on their volunteer activities for rural communities. (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) Trivia on the teeth of the lion statue For a long time, there has been a myth surrounding the teeth of the lion statue. As many students of Hanyang have prepared for the bar exam and civil service exams, they often counted the lion’s teeth for good luck before their tests. As a result, a number of times the lion's teeth, as well as the tail, have been removed from the lion by the examinees. The school administration responded strongly to this issue in the early 2000s, and the lion's granite teeth were replaced with plastic ones. There was a myth about the lion statue's teeth, as they were thought to bring luck to examinees on the bar exam and civil service exams. (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) The lion becomes the brand of Hanyang Today, the lion is more than just a representation of the school; it is the brand of Hanyang. The university launched HYlion 1.0 as its official mascot in 2011. Its name came from the combination of the words "Hanyang" and "lion." The mascot was updated last year, reinforcing its function as a character brand. “The focus is on planning, developing, and finding various applications of HYLion to strengthen a shared sense of school spirit,” said Lee Soo-kyeong from the Design Administration Center. “It also aims to make Hanyang more appealing to future students.” (Left) HYlion 1.0 and (right) HYlion 2.0 (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University) Oh Kyu-jin Photos by Oh Kyu-jin

2020-07 06 Important News

[Special]Finding the Sound of Hanyang

You hear this song as you walk up the stairs in Hanyang Campus at 9:00 in the morning. You can also hear it on official occasions, as well as the last song performed by the Hanyang orchestra on every stage. Can you guess what it is? It is the sound of Hanyang University’s official school anthem. The school anthem was composed by Dr. Paiknam Kim Lyun-joon, the founder of Hanyang University. Kim, along with being a successful educator and entrepreneur, was also a talented musician both as a baritone singer and a composer. Kim composed numerous vocal pieces throughout his lifetime, of which the Elegy and I Will Live Among the Green Mountains are most widely-known. His achievements were acknowledged with the Grand Prize in composition for world musicians in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the University of Tübingen. The school anthem is sung in unison on official occasions of Hanyang University and affiliated schools of the Hanyang Foundation. The song is composed of two verses and a chorus, although the attendees usually only sing the first verse. The lyrics talk about the need to practice Love in Deed and Truth, the founding philosophy of the university. Unfortunately, most of the original materials related to the school anthem have been lost, including the original score of the anthem. However, Hanyang University Archives explains that past yearbooks provide some clues to its history. They have discovered that the first mention of the anthem appears in the initial issue of the Hanyang News in 1959 as well as in the yearbook published the same year. The yearbook of 1967 is the first publication of the complete lyrics of the song. There was a small variation in the lyrics around 1982 as the word "clean (닦아서)" was changed to "sharpen (깎아서)." The score of the school anthem included in the yearbook of 1967. (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) The score of the school anthem included in the yearbook of 1982. There was a slight change in the lyrics. (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) The score of the school anthem printed in 2019 (Photo courtesy of Hanyang University Archives) The school anthem is a song that connotes Hanyang’s past, present, and future. As long as the story of Hanyang continues, the school anthem will remain and convey the spirit of the school. Oh Kyu-jin

2020-06 29

[Alumni]A Crossover of Traditional and Contemporary Music

Traditional music in Korea is called gugak, which literally means “national music” in Korean. However, as the trends of Western music have been sweeping the music industry for more than half a century, most Koreans feel a sense of distance from traditional music. Ha Yun-ju (Department of Korean Traditional Music, '09) is a Jeongga (a kind of gugak which involves vocal singing) singer who is trying to popularize traditional music through a musical crossover with Western music. Ha Yun-ju (Department of Korean Traditional Music, '09) is a Jeongga singer who is trying to popularize the traditional music of Korea through a crossover with contemporary music. (Photo courtesy of Ha) Ha explained Jeongga as a genre that engrafts music and literature which used to be enjoyed by the upper-classes. “Jeongga reveals a taste for the arts as it leads to inner peace from its slow and steady melody,” said Ha. She added that Jeongga provides a mystic experience by filling in the emptiness of people with lyrical and instructive messages. After entering Hanyang with a full scholarship, Ha started to lay the foundation for her competence as a musician. “Each lesson with the professors helped me grow to be able to meet the standards to survive in the actual field,” said Ha. With the professors’ support as well as her efforts, Ha won the Gold Prize in the 27th Onnara Gugak Competition. However, Ha aspires to more than just mastering Jeongga. She is especially interested in familiarizing other people with this beautiful traditional music. Ha chose a crossover between traditional music and contemporary music as the medium. Upon receiving the KBS Gugak Award in 2018, Ha released her first full-length studio album, Chuseon, which means “a fan in autumn." The album featured contemporary songs sung in the style of Jeongga, expressing the loneliness of a woman saying farewell to her loved one. In addition, Ha is participating in various collaborations with contemporary pop musicians including Kim Junsu, Song So-hee, and Second Moon. Ha feels that she has been tasked with certain responsibilities as a traditional musician, and the crossover is a way of fulfilling them. Chuseon is Ha's first full-length studio album which expresses the loneliness of a woman saying farewell to her loved one. (Photo courtesy of Ha) Other than the crossover, Ha has been involved in diverse projects to popularize traditional music. The Jeongga singer recently released a collection of children's songs after appearing in Who Is Good at This, a singing contest program for children. Ha is preparing to release another full-length album, The Point of Ecstasy, with the poems of Na Tae-ju. Ha also plans to participate in a singing competition program by MBN as a representative of traditional music. “With my music, I am trying to touch the emotions that all Koreans unconsciously carry in their minds,” said Ha. Ha told the members of Hanyang to keep their passion and believe in what they are aiming for. “What you believe is what opens your way to the opportunities,” said Ha. “Even when you feel exhausted, don’t give up and do your best.” Oh Kyu-jin

2020-06 07 Important News

[Special]Tourism After the Coronavirus Outbreak

Everything has stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak. Nations across the world have imposed travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the disease. The tourism industry has been directly affected by these procedures, recording a 98.2 percent drop of inbound travelers in April compared to previous years. However, despite the hugely negative downturn, Professor Lee Hoon (Division of Tourism), one of the leading commentariats in the field, has a rather positive outlook on tourism. The tourism industry has directly been affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak, but Professor Lee Hoon (Division of Tourism) maintains a positive outlook on K-tourism in the long run. “The tourism industry faces crises of some form every three to four years,” explained Lee. Nonetheless, the professor acknowledged the unprecedented nature of the current condition as traveling inbound and outbound were both shut down. This is expected to create a huge economic blow as the industry is in an interdependent relationship with the visitor economy. Lee estimates a 50 trillion to 70 trillion won loss in tourism revenue this year alone as long as the epidemic continues. The government has recently provided a bailout package to maintain employment and to support the industry. Seoul paid an extra 5 million won to individual tourist agencies through stimulus checks. However, Lee pointed out the absence of holistic measures as there have only been stopgaps to prevent the industry's abrupt collapse. “The government measures disregard the blind spots of tourism, most of which are freelancers and small business owners,” criticized Lee. "They need to shape a crisis management system by viewing the tourism industry as an ecosystem." Lee said there is a huge demand in the crisis management system to support the ecosystem of tourism. (Photo courtesy of Newsis) However, Lee maintains a careful optimism about the future of K-tourism. He expects that excellence in the K-quarantine will give a positive impact on the tourism industry. “The quarantine authorities of Korea have secured trust through transparent information disclosure and active treatment of international tourists,” explained the professor. Lee added that it will provide a favorable condition for visitors when tourism is resumed at full-scale. Lee predicted that once the tourism does resume, the form of travelling will change. “Travelers are expected to rely more on foreigner independent tours (FITs) than group tours,” said the professor. Also, there would be more provocative attempts in the convergence of tourism and informational technology, as well as advancements in the management of safety and hygiene. “As people are getting more sensitive about such issues, accommodation and food culture are those that are bound to undergo improvements.” Lee expects that the excellent practice of K-quarantine will contribute to the future success of K-tourism. Lee asked for a shift of ideas, encouraging the introduction of innovations in tourism. “Travel needs will not disappear as long as people live their lives,” said the professor. “The coronavirus outbreak can be a blessing in disguise from the perspective of the tourism industry, which could eventually lead to a step-up in K-tourism.” Considering the demands for overseas travel, Lee forecasted domestic travel to rapidly increase in return. The professor expected tourist attractions that provide beautiful natural scenery with fewer people will gain popularity. Lee recommended cities along Route 7 (i.e., Samcheok, Uljin, Yeongdeok, and Pohang) for this summer vacation. “Those cities offer feasible coastal drives as well as great trekking courses along the seashore,” said Lee. Oh Kyu-jin Photos by Oh Kyu-jin

2020-06 01 Important News

[Academics][Excellent R&D] Standing at the Center of Cutting-Edge Technology

Although there have been notable advances in the study of natural science, research related to high pressure has not been active in Korea due to the lack of groundwork technology. Professor Kim Jaeyong (Department of Physics) is opening up the route to high pressure research through the HYU-HPSTAR-CIS High Pressure Research Center, the hub of collaboration between the world-class institutes. Professor Kim Jaeyong (Department of Physics) is paving the way for high pressure research in Korea. The HYU-HPSTAR-CIS High Pressure Research Center was established in 2016 with support from The Ministry of Science and ICT. The research center is in a collaborative relationship with the Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS) of the United States and the Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR) of China. The three institutes are consistently sharing their research outcomes by holding joint symposiums and reinforcing researcher exchanges. Kim explained the collaboration as “a successful case of acquiring advanced technologies by bringing in world-class institutes,” referring to the research spirit of the center as “Moon Ik-jeom spirit.” Moon is a historical figure who brought cottonseed from China into Korea, allowing the country to produce and distribute cotton to citizens. Just as Moon did in the past, Kim attained three diamond anvil cells, high pressure devices that enable the compression of a small piece of material with extreme pressure, from HPSTAR in 2016. Within a short period, Kim succeeded in producing a unique version of the cell. The center’s main focus is on hydrogen energy storage. The have recently reported successful results in the reversible storage of hydrogen energy. By imposing high pressure in Ti-Zr-Ni Quasicrystals, the research team was able to keep 4.2 wt of hydrogen at room temperature. Kim hopes that the results will contribute to the commercialization of hydrogen-powered cars. Kim hopes to contribute to the commercialization of hydrogen-powered cars with his recent research. Kim has demonstrated his will to help position the HYU-HPSTAR-CIS High Pressure Research Center as the hub of high pressure research. Kim also encouraged more students to participate in the research. “Our university has sufficient human resources, research conditions, and support systems to conduct the research,” said the professor. “I hope the students can feel the sense of thrill that comes from standing at the center of cutting-edge technology.” Oh Kyu-jin

2020-05 24 Important News

[Special]Recalling the Master of Thinking

Ten years have gone by since Professor Rhee Yeung-hui (Department of Media Communication) passed away. The late professor was a journalist, a scholar, and a social activist, who remains a symbolic figure of press freedom and Korea’s democracy. Evaluated as “the Teacher of Thought” for young Korean intellectuals in the ‘70s and ‘80s, what Rhee called for is still being followed today by his students, journalists, critics, and fellow scholars. Professor Rhee Yeung-hui (Department of Media Communication) was a journalist and a scholar who symbolized the freedom of the press and the struggle for democracy. (Photo courtesy of The Hankyoreh) Rhee was born in 1929 at Unsan, North Pyongan Province. During the Korean War, Rhee served in the military as an interpreter officer. Rhee started off his journalism career by joining the Hapdong News Agency in 1957. He moved to the Chosun Il-bo – one of the country’s most influential newspapers – as a foreign news editor. However, Rhee was advised to resign in 1968 due to his series of articles opposing the authoritarian government. The journalist returned to the Hapdong News Agency as a foreign news editor, where he experienced his second dismissal in 1971 for a similar reason. With a recommendation from Professor Jang Ryong (Department of Media Communication), Rhee joined Hanyang University as an assistant professor the following year. Rhee remained involved on the front lines of the pro-democracy movement since then. As a consequence, the professor was forced out of office twice and was imprisoned three times by the government during his tenure at Hanyang. After his last return, Rhee participated in the establishment of the newspaper The Hankyoreh as a non-executive director, which claimed to be "the first newspaper in the world truly independent of political power and large capital." Rhee retired in 1995 but kept on teaching as an emeritus professor at the Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He died in 2010 at the age of 81. "The sole purpose of writing starts and ends at pursuing the truth." Rhee, in his book Idol and Reason Rhee was renowned as a prolific writer which brought him fame as the maître à penser (the master of thinking). Rhee usually published books on social issues, and they had a sensational impact on young intellectuals in the 1970s and 1980s. Of particular note, in his book Logic for an Era of Transition, Rhee criticized the sweeping trends of reckless anti-communism which were prevalent due to the Cold War. It was a paradigm shift for journalists and collegians who experienced the Korean War in their youth. Rhee received numerous awards including the Manhae Practitioner Prize (an authoritative award held by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in commemoration of the symbolic reformer Manhae Han Yong-un) in 2000. Rhee was subjected to fierce criticism by his political rivals after the 1990s. The opposites criticized that Rhee came to hasty conclusions on controversial social phenomena. Besides, his adherence to antiwar sentiments aroused repulsion in people who gave priority to national interests. However, it is undeniable that Rhee provided new insights into Korean society. He was one of the first South Korean intellectuals to overcome McCarthyism with his famous quote – “A bird flies with both left and right wings.” Rhee was referred to as the maître à penser (the master of thinking) for his struggle for democracy. (Photo courtesy of KBS) Posterity will remember Rhee as a great journalist and scholar. “Rhee led the new generation and contributed to the fostering of intellectuals with his publications,” said Choi Young-muk (Department of Media Communication, ’85), a professor of Sungkonghoe University and a renowned media scholar who used to be Rhee’s teaching assistant. Professor Ahn Dong-geun (Department of Media Communication), who studied under Rhee, also showed respect towards his teacher. “Regardless of criticism posed upon him, Rhee’s competence and ability as a scholar will be recognized by future generations.” Oh Kyu-jin

2020-05 03

[Academics][Excellent R&D] How Data Science Connects with Society

Data science is the use of the scientific method to obtain useful information from computer data. As it gives new insights into a vast amount of data, there exists an interdisciplinary approach in social science to compensate for what they might have missed through traditional methods with data science. Professor Cha Jae-hyuk (Division of Computer Science and Engineering) developed a platform that accelerates the convergence of the two disciplines. Professor Cha Jaehyuk (Division of Computer Science and Engineering) established a platform that merges data science with social science. Data science is expected to bring about a new horizon in social science as social issues are becoming more complex. “We are now in a hyper-connected society where small changes bring about significant ripple effects,” explained Cha. Traditional social research methods could easily result in biases as they rely on surveys which only take a small amount of data into consideration. Cha expects computational social science to contribute to the analysis of potential risk factors and to establish sustainable policies for vulnerable, multi-dimensional social issues. Cha is currently working to build a platform that integrates data science into social science. The platform consists of three subgroups that make social models through continuous monitoring and data collection. One deals with societal anxiety through analysis of social networking, whereas another group covers disability rights in relation to social mobility. The third digs deeper into public health issues, especially related to infectious disease control. Cha’s role is the general management of the platform. He added that the research is mainly done in association with seven social scientists and nine data scientists. There are the three subgroups which researchers use to create social models through monitoring and data analysis. (Photo courtesy of the Computational Social Science Center) Cha highlighted the importance of the platform as a channel for conversation. “Interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches open the way into problems that are difficult to address through the methods of traditional disciplines,” said Cha. This platform lets researchers from two disciplines share the outcomes and objectives of the study through visualization. Cha also revealed his plans as a director of the Computational Social Science Center. “I have seen researchers struggling due to academic barriers between the two disciplines,” said the director. Cha expects to foster interdisciplinarians who grasps the essentials of both data science and social science and can bridge the gap between the two fields of study. A breakthrough occurs when we bring down boundaries and encourage disciplines to learn from each other. Cha is opening the way to the resolution of social issues through the convergence of data science and social science. Oh Kyu-jin

2020-04 28 Important News

[Special]Hanyang Resumes Offline Lectures

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all courses were switched to online for the first four weeks of this semester. However, the university resumed some offline lectures starting on April 13 – most classes were limited to experiment practice and theory practice courses. The administration is paying extra attention to prevent the community-acquired infection. The students, on the other hand, have shown varying reactions surrounding the resumption of offline lectures. The university has recently resumed offline lectures, most of which are experiment practice and theory practice courses. In order to hold offline lectures, professors need to file up the request to the Academic Service Team the week before their first offline class. The classes could be held after the approval of the students, the affiliated college, and the Infectious Disease Control Committee. According to the Academic Service Team, about 200 classes requested offline lectures at Seoul Campus. A total of 70 classes requested offline classes at ERICA Campus, 27 of which are personal lessons hosted by the Department of Applied Music professors. Still, the officials added that even after receiving permission, many classes continue to be conducted online. In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there are a number of requirements before being allowed to attend an offline lecture. Before entering the classroom, students must be checked to ensure their temperature is below 37.5 degrees and fill out a self-health checkup form in front of the main gate. They are also required to wear masks in the classroom and wash their hands using hand sanitizer. Ventilation is also an important issue, as professors are encouraged to leave the windows and doors open. The participants – including the instructor – should maintain at least two meters of physical distance. Students should turn in a self-health checkup sheet and wear masks before entering the classroom. Students have expressed mixed opinions regarding the resumption of offline lectures. Nam Hee-joo (Department of Architecture, 5th year) preferred to have offline classes as she had more opportunities to receive critiques on her architectural designs. "There were lots of environmental limitations to getting enough feedback online,” said Nam. She added that offline classes motivated her to concentrate more on the professor’s lectures and comments. However, some of the students did not feel the same way. Kim Ki-young (Department of Jewelry and Fashion Design, 1st year) said that there was no notable difference between online and offline lectures. Kim said that he would rather choose to have more online classes considering his long commute time to school. Meanwhile, school officials said that they are making every effort to find ways to ensure the safest way to resolve the confusion caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. “The university believes that the health and safety of students and faculty members is the top priority,” said Oh Chae-young, a staff member of the Academic Service Team. “Please understand the inconvenience caused by online classes and the restricted access to school facilities as it is is a necessary measure to ensure our members' health and safety.” Oh Kyu-jin Photos by Kim Su-ji

2020-04 19 Important News

[Special]Edelstro Wins the Most Innovative Product of the Year at the 2020 Red Dot Design Awards

Hanyang University’s Robot Design Engineering Laboratory (RoDEL) led by Professor Seo TaeWon (Division of Mechanical Engineering) recently won the 2020 Red Dot Design Awards with Edelstro – a robot cleaner for the exterior windows of skyscrapers. Red Dot Design Awards is one of the most prestigious design awards for design concepts and almost pre-released products, held annually by the German Nordheim Westfalen Design Center. Edelstro was selected as the Most Innovative Product of the Year out of 6500 entries. Edelstro, developed by Professor Seo TaeWon (Division of Mechanical Engineering) and nine researchers of Hanyang, clinched the Most Innovative Product of the Year in the 2020 Red Dot Design Awards. (Photo courtesy of Seo) “Edelstro was invented to replace the high-risk, extreme work conditions that window cleaners are faced with,” said Seo. Installed on gondolas, Edelstro analyzes and cleans the windows with high efficiency. The robot provides improved cleaning performance with its visual sensors and artificial intelligence algorithms. Edelstro received particularly good reviews for its user-friendly design. “Edelstro was designed symmetrically, which enhanced the ease of installation and improved the interior layout as well as its exterior design,” said Seo. Considering its need to catch people’s eyes among monochromatic skyscrapers, the robot was spiced up with a yellow-colored squeegee and brush nozzles. The control panel was placed in the center of the machine for easier user operation. The robot was put on display at exhibitions such as the Dubai International Building and Construction Show (THE BIG 5), the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and the K-tech Show. It was also selected as a part of the G7 project by the National Research Foundation. Edelstro provides improved cleaning performance with its visual sensors and artificial intelligence algorithms. (Photo courtesy of Seo) Edelstro is earning a good reputation in terms of its user-friendly design. “Edelstro was designed symmetrically with its exterior design, ease of installation, and interior layout in mind,” said Seo. Considering its need to catch people’s eyes among monochromatic skyscrapers, the robot was spiced up with yellow-colored squeeze and brush nozzles. The control panel was placed in the center of the machine taking user experience into account. Seo says there are more things to be considered, however, in order for Edelstro to be used internationally. “Even aside from the diversity of buildings, the temperature, humidity, conditions, and regulations vary from country to country,” said Seo. The professor is recruiting partners to deal with related issues, with assistance from their Korean partner, CSCAM Co., Ltd. Moreover, RoDEL is working on a new model of Edelstro which does not require external appliances, such as gondolas, by adding a rope winch inside the robot. The lab is spurring the development process to meet the expected commercialization of Edelstro in 2021. RoDEL is also conducting further research on novel robotic platform design, analysis, control, and prototyping. In particular, Seo plans to develop a platform for wheel-based mobile robots that use shape-shifting wheels. The professor added that the lab has made progress in developing modular robots that can be applied in ship inspections and on the scenes of accidents. RoDEL is also working on underwater robot arms that facilitate underwater research. Hanyang University’s Robot Design Engineering Laboratory is working to develop novel robotic platforms including wheel-based mobile robots, modular robots, and underwater robot arms. (Photo courtesy of Seo) Seo emphasized community spirit, professionalism, and a sense of responsibility as the driving force of the lab's research projects. With high spirits as engineers, RoDEL is paving the way for pleasant innovations that contribute to society. Oh Kyu-jin