IEEE Gwangju Section

This page is dedicated to IEEE Gwangju Section.

The Section will promote membership development by continuing to organize social and technical meetings, give student awards in local technical meetings, encourage students to form a chapter of their own, and organize local sports activities in the name of IEEE. In addition, the Section will also aim to leverage IEEE Distinguished Lecturer programs to bring world class scholars to Gwangju and give the students the opportunity to have close interaction with them.

The number of IEEE Members in Gwangju Section suddenly increased from ~100 to ~150 a few years ago, so the main goal is to maintain the number of members while continuing professional activities such as technical seminars. Especially, we will continue recruiting undergraduate students through pizza parties, seminars, and a few dedicated events for membership recruitment. In 2017, we plan to have more than 5 technical seminars and more than one huge event for undergraduate recruitment, and continue our effort to sustain the YPAG in Gwangju.

*We will keep updating this page on regular basis with events and other information.


Membership Development Activities

Total number of active members

The number of active members is currently 186 for Gwangju Section.

Affinity Group Activities

• Young Professional (YP) In July, Young Professional Affinity Group (YPAG) was organized for the first time in Korea. The very first meeting was on August 4th, 2016, in which 15 IEEE Members/Student Members attended.

Awards & Recognition Activities

• Prof. Yo-Sung Ho was promoted to IEEE Fellow. There was celebration party in which 19 IEEE Members attended.



Prof. Gerwin Schalk, National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies

Dec. 12th, 2016, IEEE Seminar

Topic: Applying Engineering Principles to Applied ECoG-based Research.

Our laboratory integrates and advances scientific, engineering, and clinical concepts to innovate, develop and test new neurotechnologies and to apply them to basic and applied research. These multidisciplinary efforts span a variety of areas, including computational, cognitive, and systems neuroscience, signal processing, machine learning, statistics, computer science, and neurology/neurosurgery. To perform this research, we focus most of our efforts on signals recorded directly from the surface of the brain (electrocorticography (ECoG)).  Our vision is to revolutionize the way we can study the brain, and to develop important clinical tools for diagnosis or treatment of nervous system function.


Prof. Hyung Il Koo, Ajou University

Nov. 7th, 2016, IEEE Seminar

Topic: Understanding convolutional neural networks for vision problems.

Recently, CNN (convolutional neural network) architectures showed state-of-art performance on several computer vision tasks such as classification, detection, segmentation, and tracking. In this talk, we first review well-known CNN architectures for image classification (LeNet, AlexNet, ZFNet, GoogLeNet, and VGGNet) and discuss what the CNNs have learned from the data, by using visualization techniques. Based on the understanding of feature maps, we will discuss the motivations of CNN architectures for detection and segmentation tasks.


Prof. Kang Kim, University of Pittsburgh

Oct. 14th, 2016, IEEE Seminar

Topic: A new approach for high-resolution and high-sensitivity ultrasound imaging using novel contrast agents. Ultrasound imaging, a real-time, non-invasive, non-destructive, and non-ionizing tool, has great advantage especially for in vivo study in biology and medicine. However, it suffers in general with relatively low spatial resolution and sensitivity. In this presentation, a novel multi-modality contrast agent and associated imaging technology will be introduced and discussed to overcome such limitations. As promising multi-modality contrast agents for combined ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging, phase-transition droplets that react to a short-pulse laser have been synthesized and evaluated. The underlying mechanism of vaporization and resulting acoustic signal have also been closely investigated. In addition, a novel imaging technology using vaporized droplets that provides superior spatial resolution beyond the acoustic diffraction limit has been developed.


Prof. Jung-Woo Choi, Ph. D. KAIST

Aug. 22nd, 2016, IEEE Seminar

Topic: Internet of Sounding Things: sound field control with smart sound objects

Sound field control techniques have been widely adopted for sound field reproduction, virtual/augmented reality, and personal sound zone. Theoretical studies have shown that a desired sound field can be nearly reconstructed using many secondary control sources or loudspeakers distributed in space, but sound field reproduction technologies haven’t yet achieved the expected commercial success. Their difficulty in market penetration is mostly attributed to cost and installation complexity. Multichannel loudspeaker systems usually require many cable connections and bulky loudspeakers, which are not cost-effective from the consumer’s viewpoint. Moreover, the installation of loudspeakers is a substantial hurdle in implementing a practical system for home environments. To implement a practical sound field control system, difficulties with the construction of massive acoustic arrays will have to be resolved.


Prof. Gyungsu Byun, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, Texas

(Jul. 7th, 2016, IEEE Seminar)

Topic: Energy-Efficient and High-Performance Communication Microsystems Design. In this seminar, a high-speed and low-power mixed-signal/analog/RF-IC design for mobile computing/communication systems will be presented. In the era of the nanometer CMOS technology, power and bandwidth requirements have become more stringent for mobile systems. This is largely because mobile devices (such as smart phones) are more intensively relying on the use of graphics. Therefore, microprocessor and memory manufacturers are relying more on energy-efficient and high-speed computing/communication interface designs such as clocking (PLL/DLL), transceiver, filters/sensors and RF key circuits (LNA/mixers, oscillators). Since the power consumption of mobile computing/communication systems has been one of the most critical design factors in nanometer designs, the communication infrastructure would significantly impact the performance, area, and power of mobile devices, we explore the use of ultra-low-power mixed-signal/analog/RF designs to a wire-line/wireless communication links, 3D-vertical IOs, failure-resistant systems (FRS) and implantable biomedical applications. In this talk, latest IC prototyping and designs including latest fabricated chip results will be presented.


Prof. Sumit Roy, U. Washington, Seattle

(Jun. 29th, 2016, IEEE Seminar)

Topic: Radio Mapping Using Spectrum Sensing. The preferred systems architecture for opportunistic use of White Spaces (cognitive radio based spectrum sharing) requires in-situ client-driven spectrum sensing in conjunction with centralized databases. This talk will focus on principles of distributed spectrum sensing viewed as a statistical spatial sampling problem and it’s application to Radio Mapping, i.e. updating of a-priori TV coverage maps. I will explain how 2-Dim. interpolation techniques may be used to determine desired sampling locations that minimize the boundary estimation variance, and it’s performance advantages compared to other clustering (e.g. K-nearest neighbor) approaches.


Prof. Hyung-Min Park, Sogang University

(May 20th, 2016, IEEE Seminar)

Topic: Sound Source Localization. Gwangju Section invited Prof. Hyung-Min Park who is with Sogang University. In this talk, various source localization techniques were introduced. Extensive Q&A followed. 요약: 본 세미나에서는 음원 국지화 기술에 대해 소개한다. 먼저 두 개 이상의 마이크를 사용할 때 신호처리에 대해 간단히 설명하고 음원 국지화의 대표적 3가지 방법인 인간의 청각 정보 처리에 기반한 방법, 마이크 사이의 상관관계에 기반한 방법, 그리고 다채널 음향 채널 추정에 기반한 방법을 소개한다. 각 방법의 장단점을 분석하고 이러한 문제점을 개선한 방법 및 실험결과를 제시하고 결론을 맺는다.



Prof. Jongsun Kim, Hongik University

(Dec. 31, 2015, IEEE Seminar)

Topic: High-Speed Clock Generation and Data Recovery Techniques for 60GHz Systems. In this talk, a 10-20 Gbps serializer/deserializer (SerDes) with a phase interpolator (PI) based clock and data recovery (CDR) circuit for high-speed and short-range 60GHz wireless chip-to-chip communication is presented. The PI-based CDR uses an 8-phase delay-locked loop (DLL) to produce a set of evenly spaced reference clock phases. The phase vernier, then transforms the 8-phases to sampling clocks for the sampler, which performs 2× oversampling to recover the data from the input signal. Also, a new multiplying delay-locked loop (MDLL) is presented that can provide programmable fractional-ratio frequency synthesis of de-skewed clock. The proposed fractional-ratio MDLL (FMDLL) employs a new select logic for controlling three operation modes and utilize a new phase detecting structure to achieve inherent cancellation of internal phase offset.


Dr. Sungho Lee, Managerial Researcher, KETI.

(Dec. 29, 2015, IEEE Seminar)

Topic: Wireless Power Transfer and Energy Harvesting Technique for IoT Devices. Gwangju Section invited Dr. Sungho Lee who is a Managerial Researcher in KETI. In this talk, trends and designs of wireless power transfer (WPT) and energy harvesting techniques were introduced to extend the battery time, removing external connectors and power cables. After the seminar, the members of the IEEE Gwangju Sections continued discussion with Dr. Lee over the dinner.